Kingarrock's golf heritage stretches back to 1906 when wealthy jute magnate Frederick Sharp first brought his family across the River Tay to the National Trust for Scotland's Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, attracted by the house's proximity to St Andrews' Royal & Ancient Golf Club.

Not content with such easy access, Frederick and his son Hugh 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.

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Our Golf Experience Manager

Always a warm welcome.

Keith joined Kingarrock Hickory Golf after 5 years working at St Andrews Links Much of his time there was spent as official welcome guide on the 1st tee of The Old Course. In 2015 when the last British Open Golf Championship was held at St Andrews Keith was chosen to represent St Andrews Links as meet-and-greet representative and welcomed all of the World’s top professionals both to the town and to the tournament on all practice days.

A very keen historian of the early game Keith will entertain and enlighten all of our guests to Kingarrock with tales of the greatest players to ever play the game and in many cases their links to our very own history!

Keith is known by many friends as the man who is obsessed with the incredible story of the greatest ever to play our great game – Robert (Bobby) Tyre Jones (Jr)! He is at his happiest when recounting stories of the great man to guests and regularly uses Bobby’s tips and pointers in playing with hickory clubs before you take to the first tee for your own step back into golfing history at Kingarrock.