Prestigious Venues was invited to spend some time at the five-star Fairmont St Andrews on Scotland's East coast. Set on a 520-acre estate the venue offers a peaceful setting and stunning cliff top views of medieval St Andrews. This 5-star location features two championship golf courses, fine dining restaurants, spa facilities, luxurious suites and a large events wing. We couldn't wait to discover it...
We flew into Edinburgh airport to be greeted by sunshine and a warm Autumnal day! We drove through the city and out to the Queensferry bridge to cross the Firth of Forth. We drove onwards through small country towns and farmland with some of the most picturesque views imaginable until we soon entered the vicinity of the fabled St. Andrews. On Arrival at the Fairmont, we were greeted by warm and welcoming door staff who greeted us like old friends returning. We entered the lobby where a roaring fire greeted us despite the sunshine outside. We were shown to one of the best Suites on the property overlooking the Bay golf course, St. Andrews Bay and St. Andrews town. Outside, the elusive sunshine beckoned and we headed straight out to test the famous Kittocks golf course.
The Kittocks Course was designed by Bruce Devlin, a notable course architect of many famous courses including the Kings Course at Gleneagles. The 72-par course is spread across 7,191 yards with lots of ups and downs. The course was challenging but the views were so good that they made up for the quality of the golf!
We'd worked up quite an appetite so it was time to enjoy some fine fare at the St.Andrews Bar and Grill overlooking the truly breathtaking surroundings at the 'Home of Golf'.
The following day it was the turn of the hotel's second course, the Torrance Course. Designed by former Ryder Cup and golfing legend Sam Torrance, it's marked by its deep revetted bunkers, large greens and links design. I'd love to say we fared better here but the tight fairways, bunkers and cliffside drops made that a hard ask! Thrilled from the challenge we decided to retreat to the hotel's extensive spa to soothe our aching muscles.
The following day we were off to the Old Course as we'd been lucky enough to win two places in the ballot to play! The Old Course at St Andrews is considered the oldest golf course in the world and commonly known as 'The Home of Golf'. It is a public course over common land in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and is held in trust by The St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament. Securing a tee time is tricky at best so it was a real joy to discover that we'd been successful and would get to experience it. Everyone who plays the 18th hole walks over the iconic 700-year-old bridge, and photographs are almost compulsory!
After a demanding few days out on the golf courses, it was time to make the most of the luxurious accommodation and to relax for the evening. We sampled a wee dram at Kittocks Den, the hotel bar and toasted to a fabulous few days. We can't wait to be back again in 2020 for more adventures at the 'Home of Golf'.