Best Values in ... Fife, Scotland

Lundin Golf Club, a world away from St.Andrews only in price.
Larry Lambrecht

The Kingdom of Fife may center around St. Andrews, but entirely worthy and ancient layouts lie beyond the cradle of golf . Golf is no longer cheap in St. Andrews, but we've unearthed six courses where at least four days a week in high season, you can get change back from a $100 bill.

Lundin Golf Club
6,371 yards, par 71; Green fees:$96
011-44-1333-320202,
lundingolfclub.co.uk

Thirty minutes south of St. Andrews lies Lundin Links, a wonderfully quirky treat. Lundin once shared its original 1868 Old Tom Morris design with the Leven Club. In 1909, Lundin was given roughly half the holes and Leven the other half. Today's Morris holes are 1-4 and 15-18, while 5-14 are the handiwork of James Braid. Old Tom's best effort is the home hole, a 439-yard par-4 that climbs to a depression in the dunes.

Ladybank Golf Club
6,580 yards, par 71;
Green fees: $38-$95
01144-1337-830814,
ladybankgolf.co.uk

Crail Golfing Society
(Balcomie Links)
5,861 yards, par 69;
Green fees: $49-$108
01144-1333-450686,
crailgolfingsociety.co.uk

Scotscraig Golf Club
6,669 yards, par 71;
Green fees: $96-$127
01144-1382-552515,
scotscraiggolfclub.com

St. Andrews (Eden Course)
6,250 yards, par 70;
Green fees: $33-$78
01144-1334-466666,
www.standrews.org.uk

Best Under $50
Aberdour Golf Club
5,447 yards, par 67; Green fees:
$49-$78 01144-1383-860080,
aberdourgolfclub.co.uk

This funky track south of St. Andrews is a rare parkland layout by the sea, but its quirks go far beyond that. The starting holes are both 160-yard par-3s, with number one clearly one of golf's most memorable openers. While the quality eventually ebbs, it's still good stuff for a fair price.

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