Kingsbarns Hole 12 Ranks 6th

Golf World 2005

Why should I play it?
It’s just about the closest thing you’ll get to the 18th at Pebble Beach – in other words, a sweeping right-to-left par-five that skirts the rocky seashore of the North Sea. Its setting is eye-popping and at the end of it all, you’ll find a wickedly sloping and enormous green that seems to keep on going round the headland. Because the drive is downhill, birdies are possible. But so are bogeys, double-bogeys…

Favour the right side of the fairway which cambers in – that way you’ll avoid the trouble on the left and the ball should gallop on. The perfect shape for this is a draw, which will use the slopes on the apron and the green to swing the ball round to the hole. Otherwise, play down the right side and leave a pitch up the length of the green.

Now go and play it:
There are no members. It’s a pay and play course or, as the club would rather have it, it’s a “daily fee facility” only. Handicaps are limited to 28 for men and 36 for ladies. Permanent Fife residents get a preferential rate.

Expert View
“As you turn the corner onto the elevated tee the view of the coast is reminiscent of Pebble Beach.


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