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Sean_A

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Kranky KINGHORN GC
« on: September 11, 2023, 12:13:44 PM »
The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn is a fine town featuring two beaches. The townís most recent claim to fame is the Black Rock 5. A 4.5-mile race which includes the loop of the black rocks which lie about a mile off-shore. The race can only be run at low tide when the water is no more than knee high. With over 600 entries, the race rather reminds one of a trail of ants marching into the sea. The race was started in 1987, 100 years earlier Kinghorn GC was founded on a nine-hole Old Tom Morris design. Kinghorn claims to be the fifth oldest golfing site in the world. Records date back to 1812 and it is likely golf was played over the Kinghorn Links up to 200 years prior to this date. Willie Fernie extended the course to 18 holes in 1905, but little of OTMís or Fernieís designs remain. A main reason for drastic changes was the sale of the land north of the 1st hole. The Fife Council eventually re-bought 16 acres which include holes 2, 3 & 6-8. The meadowy 14-16 were added to the course in 1965.

The opener is a good down n' up par 4 with OoB hard right. The second is the first of six short holes. A longish blind hole along the ridge, this wasn't a favourite of mine. The third brings us back down to the valley with a tee shot over the 2nd and a stone wall.


A wider view of the links and long range views. 


A closer look reveals the proximity of the harsh rough just right of the green.




More to follow.

Ciao
« Last Edit: September 23, 2023, 08:22:59 AM by Sean_A »
New plays planned for 2023: Clyne

Sean_A

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC:1-3
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2023, 05:02:49 PM »
Kinghorn Tour Cont

Kinghorn is jammed with very short two-shotters. The 4th is the first of seven under 320 yards. There isn't much to defend against birdie, but the green is somewhat interesting.


Playing over two valleys, the 5th green is seductively located.




The landscape brilliantly shifts for the short 6th; an evil hole. From the back tees its much easier to earn its listed par 4. If played from the backs, the third green is directly in play.


Its 88 yards shorter from the yellow tees, but four is the likely outcome.


The piddling green as seen from 7 tee. Once the hole is known, it must make sense to play pin-highish right and hope for a pitch and putt par. Notice the back tee for 7 on the outcrop to the rear. 


More to follow.

Ciao
« Last Edit: September 21, 2023, 02:43:30 AM by Sean_A »
New plays planned for 2023: Clyne

Sean_A

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC:1-6
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2023, 09:28:48 AM »
Kinghorn Tour Cont

The 7th plays over the lower reaches of a hill to a green tucked in a corner of the property. Perhaps not Kinghorn's best hole, but the 8th is a stern two-shotter back over the hill.  I suspect holding the fairway can be a big ask at times. Good hole with a slide away green.


We come back to the unruly ground for the 9th. At 217 yards this par 4 is much less than half the length of the 8th.


Much like the 4th & 5th, 9 & 10 run back on each other. This is one of five par 4s which is technically a par 3 length.  While the course is only 4637 yards from the yellow tees, the rating is 63.5 against a par of 65. Considering the generously labelled 4s, Kinghorn isn't a push over.


Similar to 7 & 8, the 11th escapes the lovely section of the property and doesn't have much to recommend it.

More to follow.

Ciao
« Last Edit: September 24, 2023, 02:43:26 AM by Sean_A »
New plays planned for 2023: Clyne

Sean_A

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC:1-11
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2023, 08:22:49 AM »
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The 12th comes back down the hill, but unlike the adjacent 11th, it plays over true, firm, humpty bumpty land, the last of such on the course. The green slopes away from a seemingly same grade as the fairway. The 412 yards plays very short.


We can walk in from here as the routing goes over less interesting terrain and the greens aren't all that interesting....with one exception...the short 17th. The view from the tee is lovely.


The hole is good as well.




A great example of a saving bunker with the added touch of the unusual about it.


From the forward tee the 18th is nothing special. However, for those willing to descend to the back tee for a sharply uphill blind shot which brings the road on the right into play...it is a potential card wrecker. Apparently, the tee is a homage to Old Tom Morris as it is his original 8th tee when the course played to this area.




Oh boy, Kinghorn has some holes among the angels and some which aren't worth the walk. I am not sure I have seen a course with such a strong dichotomy of quality. This is a classic "should have built what the land offered" situation. Yet, to me, its worth playing because of 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 & 17. I can't quite go so far as to say any of the holes are All Scotland candidates, but the 6th comes awfully close. Listen. its cheap and cheerful golf and for that we should all be thankful. Kinghorn makes for a perfect travel day game between East Lothian and Fife. Play it.  2023

Ciao
« Last Edit: September 24, 2023, 02:45:59 AM by Sean_A »
New plays planned for 2023: Clyne

Thomas Dai

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2023, 11:26:14 AM »
Thanks for the tour Sean. Some close friends played Kinghorn earlier this year and returned with comments about its quirkiness.
Atb

Niall C

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2023, 07:35:47 PM »
The bunker on 17 looks relatively new to me. I certainly can't recall it on my several plays there but that could be my dodgy memory.


Niall

Tony_Muldoon

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2023, 09:28:31 PM »
For those travelling to Fife with a few hours to spare, when one of your party suggests "Anstruther?" , the correct reply is " I believe the locals pronounce it Kinghorn". ;)


I'm all for brief reports but I think some of the not recorded holes are a bit better than you seem to.  I've only played it once but I bet the second is best played as a lay up par 3, forcing an interesting chip and putt. Going long risks lost ball. And the 18th from the forward tee had to be fed in from the left and was no pushover. Can't believe YOU did the walk back? (Can you clarify "when golf was played to this area?  Was there a green where there photo was taken from?  Hard to imagine having to take on that drive with Hickories.)


In 2022 the green fee was £20. In Fife!  Definitely worth making time for a visit to a very fun course.
Good tour, thanks for the memories.




Thanks to the sadly missed Rihc, nearby Burntisland GC is also on my radar for a visit.
https://burntislandgolfhouseclub.co.uk/

The correct pronunciation is Burnt Island. :)
« Last Edit: September 23, 2023, 10:01:09 PM by Tony_Muldoon »
Let's make GCA grate again!

Marty Bonnar

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2023, 06:25:45 AM »
Richís home village Course, Aberdour, is also worth a visit.


https://www.aberdourgolfclub.co.uk/


Is it the only Course on the planet that opens with TWO Par Threes?
F.
The White River runs dark through the heart of the Town,
Washed the people coal-black from the hole in the ground.

Tony_Muldoon

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2023, 02:43:55 PM »
Richís home village Course, Aberdour, is also worth a visit.


https://www.aberdourgolfclub.co.uk/


Is it the only Course on the planet that opens with TWO Par Threes?
F.


Pay attention at the back Bonar. If you'd come to the Welsh Buda game at Church Stretton you'd have started with 3 par threes!!!!!




Err which sort of proves your point....(if it wasn't for Pacific Groves where I started 2, 2. Thank you for raising this topic thats only the 47th time I've had an excuse to mentioned it on here.)
Let's make GCA grate again!

David McIntosh

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Re: Kranky KINGHORN GC New
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 03:15:29 PM »

Is it the only Course on the planet that opens with TWO Par Threes?
F.

F,

Donít forget another course close to recent Buda venues further down the east coast - Bamburgh Castle also begins with two par threes.

Genuinely donít think Iíve heard you mention that one before Tony.  ;)
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 03:26:05 PM by David McIntosh »

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