Leven Links: A first of its kind with one of the finest finishing holes in all of golf

Leven Links: A first of its kind with one of the finest finishing holes in all of golf

As one of the oldest links courses in Scotland, Leven Links is thought to be the very first course in the world to feature 18 tees and 18 separate greens.

From the start of the round the golfer will be conscious of the fairways running along the valleys between these old dunes; it makes for superb definition and a true test of links golf as the slopes and bounces of these natural obstacles come into play throughout the round.

Leven offers the ultimate test of links golf in all its glory. There are blind tee shots, outcrops of spiky gorse and undulating greens. A tricky test of course management awaits and a strong day with the driver from the tee is a must.


Whilst golf has been played at Leven since 1820, the game dates back to 1846 on parts of these links with the current configuration coming into being in 1909. One of the very oldest pieces of golfing land anywhere in the world., the links has stood the test of time and continues to host leading amateur and professional tournaments to this day.

But what is most important is the nature of the ground upon which it is built.

Local conditions of winds and tides during prehistoric times, when sea levels were falling combined to produce a series of parallel dune ridges which give Leven Links a truly unique signature.

What makes it special

At the end of it all lies one of the finest finishing holes in golf where two well struck shots are required to reach a target of quite epic proportions.

Now known as "Scoonie", which prior to 1893 was small and square but is now a large putting surface fronted by the “demonic” Scoonie burn. This wide natural water hazard haa been described in the past as “yellow as Pactolus; as black as Styx, the colour of ketchup and the density of pea soup all accompanied with the smell of Gaol fever”. Not quite as challenging today it will still take two superlatively struck shots to reach the putting surface in regulation.

Where does it rank?

10th in Fife, 57th in Scotland.

Where is it?

Leven Links sits along the coast of Fife, just over 20 miles due south of Dundee, a short drive off the A915.

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01333 421390.

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