Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2023

Thursday October 5  – Sunday October 8

(Course closure Sunday October 1 – Sunday October 8 2023)

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship returns to Kingsbarns in 2023 for the 22nd time since its inclusion in 2001.  Kingsbarns perfectly complements the history and traditions of Carnoustie and the Old Course, St Andrews. This tournament’s pro-am format attracts many of the world’s top golfers together with celebrity amateurs from the sports and entertainment world. The players provide an unmissable spectacle for golf enthusiasts offering an intimate connection with the participants since the spectators are spread over three courses.

There are many reasons that Kingsbarns remains a favourite amongst the players, but perhaps the outstanding visual beauty on every hole, the serenity of the seaside location, and the imaginative course design are a few. Gently rolling topography provides great vantage points for spectators to view the action and a comfortable walk to accompany your favourite players around the course. 

Indeed, since the event’s launch, high-profile personalities from the worlds of sport and entertainment have taken part, including the likes of Justin Timberlake, Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden and movie stars Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Grant, Jamie Dornan, and Michael Douglas, and Olympic greats Sir Steve Redgrave and Michael Phelps.

For example, who can forget Peter Uihlein’s magical round of 60 there in 2013 en route to finishing second in the championship? Or, indeed, English pro Paul Waring’s hole-in-one at the par-4 sixth in 2014? Or Colin Montgomerie’s albatross at the third during the second round of the 2002 championship? Or the Rory McIlroy taking a short break from his round to play with a black Labrador that ran onto the 18th tee during the Northern Irishman’s visit to the course in 2014?  Of course, there’s Lee Westwood’s albatross two on the par-5 9th hole on his way to winning the 2003 tournament by two strokes.

Then, of course, there was perhaps the most famous moment in the history of the championship when, just a matter of weeks after becoming the most decorated Olympian in history, American swimmer Michael Phelps holed an improbable 153-foot putt at the sixth. It took almost 20 seconds for the ball to find the hole after Phelps struck his putt and it is believed to be the longest putt ever caught by television cameras.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the richest tour events on The European Tour, so it’s no surprise that it attracts such talented and high-profile players. Many of the best-known names in golf have enjoyed playing Kingsbarns Links during the championship. Where else can you get so close to the cream of golfing talent?

This is an annual opportunity to experience top class golf where you feel part of the production.

12th Green at Kingsbarns Golf Links

Below is the selection of quotes from professional and amateur golfers alike at Kingsbarns:

Hugh Grant

“Kingsbarns is always lovely. There are so many golfers who I’ve spoken to all over the world who say it’s an amazing place, and it is.”

“It’s a very clever course because it’s modern but it’s old and it looks like it has been there for a million years.”

Damien Lewis

“I played the course for the first time about two days ago; it is stunning, absolutely beautiful.”

“Kingsbarns is not like other links courses I’ve played. It’s more designed and sculpted.”

Tim Henman

“The course is fantastic. I’ve played it for the last five or six years and it’s brilliant.”

Jamie Dornan

“The course is beautiful, stunning.”

“My favourite hole is the 6th because I drove it. I had an eagle putt that just came up short, so it’s got to be my favourite hole.”

David Duvall

“Kingsbarns is a nice place. Last year was my first exposure to it and I enjoy being here and walking around. All the views are incredible.”

Francesco Molinari

“It’s a great course. It’s always nice to be back here. It’s probably the most scenic of the three courses in The Dunhill, and it’s a good course for the amateurs as well.”

Brandon Grace

“The course is in great shape, as it is usually. It is a great golf course in my book. I think The Women’s Open is going to be good; it’s going to be a great test for the ladies.”

“One of my favourite holes is the par 3 down at the water; hole 15. It’s just a stunning golf hole and it is tough as well; if you hit a great shot you’re going to be rewarded.”

Victor Dubuisson

“It’s a very good course with beautiful views. It’s a course I really like.”

Stephen Gallagher

“The only reason I am here is to play these three courses; they’re the best in the world.”

“My favourite holes at Kingsbarns are the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, that stretch is unbelievable – so picturesque.”

Colin Montgomerie

“All 18 holes at Kingsbarns are wonderful.”

Paul McGinley

“I loved it, it’s one of my favourite courses to play.”

“It is modern golf; a modern design and one of the better ones.”

“It’s a pleasure to play.”

Edouardo Molinari

“I think it’s a great golf course, it’s in very good shape and it’s always great to play.”

“There are very nice views and I always have a lot of fun out there.”

“I would say my favourite hole would be the par 5, third hole. It’s very scenic and also a very fun hole to play.”

“I think the Women’s Open will be great. It’s a fantastic golf course and I think it deserves to host major championships.”

Padraig Harrington

“It’s a great course. Kingsbarns is a really great addition to the new links golf courses and one that’s always a pleasure to play.”

Ritchie Ramsay

“I always enjoy coming to Kingsbarns. It’s a great set-up here; a lovely old style clubhouse, good range, good facilities and everyone is really welcome here.”

“The views are always great; you’re always looking at the water which is nice.”

(Women’s Open)
“It’s a great viewing course. If you go out there, there are a lot of mounds. I know it’s been created artificially but it does look very natural. I’m sure a lot of people will come to watch it; a great spectacle for golf.”

“I’m sure the women will enjoy playing golf here. It will be a good test.”

Ernie Els

“The course is really nice, it’s a good design and it’s good for all kind of players. Hole 12 is beautiful. It’s unbelievable playing so close to the sea. It is great.”

Rory McIlroy

“I love Kingsbarns. I have got great memories here.”

“The first time I played here was in 2004 in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. I played really well. I remember I was 8 under through 12. It was the week after the Junior Ryder Cup and a few of us came over here to play; I had a great time. That was my first experience of Kingsbarns. And coming back now with the Dunhill Links Championship and everything – it’s just a great golf course to play.”

“There are so many great golf courses around here.”

“Kyle Phillips has done a great job here. I’ve played some of his other courses. He knows what he is doing when he is designing.”

Martin Kaymer

“I always like to play Kingsbarns because it is so beautiful.”