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Amy Yeates, Director of Golf, leisure and spa gives a personal introduction to golf at Fairmont St Andrews

Golf is about discovery, and where better to discover the greatest courses than St Andrews, the “Home of Golf”. Fairmont St Andrews is surrounded by two links style championship golf courses – The Torrance and The Kittocks wind through 520 acres of rolling landscapes and cliff top surroundings overlooking the North Sea and medieval city of St Andrews.

Each course features stunning coastal views, with different characteristics and challenging experiences for golfers of all abilities.

The Torrance is a traditional par 72 course, styled by former Ryder Cup and golf legend Sam Torrance, blending links golf with a modern design, the course provides a front nine playing around the property, and leads onto a memorable back nine with a scenery of sea views.

The Kittocks course’s expansive coastal links is a classic inward and outward loop. Large rolling greens, undulating fairways and holes perched on cliff tops make this one for the golfers bucket list.

Both courses have played host to a number of prestigious events, including the Euro Pro Tour Championship, Scottish Senior Open and Scottish Youth National Championship.

As well as being a haven for experienced golfers, we want to nurture juniors and ensure they have the best shot at improving their game and enjoyment of the sport. Every annual member can sign up one junior golfer aged 16 and under for a free year membership. This is pivotal in offering a financial solution for juniors looking to take up the sport or improve their game.

As a world renowned golf destination, where better to live the sport than St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” Enjoy golf your way with annual membership packages and benefits allowing year-round play, flexibility on booking times and opportunity to enter local, regional and national events. Guests wishing to do their business on the greens can sign up for corporate golf membership, offering the perfect opportunity to wow clients with tailored company events.

Practice facilities include an all-grass driving range with a putting and short game area. Buggies and Golf Boards are available for hire with golf club storage in abundance.

As well as a sport, golf is a lifestyle too – Scots are very proud of their produce and when it comes to eating, guests like to see home grown foods on their menus – for the early risers on their way to the first tee we start the day with the golfers ‘to-go’ breakfast from 6am, ensuring all players are well fuelled for the days play.

Overlooking the two courses from the cliff edge is St Andrews Bar & Grill, a hotspot for golfers finishing their round. The restaurant’s outside decking area takes in some of the most spectacular sea views in Scotland and panoramic golf landscapes; it is the place to be for watching sunsets and relaxing with a wee dram in your hand.

The hotel has also been recognised nationwide as the Best Hotel Resort in 2016 at the Scottish Hospitality Awards and in 2015 as the Best Large Hotel Winner at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.

Golf is a wonderful relaxing, outdoor and social pastime, as well as an energising sport, to achieve a healthier and happier life. We focus on the benefits of golf, not just in terms of the number of steps taken or calories burnt, but its powerful impact on sustainable wellness.

Year round golf breaks are available for all the family, from junior coaching to couples retreats. Whether you’re looking for an overnight bed and breakfast stay, all-day Sunday Driver, or something relaxing, the Fairmont golf packages offer plenty of choice: http://www.standrewsbay.com/offers.aspx?category=golf-breaks#golf-breaks

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