Golf Course Architecture - Issue 54: October 2018

49 permission, they had already shaped seven holes, and were just about ready to begin the installation of irrigation. But compared to say Machrihanish Dunes, or the plans for Coul – which are emphatically ‘found’ golf courses, I would describe Dumbarnie as basically a ‘built’ course. This should not be taken as a negative statement; both Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart were most definitely built courses, and they have hardly lacked for acclaim. Nor should readers assume that the construction is overwhelming, obliterating any sense of natural feature; this is far from the truth. Nevertheless, it is best to understand clearly what we are dealing with. Dumbarnie has been Clive Clark’s passion project since it first surfaced more than five years ago. The former Walker and Ryder Cup player, and for many years a BBC golf Dumbarnie Links The view from the fifteenth green, looking to the tee with the Firth of Forth in the distance The ninth hole under construction following rough shaping Photo: Clive Clark