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Crail Golfing Society - Balcomie and Craighead Courses

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Address: Fifeness, Crail KY10 3XN, Scotland
Phone Number: 0133-345-0686
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Description: Hugely enjoyable golf, splendid clubhouse and warm welcome await at Crail...
Hugely enjoyable golf, splendid clubhouse and warm welcome await at Crail Golfing Society. Founded in 1786 and the seventh oldest golf club in the world, it celebrated its 225th anniversary in 2011. The club has two courses: Balcomie Links, a unique, traditional links laid out by Old Tom Morris, and Craighead Links, a challenging links experience designed by 2009 Golf Course Architect of the Year Gil Hanse.
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Hospitality & Excellent Day of Golf

Played Balcomie today with my golfing buddy Robert. Also booked to play Craighead later this week. From entering the pro-shop to having bacon rolls followed by a beautiful lunch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We like Links with History and this was the second of four courses we played. Whilst there is no denying its pedigree we all found the course (Balcomie) a little disappointing simply because so many holes shared the same space (a wide expanse of fairway that didn't seem to be defined as for a particular hole). There were many golfers... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Played Balcomie today with my golfing buddy Robert. Also booked to play Craighead later this week. From entering the pro-shop to having bacon rolls followed by a beautiful lunch in the fab clubhouse, were extremely well treated and valued as customers. We are both looking to join this club, departing from our current East Neuk club. Graham & David in... More 

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glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Played here on breezy warm sunny day. If there is a better place to play golf must be spectacular. Standing on a tee and driving towards the sea which was fairly angry was just wonderful which is more than can be said for my golf. Club house is very comfortable and food is excellent. Crab salad for me. This should... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Crail is one of the best links courses in Scotland. I have never had a bad game here. It is also very historic, as Crail had connections to the Netherlands back in 16th century. Crail could well have been one of the first places in Scotland where golf was played.

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wolverhampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

we visit Crail most years so the golf course there is something very familiar to us. There are two courses at Crail Golfing Society. The newer course is Craighead and the older one is Balcomie. Both are excellent. Craighead is probably the stiffer golfing test. There is plenty to occupy golfers of all abilities with some cracking holes.The views across... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

loved playing Crail on a recent trip to Scotland, not as difficult as many other courses but very scenic with top ocean views. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Being my first visit to Scotland to see The Open, it was always a dream of mine to play golf in Scotland. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play Balcomie the day following The Open thanks to the Crail Golfing Society reservationist being able to change my tee time from Monday to Tuesday due to the Open being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our golfing party of 4 had beginner and experienced golfers and we all had a great time. From Oklahoma, we typically drive carts but we reserved electric trolleys and walked about 7 miles yesterday, and today, we feel pretty good! Links course by the sea, it was beautiful and challenging. Our forecaddie Bil was a very spry 77 year old.... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A must to do. Wonderful course that challenged us at times. Wonderful to walk on the course to see panoramic sea views. Course in great condition. From arrival to departure it was a great day. Club food was fantastic served by Allan. He was a delight. Highly recommended to visit even if your not a golfer. Just go for lunch... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

What can one say, a must for any golf nut, you will not be disappointed. A very warm friendly welcome from the pro to the bar staff, most accommodating and the course itself is splendid. The Balcomie course was the one chosen and from hole 1 to 18 the design, the panoramic sea views as well as the challenging holes... More 

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