The Kittocks course at Fairmont St Andrews re-opened last weekend after a being included in a £17m refurbishment at the five-star resort.
The course – formerly known as The Devlin after its eponymous designer – now includes two holes from The Torrance course: the 17th and 18th, setting up one of the finest series of closing holes in the game.
Stewart Elder, golf sales manager for Fairmont St Andrews, said: “After an innocent start, the fifth hole begins a real roller-coaster ride through a spectacular landscape – it’s even been said that the finishing holes start on the fifth, giving The Kittocks’ golf’s longest finish.”
When the course was originally designed, Devlin was assisted by legends Gene Sarazen and Sam Torrance. And with the additional input of Gary Stephenson recently, the course is now arguably the most stunning at the Home of Golf.
The white water of St Andrews Bay crashes on to the historic seashore and the often snow-covered Grampian Mountains dominate the distant horizon beyond Dundee and Carnoustie.
The entire right side of the 17th is now bordered by a 100ft cliff, falling into the sea. The left is a mixture of mounds, hazards, gorse, fescue and bunkers, while in the distance behind the green, the Old Town of St Andrews with its many spires beckons.
Green fees at The Kittocks start at £40 per person with tee-time rates from £99.
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