6 Reasons to Play Golf at Fairmont St Andrews
Enjoying a prime location overlooking St Andrews Bay, the five-star Fairmont St Andrews has become a revered destination for both golfers and those seeking a spot of luxury relaxation. Costing £50 million when it opened in 2001, the resort quickly drew acclaim and has grown in stature throughout the subsequent two decades, twice upgrading its facilities with expensive renovations to ensure that the hotel continues to deliver on those high standards.
Located just a couple of miles from the historic town of St Andrews, the Fairmont is a popular gateway to experiencing this iconic corner of Scotland, but the venue itself makes for an appealing proposition when it comes to visiting any time during the year.
Here are just some reasons why the Fairmont is special and how it may be the resort that you have been looking for.
Dominating the 520 acre estate, the hotel is a striking building that sits prominently above the clifftops, visible for miles around, possessing over 200 luxury room across a range of sizes to meet any requirement. These include standard bedrooms, family rooms, suites, and there are even the external Manor Homes.
The rooms are known for their panoramic views across the bay, golf courses and countryside, boasting comfortable furnishings to provide the relaxation that guests expect. There is a reason Fairmont St Andrews is a hugely popular venue for weddings, conferences and festive parties around Christmas and New Year.
Spa Facilities & Restaurants
In addition to the fine accommodation, Fairmont St Andrews unsurprisingly has much to claim with regards to its facilities. The spa here is regarded as being one of the best in Scotland, including treatment rooms, pools and hydrotherapy experiences. Even the most highly strung of individuals would be able to unwind here.
And when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner, there are six dining options at the Fairmont to cater for all tastes, including Afternoon Teas, an Italian eatery and Scottish cuisine.
The Golf Courses
You will find two 18-hole golf courses at Fairmont St Andrews, the scenic Kittocks, which features vistas across the water down towards the town, and the Torrance, designed by the Ryder Cup legend Sam. The latter has been a host of the Scottish Seniors Open and Final Qualifying Venue for the 2010 Open Championship, with both layouts providing an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all standards.
Location to St Andrews
Overlooking the famous town of St Andrews, the Fairmont is within easy reach of this iconic settlement. Known as the Home of Golf and for its historic university, there is much to see and do in the Auld Grey Toun. Shop in the boutiques, sample the many pubs, eat in the wide variety of restaurants, or simply walk the mediaeval streets. Visit the Cathedral and climb St Rule's Tower, step inside the Castle or revel in the legacy of the British Golf Museum.
You also have the West and East Sands to explore, as well as the Aquarium and Botanic Garden. There is much to see and do in St Andrews - and that's without even mentioning the golf.
Surrounded by Incredible Golf
The Home of Golf - shockingly - has quite a few courses to play. The St Andrews Links Trust oversees seven wonderful layouts, including the legendary Old Course, the cradle of the game, in addition to the New, Jubilee, Eden, Strathtyrum and Balgove. Not to mention the Castle that is within walking distance of the Fairmont.
Golf's greatest amateur - and founder of the Masters Tournament - Bobby Jones once said: "I could take out of my life everything except my experiences at St Andrews, and I would still have had a rich and full life."
Fairmont St Andrews is also within driving distance of Fife gems including Kingsbarns, the Duke's, Crail, Elie, Leven and Lundin Links. There is a lot to discover on this incredible coastline.
The cliffs at the Fairmont Hotel offer the most expansive visuals back to St Andrews and the surrounding area. Certainly worth the walk. pic.twitter.com/8B7cHruZGB— Kieran Clark (@KieranClarkGolf) June 28, 2019
Fife Coastal Path
Speaking of which, the Fife Coastal Path is the best way to see it. Stretching for 117 miles between the Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay, keen walkers can take the journey in stages, joining the path at various points, including at Fairmont St Andrews.
Here you can choose to follow the scenic path into town or head down the coast to the likes of Crail, Kingsbarns and Anstruther. For the scenery, there is nowhere better, with many of the sights considered breathtaking, shedding a light on the majestic beauty of Scotland's East Coast.
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