Kingsbarns Golf Links has been voted Golf Course of the Year at the Golf Tourism Scotland Gold Standard Awards.

The awards were held at the Fairmont, St Andrews resort and are considered the Oscars of the golfing industry.

It is the fourth time Kingsbarns has won the award and this year it beat off some stiff competition to take the title. Both New and Old courses at St Andrews were in the mix for the award as was the Championship course at Carnoustie.

Other courses in the hat included, Golf Monthly hidden gem, Pitlochry and Turnberry’s Ailsa Course.

Alan Hogg, chief executive of Kingsbarns Golf Links, said: “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award from the Scottish golf industry. We have had excellent customer feedback throughout the season but it is fantastic to learn that the industry rates Kingsbarns so highly as well.

“To win the Golf Course of the Year Award is a great tribute to the Kingsbarns’ team of staff, who have been working really hard all year to deliver the course in top class condition and to provide excellent customer service.

“The natural beauty and outstanding quality of the golf course make Kingsbarns a special place but it is the people who add the extra dimension to the whole Kingsbarns experience.”