Fairmont St. Andrews, Torrance and Kittocks Courses, Scotland

Fairmont St. Andrews, Torrance and Kittocks Courses, Scotland Highlights

The Fairmont St. Andrews resort in Scotland, and especially their two incredible golf courses high above the sea, the Torrance and the Kittocks Courses, are one of Scotland’s most exciting developments since the turn of the 21st century. Incorporating completely new views of the Auld Grey Toon, including the famous St. Andrews Cathedral ruins, the Torrance Course (named for its designer, Ryder Cup hero Sam Torrance and the host venue for 2010 Open Championship final qualifying) is a “manufactured” links, while the Kittocks Course (named after the landscape on which the course was built) is pure clifftop golf, with turf similar to Pebble Beach. Building on flat, sloping farmland, Mr. Torrance (in collaboration with the late, great Gene Sarazen) somehow, though the miracle of modern equipment, fashioned the Torrance Course to play as close to a links as possible among the ancient stone property boundaries and the result looks totally natural, as if the Torrance Course has been there forever. From the 14th green on the Torrance Course, where an improper step backwards off the green could send you crashing down the cliffs, through the 18th, the Torrance Course is especially spectacular, with greens right on the edge, as high above the sea as any course in Scotland or anywhere on earth. Amazingly, the Torrance Course is not even the most difficult course at the Fairmont St. Andrews. This title belongs to the Kittocks Course, one of the most severe and spectacular courses we have ever seen. The views are astonishing, and so are the shot values. Carts are available on the Kittocks Course (and thank goodness!), making Fairmont St. Andrews one of the best day tickets in Scotland!

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