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 at GolfEurope.com
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 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.