Balbirnie Park Golf Course

4.4549176471 4.5 stars from 5 (30)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6313 yards
  • Layout

  • Balbirnie Park Golf Course, Balbirnie Park, Markinch, Glenrothes, KY7 6NR
  • +44 (0) 1592 752006
  • balbirniegolf.com
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Year built: 1983
Style: Parkland

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 71 6313 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 71 6012 yards N/A N/A
Ladies 71 5502 yards N/A N/A

Balbirnie Park Golf Club serves as a prime example of a traditional parkland design with a layout that follows the natural contours of the land very closely. The gently rolling landscape lends some interest to the course but the undulations are invitingly gentle rather than being overly difficult. Long hitters will really shine on the golf course since it greatly rewards straight shots with some distance. Golfers should beware though, it is a tricky layout that punishes errant shots with thick rough and densely wooded areas. Balbirnie Park Golf Club finishes with what is arguably the most challenging hole. This par 5 requires two strokes, both blind to the hole, to lay-up before a heavily protected putting surface situated in front of the clubhouse. There are bunkers to the right and a large tree to the left as well as a burn that runs along the entire front of the green.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 30 Reviews
5 stars:
17
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

30 out of 30 reviews


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"Superb parkland"


u319523076's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Went out here for a change of scenery and thoroughly enjoyed it! Course is in great condition. Plenty of challenges and different approaches to play.

Will for sure be back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A real gem"


u7525202's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a Thursday, sun was shining birds were singing course was quiet and beautifully kept. All staff were friendly. The few members out on the course were very helpful. A really must course to play. Highly recommended, thanks Balbirnie


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Lovely parkland course"


darceywill's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed our game, course in good condition for february.

But slow. Play round took us nearly 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"good"


tonisha1996's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2018
Previously played Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

nice course but weather not great a lot of leaves around being a parkland course but no one clearing them off the greens


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Art5677's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Course condition good. Shame the greens have just been sanded. but appreciate this needs doing


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Winter golf"


t1937068653's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not quite winter,still on proper greens,lots of leaves on the ground,but this to be expected at this time of year,didn't stop our enjoyment of a wonderful golf course layout,greens still in great condition and we had a great day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Solid play"


Jannemien's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was not very hard but some holes were very difficult to see. Weather was ok a bit of everything. Good maintenance overal. watch out for the wall at the 18th.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



t1937068653's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



t856431463's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Lovely Course"


t1196176880's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played this gem of a course today with my friend. Greens were absolutely fantastic. Beautiful narrow tree-lined fairways reminiscent of the style of Augusta. Undulating fairways and interesting elevation changes make for the need carefully select the correct club on approach shots. The 18th is a truly memorable Par 5 with a real risk/reward second shot. Will definitely visit again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



John3582650's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We got this course on a hot deal This course is excellent value for money and in great condition.

The staff are very friendly and when they noticed 2 of us did not have caddy cars offered them free of charge

Definitely a must play if you are in the kingdom


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Balbirnie Golf Club"


robertcooper88's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
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Reviewed on

Enjoyed a fabulous day out at Bilbirnie GC. The course was in great condition and the weather was excellent. The course was beautifully manicured and we were welcomed by very friendly staff in the Professional Shop. It was an annual visit and I can highly recommend this very friendly reasonably priced course to anyone. Robert Cooper MBE


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



t766650487's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Our day at Balbirnie"


JanTadrowski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is obviously good but we picked the worst day for rain. It rained for 18 holes solid, soaked to skin, but because I invited visitors to play kept thinking it would cease but never did. Water on greens etc but we carried on and when we came off we were the only two cars in sight and noone else playing. Jokingly said to pro we should get discount for that and he laughed. Would love to bring the visitors back to play in better weather as I feel they would enjoy it better obviously. Walking through water not enjoyable but thought the course might have been closed probably was once we came off which would explain why nobody there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Millman55's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unfortunately we picked a very wet day and the hilly undulating course was hard work to walk. Some very interesting holes but a few that were extremely similar Helps to be a straight driver . Pleasant helpful staff and bar amenities we all we could ask for


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Neil Dalkeith"


t1847684987's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lovely golf course with massive greens that where in superb condition play was slow due to 2 groups of 3balls in front but apart from that it was a golf course that I'll be coming back to definitely value for money at £15


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent and challenging."


t2008367824's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Balbirnie is a great course, it's been on my doorstep for 5 years and I can't believe I've waited so long to play it. For the small cost of £15 I'd probably say it's the best course I've ever played.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This course is a must in Fife"


t1004315935's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is a fantastic course to play when on holiday in the Fife area and is great value for money compared to many within this region, the course is in great condition and the welcome in the clubhouse is fantastic.

On a sunny day like we had we all agreed that we would come back again for the 4th time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Balbirnie Park GC"


robertcooper88's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Having never played Balbirnie GC before, I am pleased to say that I thourghly enjoyed the experience. The course is in excellent condition and the greens are fabulous. I have now found a true little gem of a course and I will certainly be returning soon to repeat the experience. Big well done to the greenkeeping staff who have obviously worked tirelessly to present the course in such good condition.

Robert Cooper MBE


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



MCameron89's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course layout, provides a challenge. Great set up with pro shop at hand. Will certainly come back for another shot. Gross 73


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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