Scotlands Kingsbarns extends golf season


While most historic links golf clubs in Scotland stay open year-around, Kingsbarns Golf Links, a 21st-century design about seven miles from St. Andrews, has always closed up shop at the end of October. This year, they are extending play two weeks after a successful summer and staging of the Dunhill Links the week after the Ryder Cup. Golfers can play thru November 14th this year.

“After a very busy season and another successful Alfred Dunhill Links Championship the course is still in fantastic condition and we want to give visiting golfers as much chance to enjoy it as possible,” said Stuart McEwan, general manager at Kingsbarns.
“2010 has been a tremendous year for Kingsbarns. We have celebrated the 10th anniversary of the course opening, hosted the Open Championship Local Final Qualifying and attracted greater numbers of visiting golfers. We want to keep the momentum going before the regular winter break.”

Actor Andy Garcia, who competed in the Dunhill Links Pro-Am, said Kingsbarns felt like the coastal courses of California. I'd agree with the assessment, as Kingsbarns is certainly a manufactured, modernly-built course that is far different from the traditional links around it.

If I recall one thing about the course, it's that the greens are very severely undulated and much tougher to putt than the Old Course, or really any greens I can recall on the U.K.'s coast. The course was built with phenomenal coastal views in mind, and it certainly succeeds there. It's as picturesque of a course as there is in Scotland.

The original six courses of the St. Andrews Links Trust, on the other hand, stay open year-around as they do every year. Only the Old Course does not allow play off fairways, instead asking golfers to use mats off the fairway. The Castle Course, which opened in 2008 and is on similar, transformed land to Kingsbarns, is open for the season until November 22nd.