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St Andrews & Gleneagles
St Andrews is not only famous for the Old Course and its reputation as the ‘Home of Golf’, it’s also home to a historic university, medieval streets and the remains of its magnificent cathedral. There are 10 courses within the vicinity, including Kingsbarns, which has shot to stardom since it opened in 2000. As short drive inland will take you to the magnificent Gleneagles Hotel and its three championship courses, voted one of the best golf resorts in the world and host to the 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup.
St Andrews is nicknamed ‘The Auld Grey Toun’ but that doesn’t reflect the vibrant town center you’ll find today. This is mainly due to the youthful population attracted to the town’s university, Scotland’s oldest university and the meeting place for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. The town is also famous for the opening scene in the movie Chariots of Fire, which was filmed on the gorgeous West Sands running parallel to the Jubilee Course. But there no doubt the Old Course, the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world, is the jewel in the crown. There’s no greater feeling than teeing off in front of the R&A Clubhouse or following in the footsteps of the world’s greatest crossing the Swilcan Bridge. After your round, head along to the Kingsbarns Distillery for an excellent guided tour of the distillery and tasting with one of the guides. Approximately one hour from St Andrews is the world-renowned Gleneagles Hotel and its three championship courses. Regularly voted one of the best golf resorts in the world, the PGA Centenary Course hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014 and will host the Solheim Cup in 2019.
Carnoustie Golf Links
Carnoustie Golf Links is one of the world's truly great golf courses. Host to the Open Championship on seven occasions it will again stage golf's Oldest Major in 2018. Regarded as the fairest and greatest challenge on the Open rota, Carnoustie is simply a Bucket List course for all golfers. With 3 courses on-site there is a great opportunity to sample one of the other courses before tackling the jewel.
Fairmont St. Andrews
Golf courses in Scotland are among the best in the world and Fairmont St Andrews, situated in the "Home of Golf", is proud to be recognized as one of the top golf resorts - voted 18th in "The World's Top Golf Resort" by Conde Nast Traveler reader's poll. Fairmont St Andrews has been awarded IAGTO European Golf Resort Of The Year in 2012 and Resort Hotel Of The Year at The Golf Tourism Scotland Awards 3 out of the last 4 years. With two superb golf courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks, Guests can elevate their game just by stepping on the course. The Torrance, originally designed by Sam Torrance, has been re-designed with 8 new holes and classic Scottish revetted bunkers. The Kittocks, originally designed by Bruce Devlin and Gene Sarazen, offers some of the most beautiful holes in Scottish golf with unparalleled vistas as the course hugs the dramatic Fife coastline.
Even for a champion and acclaimed golf architect like Jack Nicklaus, The PGA Centenary Course was a challenge. It had to be a great golf course and, set as it is in the heart of Scotland, the country that gave the world golf, Nicklaus described the course as "The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with". Host of the 2014 Ryder Cup, one of the best features of The PGA Centenary Course is its overwhelming, feast of views of the spectacular countryside in which Gleneagles is set. Putting on the two-tier second green, you are distracted by the lush panorama of the rich Perthshire straths. As you move westwards over the next few holes, the rugged Grampians come into view on the right, then distantly purple ahead, Ben Vorlich and the mountains above the Trossachs. The King's Course, opened in 1919, is a masterpiece of golf course design, which has tested the aristocracy of golf, both professional and amateur. James Braid's plan for The King's Course was to test even the best players' shot-making skills over the eighteen holes. Selecting the right club for each approach shot is the secret on The King's. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and exhilarating places to play golf in the world, with the springy moorland turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon.
Kingsbarns Golf Links
Kingsbarns Golf Links is proud to be part of the heritage of links golf in St Andrews. Located 7 miles south east of the “Home of Golf,” the game has been played on the site since 1793. Kyle Phillips designed this Top 100 Ranked golf course and by setting it in an amphitheater along the coast, nearly every hole boasts spectacular views of the North Sea. Each autumn, Kingsbarns joins the Old Course, St Andrews and Carnoustie Golf Links as a co-host of the European Tour’s prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.