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Crail – Balcomie Course

Founded: 1895
Designer: Old Tom Morris
Championship Length: 5,922 yards
PAR: 69
SSS (Course Rating): 69
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer who wants to play a scenic course, likes traditional links golf, doesn’t mind a shorter layout, and wants to play a fun and relaxing round of golf while keeping an eye on cost. A great course near St Andrews for a golfer looking for a warm-up round or an introduction to links golf on the day of arrival.


The Crail Golfing Society started in 1786 and is among the oldest golf clubs in the world. Crail Balcomie was moved to its current location in 1895 when Old Tom Morris of nearby St Andrews helped with the redesign.

World War II had the links shut for awhile but it soon thereafter reclaimed it’s status in Fife as a well conditioned, fun golf links along the sea. The course is known for the very warm reception for guests in the clubhouse and the greens which are among the best in Scotland.

Crail Balcomie’s white medal tees are 6506 yards par 71, but most visitors will play the white tees at 6,250 yards and par 69, or the red tees at 5,775 yard par 73.  Any set of tees will allow for a delightful round of golf on these windswept links some 10 miles south of St Andrews.

Many Pioneer Golf guests on a Scotland golf tour enjoy the Crail Balcomie Links as a day to rest from the tougher challenges such as Carnoustie or Kingsbarns, or to even rest the legs by taking a cart.  It also makes for a nice second round of the day after playing The Old Course or Dumbarnie in the area.  However you fit Crail into your Scotland golf package, you will enjoy the round as among the most enjoyable of your Scottish trip!

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“Crail was the first course we played and one of our favorites on the trip.  I definitely would recommend people play a round at Crail.”

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Tours that include this Course

St Andrews Jubilee Course

St Andrews-Jubilee Course

Old Tom Morris Trail

Five rounds of golf:

  • St Andrews-Old Course
  • St Andrews-New Course
  • St Andrews-Jubilee Course
  • Prestwick
  • Crail-Balcomie Course