Kingsbarns Golf Links (Cambo) -
General observations from the walkers point of
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Early in the planning process the developer had this to say
'The golf course will continue to honour the privilege of
access to those walkers choosing to enjoy a route immediately along the sea at
the edge of the golf course....'
In response to concerns raised at a local hearing, KGL
promised, in a statement from Mark Parsinen dated 14/10/97, to :-
'improve considerably the existing Fife Coastal
The layout of the golf course has in fact 'evolved' since
conditional approval was granted, and there has been a general reduction in the
specification for the coastal path.
Fife Council could of course force the developer to provide
a decent coastal path, but they show no sign of doing so.
The following reports highlight some of the problems members
of the public now face when trying to enjoy a walk near this new
8 August 2000
Letter sent to Nick Brian in planning services outlining
typical problems encountered by walkers near the golf course. See full letter
5 August 2000
Weather fine, with a stiff breeze blowing out to sea.
The American tour groups are out in force - large parties
taking up to five hours to complete rounds.
One walker collected 6 golf balls during a walk around the
golf course - four on the foreshore and two on the coastal path.
One group of people exploring the foreshore, near the 12th
fairway, reported a case where a golf ball flew over their heads. There was no
sign of the player who had fired the shot. When questioned, the golfer
concerned confirmed that he had not been able to see the group on the foreshore
when he hit his tee shot from the 12th tee. The group on the foreshore did not
blame the golfer concerned for firing a shot over their heads, but they did
suggest to the golfing party that there could have been a nasty accident. The
group of golfers, who were as shaken by the incident as the walkers, readily
accepted that there could have been an accident, and they fully supported the
suggestion that the developer should seriously address the obvious safety
issues at this point on the golf course.
There seem to be two problems for people choosing to explore
the foreshore. One where they simply cannot be seen by golfers, as in the above
reported case, and another where golfers simply ignore them and play on
Last week we reported that 'safe' shots fired from the 15th
(Cambo Ness) tee were landing on the coastal path instead of the 15th green.
(See coverage of issue here)
These wayward balls were coming to rest in an area of rough
grass between the coastal path and the green. The developer seems to have
responded to feedback from golfers - he has recognised that a great many
golfers are choosing to play into this area, and he has chosen to make their
life easier by cutting the rough grass.
All very well for the golfer, who now has a greater landing
zone to aim at - but not so good news for the walker whose coastal path has
effectively become part of this same landing zone.
The problem is compounded by the fact that a strip of
woodland running along the 15th hole prevents golfers (standing on the tee) and
walkers (approaching the 'safe' landing zone) from seeing one another.
There have been further instances of walkers feeling unsafe
on a section of the coastal path not far from the 17th tee.
The 'code of conduct for walkers' posters have not yet been
The main and alternative coastal paths are still very poorly
28 July 2000
The official opening took place today, and over 100 invited
guests took part in a special tournament.
The weather was fine, and there was no wind. Even so,
coastal walkers reported cases of errant shots fired from the 15th tee landing
on the coastal path. Walkers also expressed concern about their safety near the
There were also reports of golfers firing tee shots over
the heads of people on the foreshore, notably in the area around Cambo Ness.
Golfers seem reluctant to grant safe passage to users of the foreshore.
The issue of safe access at Cambo Ness has been addressed
19 July 2000
The golf course is now 'open' to selected groups. It is yet
to open to the public on a PAYP basis, and it is not yet possible to book a
round using the golfagent booking system.
There are several planning issues that remain to be
addressed. The coastal and alternative paths remain in a poor state, and the
required signage is not in place. The clubhouse road has been afforded priority
where it crosses estate roads, but those using the estate roads are not
informed of this fact.
There are reports of a blind spot on the coastal path
between the 8th and 15th greens. It would appear that players preparing to fire
shots to these greens cannot see walkers, and walkers cannot see golfers.
Impatient golfers have been heard shouting at holiday-makers
on the foreshore near Cambo Ness.
Several informative signs were erected, and immediately torn
down, by parties unknown. The tone of the signs was considered, by some locals,
to be offensive and condescending. The Fife Ranger Service intends to replace
these signs with similar offerings soon.
One 'code of conduct for walkers' sign was rescued. It can
be seen here
12 June 2000
This development is nearing completion and a certain amount
of unofficial play is taking place.
Coastal and alternative paths are in a poor state, but they
require to be completed, to a safe specification, before the course opens.
Beach users should be aware that golf operatives, in full
protective gear, have recently been spraying very close to the
Have you encountered problems whilst walking on the coastal
path or whilst exploring the foreshore? Let us know by sending a brief account
of your experience here.
Those concerned about ''developments' at the beach (access,
safety, spraying, drainage etc), may wish to take a look
here for information
regarding the control of this development.more
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