Fife 4 Day - 6th -9th May 2024

A Fantastic Four Days of Golf in Fife

The first day saw the field split between Dumbarnie Links and Scotscraig Golf Club. Both courses offered a fine test of golf.

Dumbarnie Links, designed by former Ryder Cup player Clive Clark, lies within the Balcarres estate. This stunning layout boasts incredible vistas across Largo Bay. Carved out between the dunes, the course features forgiving fairways and large, undulating greens.

Likewise, Scotscraig is steeped in history, founded in 1817 by some members of the St. Andrews Society of Golfers (later to become the Royal and Ancient Golf Club). Since 1984, Scotscraig has repeatedly hosted the Final Open Qualifying when The Open is played at St. Andrews. Situated next to the coastline, the sea breeze is an instrumental part of playing the links-heathland mixture.

Despite challenging weather conditions, some great scores were recorded at both courses. After Round 1, Collette Burgess and Hana Dabrowski led the pairs competition with 48 points at Scotscraig, marking an excellent opening day.

Day two saw all players take on Leven Links, one of the oldest links courses in Scotland, with golf dating back to the mid-1800s. Leven is thought to be the first course in the world to feature 18 tees and 18 separate greens. A traditional links course with rolling fairways, gorse bushes, ancient sand dunes, fast putting surfaces, burns, and pot bunkers, it has hosted six Open Championship final qualifying events and continues to welcome leading amateur events and international matches.

The course provided a true links test, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Collette and Hana retained their position at the top of the pairs leaderboard, adding 45 points for a total of 93 points heading into Round 3.

For the third competition round, the tour moved to Ladybank Golf Club. Driving into the club along a long, straight road lined with tall pine trees evokes a Magnolia Lane sentiment. Ladybank, designed by Old Tom Morris in 1879, measures almost 6,800 yards from the championship tees and makes great use of its heathland terrain. The course requires precision to navigate its small, contoured greens.

Ladybank provides a classic heathland test and is regarded as one of the finest inland layouts. Open Champion Paul Lawrie described it as "one of the best heathland courses in the UK." The golfers enjoyed a respite from links golf and soaked up the sunshine. The leaderboard saw new leaders, Richard Dent and Leanne McLaughlan, shoot to the top after consistent rounds of 46, 44, and 45 points. They held a four-shot lead in the overall pairs competition heading into the final day. Collette and Hana moved to a tied second place with Carl Dudley and Dean Bolton.

The final day began with a lovely sunny start as the groups headed out to Dumbarnie Links and Scotscraig Golf Club to battle it out. The final round was thrilling, and congratulations are in order for all participants who completed the four-day tournament.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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1 comment

Great event and very professionally run by the events team. Friendly and flexible and always approachable. Well done. Excellent golf course selection (with the exception of Leven due to it’s condition). Thoroughly enjoyed the courses and the event and will hopefully be back to support future events.

Ken Crown May 14, 2024

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