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HISTORY

Kingarrock's hickory golf heritage stretches back to 1904 when wealthy jute magnate Frederick Sharp first brought his family across the Tay to the National Trust for Scotland's Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, attracted by the house's proximity to St Andrews' Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

Not content with such easy access, Sharp soon set about designing a 9 hole golf course on the house's front lawn, which proved a popular fixture with golfers for many years.

Frederick Sharp died in 1932 and tragically his son Hugh lost his life in the Castlecarry rail disaster just a few years later in 1937, while the advent of World War Two meant the course was soon commandeered for farming use to aid the war effort.

The site's great golfing heritage was finally revived in the 1990s when NTS staff discovered a 1924 map of the old course, along with Frederick Sharpe's golfing bag and a number of classic golf paintings around the house.

Enthused by this discovery, David Anderson and family decided to bring hickory golf back to Hill of Tarvit, restoring the old course to its former glory and making numerous improvements to make it fully suitable for modern players, finally re-opening the course after a 70 year hiatus in June 2008.

The Trust took over the ownership of the course in October 2014 and recruited PGA Professional Andrew Bentley to help run it. Click here to find out more about the National Trust for Scotland and how to support us.

About Andrew, our Golfing Pro

Andrew has played golf since the age of 10 and turned professional in 2007. He became a fully qualified PGA Professional in 2010. Andrew has a background in golf coaching, having worked at various members clubs. His passion for the history of the game makes him perfectly placed to help visitors enjoy a memorable experience of hickory golf.