Crail, Lundin & Leven Links

There’s more great golf in the Kingdom of Fife than just the legendary Old Course…

  • Crail, Lundin & Leven Links 4 nights

    Our suggested 4 night vacation package includes:

    • 4 nights B&B at Ardgowan Hotel 3*
    • 3 rounds of golf at Crail Balcomie Links, Lundin Links and Levin Links
    • Car rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices include all taxes and surcharges

    from $885 USD pp

  • Crail, Lundin & Leven Links 7 Nights

    Our suggested 7 night vacation package includes:

    • 7 nights B&B at Ardogowan Hotel 3*
    • 5 rounds of golf at Lundin Golf Course, Leven Links, Elie Golf Course, St Andrews Jubilee Course & Crail Balcomie Links
    • Car rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices include all taxes and surcharges

    from $1615 USD pp

  • Crail, Lundin & Leven Links 7 Night Combo

    Our suggested 7 night vacation package includes:

    • 3 nights B&B at the South Beach Hotel 3*
    • 4 nights B&B at the Ardgowan Hotel 3*
    • 5 rounds of golf at Gailes Links, Dundonald Links, Lundin Links, the Balcomie Links at Crail Golfing Society and Leven Links
    • Car rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices include all taxes and surcharges

    from $1325 USD pp

  • St Andrews is the home of golf and The Old Course is obviously the jewel in the crown. That said, the Jubilee course is not to be sniffed at and is a . Opened in the 1890s and adjacent to The Old on the same strip of land, some would say it is a sterner test than the more famous father. Close by there is Crail and Elie, two of the oldest golf clubs in the world. The Lundin course is a regular Open Qualifying course when the old Championship is played at St Andrews and it's easy to see why with a layout that will test every club in the bag. By its side is its slightly flatter neighbour, Leven Links, which is subtle yet charming but still a test for all handicaps. With a range of different hotel options to choose from in the St Andrews area, it is easier than you would think to put together a budget golf vacation, playing some of these lesser known courses and yet still being able to soak up the history and atmosphere of this golfing mecca.

    Average weather graph for St Andrews, Crail & Elie

  • A 4 night suggested itinerary from $885pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive Edinburgh or Glasgow and travel straight to Ardgowan Hotel 3* (Edinburgh Airport to Ardgowan Hotel = 1hr 12mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Balcomie Links, Crail (20 mins drive from Ardgowan Hotel)
    • Day 3 - Play golf at Lundin Golf Course (20 mins drive from Ardgowan Hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Leven Links (20 mins drive from Ardgowan Hotel)
    • Day 5 – Return to USA

    Includes car rental (self-drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

    • 7hrs 15mins

      New York John F Kennedy (JFK)

      Airlines: Finnair/American Airlines/US Airways/Iberia

    • 7hrs 20mins

      Newark Liberty International (EWR)

      Airlines: United

    • 7hrs 30mins

      Washington Dulles (IAD)

      Airlines: United

    • 7hrs

      Philadelphia International (PHL)

      Airlines: American Airlines/US Airways

    • 8hrs 25mins

      Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL)

      Airlines: Virgin Atlantic

    • 8hrs 05mins

      Orlando International (MCO)

      Airlines: Virgin Atlantic

    • 8hrs 20mins

      Miami International (MIA)

      Airlines: Thomas Cook/Condor

  • Practice Facilities
    These are not quite as abundant as they are at US golf courses, and you may struggle to find a practice range (or a conveniently located one) at the great, classic links courses in the UK and Ireland. Even if you do manage to find one, don’t be surprised if you have to purchase range ball tokens from the Pro Shop and self-serve!

    Halfway Houses and Beverage Carts
    Most of these great links golf courses were designed to play nine holes out (away from the clubhouse) followed by nine holes back, with no halfway house. Be prepared to carry refreshments in your golf bag to keep you going for the whole round. Similarly, there are very few (if any) beverage/refreshment carts at these courses as it is not customary to drink alcohol whilst playing golf in the UK and Ireland.

    Handicap Restrictions
    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

    The Weather
    The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay!

    Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!

    Caddies and Carts
    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis.

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    Tee Times
    Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.

    Attire in Golf Clubhouses
    Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues. 

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Sean Fahey

Golf Vacation Specialist

“Naturally we all want to play The Old Course at St Andrews, but if budget does not allow, there are other ways to experience the home of golf and get your St Andrews fix. Choice of great golf in this area is not an issue!”

Sean Fahey

Golf Vacation Specialist