Scotscraig Golf Club

The World's 13th Oldest Golf Club

Current Course Status:
Full Greens

Course Guide

Scotscraig is conveniently located only 15 minutes from the famous Old Course, St Andrews.

Although the course doesn't sit exactly adjacent to the coastline, there are a few sea breezes to consider when playing this links, heathland mixture.

Since 1984, Scotscraig has repeatedly hosted the Final Open Qualifying when The Open is played over St Andrews. When the Open returned to St Andrews in 2010, Scotscraig once again hosted Final Open Qualifying.

Ian Baker-Finch, Brian Barnes, Justin Rose, Mark Mouland, Duffy Waldorf, Ernie Els, Lee Westwood and Sam Torrance are only a few of the famous players to have graced this renowned classic Fife course.  Justin Rose describing it as "Great course, great greens and very friendly"

Click on a hole below for more information:

1 Admiral

Par 4

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Hole 1 - Admiral

Par 4

A strategic tee shot favouring the left side of the fairway leaves a slightly easier second shot to a green protected by slopes and trees. No bunkers on this hole but a great challenging start.

2 Wood

Par 4

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Hole 2 - Wood

Par 4

Placing a shorter tee shot down the left centre will allow a trouble free second shot which requires thought and placement short to roll on.

3 Gully

Par 3

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Hole 3 - Gully

Par 3

A long and strong opening par 3. Aim to land the ball on the right side of the green to secure the par.

4 Westward Ho

Par 4

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Hole 4 - Westward Ho

Par 4

The Signature hole. A well placed tee shot between the bunkers is essential to then tackle a Plateau green surrounded by rough and a deep kidney bean shaped bunker.

5 Whins

Par 4

5th

Hole 5 - Whins

Par 4

A fantastic par 4 which normally plays tough from the tee with the swirling winds, find the undulating fairway to set up your approach and a solid mid iron will set up the par.

6 Pond

Par 3

6th

Hole 6 - Pond

Par 3

Fairly short hole over the pond but don't let the distance fool you. Normally plays into the wind and with a gentle tier at the front makes the landing area tricky, find the right centre for a flatter and wider landing zone.

7 Plateau

Par 4

7th

Hole 7 - Plateau

Par 4

A very unique hole requiring a lot of thought. A long/mid iron or rescue club, depending on the wind conditions, short of the ridge will leave you approximately 200 yards to the green. Taking on the Plateau with driver if your a big hitter is very risky with small rewards, Good luck.

8 High

Par 4

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Hole 8 - High

Par 4

Positional play off the tee is important to miss the dangerous bunkers up the left hand side of the fairway. The second shot also comes with its own problems with a fantastic 2 tier green ready to challenge your putting.

9 Flagstaff

Par 5

9th

Hole 9 - Flagstaff

Par 5

A birdie opportunity at this relatively short Par 5. Try to keep the ball right of centre off the tee, this will give you a chance to attack the green or lay up short into the widest part of the approach. Be careful of the shot into the green as the ball feeds from the left into a strategically placed revetted bunker.

10 Cricket

Par 4

10th

Hole 10 - Cricket

Par 4

Position your tee shot right of centre to avoid the big bunker but not too far right as this fairway is guarded heavily with small bunkers up the side. Challenging second shot over a bunker 15-20 yards short of the green makes this flat green more tricky than it looks.

11 Shanwell

Par 4

11th

Hole 11 - Shanwell

Par 4

A tough long dog leg Par 4. Drive the ball long and straight to the left side of the fairway avoiding the bunker and all the trouble down the right. The second shot will still be long but a fairly straight forward strike will set this hole up nicely.

12 Rushes

Par 4

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Hole 12 - Rushes

Par 4

A fantastic driving hole which requires a slightly right of centre position avoiding the bunkers up over a small hill. The second shot is heavily guarded by bunkers so be careful to keep the approach shot slightly left of centre.

13 Island

Par 3

13th

Hole 13 - Island

Par 3

A tricky par 3 set on an island. Not the longest of par 3's but don't let the yardage fool you, take 1 more club to ensure you make the green as short of this green is going to be trouble.

14 Garpit

Par 5

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Hole 14 - Garpit

Par 5

A great Par 5. A good drive down to the road allows you to hit a second shot into the larger area of fairway. A short iron into the right centre of the green makes this a challenging par 5. The longer hitters can make it in 2 but guarded by trees and a bunker makes the long second shot risky but awarding if achieved.

15 Burn

Par 3

15th

Hole 15 - Burn

Par 3

Excellent Par 3 with a split-level green. Correct club selection is essential so 1 more than you think will get you right into the centre of the green to make an easy par.

16 Railway

Par 5

16th

Hole 16 - Railway

Par 5

Driving the ball left of centre will certainly open up this fairly easy par 5. Whether you are taking on this hole in two or laying up for a third approach shot the out of bounds that runs up the right side of the green makes the hole a bit more challenging. Play it safe and a par or even birdie will be easily achieved.

17 Road

Par 4

17th

Hole 17 - Road

Par 4

The tee shot should be positioned inside left of the right-hand bunkers, this will leave a slightly easier second shot and a clear line to the pin. This fairway is fairly tight so be careful.

18 Home

Par 4

18th

Hole 18 - Home

Par 4

Back towards the clubhouse. A big drive right of centre here to avoid the left fairway bunker will set up a fairly straight forward approach, don't be fooled by this fairly flat green as subtle borrows make the putting very challenging.