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Founded: 1879
Designer: Old Tom Morris
Championship Length: 6,580 yards
PAR: 71
SSS (Course Rating): 72
Type: Parkland
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer who wants to play an inland (heathland) course while in St Andrews. This is a Open Championship qualifying course that is not a links.


Originally a six-hole layout designed by Old Tom Morris, Ladybank Golf Club was established in 1879. By 1910, an expansion program resulted in a circular nine-hole format being created and further expansion saw the introduction of 18 holes in May 1961. Though minor alterations have obviously taken place since, the course remains relatively unchanged.

Another rare Scottish course that provides the golfer with a worthwhile alternative to the rugged links game, 1978 was a landmark year for Ladybank, when it was chosen as a Open Championship qualifying venue. Since then, Ladybank Golf Club has hosted final qualifying on numerous occasions and the golfers who have graced its turf include, among others, Bernard Langer, Jack Nicklaus, Justin Leonard, Darren Clarke and the late Payne Stewart.

On teeing off at Ladybank, the golfer quickly becomes aware of the challenge about to be presented. The mature woodland channels the wind in such a way that the aspect of each hole changes. The dogleg first hole is typical of many at Ladybank, when having carried the rough to the fairway the golfer is left with a tight second to the green. The bunkers, which surround the green, prevent all but the most accurate of shots from holding the putting surface, and a par here is a good start to what is sure to be an enjoyable round.

A beautiful parkland layout set among heather, pine trees and silver birch, the Ladybank design comprises two loops of nine holes. With tree-lined fairways, it is an excellent test of golf and rewards the brave and accurate player; accuracy or bravery alone, however, often has the reverse effect on one’s score. Combined with the undeniable quality of the course, the surrounding tranquillity and beauty enhance an already exquisite golfing experience.

Course review content courtesy of Golf Publisher Syndications


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