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“Best Day In Scotland” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kingarrock Hickory Golf Course

Kingarrock Hickory Golf Course
Ranked #6 of 19 things to do in Cupar
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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“Best Day In Scotland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

I'd describe it, but it just wouldn't capture the atmosphere and history of this course and its kind warm patron. Kingarrock (kin-GAR-ock) is golf the way you have always wanted to play in Scotland, but never new you could. It is a snapshot of what golf used to be, preserving to the smallest detail, golf of the early 20th century. No rush, no stress, you will at most be one of 4 groups that go out the whole day after an indepth description of golf as it was in the old days and the importance of a small dram of whiskey or port before hitting the links.

There has never been so much love and time put into a course and by the end you cant help but share the enthusiasm of the people who made this course come true.

Dont miss it.

Visited July 2012
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English first
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155 reviews
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“OMG! is all I can say...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

Went on the recommendation of a good friend. Went primarily to see the manor house, with golf at Kingarrock a close second. We got there too early - the house didn't open until 1 pm. Strange for a tourist attraction but whatever. Killed time in Cupar and went back for 1 pm. SOOOOOO glad we did. The manor house is absolutely beautiful and the volunteer guides made the experience so much more enjoyable.

But the kicker was the golf! 9 holes the way golf was meant to be played. David Anderson, our host for the outing, was undeniably spectacular. His knowledge of golf and the history of the course was mind boggling, his delivery was entertaining and his enthusiasm was totally contagious. At home we take golf too seriously - here you pick your OLD original hickory shafted clubs and bag, golf balls replicated to the 'old' days and a handful of Reddy tees! I've used the same one for my last seven rounds of golf and it's yet to break.

If you're in the area, visit this place! You won't regret it and you won't forget it!

Visited May 2012
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Randolph, New Jersey
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4 reviews
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“Golf as it was in the beginning of the last century.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

I recently visited St. Andrews accompanied by my enthusiasm for the game and my hickory golf clubs. I had been informed of the experience awaiting me at Kingarrock and I made it a "must see" on my itinerary. I was not disappointed. Caretakers David and MIchelle are as gracious and charming a couple as there is on this planet. Their acceptance of the responsibility of preserving and sharing the hickory experience on the Hill of Tarvit Estate course is to be applauded. As you walk toward the back of the mansion and approach the Forester cottage you begin to feel yourself slipping backwards in time. As you enter the cottage you are greeted by David in his plus fours, hunting socks, shirt, vest and tie. His appearance adds to the experience. After a brief history of the estate and the course, you are invited to head down the path to the first tee and, with 1898 style ball in hand, slip back in time to the halcyon days when golf was, as it is meant to be, an enjoyable diversion from life. The course wanders up, down, across and back the property behind the estate. The diversity of holes, the rugged terrain and the minuscule greens are as they were when golf was in its infancy. Following an enjoyable walk, punctuated by the occasional glorious shot, you are greeted back at the cottage for a glass (or two) of ginger beer and shortbread cookies. The conversation is lively and the atmosphere is full of charm. You are most reluctant to depart and head forward in time to the reality of fast paced life, booming testosterone enhanced drives, and golf where scores are more important than the experience. One only hopes that the experience at Kingarrock will serve as a reminder that golf is meant to be enjoyed for the pleasure of the walk, the appreciation of nature and the company of friends.

Visited June 2012
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“You won't believe it until you've tried it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

My wife and I were visiting the mansion of Tarvit (worth while!) and had heard of the Hickory Golf possibility at Kingarrock. Our guest house in St. Andrews (Aslar House, also a very recommendable place) had brochures and leaflets. I've never understood what the fuss about hickory golf was all about, until we passed the golf cottage and stepped inside: Michelle and David are enthousiats: Even with a forbiddingly strong wind outside, I was fired up by the atmosphere and the tales of once-upon-a-time-golf with clubs and adapted balls. "Slow down the swing". "Use more arms": Good advice, and with a wee dram under the belt, the 9 holes awaited: What fun! What feel! What a match between clubface and ball! Into the wind or with the tailwind to give 'modern' length tee-shots. If I'd post the photo my wife took of me on the 9th tee, you'd see one very happy man.

The Hickory Golf experience is great fun in itself, but it's David and Michelle who really makes this happen. They give you the story, set you up with the right equipment, put you in the right mood and makes this a very memorable moment. If you've played ordinary golf, I wouldn't give it a second's hesitation of recommending you to put your back to it and go far off your beaten track to have a go at it!

Visited May 2012
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Burley in Wharfedale, United Kingdom
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“A must try in Fife”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

We have holidayed in Fife for the last 11 years and for the last 2 have taken one of the National Trust cottages in the grounds of Tarvit Mansion House near Cupar. The Kingarrock Hickory Golf course is within the grounds and was originally a private course for the owners of the Mansion House. I believe it was then ploughed and used as farmland before being restored to it's former glory in the last few years. It is worth a trip to Tarvit anyway but experiencing Hickory golf on this course makes it a must! You use original hickory golf clubs, original bags and a choice of old fashioned golf balls. A nip of whiskey and/or old fashioned ginger beer and shortbread are included. The couple who run it are so kind and enthusiastic and add to the general enjoyment with their knowledge and advice. The views around the course are also fabulous. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2011
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