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Gourmet Golf at The Grove

Golf Links

That’s how golf course architect, Kyle Phillips, who also designed the stunning and award-winning links course at Kingsbarns near St Andrews , describes his approach to designing golf courses. And this philosophy is clearly evident with his latest creation. Sitting serenely in 300 acres of prime, natural parkland, The Grove, which was formerly the home of the Earls of Clarendon, is a magnificent new 18-hole layout, situated near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire. Read More…

Phillips’ Next Masterpiece could be Roseville course

Sacramento Bee
by John Schumacher

Kyle Phillips stands in the dirt on the eighth tee at Morgan Creek Golf & Country Club in Roseville, motions with his hands and starts speaking his favorite language – Landforms. Contours. Ridge lines. Heathland. Dust drifts by as a bulldozer rumbles past. Phillips, the course’s balding, personable architect, doesn’t flinch, pointing out bunkers where there is only dirt, and praising an irregular-shaped oak tree that hugs the right side of a soon-to-be fairway. “Trees like that are just fantastic,” he says. “It works with the golf hole. It’s lost a big limb. If it lives another 30 years, we’ll be thrilled.” Read More…

Q & A with Kyle Phillips

Golf Course News International 2002-2003
By Trevor Ledger

Kyle Phillips spent 16 years with Robert Trent Jones II before creating his own practice. His first course in his own name is the highly acclaimed World Top 50 course, the Kingsbarns Links near St Andrews. This summer he opens another spectacular new layout: The Grove in Hertfordshire. Trevor Ledger talks with him.

GCNI: 16 years with RTJII. What prompted you to branch out on your own?

KDP: Working with Bob and his team was really great and I could have stayed there forever. I just felt the time for me to start my own firm was right. I was 39 and our children were 9 and 12 years old. If I had waited, it would have become more difficult for them to relocate.

GCNI: Kingsbarns was a great opportunity for you, wasn’t it?

KDP: Indeed it was. To have such as strong location as St. Andrews and the natural coast line along the North Sea provided a good foundation. My good friend, Richard Wax, with whom I had worked closely during our years with RTJII, introduced me to the site. The original developers were looking to sell. I was then able to bring together an American developer for whom I had already designed a course, his financial partner and Southern Golf, the contractor with whom I had an excellent relationship during the construction of the Wisley Golf Club. This formed a solid team.
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Design Special

Sacramento Magazine, March 2001
By Mike Bowker

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to design a golf course, consider this. You are standing in the middle of a 300-acre oak forest , your view on all sides blocked by hillsides covered with poison oak and cut through by a half-dozen streams choked with blackberry bushes. If you can envision that perfect par 5 that runs up the glade, around the bend, across the creek and between the two big oaks to a perfect little green that slopes from left to right – not too severely, mind you, because this is a difficult hole to reach in two – then you might be cut out to be a golf course architect. Read More…

Kingsbarns Golf Links Names Best New International Course

Golf Digest
By Ron Whitten

Six miles south of Scotland’s Old Course at St. Andrews, along gentle coves of the North Sea, carved into hillsides that cant like a massive, curved amphitheater, is the new Kingsbarns Golf Links – so splendiferous in its concept and execution that we felt compelled to declare it our first-ever Best New International Course. Read More…

The New Old Course and the Sea

Golf and Leisure Magazine

All roads in golf history lead to St. Andrews, and although the town has six courses of choice, the Old Course is the one on which every golfer eventually wishes to test his or her game. Unfortunately, getting in a round there usually means getting lucky in the club’s tee-time lottery, with odds running about 1 in 3 against you. But if you draw a short straw – or even if you don’t – don’t miss the entirely redesigned Kingsbarns Golf Links (001-44-1334/474-364). Just seven miles from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns was open as early as 1792, but was closed in 1939 to be used for military maneuvers (making bunker an ambiguous term). Read More…

Kingsbarns is on a Par with Links of the Past

Financial Times

When Alfred Dunhill recently announced that its Nations Cup tournament, hitherto held at St Andrews every October, was to be replaced next year by a pro-am competition over three links courses on Scotland’s east coast, the name of one of the host venues must have caused a deal of puzzlement. The Old Course at St Andrews, together with Carnoustie, fitted perfectly into Dunhill’s stated ambition of making the tournament a celebration of links golf, but Kingsbarns? Read More…

Shock of the New

Golf World International

The boom in golf course building is over. Only a handful of good new tracks have opened since 1998 and yet among them are some corkers. First among them is Kingsbarns, an amazing new links on the coast of Fife. Opened just this year, it may prove to be the last true links course ever built in the UK, and already it’s being mooted as a possible future Open venue. If you think Loch Lomond has exploded like a grenade into our top 100, wait till you see what Kingsbarns does. Read More…

Discovering New Links at St. Andrews
By Ben Wright

St. ANDREWS , SCOTLAND — My return to St. Andrews for the Open Championship has been more hectic than I could have imagined. I’ve been buzzing about the Auld Grey Toon like a blue-assed fly running into old friends, golfers and members of the media I haven’t seen in years. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m palpably excited to be back at the home of golf and back amongst those that play and cover the game. Though I may have been away from the game for a spell, the game has never left me and always occupied the fullest portions of my heart and soul. Read More…

Scotland’s New Kingsbarns Course a Beauty

The Golf Page
By Dave Perkins

As the saying goes, not everybody likes the same thing. That’s why they have menus in restaurants.

Similarly, golf course rating is a personal game not everybody plays the same way. That said, a brand new golf course on the East Neuk of Scotland , named Kingsbarns, already rests at or very near the top of this personal list. Read More…