Kingsbarns Golf Links is off to a flying start in 2012, adding another accolade to its already extensive collection by being ranked the No. 1 Modern Course (built after 1960) in Great Britain and Ireland by the top American magazine GolfWeek.
The stunning links course near St Andrews inScotlandmanaged to hold onto its first position in the rankings. It pipped two other top Scottish courses to the post: Castle Stuart and Loch Lomond took second and third place respectively.
The rankings are compiled by a board of GolfWeek´s raters who consider numerous aspects while assessing the course. The criteria includes ease and intimacy of routing, quality of feature shaping, natural setting and overall land plan, interest of greens and surrounding contours, variety and memorability of par 3s, 4s and 5s and the conditioning.
Late last year Golf Digest in America also ranked Kingsbarns as No. 12 in their authoritative Top 50 Links in Great Britain & Ireland rankings and Golf Magazine placed Kingsbarns in 54th position in its latest biennial top 100 rankings a rise of seven places from the 2009 rankings.
Kingsbarns Chief Executive Alan Hogg said: “We could not have wished for a better start to 2012 than by achieving more recognition from the golf industry. We are delighted that three leading golf publications in theUSArate Kingsbarns so highly and agree that it is such a special place to play golf. This is a fantastic achievement when you consider how strong the competition is here inScotlandalone and it is a real boost for the golf tourism industry. We are currently very busy preparing for the 2012 golf season and look forward to giving a warm welcome to the thousands of golfers playing at Kingsbarns this year.”
The impressive results are fitting recognition for the hard work the Kingsbarns´ team put in to ensuring the course is presented in top quality condition throughout the season and of the quality of the clubhouse facilities and service.