LUNDIN

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Lundin is a regular Open qualifying venue for St Andrews. This is testimony to the fact it shares the same Fife coastline, and almost be definition of course, it’s quality as a golfing challenge. The course was originally set-up to incorporate Leven links but as the games popularity grew the arrangement between the two clubs became unworkable. The decision was taken to split the course, with the dyke acting as a boundary. Both clubs duly added land to their portfolio and two 18 hole courses were born. Lundin’s better holes are reputedly the opening and closing groups which are the original ones.

 

Type Links (historic)
Founded 1868
Yardage 6371 yds
Par 71
Scottish Ranking 31st
Handicap Restrictions No handicap restrictions apply

 

Lundin

The Course itself

The course remains largely as laid out by James Braid some 100 years ago, so will give you a fair chance to step back in golfing time. The first five holes are in classic links tradition proceeding from the Clubhouse to the Mile Dyke. Players then cross the now extinct railway line and play the nine ‘new’ holes on what one might describe as a cross between links and parkland turf. Back across the railway, the last four holes revert to the genuine links tradition. Not long by modern standards, Lundin nonetheless presents a thorough test of the golfer’s skills.

Lundin Golf Club is renowned for its beautiful greens and some of the most demanding short Par 4’s in the game of golf. It’s a course that grips you from the moment you set out. The second, third and fourth are all played close to the sea, and the par 3, fourteenth from an elevated tee that offers sweeping views across Largo Bay

Lundin is a complex links course with open burns, an internal out of bounds (the old railway line), and strategically cited deep bunkers. You also have traditional links defenders such as a plethora of gorse bushes, and of course a fickle wind. The burn is a traditional nemesis of the links golfer and Lundin has one these for you to grapple with as well. They flow across Scotland’s fairways on their way into the sea and devour bouncing golf balls for fun. Beware. They always prompt us to recall a line from ‘Jaws’. As Robert Shaw’s salty old sea-dog character ‘Quintz’, surveys the expanse of open ocean and remarks, “he’s out there somewhere”. This is the sentiment that any golfer standing on a tee, which they know is patrolled by a burn feels as they peer into the ripples of the fairway contours to try and spy it.

Lundin presents a challenge for the thinking golfer where position from the tee rather than distance will yield just rewards on the scorecard. In a throw back to the original pioneers you’ll also be at the mercy of having to play a few blind shots. The modern player can curse these seeming lotteries, for the knowing of course it offers them the chance to stride the fairways with a sense of superiority as pulling them off does have an aura of ‘how did you do that’ about it.

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Buggy hire, Trolleys, Caddies and Clubs

Driving Range Available Yes
Rental Carts Available Yes but very limited
Rental Trolleys Yes
Caddies Yes – gratuity at own discretion
Rental Clubs Available Yes
Pro Shop Yes

 

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