GOLFING SOCIETY (Balcomie
Old Tom Morris
One of the world's oldest golf clubs, Crail Golfing Society
was founded in February 1786 and initially comprised membership of 11
local golfers. The club's original home was located at Sauchope just outside
the picturesque fishing village of Crail and it was not until 1895, with
the help of Old Tom Morris did they relocate to their present home at
Balcomie Golf Links.
With the hardships of the First World War, the local town council had
to come to the rescue of the club, when they took over the lease of the
links, which they eventually purchased in 1924. As with many Scottish
courses, the links was requisitioned for military use during the Second
World War but by 1946, golf at Balcomie Links was restored. Crail was
run jointly by both the council and the club until 1973 when Crail Golf
Club purchased the entire facility from the council for the sum of £30,000.
Located 11 miles from its famous sister courses at St. Andrews, the Balcomie
Links at Crail, though not particularly long, is a truly beautiful venue
with superb views of the sea from every tee. The course is always in immaculate
condition and boasts crisp links turf and greens, which though can become
frighteningly fast during the summer months, always remain true. Far removed
from the bustle of everyday life, many holes climb and tumble alongside
the water's edge and the rocky outcrops of the Forth shore.
befits a classic links, each hole has its own character, which always
ensures a fascinating round of golf. The 4th and 5th offer tempting shortcuts
across the shoreline, with the latter, aptly called "Hell's Hole",
representing a fearsome 459-yard par 4, where it's make your mind up time
as to whether you try to carry the beach or take the sensible way around.
Like many top courses, the last few holes will test even the most accomplished
golfer. With some of the finest short holes anywhere, the memory of the
back-to-back 13th and 14th will linger for a long time. But no matter
how well or badly you fare, every golfer will remember Crail as a stunning
Rusacks Hotel (20 minutes),
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Golf Course Hotel (1 hour), Gleneagles
Hotel (75 minutes)