Dumbarnie Links Ready to Go for 2020

Dumbarnie Links.

Dumbarnie Links is set on a 5,000-acre estate in the Kingdom of Fife. (Image: Dumbarnie Links)

Tee times are now available for the inaugural season of Dumbarnie Links, a Clive Clark seaside design on Scotland’s Firth of Forth that numbers among the world’s most anticipated new courses.

Do you love being among the first to play a ballyhooed new golf course?

Then book today to secure your spot for the inaugural season of Dumbarnie Links, perhaps the most anticipated new course of 2020.

Reservations are now available for tee times beginning May 16. The seaside links is located in Scotland’s golf-rich Kingdom of Fife, on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, about nine miles from St. Andrews. Green fees range from US$200 to $300.

English-born golf architect Clive Clark built his course on 345 acres set alongside 1.5 miles of shoreline at Balcarres Estate, owned and occupied by Anthony Lindsay, Lord Balniel. The 5,000-acre estate has been in his family for more than 400 years.

One of about 250 true seaside links in the world, 6,898-yard Dumbarnie Links sits 80 feet above sea level and slopes down to the coast. The elevation change reveals expansive views across the Firth of Forth to Muirfield, North Berwick and Edinburgh. A series of 500 coastal dunes adds drama to the design without obstructing the ocean views.

“Most links courses, if you think of the old traditional courses where they play The Open Championship, tend to be along the beach behind the sand hills,” Clark says. “Maybe only two or three holes have water views. We have 14 unobstructed views of water, and water can be seen from all 18 holes.”

Now based in the United States, Clark began designing courses in 1990 in a partnership with Peter Alliss. Clark, a former European Tour player and BBC golf analyst, has designed 30 courses.

Several elevated tees at Dumbarnie Links play down the escarpment towards the ocean. And on the Firth of Forth coast, Clark placed elevated tees on a ridge so close to the sea that golfers can “literally toss a golf ball into the water.”



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