Golf dates to 1793 on the site where Kingsbarns Golf Links is found today, overlooking the North Sea 7 miles east of St Andrews. Everything changed in 2000 when Kyle Phillips reinvented links golf with the opening here of the game’s first “modern classic” links layout. Modern classics are very much like traditional except they’re longer (7,125 yards for Kingsbarns), the fairways are wider and there are multiple sets of tees.
It was clearly an idea whose time had come. The club was immediately recognized by Golf Digest as the world’s best new international course. At the same time, also in 2001, it landed on Golf Magazine’s world 100 and was paired with the Old Course and Carnoustie to host the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Today it is world #54 and the 2012 recipient of Golfweek’s Number One Modern Course (built after 1960) in Great Britain and Ireland. It is not to be missed when you play in St Andrews.
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