Expectations are soaring for the new Clive Clark-designed Dumbarnie Links in Fife, Scotland. The course was gifted warmer-than-average temperatures and minimal precipitation over the summer, which has allowed construction and grassing crews to get slightly ahead of schedule.
Dumbarnie Links is located on the eastern coastline of central Scotland, within 10 miles of fabled St. Andrews.
“There was already so much to be excited for with Dumbarnie Links – a spectacular parcel of land with extraordinary sweeping panoramic water views over the Firth of Forth, in the ideal location for a bucket-list golf experience,” Clark said. “With everything else that has gone right so far in the early stages, there is a palpable energy about how great this genuine links golf course is going to be. It’s very exciting.”
“We already had so much optimism for success when we got the green light to build Dumbarnie Links, and with the assistance of some record-breaking weather courtesy of Mother Nature in 2018, there is even more excitement building for this once-in-a-lifetime project.” said Luke Beardmore, OB Sports Senior Vice President of Agronomy and Construction. “The much warmer and dryer than normal temperatures have allowed for a quicker, stronger, and better overall grow-in. Having such a great stand of turf this early in the project should help the course mature and be in fabulous condition before we open in the Spring of 2020.”
Located on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, directly across the water from Muirfield, in a secluded corner of the East Neuk of Fife, Dumbarnie Golf Links already has all 18 holes shaped –14 of them featuring ocean views. Each of the 18 greens have already been seeded with a fescue/bentgrass combination, and 17 fairways have been seeded. Tee boxes and walking trails will feature a rye/fescue grass combination. Each of the 18 holes is expected to be finished ahead of schedule.
“We know it’s more of a marathon than a sprint, but we also can’t help but crack a smile at what’s going on here,” said Clark. “We have on board an amazing staff of world-class greenkeepers supervising and executing the grow-in, and we’ve had perfect conditions for an outstanding project so far. The Golf Gods have been smiling on Dumbarnie Links, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
A former Ryder Cup player, Clark has designed more than 34 golf courses in Europe and the United States.
OB Sports currently manages approximately 60 golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States, while expanding its international footprint to include Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, and Dumbarnie Golf Links.
Feature Photo: Dumbarnie Golf Links