It will not be news to you that St Andrews is the Home of Golf. This is where the game was born and as the 600 year history has unfolded, what was once a simply designed track has now developed into the largest golfing complex in Europe. A haven for any golfing enthusiast, St Andrews Links has seven golf courses to choose from and the Old Course is by no means the only one to write home about. That being said, the Old Course is many a golfer’s dream. Taking on famous landmarks such as Hell Bunker, The Road Hole and the Valley of Sin, following in the footsteps of golf’s greatest legends, is an experience that all golfers should enjoy. St Andrews has two luxurious accommodation options in the Fairmont St Andrews Resort and the Old Course Hotel, both perfectly set up to fulfill a golfer’s every need. A trip to St Andrews is the pinnacle of a golfing break and while some may deny it, we think that there is something magical about a whole town that lives and breathes golf.
The greens at the Old Course are perhaps the most extraordinary and enormous putting surfaces in the world. The course only has 11 greens with 7 serving as shared greens.
The New Course, often referred to as the local’s favourite, is tighter and the dense gorse and swathes present a prettier golf course. If located anywhere else, away from the looming shadow of the iconic Old Course, this golf course would certainly hold a higher reputation.
Playing at 6,805 yards, the Jubilee Course is St Andrews’ longest links and is often considered the most difficult.
The Castle Course – The newest member of St Andrews Links, combining magnificent views with memorable holes. Although not a classic links, this seaside course does have a touch of links about it with a testing layout and undulating fairways.
The signature hole is a par 3 like no other at St Andrews. The 17th hole presents a truly memorable 184 yard tee shot over seaside cliffs to the green.
Alternatively golfers can stay in the impressive five-star cliff top resort, Fairmont St Andrews. This is without doubt one of the best golf hotels in the UK, with great facilities and a warm, welcoming environment.
The Rock and Spindle bar, where guests can enjoy light snacks and casual dining, as well as some great Single Malts and of course the smooth St Mungo lager.
Guests can also enjoy a game of pool or snooker while watching live coverage of all the major sporting events at The Rock and Spindle .
Located on top of a coastal cliff, the state-of-the-art Fairmont Signature Spa is inspired by the land and sea, allowing guests to relax and truly soak up the Celtic environment.
The accommodation at the Fairmont Hotel provides guests with a warm, comfortable environment to relax and unwind. All the rooms are kitted out with either a King size or twin queen size beds, along with all the amenities expected of a top class resort such as this. The rooms also feature stunning views of the surrounding area, including the North Sea and Tay Estuary.
The Fairmont Resort boasts two world-class courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks. Both courses offer magnificent views over the North Sea and the town.
The Torrance Course is Located on the clifftop, The Torrance Course is a traditional style Scottish links, presenting plenty of risk/reward opportunities. An effort has been made isolate the back 9 from the front by creating large mounds between holes and fairways which provide a wild, natural feel as players come in.
The Kittocks Course features a wild combination of closing holes that take you along the rugged coastline and seacliffs. One of which is the 17th, a dramatic par 4 playing right along the cliffs the whole way.
The Old Course Hotel borders the world renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course at St Andrews, offering you prime location to enjoy St Andrews golf.
Each room features lavish designs by French designer Jacques Garcia and many have private balconies where guests are provided with incredible views of the Old Course and can enjoy watching players attempting to take on the famous Road Hole.
Guests can relax at the Kohler Water Spa which offer remineralizing experiences to re-create the healing powers of Earth’s natural waters.
Alternatively guests can simply relax and unwind in the leisure facilities that the hotel has to offer such as the pool, jacuzzi or steam room.
Golf at the Old Course Hotel includes The Duke’s St Andrews, regarded as one of the finest heathland championship course in the UK. The Duke’s Course will play host to the 2014 International European Amateur Championship.
The Duke’s is one of the few courses in Fife that plays over 7000 yards. None of the par 4s are under 340 yards and there are three that exceed 400 yards. However with five sets of tee options, the course accommodates for golfers of every standard.
Once finishing players can enjoy views of St Andrews before heading for a well earned beer at the 19th hole.
Ranked in the top 100 golf courses, Kingsbarns Golf Links is no doubt one of the best courses to have been built in the last 15 years. Located 7 miles south east of the Home of Golf, it is a partner of The Old Course Hotel. Every year Kingsbarns, along with the Old Course, St Andrews and Carnoustie co-host the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Almost reminiscent of the 18th a Pebble Beach, the Kingsbarns 12th hole is a long par 5 playing 606 yards off the back tees. Right up against the sea, this hole enjoys stunning views.
The par 3 at the 15th presents a lovely shot onto a green almost completely surrounded by sea. The trees on the left often block out the wind so make sure you take enough club.
After a memorable day of golf, the Jigger Inn is the ultimate place to sit back and relax in the setting sun. Offering speciality beers including the world famous Jigger Ale, this is said to be the ultimate 19th hole.
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