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Golf Trip Report - Fife, St Andrews and golf on the East Coast
There’s not enough you can say about this beautiful and historic coastline in Scotland.
The area on the East coast is host to many outstanding heathland and ancient links golf courses including the legendary Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie Golf Resort and Spa and Gleneagles which is due to welcome the Ryder Cup in 2014.
Perthshire is one of Europe's finest Adventure playgrounds and as well as the traditional activities of walking, cycling, angling and golf boasts an additional and unrivalled range of unique outdoor experiences (36 in total) - all within a compact area and all with a firm accent on safety and FUN!
Angus is a beautiful county which is the cultural birthplace of Scotland, where the seeds of modern democracy were sown in the Declaration of Arbroath.
This proud heritage is an inspiration today for the friendly people of Angus, and is the cornerstone of the warm welcome we extend to our visitors.
The Kingdom of Fife is the perfect place to visit. Whether you're on a family day out, a relaxing short break or a holiday packed with sports and activities, there is never a dull moment in the Kingdom of Fife come rain or shine.
I decided to base my stay in Fife at the beautiful St Andrews, every golfers dream.
I was lucky enough to stay in one of the guest rooms in the Fairmont St Andrews Hotel, Fife. Each of the 209 generous guestrooms are blessed with both style and functionality and offer the latest in room amenities and home comforts.
Fairmont St Andrews' European-style health spa offers a full range of body and beauty treatments and there are also fitness and wellbeing activities, steam rooms, sauna and Jacuzzi, not to mention a large heated indoor swimming pool.
There's an excellent dining selection including The Squire which offers a relaxed and hospitable dining experience. For afternoon tea or a light snack try the Kittock's Den or the Clubhouse that overlooks the resort grounds out to the North Sea. For the non golfer there are many local attractions such as castles, distilleries, museum's, sea life aquarium, woollen mills and The Byre Theatre, as well as the opportunity to explore the city of St Andrews and the rugged coastline of the Kingdom of Fife.
For its size though Fife has an abundance of options for your stay. From Castles to Caravans and cosy B&B’s you can feel at home almost anywhere.
Apart from the famous Open venues and future Ryder Cup site, this coast still has an array of golf courses to suit all handicaps.
Fife has 45 courses alone to choose from links golf to heathland beauties.
Golf has been around this area for more than 500 years so on your break don’t be afraid to taste a bit of history. Go and play the Old Course at St Andrews and experience what all the great names have over the years. On a good day you can see Carnoustie that sits over on the other side of the North Sea.
Where I stayed you haven’t just got the Old Course, you have the option to play the Kittocks which is a long course, if you aren’t on top of your long game then you may struggle out there.
And you also have the Torrance which will host Open qualifiers next year and has already hosted a European Seniors Tour event this year. Again standing at over 7,000 yards after recent renovations by Sam Torrance you need to be on your game.
Golf really is a way of life in this part of the country and when your there you just get this sense of happiness when teeing the ball up in such a beautiful place.
You can get a golf pass which comes in many different formats and allows you to play on a certain number of courses or certain courses for a set fee. Click here for more information.
Don't just stick to Fife though, have a look at the golfing options in Angus and Perthshire as well.
Out and About
Despite its small size – only fifty miles wide at its widest point – the Kingdom of Fife is a proud region with its own identity.
Home to Scotland's capital for six centuries, Fife has always been at the heart of the nation's history, evidence of which can still be found in its wealth of castles, cathedrals, and places of historic interest.
The Fife coastline is a very special environment which has distinctive rock formations, delicate flora and a varied wildlife. Long sections of the Fife Coastal Path up to Crail can now be enjoyed by recreational and serious walkers. There is a variety of linear and circular routes which have been graded and waymarked. For nature lovers, the path is a real walk on the wild side. Look out for grey seals and, in summer, basking sharks and dolphins. The offshore islands of Inchcolm and Inchkeith are home to thousands of seabirds, with vast numbers of puffins found on the Isle of May.
Fife has a growing reputation for its theatres and the quality and variety of the music, drama, comedy, stage shows, ballet and opera that they bring to audiences.
With such a mixed programme of events on offer you are sure to find a production and a theatre to suit your needs with a show that takes your fancy, whether you are on your own, with your partner, friends or the whole family.
There is a lot of choice for when you want to visit the all important 19th hole. Restaurants as well are a plenty in Fife from the Road Hole Grill and Jigger inn besides the famous 17th hole at St Andrews to the many Inn’s and Taverns scattered around the Old town. You certainly won’t be lost for choice.
Situated just across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh, Fife is remarkably close to all of central Scotland and the vast road network that links Scotland with the rest of Great Britain.
For those travelling from further afield, Edinburgh and Dundee airports are just 20 minutes drive from Fife and with many local, national and international flights arriving and departing which makes Fife easily accessible no matter which part of the world you are coming from.