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Leven Links

Leven Links is one of the most charming traditional links golf courses in Scotland.

The golf course as it is today, came into being in 1909, although golf has been played in Leven since 1820 and on some parts of the existing course since 1846.

Its history is complex and there is a fairly unique situation whereby two golf clubs Leven Golfing Society and Leven Thistle Golf Club share Leven Links Golf Course with representatives from both clubs forming Leven Links joint committee. Both Leven Golfing Society and Leven Thistle Golf Club were formed in 1867.

Leven Golf Club is one of the more traditional links golf courses in Scotland and its wonderful approaches, fast running fairways and greens, combined with a series of parallel dune ridges which provide superb definition all give Leven Links its distinct character.

Don't be fooled by its yardage as on a windy day it's as tough as they get and the 18th Par 4 is one of the finest finishing holes of all the golf courses in Scotland.

The Standard Life Assurance Company gifted Leven Golfing Society a gold medal in 1870 and the competition known as the Standard Life Amateur Champion Gold Medal is still contested for today and believed to be the worlds' longest running amateur competition.

Previous winners include Ryder Cup players Andrew Coltart, Per-Ulrik Johannson and former world number one Lee Westwood who is now an honorary member.

Leven Links has previously held final qualifying for the Open Championship when held at the Old Course St Andrews. Though not one of the better-known Scottish golf courses to overseas visitors, it is highly recommended as one to be added, along with Lundin Golf Club next door, to any golf tours in Scotland.