Leven Links
The Promenade,
Leven, Fife KY8 4HS
Tel : +44 (0)1333 421390 Fax : +44 (0)1333 428859

Leven Links is used as a final pre-qualifying course when the British Open Championship is played at St Andrews (already booked for the millenium). True sea-side course - the editior of Golf Monthly described the older part of the Leven Links as 'being one of the best stands of Bent and Fescues in Scotland'.

East of Leven, on promenade. 13 km southwest of St Andrews

Further Information
Information herein provided by the committee 16 Oct 1998.

Leven links is managed by Leven Links Joint Committee. It has two golf clubs - Leven Golfing Society and Leven Thistle Golf Club.

Course Details

Course Name: Leven Links Holes: 18 Yardage: 6434 SSS: 71
Classic links course 'amongst the bents, sabdhills and windlestraie' used for pre-qualifying in the Open.

As Ian Keenleyside wrote - The strength of Leven Links is in its succession of 'less easy' holes and the fact that one turns at the 13th into the prevailing west wind with a lot of work still to be done. At the end is the Home Green, prior to 1893 being small and square, but now a large putting surface fronted by demonic Scoonie burn. This wide natural water hazard descibed in the past as 'yellow as Pactolus or as black as Styx, or again, with the colour of Ketchup, the density of pea soup and the smell of Gaol fever'. Not quite as bad today but it will still take two superlatively struck shots to reach the putting surface in regulation.

The 18th hole is reckoned to be one of the finest finishing holes in golf.

For an appreciation and independent view of this course please see golfer reviews.

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Reader Comments / Reviews Leave a comment
  • RE: Europe Golf courses reviews .

    wrote on: Dec 24, 2003

    have you ever got over in 2 at the 18 wi a wedge aff the back tees


  • Europe Golf courses reviews TDF2@RAF.BTINTERNET.COM 6/00

    TDF2@RAF.BTINTERNET.COM 6/00 wrote on: Nov 30, 2000

    Leven is very underrated in Scottish golf but the basic design and condition is as pure seaside links as there is to be found. The course is crippled however by the ridiculous situation of having two clubs playing and running the same course, which both pull in opposite directions when considering the improvement and upkeep of the course. Despite the amount of golf that is played the general condition is always excellent due to the greenkeepers efforts and is always worth a visit.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Rick Johnson 11/98

    Rick Johnson wrote on: Oct 31, 1998

    Beautiful seaside course with lots of character. Secretary there is a great friend of golf... His name is Sandy Herd. Look him up and he will probably play with you. Don't ask him what ' games' they play in Scotland. Keep your money for playing golf! Best regards to the Leven Secretary Sandy Herd, a friend of mine and a friend of golf.