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Pro Golfer Journalist Reviews

Marc Warren - Three time European Tour winner. Teamed with fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie to capture 2007 World Cup of Golf.

"I had heard so much about Crail and it was great to finally play the course.

"It's a wonderful old fashion links course that clearly hasn't been altered or ruined by the desire to make changes to cope with modern technology as a lot of old fashioned golf courses have been in Scotland and England.

"So I just love the feel of the course and I would go far to say there is none better I've played than here at Crail.

"I'd now put the Balcomie Links up there with my favourites that include Prestwick along with the traditional old style links courses that you find on the Open Championship rota such as the Old Course, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and so on."

Joakim Haeggman - Three time European Tour winner, member of 1993 European Ryder Cup team, European Ryder Cup vice-captain 2002 & 2006.

"The course is as nice and enjoyable as ever I've experienced in playing golf along the shoreline in Scotland.

"One of the reasons in coming from Sweden to play golf in Scotland is that we have so many golf courses back home but the great majority are inland courses. We only have a handful, including Barseback that is laid out close to the coast.

"So it's just been lovely for myself and my seven playing partners to visit Crail for a first time, as it's been one of the courses along this stretch of coastline in Scotland I hadn't played before as we’ve all just enjoyed the experience so much."

Alastair Forsyth - Double European Tour winner, Scottish Closed PGA champion and former Scottish Amateur Stroke-Play champion.

"The Balcomie Links course may be short but it offers a lot of birdie chances. The course also is very spectacular in places with the carries across the beaches and rocks.

"The Craighead Links course is a typical modern links course with a Kingsbarns feel to it. It also has a slightly different turf to the much older links of Balcomie.

"It also is a much tougher compared to the Balcomie but then in saying that the longer hitters can attack a lot of the holes while there is a few holes playing shorter, if you can carry it across a few corners.

"I was not aware until after my round Gil Hanse had designed the course, and he’s certainly done a very good job.

"The par 5's are a highlight of the course as they are mostly reachable in two but then a word of caution as they have very well protected greens."

Matthew Fitzpatrick - 2013 US Amateur champion, 2013 Low Amateur Open Championship, Former World No. 1 ranked amateur.

"I love the Balcomie Links course where you drive off the first to the fairway below.

"I've played a bit of golf in Scotland and Crail is one of my favourites. I just like the course so much".

Doug Ferguson - Chief Golf Writer, Associated Press and former President American Golf Writers Association.

"I've had the pleasure of playing the Balcomie Links so I looked forward very much to tackling the Craighead Links course.

"The Craighead Course offers some spectacular views but what I found so intriguing was the variety of options designed Gil Hanse presents to you on virtually every hole including the angles into the greens that are critical, and so much a huge part of links golf."

Clive Argan - leading UK golf travel writer, and in his own words … “possible the worst golf writer never to have won a major and the greatest writer never to have won a Pulitzer Prize.

“Given its proud and venerable past, you could almost forgive Crail if it was a touch snooty, but it isn't at all. It's wonderfully warm and welcoming. The principal problem confronting the visitor is which of the two courses to play first.

"Graeme Lennie, the professional at Crail, describes the Balcomie Links as "the longest short course you'll ever play." It has six par 3s and measures a rather modest 5,861 yards off the back tees.

"Underestimate it at your peril, however, as very few manage to play to their handicap.

"It's an easy walking course and the only serious climb comes right at the end when you make your way back up to the top of the cliff upon which the splendid clubhouse is perched. The huge picture windows afford fabulous views out to sea and across to the Isle of May, and you should look out for shags, cormorants, gannets, geese, bottle-nosed dolphins and minke whales.

"And you might even be lucky enough to spot a famous golfer as Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, Steve Fleisch, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III and Matt Kuchar have all played here. Clint Eastwood, Neil Armstrong and Larry David have also teed it up at Crail"

Darius Oliver, Author, Planet Golf.

"A combination of stunning coastal views, centuries of history and hugely enjoyable golf is what makes Balcomie Links one of Scotland’s most finely polished gems."