No 8 - Kingsbarns

Kingsbarns is a fantastic design and an enjoyable experience no matter what you score. The credit for that must go to architect Kyle Phillips.



Architect: Phillips 2006 position: 8 Stats: 6,652 yds; par 72; SSS 73 GF: £130-£160 T: 01334 460860 W: (opens in new tab) Of all the courses in our Top 100, Kingsbarns is arguably the most fun to play.

Whatever your score or the weather, it’s hard to walk off the 18th without a smile on your face.

The credit for that must go to architect Kyle Phillips, whose superb design skills have managed the almost impossible job of challenging the accomplished golfer while at the same time offering a sporting chance to the mid and high handicapper.

Whereas courses like Carnoustie and Hoylake will relentlessly punish the weaker player, Kingsbarns allows them to go round and still enjoy the views – and for that it is to be commended. MH

+ Polished visitor experience; fun to play; excellent, unpretentious clubhouse - Expensive green fee; lacks the atmosphere of a members’ golf club

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Mike Harris
Mike Harris

Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history. His two main passions in golf are courses, having played over 400 courses worldwide, and shoes; he owns over 40 pairs.

Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of four clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.