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The Forth Coast

The Forth Coast in Fife looks across the Firth of Forth estuary to Edinburgh and beyond. Kirkcaldy is the main town in this area and has a population of over 50,000. It is renowned for its warm welcome to visitors and offers an excellent selection of hotels, restaurants and golf course.

Kirkcaldy has three 18 hole courses - Kirkcaldy Golf Club, Dunnikier Park and Thornton. Kirkcaldy is set in 150 acres of beautiful Fife countryside. The course provides a true test and has it's own 'Amen Corner', where a good round can be made or lost. Dunnikier Park is situated in the north of the town was opened in 1967. The rolling, tree lined fairways and excellent hospitality provide an enjoyable day out for all players.

Thornton is located just outside the town, with the River Ore running through the course and coming into play on some holes. Always acclaimed for the quality of the greens, Thornton will provide a very warm welcome. The Forth Coast has a number of courses that sit next to the Firth of Forth. Many provide stunning views over the estuary to Edinburgh and East Lothian. You would think all these courses would be of a links style, but Burntisland and Aberdour are of a parkland nature and in excellent condition. These are a must to play these before tackling the true links tests found further round the coast.

Further round the coast, links courses start to come into greater prominence. Leven and Lundin are both true links courses and situated next to one another. These courses host Final Qualifying when The Open Championship is played at St Andrews. This demonstrates in itself the quality of test that awaits you when teeing off.

Drive east along the road from Leven, you'll arrive at Elie Golf Club. The club was formed in 1875 and only a handful of clubs in Scotland are older. The course is a classic example of links golf, with a number of stunning holes playing alongside the sea.

The nine hole course at Anstruther is a true hidden gem. The course plays along the linksland from the village and offers exceptional views. Its location is ideal for players wishing for a quick 9 holes after playing one of the 18 hole courses nearby.