Good value 9 hole course managed by Fife Golf Trust
Summary: Round £12. Par 36. Value (out of 5) – 3.5
Lochore Meadows is one of 7 courses managed by the Fife Golf Trust which was established in 2011 to take over Fife Council’s directly managed courses. This is becoming a common practice by Local Authorities in Scotland to manage golf courses. The golf club is private, like many Scottish clubs associated with public courses.
Lochore Meadows Golf Course, located within Lochore Meadows Country Park, was formerly called Ballingry Golf Course. It was founded in 1981.
The country park is just north of Lochgelly, in the Benarty area, comprising the separate villages of Ballingry, Lochore, Crosshill, and Glencraig; this is a poor part of Scotland still in need of economic regeneration following the demise of the coal mining industry – a former mine shaft being a major feature to the left of the first hole.
The 9 hole golf course is really good value. It has a very traditional layout with 2 par 3s and 2 par 5s, and at over 3000 yards, from the yellow tees, is a full length course. It was also in very good condition when I played, with the medal tees looking like they would have been at home on a much more prestigious Fife course.
The fairways are very generous so you can take driver on most holes. There is also a stream running across the course which comes into play on the 1st, 8th and 9th. The large greens were also in great condition when I played.
There are some lovely views of the surrounding hillsides, which coupled with the good course, means that it is worth travelling to play Lochore Meadows.
Course Type: Parkland
Par 36 (2 par 5s, 5 par 4s, 2 par 3s)
Moly’s Gross score: 48.