Journey to the past: experience golf with hickory clubs on the Kingarrock course

04.05.2024 | Help / Tips, Scotland

Looking for a unique golf experience? Then head to the Kingarrock course near St. Andrews to step back in time and play golf the way it was played 100 years ago.

On this short but challenging course, you’ll try your hand at playing with hickory clubs and balls that probably only hit about 60 or 70 percent of what modern balls do. It’s a challenge for all golfers, but also a fun journey into history and a refresher for your golf skills.

The Kingarrock course is situated on an estate rich in history. Built by a keen golfer, Frederick Sharp, for his family, it was one of the most modern courses in Scotland at the time. After the tragic deaths of Sharp and his son, the course fell into disrepair and was even used for agricultural purposes during the Second World War. It was only in 2008 that it was renovated and reopened to the public.

The Kingarrock clubhouse will lend you a set of hickory clubs and the experienced staff will be happy to advise you on how to play with them. Playing with these clubs is very different from modern golf. The clubs are heavier, the balls fly shorter distances and the greens are slower. All of these factors place a great deal of emphasis on precise technique and feel for the game.

This course is also not played for time and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside and take in the historic surroundings. After your game, enjoy a Scotch whisky, brandy or a refreshing ginger ale in the clubhouse, just like they did a hundred years ago.

It’s a unique opportunity to experience golf at its purest. Whether you’re an experienced golfer or a beginner, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable day of fun and history at Kingarrock.



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