International golf travel has ground to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s never too early to start dreaming of a trip to play links golf. And when Americans can again jet across the Atlantic, they will have a new a links treat waiting.
Dumbarnie Links opened in May in the East Neuk of Fife, not far to the south of St. Andrews, Scotland, offering 1.5 miles of beachfront and a Clive Clark layout on the north shore of the Firth of Forth. The public-access, daily-fee layout is part of the 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate that dates back to the 16th century and is owned by Lord Balnie.
The course features 80 feet of elevation changes with constant views of the Firth. The layout sits on 345 acres of sand and fescue, and instead of a classic out-and-back links, Dumbarnie Links is a mix of two big loops that highlight many elevated tee boxes and water views as the land climbs away from the beach. Muirfield and North Berwick are on the opposite side of the Firth.
The all-walking course can be stretched to 7,612 yards for pros, but the tees typically are set between 5,100 and 6,900 yards.
Dumbarnie Links sits nine miles from the center of St. Andrews, making it an easy day trip for traveling golfers staying in town. There are no accommodations at the course, as the estate wanted to maintain a natural feel without adding too many buildings.
Green fees for international golfers range from around $230 to $315, and Dumbarnie Links’ season runs through Nov. 15. The course also offers a discounted replay rate that is good for five days after the initial round.
Check out the photos to see why this might be a worthy addition to your dreams of St. Andrews.
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