Welcome to Kirkcaldy Golf Club

Kirkcaldy Golf Course was designed by the famous Tom Morris in 1904.It is a very attractive 18 Hole parkland course designed to challenge golfers of all standards. One of the many features is a traditional Scottish burn which meanders it’s way by five holes throughout the course.

To complement the golf, players can sample the wonderful clubhouse facility, which provides excellent food and beverage in a friendly environment.

Kirkcaldy Golf Course

Kirkcaldy Golf Course is known locally as Balwearie and is set in 150 acres of a beautiful, rolling piece of Fife countryside.

From start to finish this is a true test of golf. The 1st hole, with the drive across the burn is a challenge for any player, then it’s very own ‘Amen Corner‘ round the 6, 7, & 8th holes, where a good round can be made or lost, and finally, in the homeward straight, the par 5 17th gives that special thrill of ‘should I shouldn’t I?’ when contemplating carrying the burn in two from the top of the hill.

So give it a try, you won’t be disappointed with the condition of the course, which is widely known as one of the best manicured in Fife. It has much-deserved recognition as a course everyone should play whilst visiting “The Kingdom”.

Enjoy the experience!

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History of the Club

Club formed 1904

Opening of Clubhouse 1906

10 year celebration match

Duncan v. Vardon
An exhibition match between George Duncan, at that time the last Scotsman to win The Open, and Harry Vardon, he of the famous Vardon grip and six times Open Champion, took place during 1914.  In January of that year the Secretary reported Duncan has offered to come with Vardon to play an exhibition match over the course on 28th May, their fees to be - £8 each and expenses from Edinburgh. The Council's view was that a charge of 6d or 1/- could be made for entrance on that day and that donations be invited to defray the costs.

At the Council's next meeting a fee of £20 was agreed to cover all the professionals costs and the date subsequently chosen was 24th June 1914.   Once the decision was taken an advertising campaign swung into action and there was little the Council could learn from today's advertising gurus about promoting an event for posters advertising the match were sent to all clubs in Fife and Edinburgh, advertisements were taken in newspapers in Edinburgh and locally bills were placed in Kirkcaldy tramcars on the day of the match. Tickets were printed for sale to members and to members of the public in shops, different colours being chosen for the afternoon and evening rounds, and tickets made available for sale from a pay box placed near the clubhouse - was anything left out?

Eventually a profit of £35 was made and payments of £2 and £1 were made to the Clubmaster and Greenkeeper respectively for all their efforts.


1957 Exhibition Match

Panton & Morgan v Brown & Lindsay
In 1957 there was a memorable exhibition match involving leading Scottish professionals John Panton and Eric Brown. At that time Panton was the reigning British Match Play Champion and he had won the Scottish Professional Championship on six occasions.   Brown was a former Scottish Amateur Champion and current Scottish Professional Champion. They agreed to play for a fee of £25 and the exhibition took the form of a four-ball with John Lindsay and James Morgan representing the Club.   A charge of 2/6d was made and the event made a profit of 7/16/-.
In the match Panton was partnered by Jimmy Morgan, five times winner of the Club Championship, and Brown was partnered by current Club champion John Lindsay.   Some excellent golf was played with Panton going round in 67 while Brown, out in 33, had an approximate 72 which included four penalty strokes.   Star of the day, however, was John Lindsay who reached the turn in a passable 39 but wielded a magic putter on the second nine to card a score of 28 and ensure a 3&2 victory for the Brown/Lindsay pairing.   The match was watched by several hundred spectators.

Other signifiicant events:

  • Purchase of course from Raith Estates
  • Mark Donaldson Scottish Boys Champion
  • Finalist in Scottish Amateurs
  • Centenary Year Celebrations 2004