Dumbarnie Links only opened in 2020 but is already earning magnificent reviews from those who are lucky enough to have played it. Course designer Clive Clark has created an interesting challenge that engages players of all levels.

Clark has designed the course to offer a variety of choices and ask a few questions from the tee. This is particularly evident on the potentially driveable, risk and reward, par 4s. If you don’t manage to hold the undulating greens, clever run off areas give the player further choices as to the recovery shot that they are going to attempt.

There are a number of elevated tees on the links and some of these holes play directly towards the Firth of Forth, making the most of the stunning views across to East Lothian. Golfers get a closer view of the water on several holes as they are played in close proximity to the coastline.

Dumbarnie’s rapid rise to fame has been underlined by the fact that it has been chosen as the host venue for the 2021 Women’s Scottish Open. It will be interesting to see how the course has matured by then, and how the ladies tackle this superb layout. It certainly won’t be the last important event played here.

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