St Andrews is the spiritual house of golf pulling in players from afar. Hosting a final qualifier for the British Open, the Sam Torrance and Kittocks Course deliver a difficult course for severe golfers.
Scottish hospitality blends with best notch American-style service at Fairmont St Andrews to deliver far a lot more than just golf.
There’s a warm welcome from Davey in his Stewart clan tartan trousers and Tam o’ Shanter hat. His group will valet park your automobile, appear just after luggage and retailer your golf-clubs.
Rapidly settled in your area there’s a exclusive welcome present, a miniature bottle of St. Andrews whisky as effectively as a miniature chocolate golf club and ball.
Spacious Sea View rooms appear out across emerald acres more than the Kittocks course towards St Andrews Bay. Subtle decor gets the Scottish theme just about correct. There’s a discrete grey tartan pattern to the carpet and tasteful Tam o’ Shanter themed pictures on the caramel walls.
Technologies galore: ample UK and US charging points, wide screen Television and trustworthy Wi-fi plus coffee-maker, kettle and an exceptionally effectively-stocked mini-bar.
Beds are substantial, armchairs comfy and there’s a substantial desk if you actually have to operate.
Lately refurbished with a light grey slate-appear, bathrooms present a deep bath and a higher top quality rainfall shower. It is a ideal rejuvenating function for golfers who have had a extended day on the courses.
Rose 31 physique lotion, conditioner and shampoo are personalised with your name on the bottles. The uncommon Centifolia rose, a fragrance with spicy and woody notes, ambiguously plays to each feminine and masculine customers.
At the health club, pool and spa you could run your personal transformative boot camp – if that is what actually you want. But if you seek the tranquility of a serene candle-scented spa you have got that also.
The health club is pretty effectively-equipped and tends to double-up or even treble up on possibilities to minimise waiting.
There’s a crescent of exercising bikes for spin classes as there’s a day-to-day programme of exercising classes: from aqua sessions via to yoga.
For golfers who’ve flown a lot of hours and played many rounds restorative massages and recuperative physiotherapy are readily available.
Lunch or dinner at the Fairmont St Andrew Grill, with beautiful views of finishing holes of the Kittocks course and St Andrews Bay, is undoubtedly a will have to. The closed Josper Grill, with precise temperature manage, preserves the all-natural texture of Scottish steaks and lobster. Although it is really hard to resist the Seafood Platter: oysters, lobster, chunks of salmon and smoked salmon, crayfish and prawns. Back at the hotel the Cucina has a Mediterranean themed menu although the Zephyr Sports Bar goes vegan.
Fairmont St Andrew is set in 520 acres of prime St Andrews headland just a couple of miles from Scotland’s historic university town exactly where Wills meet Kate. Alongside the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral, there is a chic town of trendy boutiques, classy cafes and fantastic restaurants.
Astoundingly St Andrews Old Course shuts down for the Sabbath. On Sundays folks stroll their Westies and picnic on what is public-owned land. Stand on the Swilcan Bridge, on the 18th, dreaming that it is the final hole of the Open and that you are 3 strokes clear of the field.
Other good touches
There’s a baronial splendour to the architecture of the lobby. A touch of Lady Macbeth aspirational style to the primeval twisted wood sculptures and the towering sombre portraits. Breakfast on hearty porridge and haggis in the atrium – or lighter a lot more modern offerings if you pick.
Just after breakfast pause in the library for a moment to drink in the views via a towering image window. Also Fairmont St Andrews not too long ago took the AA’s award for Eco Hotel of the year.
Nightly prices at Fairmont St Andrews get started at £179 per evening, primarily based on two folks sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.
Even though 18 holes may possibly price £95 there are lots of delivers readily available like twilight tee-off reductions.
The very best bit
The two golf courses channel the spirit of St Andrews’s historic Old Course: babbling burns, deep pot and revetted bunkers, breath-taking coastal views, firm-operating fairways, impenetrable rough of white wispy grasses and thistles …
Not only are you playing against your opponents you are battling the components and topography also. There’s a strategic selection to be created prior to playing pretty much just about every stroke.
The final verdict
This is far also very good a location to rush, a lot more than just a quick keep. Far also a lot of golfers race in and out on whistle-quit tours. Linger for a couple of days to loosen up in the spa, savour the Grill’s menu, take a stroll more than the Old Course and drink-in St Andrew’s wealthy history.
Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Fairmont St Andrews.