Sunday, November 29, 2009



2009 has been a phenomenal year at Fairmont St Andrews. Not only has the luxury five-star hotel completed a comprehensive £17 million refurbishment program, hosted the world’s press and political leaders with the G20 Summit but it has also enjoyed substantial changes to its two championship courses and seen two great tour events, the Cleveland/Srixon Scottish Senior Open and The International Open, being played on The Torrance.
The Torrance course, that was designed by Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance and major Open winner Gene Sarazen (also known as The Squire), was always recognised as a secret hidden gem in Scotland. Now its star is rising. Acclaimed by critics and discerning locals alike, The Torrance is one of the finest courses in Scotland.
The most striking changes were the re-design of eight holes and the new traditional Scottish links style revetted bunkers. Some tee lines have also been changed also to accentuate the views and playability of the hole.
The greens, usually considered the best and fastest in the area, are simply divine. New state of the art drainage and planting has been added that allows for fantastic golf all year round. On The Torrance course this winter, golfers will be treated to brand new tees, critically acclaimed greens and stunning panoramic views of the Fairmont St Andrews hotel, the town of St Andrews and the Eden Estuary.
Golfers don’t have to play on temporary greens this winter. Enjoy perfect golf in perfect conditions here at Fairmont St Andrews.
Speaking about the Scottish Senior Open and the new changes, Sam Torrance, ambassador for Fairmont St Andrews said ‘I am honoured that such a great event as the Cleveland/Srixon Scottish Seniors Open has come to The Torrance course. This was my first design and I am very proud of it.
"The changes have really helped take the course to an all new level and I think when people play it, they will thoroughly enjoy not only the exciting layout with the new revetted links bunkers, but also the joy of playing in such a fabulous setting.’
2010 is looking equally bright for The Torrance with the Scottish Senior Open returning and also Open Qualifying for the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews.
Charles Head, General Manager at the resort today said, ‘This is the 150th anniversary of the Open Championship and it is particularly appropriate that the championship is being held in St Andrews, the Home of Golf. We are very much looking forward to hosting the great and the good during Open qualifying.
"Our courses and facilities here provide for a great day out, especially for groups of golfers. With our sea view clubhouse, we also have one of golf's greatest 19th holes, as listed in James Finegan's classic golf reference book GREAT PLACES TO PLAY. The Fairmont St Andrews courses are located in golfers’ heaven with Kingsbarns Golf Links, The Castle course and the Old Course only a few minutes away.’
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