Fairmont Kittocks (94)
- Holes:18 Slope: 127 Year:2001 Par: 72 Length: 6.173 yd
- Architect:Bruce Devlin
The Farimont Kittocks golf course (previously the Devlin course) is one of two golf courses at Fairmont St Andrews and is one of many courses in the St Andrews area. The Fairmont Kittocks course was rated number 37 in Golf weekly ratings in 2012.
The course was built and opened in 2002 with the combined designing talents of former Australian Open Champion, Bruce Devlin (after whom the course was originally named), Gene Sarazen and Denis Griffiths.
The Kittocks course is superbly placed on elevated ground by the cliff tops with commanding views across the River Tay estuary and the famous medieval town in the background that make a beautiful backdrop to any game.
The Fairmont Hotel and the Kittocks course are easily accessible by car as they lay within two hours drive of both Glasgow and Edinburgh, cities which are reachable by rail or air.
The Kittocks course is an 18 hole cliff top links course with a par of 72 and a length of roughly 6576m.
Although it is designed in an American style with man-made lakes, the Kittocks course still pays homage to the traditional golf of St Andrews with two double greens and many deep pot bunkers.
The course is considered to have some of the most beautiful holes is Scottish golf as the coast moves along the striking Fife coastline. The design is as dramatic as its location with the natural features being used to great effect, which the most outstanding holes to be found along the shoreline of the North Sea.
The Fairmont Kittocks course is the more challenging of the two at Fairmont St Andrews and provides an impressive test of golf skill and more than lives up to Devlin’s aim to build a golf course which used the contours of its natural environment that would challenge the best golfers but could still easily be enjoyed by novices. This is made possible due to its four different tee zones.
The Fairmont Kittocks is a long and challenging course requiring nerves of steel to navigate its many holes running alongside the coastline.
Coastal views of the North Sea and historic St Andrews greet you at the Fairmont St Andrews Golf Resort, and these can be admired from the greens of either of its two fine golf courses as well as from the clifftop setting of the clubhouse.
The facilities here are second to none and include a large putting green and expansive short-game area. This American-style course was originally named the Devlin Course after one of the three designers who worked on it (the other two being Gene Sarazen and Denis Griffiths).
The natural makeup of this coastal location has been used to its fullest even to the extent of incorporating a deep ravine known as Kittock’s Den within the layout. As dramatic as many of the holes are due to their proximity to the North Sea shoreline, it is the 15th that takes the honorary title of signature hole; a long, par-4 dogleg that leads to the cliff-edge green.