Dumbarnie is just round the Fife coast from St Andrews and is due to open in 2020
Including a look at the brand new links course being built in Scotland.
Anew £11 million links course just around the coast from the Home of Golf is nearing completion as it prepares for its public unveiling in summer 2020.
The spectacular Dumbarnie Links, part of the 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate on Fife’s southern coastline, has been five years in the making, and is a dream come true for its designer, former Ryder Cup player Clive Clark.
He told TG: “How many architects get an opportunity to design a genuine links course on the water? Very few. If you count the outstanding links in the world, you’re probably looking at around 40.
“I’m very excited. Though I always felt this course was going to turn out really well, it has exceeded my expectations. It’s on 340 acres of genuine links land – you can get two golf courses comfortably on that!”
Like many Scottish links, Dumbarnie is surrounded by spectacular views, which stretch for 10 miles and overlook
the Firth of Forth south towards Muirfield. It also helps that the course is split between two levels and connected by an escarpment.
“The top level is about 100ft above sea level, while the larger coastal plains are fairly flat next to the dunes,” explains Clark. “Because of the high ground on several holes, you play from elevated tees with a drop of 5060ft to fairways below, pointing right out into the Firth. Not many links have that aspect.
“It’s just a gorgeous site and the dunes that we’ve built make every hole pretty much individual so that when you do play them, you don’t see many other holes, if any.”
Dumbarnie will be open to all comers, admittedly for a “high-end daily fee” similar to nearby Kingsbarns. It may also, one day, stage big tournaments.
Clark added: “I’ve put in 13 professional tees making it 7,600 yards in case Dustin Johnson brings a fourball down. It gives us flexibility.”