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Malcolm Mckinnon

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Humpin and HeavIn on the InterLeven!!
« on: May 31, 2018, 10:28:00 PM »
Just got a message from Mike Malone (Mayday) on aftermath his round at Leven Links. Loved it!!


He liked it! Crazy land undulations on sandy soil by the sea seduce with wind off the North Sea and Forth River ever a factor, not to mention the Largo Law looming over it all!


For years I studied the links of Scotland. Bought Robert Price's book on Scotland's Golf Courses, etc. But kept coming back to thinking that perhaps the most fun links land I have seen is the Interleven.


Not a sea barrier dunes at all. Just sandy humpy, bumpy, gorsey, crazy terrain that is easily walkable with a bit of Old Tom Morris and James Braid tossed in.


You leave from town out to the links and return back again.


Perfection!!






























Marty Bonnar

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Re: Humpin and HeavIn on the InterLeven!!
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 08:13:07 AM »
Malcolm,
Not Interleven, but Innerleven, although that course is long gone:
http://www.golfsmissinglinks.co.uk/index.php/scotland-63/scotland-central-east/fife/1408-sco-innerleven-golf-club-fife
Nice post though and Iím glad that Mayday enjoyed it!
Leven is a good, not great golf course, spoiled by the deeply-flawed routing. Maybe one day, it might be reunited with Lundie over the wall and one of Scotlandís very best golf courses would be reborn.
Not holding my breath, though...!
Cheers,
F.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2018, 08:17:42 AM by Marty Bonnar »
The White River runs dark through the heart of the Town,
Washed the people coal-black from the hole in the ground.

Malcolm Mckinnon

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Re: Humpin and HeavIn on the InterLeven!!
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2018, 08:53:18 PM »
Agreed Marty and Cheers!


It provided the lumpiest links land within a one hour drive of my flat in Morningside, Edinburgh even with the Forth Bridge construction going on. Therefore it became a fave. Also reasonably priced as the Americanos have not put it on their golf tourism itineraries yet.

RJ_Daley

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Re: Humpin and HeavIn on the InterLeven!!
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2018, 12:09:47 AM »
Thanks to Neffers Marty for having me as a guest at Leven.  I could easily settle there and that be my home course and only one I play on a regular basis.  It is just a very fun course in a great little place. 
No actual golf rounds were ruined or delayed, nor golf rules broken, in the taking of any photographs that may be displayed by the above forum user.

Ally Mcintosh

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Re: Humpin and HeavIn on the InterLeven!!
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2018, 04:08:58 AM »
Marty,


Would be interested in your take on the flawed routing?


Clearly itís out, back, out, back with a few awkward crossovers at the wall and only one hole playing perpendicular to the sea... but other than that, it flows quite well. OK so it has tight, dangerous spots and a couple of places where playing off adjacent fairways is the desirable line... maybe the routing isnít the best.... but what land movement. Brilliant...


Marty Bonnar

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Re: Humpin and HeavIn on the InterLeven!!
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2018, 04:52:06 PM »
Marty,


Would be interested in your take on the flawed routing?


Clearly itís out, back, out, back with a few awkward crossovers at the wall and only one hole playing perpendicular to the sea... but other than that, it flows quite well. OK so it has tight, dangerous spots and a couple of places where playing off adjacent fairways is the desirable line... maybe the routing isnít the best.... but what land movement. Brilliant...


Ally,
The main problem is with the stretch from 6th green to 10th tee. Itís squeezed into way too tight a bit of land. Not normally a huge issue, but come medal days it chokes up horrendously.
First of all, the tee shot at 7 is beyond dangerous, with even a minor slice endangering life and limb on the 6th green.
Iíve been standing on the eighth tee, seeing a group in the fairway, a group on the green and TWO groups standing on the ninth tee! That indicates that thereís another group on the (short) ninth green and another on the tenth tee. You just know then that the next three holes are going to take about an hour to play. Iíve walked off from the eighth tee a few times...Itís such a shame because they are a good set of holes.
Cheers,
F.
The White River runs dark through the heart of the Town,
Washed the people coal-black from the hole in the ground.

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