Top 100 Golf Course To Close For Remainder Of The Month

Dumbarnie Links has been forced to shut for the remainder of May following issues with its greens

Dumbarnie Links 9th hole
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Opened in 2020, Dumbarnie Links was just beginning its third year of play, with the UK and Ireland Top 100 course already boasting superb reviews and hosting prestigious events like the Scottish Women’s Open.

However, the course has now been forced to close for the remainder of May, with it being announced that a lack of grass growth on the greens during a cool spring has forced the venue to shut until at least June.


Dumbarnie offers stunning views of the Firth of Forth

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Ranked as one of the best courses in Scotland, Dumbarnie was set to host a stableford competition as part of the R&A’s Spring Meeting on Friday. Now, the tournament has been moved to the Kittocks Course at Fairmont St Andrews, with Dumbarnie General Manager, David Scott, admitting that they had to “bite the bullet”.

Speaking to The Courier, Scott stated: “It’s all down to the weather we’ve had,” explained Scott. “Since opening in mid-March we have experienced unseasonably cold weather, with winds coming straight off the North Sea.

“This has put the young fescue grasses on our greens under extreme pressure. The warmer forecasts over the last couple of weeks have not materialised and we have had basically zero growth, hence the poor and unacceptable surfaces we presently have.

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The 14th hole at Dumbarnie

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"The decision to close for the rest of May was terrible and embarrassing, but the right thing to do. It’s very disappointing and causing us sleepless nights, but the greens need to fully recover and be ready for the summer months.

“This was a very difficult decision and not taken lightly. We understand it will cause disappointment to guests, and all we can offer is our sincerest apologies. There are quite rightly high expectations from our visitors and it has been very disappointing for them to come back here having enjoyed previous visits and find the greens weren’t nearly as good."

Opening during the height of the Covid pandemic, the course offers stunning and striking views of the Firth of Forth, with the venue set in a vast 345 acre site.

Just last year, the course hosted the 2021 Women's Scottish Open, which was won by American, Ryan O'Toole. However, just under a year later, the course is set to shut for a month, with General Manager, Scott, hoping that: “With no feet on the course until June, and hopefully with the weather getting better, we can return to normal for a busy summer.”

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x