I’ve finally got a dream job. If I were a catholic priest, I’d want to end up in the Vatican. I’m in the golf industry, and I’m going to end up at St.Andrews, the home of golf, the beginning, golf’s Mecca, 600 years of golfing history! Sometime soon we are moving, I’m going to be Director of Golf at Fairmont St Andrews. We’ve put up with too many years of sun and beaches, time to suffer! It also didn’t take long to convince my wife Carolyn that this was the right move. “Almost as good as Alberta”. Our two sons live in Alberta, and so do our two grandchildren!
I’ve been there a couple of times, stayed at the resort with a group of Canadian professionals including Sandra Post, in April of 2005. I’ve played the two courses which, in the last five years, have become very accepted and acclaimed, originally the locals didn’t like the two new “links-like” Torrance and Devlin tracts. The courses share a spectacular location, playing along cliff tops overlooking St.Andrews Bay and the auld grey tune of St. Andrews itself. At night you can even see the lights of Carnoustie twinkling across the sea.
The Torrance Course was designed by Sam Torrance, a fine player and winning Ryder Cup Captain. I played with Sam in the Bergamo Open in Italy in 1972, his first professional win. The Devlin Course is a product of Bruce Devlin and Gene Sarazen, and is one of the very few championship courses in the UK with “golf buggies” (electric carts). This fact will be brought to the attention of the many north american golfers who can afford Scotland but can’t walk around their courses.
The five-star resort is just a couple of miles from the Old Course and the R&A, just a few minutes short of Kingsbarns Links, another newcomer that since 2000 has become (IMHO), the best course in Scotland not to have hosted the Open. It does host the Dunhill Links Championship each fall. Just short of the Fairmont is the new Castle Course, opening in 2008 and part of the St.Andrews Links operation, the group running the Old Course and the other locals.
From our Resort there are at least 40 great golfing experiences within a short drive, including many hidden gems, castles, palaces, cathedrals, ruins, etc..