Kingsbarns in St Andrews - A 21st-century complement to golf`s hallowed ground

Released on = April 23, 2007, 12:43 pm

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = Kingsbarn Golf Links, St. Andrews. Scotland course reviews

Press Release Body = By Brandon Tucker,
Staff Writer,
Golf Publisher Syndications

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (April 23, 2007) - It doesn\'t take long on a Scotland golf
trip to discover that the locals think highly of tradition. Ask any member at the
golf club you\'re playing about the course and you\'ll be treated to a gushing ode to
its founders and its history, replete with colorful stories

Even if the golf course is less than a decade old.

They play the tradition card too at Kingsbarns Golf Links, the new kid in the
hallowed home of golf.

Kingsbarns opened in 2000, but the clubhouse and locker rooms are filled with
black-and-white photos and paintings of Old Tom Morris. Course literature notes the
founding of a Kingsbarns Golfing Society in the late 18th century.

The small club seven miles from St. Andrews proper was closed so farmers could
harvest the area in 1850. A second, nine-hole course built in 1922 was shuttered
during World War II, when the site was mined by the allies.

The new Kingsbarns may have sod bunkering and a stunning, raw links location, but at
7,126 yards from the tips, there\'s no mistaking it for old-school. Designers Mark
Parsinen and Kyle Phillips elevated the tees just enough to make landing zones
easily identifiable, and the multiple boxes offer different angles on each hole (and
make the course more women-friendly).

But what Kingsbarns gives you in playability off the tee, it quickly takes away on
the greens, which as tough to score on as any in Scotland.

In contrast to the firm, large greens at the Old Course and other links classics,
Kingsbarns\' putting surfaces have enough subtle contours, tiers and ridges to drive
you mad on your first play. No putt or chip is safe.

Visually, Kingsbarns is a cut above the Links Trust courses down the road. They are
mostly flat and protected by dunes from the sea; Kingsbarns, with its amphitheater
effect, slopes toward the water, which comes into view at ever turn

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April 20, 2007
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