The Ladybank Golf Club is one of the premier courses of the Fife Kingdom and has also been on The Open Championship qualifying trail since 1978, which was played at St Andrews. For lovers of the game away from the sea Ladybank Golf Club provides a classic heathland test and enjoys a reputation as one of the finest inland layouts in Scotland.
National Club Golfer Magazine said:
“Designed by Old Tom Morris, Ladybank is a rare beast in Fife – a tremendous inland course. It measures just over 6,600 from the medal tees, making great use of its heath-land terrain. It has changed a little over the years, requiring the golfer to display real precision to hit the small and often contoured greens.
“There are a few dog-legs between the trees where care is needed not to get blocked out. Never easy but always fun. Of its type, one of the finest courses in the land for my money. The experience here is always a rich one. Standing on the 1st tee, you know you are in for a treat.”
A heathland golf course of Championship status (par 71), it is set amongst heather, pine trees and silver birch. The Championship course (6,754 yards) has two loops of nine holes, but visitors generally use the blue course that measures 6,299 yards. The course definition may have changed dramatically in the intervening one hundred years, but its character remains intact. If you stray off line expect to be punished for your sins. The course is relatively flat, so it’s not a difficult one to walk, but the trees, heather and greenside bunkers punish careless hitters with maximum force. The record set by a professional is only 65, which testifies to its subtle challenges.
The drive at the dogleg 3rd and 9th holes requires extreme care, as do the 15th and 16th on the back nine. The greens are compact, and your approach shot requires precision to find the putting surface. The fairways are predominantly flat leaving you invigorated from the exercise with a surfeit of energy to meet the excesses of the 19th hole.
The course has hosted The Scottish Open Amateur Senior Championships in 1998, The British Boys in 1998, the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship in 2001 and the final qualifying for The Open Championship in 1978, 1984, 11990, 1995, 2000 and 2005.
The recently extended clubhouse at Ladybank is a welcoming facility to all golfers and non-golfers alike. The main lounge, dining room and new function suite overlook the 1st tee, 9th and 18th greens so there is always something to watch as you relax after your round. There are two bars at Ladybank: The Lounge is the perfect place to sit back with your favourite drink and reflect on your game. It offers wonderful views over the 18th green. The Spike Bar covers a smaller area which makes it a great place to relax with friends after a round. Food, beer, spirits and wines are available at each facility, whilst Wi-Fi is also available throughout the clubhouse.
Ladybank has a team of three P.G.A Professionals who cater for every customer’s needs by attempting to create a perfect day at the golf course. The shop stocks FootJoy, Titleist, UnderArmour, Callaway, Powakaddy, Motocaddy, Stewart Golf, Glenmuir, GreenLamb, Ping, Ecco, Masters, Srixon, Masters. Golf buggies, electric trollies, hire sets and pull-trolleys are also available to rent from the pro shop.