Leven Links Golf Club
St Andrews, Scotland
Leven Links Golf Club overview
Golf has been played at Leven Links since 1846, making it one of the oldest clubs in the world. Located 10 miles south of St Andrews, the two clubs of Leven Golfing Society and Leven Thistle Golf Club play here.
As with so many of these historic clubs, Leven also started out as nine holes before Old Tom Morris performed his magic and extended it to 18 in 1868. The layout was then divided due a dispute with the neighboring Lundin Golf Club and reconfigured in 1909, and not much has changed since then.
One of the great old Fife golf clubs that is a regular host of Open Championship Qualifying and consistently ranked amongst Scotland’s top 50 courses.
Leven Links Golf Course overview
Leven Links has a unique landscape of parallel ridge dunes that provide the ideal setting for links golf. Fairways run along valleys between these old dunes and the slopes and bounces of these natural obstacles come into play throughout the round.
Measuring just over 6500 yards off the tips and par-71, Leven has many great holes with the first four running along the delightful Largo Bay. The strength of the course lies in the undulating fairways, revetted bunkers, fine approaches and large greens, and we highly recommend including this links gem in your St Andrews itinerary.
The 18th is one of the finest finishing holes in golf, a long par-4 measuring 455 yards and requiring two well struck shots to reach an enormous sloping green that is protected by the Scoonie Burn.
Did You Know?
In 1870 the Standard Life Assurance Co. gifted the club a medal, which is still annually contested and thought to be the world’s longest-running amateur stroke play championship.
Accommodation near Leven Links Golf Club
The Ardgowan in St Andrews is a 36-room family-run, 3-star hotel in the center of town. A popular spot for golfers, this hotel is just a short walk from the 1st tee of the famed Old Course.
The Albany Hotel
A delightful Georgian terraced house dating back to 1764, the Albany Hotel is a friendly boutique hotel located in the heart of St. Andrews, with 22 guest rooms of different sizes and layouts.