Fairmont St. Andrews Resort
Two upstart resort courses in the Home of
FAIRMONT ST. ANDREWS
St. Andrews, Fife,
Eastern Central Scotland KY16 8PN
Tel: +44 (0)1334 837000
USA Tel: (866) 840-8208
Photos from St.
Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa
Imagine the Japanese opening a new ball yard across the street from Wrigley Field, Fenway
Park, or Yankee Stadium. Well, multi-millionaire American resort developer and sportsman
Donald Panoz has done something akin to just that within 3 miles of golfs ultimate
shrine and (along with Centre Court at Wimbledon) one of Britains two greatest
sports attractions. Panoz has built not one but two new courses within 5 minutes of the
Old Course at St. Andrews. To do the job Panoz put together a
design team with three great names from the world of golf: Americas Gene Sarazen,
Australias Bruce Devlin, and Britains Sam Torrance. Audacious Americans!
LENGTH & PAR:
Championship Tees: Par 72,
Championship Tees: Par 72,
Red Tees: Par 72, 5,441 yards
Pull Cart (Trolley) Rental
Motorized Golf Cart (Buggy): Kittocks Course only
Club & Shoe Rental
Fully Stocked Pro Shop
Clubhouse with bar & restaurant
Practice area with driving range
Resort Hotel & Spa
GREENS FEES (both
Fall (AprilMay & October): £80
(JuneSept.): £95/Su-Th &
Open to Visitors
Times Required. Bookings should be made at least 14 days in advance.
LET HOME AT FIRST BOOK YOUR TEE-TIME AT
FAIRMONT ST. ANDREWS as part of your Scotland travel plans. There is no
service charge for making your booking.
The Fairmont St. Andrews Resort is approximately 2.5 miles from St.
Andrews town and is between St. Andrews Castle Course and Kingsbarns links.
At First Lodgings are Kingdom of Fife Cottages, about 5 miles west of
St. Andrews, and about 8 miles from St. Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa. Other nearby
Home At First lodgings are in Central Scotland
approximately 90-120 minutes west of St. Andrews.
More information on travel
with Home at First to: CENTRAL SCOTLAND
from Home At Firsts Kingdom of Fife cottages near St. Andrews, take the A91 to St
Andrews, continue east and follow the signs for Crail A917 and Fairmount's St Andrews Bay Resort
is situated about 2.5 miles SE of St Andrews.
THE COURSES AT
FAIRMONT ST. ANDREWS RESORT:
Leave it to a group of brash Yanks to decide to build a new golf resort in the home of
golf, where the capitalized adjectives Royal and Ancient carry a wee bit more weight than
New! And Improved! Still, there it is playing Universal Theme Park to golfdoms
Disney World, the St. Andrews Old Course.
New since 2009 (Torrance Course) and 2008
(Kittocks Course), the Fairmont St. Andrews Resort & Spa is a latecomer to this part of
Fife, where golf has been played since before Columbus sailed west thinking China must be
just over the horizon. And, of course, we Americans do things in a big way.
Fairmont St. Andrews is more than a golf course. Its two courses, and a giant resort hotel and spa
sprawling across 540 acres on the low cliffs along the North Seas just southeast of St.
Andrews. The resort is a link(s) in the prestigious Fairmont resort and hotel
chain. But the Fairmont is but the second owner of the resort. Its first
incarnation was as a link in the chain of the upscale Chateau Elan resort hotel
The man with the vision to build the
resort was sports car race track owner Donald Panoz (owner of road racing
tracks at Sebring, Road Atlanta, as well as Panoz Motor Sports), who is used to moving fast and thinking big.
With his friend, golf legend Gene Sarazen, Panoz grabbed
the site and hired two top golfers to make the most of it. Sarazen worked with a team
including American builders Denis Griffiths & Associates and two architects to
construct the courses over a couple of years. First, Europes popular Ryder Cup
captain Sam Torrance was hired to design the links-style Torrance Course. Australias
Bruce Devlin, another legendary golfer turned course designer, was brought on to design
the second track, the more world resort style Devlin Course, since re-named the
The Old Course, like Rome, wasnt built in
a day, but the Fairmont's two St. Andrews Bay courses were. And though reputations are hard earned
and slow to change over long periods in Scotland, Panoz and his team havent that
sort of patience. The resort's golf pro John Kerr believes that both courses "will become as famous in time as the
areas historic tracks. With the designers involved and the setting, theyre
great courses," he says, adding, "There arent many courses with a better
view, and theyre challenging."
Maybe. Certainly the location is Scottish. The
seas in sight, there are old stone fences meandering along some fairways, and the
gorse, bracken and broom are right enough to make the setting appear natural and timeless.
Still, a couple of things have been engineered to improve the way things have been done on
golf courses in and around St. Andrews for the last 500 years. The design team has added
eye candy by keeping dunes land low and the sea in view from as many holes as possible.
And, the traditional out-and-back Scottish links design has been scrapped in favor of the
out-&-back-then-out-&-back-again strategy that gives golfers a convenient
mid-round clubhouse turn. Finally, in another consideration to visitors (read
"American visitors") the Kittocks Course permits golf carts. Now, were it not for
a healthy Scottish respect for capitalist enterprise, this would decried as heresy.
Never mind the hype. With this much talent assembled to develop a prime site, some things
must have gone right. No matter how much Panoz and his team may have wished otherwise, the
weather over St. Andrews Bay is still Scottish. The sea smells and the chill wind, and the
horizontal rain all tell you this is the Fife Coast. Even if the landscape has been
tweaked in ways that would be sacrilege elsewhere on this coastline, even Scottish golfers
will recognize Kittocks & Torrance as golf courses, and pretty good ones. Theyre
long enough not to be overmatched by todays clubs and balls. Theyve got real
rough, and troublesome bunkers, and some rolling fairways and greens. Yes, water on the
course and holes with doglegs may be more than a little unusual in this part of the world,
but even the staunchest traditionalist will admit that they have earned acceptance in
golf. Perhaps nothing says "acceptance" to Scottish golf officialdom like being
named a Qualifying Course in the (British) Open Championship rotation. The
Fairmont's Torrance Course now has been added to that rotation.
It would have been wrong to try to
duplicate the Old
Course, or Musselburgh, or
Prestwick, or any of the
ancient (and royal) courses of Scotland. And it would have been equally wrong to try to
reinvent golf on this hallowed coast as it has been reinvented in the deserts of Arizona
and the Emirates. Maybe Kerr is right, and the Fairmont's two resort courses will become famous in time. But
time moves slowly in these parts. And thats a big part of the reason to come to St.
Andrews to play.
Theres plenty of golf and lots more to do in and around St. Andrews. There are, of
course, the greater and lesser links courses of the Fife coast. Fishing, touring,
exploring castles, strolling through charming villages, and shopping for Scottish woolens
and other crafts are excellent in this region. West of St. Andrews in
Central Scotland there are excellent inland golf courses
Taymouth Castle, Crieff,
and others. Walkers will enjoy walking in great scenery along the lochs and glens,
and climbing up numerous high mountains in the area.
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to Central Scotland. Plan your
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