Dumbarnie Links Golf Course Review, Green Fees, Tee Times and Key Info

A modern masterpiece, Dumbarnie Links boasts a wonderful, elevated setting above the Firth of Forth and a great mix of holes to both challenge and tempt you

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An overhead shot of the 11th hole at Dumbarnie Links
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Top 100 Courses UK & Ireland 2023/24

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Dumbarnie Links Key Information

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Row 0 - Cell 1
AddressDumbarnie Links, Upper Largo, Fife, Scotland, KY8 6JQ
Phone Number01334 845945
Websitehttps://www.dumbarnielinks.com
EmailContact sheet available at - https://www.dumbarnielinks.com/contact-us/
Green Fees£207 - £286 (Standard visitor rates)
Visitor TimesContact the club for full visitor information
Par72
Slope Rating135 (Gold), 130 (Black), 128 (Blue), 127 (Women's Red)
Opened2020
Designed byClive Clark
Golf Monthly Verdict

Dumbarnie Links Review

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Dumbarnie is a superb, contemporary links with fantastic sea views that puts a big smile on your face.

A great addition to the Fife golf portfolio - the second-best modern Links in the UK&I after Trump Aberdeen.

Possibly more risk-reward holes than anywhere you'll visit, depending on wind direction and choice of tee.

REASONS TO PLAY DUMBARNIE LINKS

– Excellent, modern links set over brilliant stretch of coastal ground

– Already a proven championship test

– Brilliant risk/reward and strategic options

RANKINGS
UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 40

The UK’s portfolio of premier-league courses grew by one in 2020 when Dumbarnie Links, on The Balcarres Estate midway between Elie and Leven on the south coast of Fife, opened its doors for play in May just two week later than planned once the first lockdown was lifted.

It has understandably created more than a frisson of excitement among golf lovers.

The brainchild of former Ryder Cup player, Clive Clark, Dumbarnie serves up a truly exceptional golfing experience, playing from an elevated clubhouse right down to the shore at times via a series of remarkable holes, many of which stand out visually.

Among them is a trio playing downhill towards the Firth of Forth - the appetite-whetting 1st, the simply gorgeous short par-3 8th and the attractively bunkered 9th.

At times it is the vistas beyond the course that are breath-taking; at others it is the holes themselves and the tantalising glimpses of holes yet to come that give it that wow factor.

Think Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart, for it certainly has shades of both those modern Scottish classics about it in places.

Factoring in the layout’s exposure to the often significant breezes off the Firth, fairways are often sensibly generous (just as at Castle Stuart), and although many greens are sizable, they are often accommodatingly contoured to feed the ball back in.

This is a course that can certainly defend itself but is not out to get you unfairly.

Add in a wonderfully generous helping of risk-reward - the 3rd, 5th, 11th, 15th and 17th all present different strategic choices depending on power, skill level and wind direction - and it all adds up to a visually stunning and beautifully laid-out links that is destined to become a surefire addition to any trophy course collector’s wish-list.

Dumbarnie has wasted no time hitting the tour schedules, either. It played host to the 2021 Women's Scottish Open, an event co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET and won by Ryann O'Toole of the USA.

The offering at Dumbarnie has been further enhanced by the addition of an excellent and architecturally sympathetic clubhouse.

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course

The view across the 16th green down towards the Firth of Forth
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What The Top 100 Panel Said

Chris Boakes Golf Monthly Top 100 panel
Chris Boakes

Dumbarnie Links already epitomises the standing of a modern golf classic. I cannot think of any other venue that thrills me with its numerous risk and reward holes. Apart from the superb variety of holes the constant changes in both direction and elevation require careful management and inevitably every club will be taken out the bag during the round. The newly constructed dunes at Dumbarnie have created not only a masterpiece of golf design but a new ecosystem transforming arable farm land into a haven for coastal wildlife. Any course designers embarking on new ventures in the UK should visit here first for inspiration on how things can be done to sympathetically blend with the landscape and environment.

Sue Mawhinney UK&I Top 100 panel
Sue Mawhinney

This is a great test of golf. English golf designer Clive Clark created this fabulous, meandering course on the good sandy soil in this area and each hole is surrounded by very natural and authentic looking dunes. Considering how recently this course was constructed, it is in amazing condition! You couldn’t fault this course from tee to green.

Dumbarnie Links Location

Dumbarnie Links Green Fees

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14 Apr - 30 Apr 2023Row 0 - Cell 1 Row 0 - Cell 2
Standard visitor rate£207Row 1 - Cell 2
Replay round£104Row 2 - Cell 2
Junior rate£55Row 3 - Cell 2
Fife resident rate£90Row 4 - Cell 2
Scottish resident rate£116Row 5 - Cell 2
1 May - 22 Oct 2023Row 6 - Cell 1 Row 6 - Cell 2
Standard visitor rate£286Row 7 - Cell 2
Replay round£143Row 8 - Cell 2
Junior rate£80Row 9 - Cell 2
Fife resident rate£105Row 10 - Cell 2
Scottish resident rate£137Row 11 - Cell 2

For full details on booking details, see the Dumbarnie Links fees web page

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course Scorecard

Dumbarnie Links scorecard

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A creation of Mark Parsinen and Kyle Phillips, Kingsbarns was opened in 2000 and swiftly earned a reputation as a modern classic. Perhaps no other contemporary links has managed to blend the old with the new so effectively.

The course features several highly memorable holes. A standout is the par-5 12th, hugging the rocky coastline as it curves left to fit the shape of the bay. Then there’s the par-3 15th where the tee shot must carry rocks and sea to reach the green.

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Is there anything that can be said about the Old Course that has not been said before? Almost certainly not. In which case there can be no shame in repeating that it is quite simply the spiritual home of golf. It is at the very heart of the sport, it is the most famous course in the world, and on any serious list of Must Play, Bucket List courses, this really should be top.

Best places to stay nearby Dumbarnie Links

Rusacks St Andrews - Book now at Booking.com
Recently refurbished, the Rusacks is one of the iconic golfing hotels, set halfway up the 18th of the famous Old Course in St Andrews. It may be a short drive across to Dumbarnie, but St Andrews is a great base from which to explore Fife's golfing treats.

The Inn at Kingsbarns - Book now at Booking.com(opens in new tab)
Super cosy accommodation in this excellent little pub in the village of Kingsbarns. It's very convenient for Dumbarnie (and for Kingsbarns of course), but also not far to drive back into St Andrews or around the East Neuk of Fife towards Elie, Crail, Lundin and Leven. It's dog friendly.

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course Gallery

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course HISTORICAL TOP 100 RANKING UK&I

  • 2023/24 - 40
  • 2021/22 - 40 (New Entry)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a caddie at Dumbarnie?

Absolutely - You can find full information on caddie services on the Dumbarnie website. They can provide either a caddie or a fore caddie for the group.

Who designed Dumbarnie?

Dumbarnie has been co-founded, developed and designed by renowned course architect, Clive Clark. A former Ryder Cup player, Clark has designed 35 golf courses across the United States and Europe.

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


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