So kings barns is too expensive, but Loch Lomond isn't?
I guess it depends on the type of golf you want. If it's links golf you really want, Dornoch at half the price is where i'd go. For a similar price range, Troon, Muirfield.
Loch Lomond's exclusivity is what makes it a thrilling experience, the members guest green fee is something like £500 compared to KB's £230. However, it's worth it if you try (and get) the opportunity.
Just to clarify. What makes Loch Lomond so great is the fact that they don't allow outside play, and that its fairly difficult to get on? If bragging rights are your primary motivation then i can see where your coming from.
By all accounts Loch Lomond is still a really good course (with terrible drainage), but its not quite as good as Kingsbarns. I had the opportunity to play there this past summer however i would of had to skip Machrihanish so I decided to forgo my bragging rights to an "ultra exclusive" golf course for the amazing experience that is Machrihanish. Although Machrihanish doesn't quite impress my friends as much, but I've never regretted my decision for a second. I do understand why Brits enjoy Loch Lomond, but as a visiting American it wasn't exactly high on my list.