If you are lucky enough to find yourself in a position to take part in a golfing tour of the St. Andrews region, make sure the Fairmont course makes the cut. There is no shortage of destinations to try in “The home of golf”, but Fairmont offers something just a little different.
This first-rate resort has been the recipient of many accolades in recent years, and is firmly established as one of the finest resorts in Europe. It has two championship courses on offer. The Torrance course, borrowing the name from designer and former Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance, is a 7230 yard par 72 championship golf course. It boasts an all-encompassing links ideology, with a heavy emphasis placed on players individual choices. There are a number of risk/reward holes to try your luck at, but the bunkers have been designed specifically to test the skills of its victims. The course plays along the clifftops, with other-worldly views out over the North Sea.
The Kittocks course is even more sublime, if anything. Designed by a combination of Bruce Devlin and Gene Sarazen, it plays all along the coastline for the front nine. Then, at the turn, players discover the serene settings in place for the back nine. Considerable effort has gone into making these holes very secluded and natural, where you can silently figure out your way from tee to green. This serene environment is perfect for links golf, and it is a marvellous place to take stock of your surroundings and leave all your troubles behind.