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Fairmont Torrance (57)

The Fairmont Torrance Course, designed by the late Gene Sarazen and winning Ryder Cup Captain, Sam Torrance, is a par 72, 7037 yard golf course that sweeps its way around the hotel and down to the coastal edge.

Redesigned in 2009, it is a final Qualifying course for the Open and has held the Scottish Senior Open. The redesign saw eight of the course’s holes changed and now offers a fairer test, including several risk-reward holes.

The natural contours of the land and the dramatic coastal setting are combined with a unique blend of Rye grass, innovative green-keeping skills and the expertise of winning Ryder Cup captain, Sam Torrance.Perched atop the cliffs that are situated above St. Andrews Bay, Fairmont St. Andrews offers two stunning traditional links golf courses, the Fairmont Torrance and the Kittocks. In a region famous for being the home of golf, both courses manage to hold their own against the area’s other links courses.

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.

Playing the Fairmont Torrance Course, you would never believe that it was once flat farmland. The designer, Sam Torrance, transformed the course into a challenging links layout that looks as though it has been there forever. The classic Scottish bunkers that are strategically placed throughout provide a formidable test. Be careful from the 14th green to the final hole or you might find yourself tumbling down the rocky cliffs. This dramatic final stretch of holes is especially scenic and challenging with greens that play right along the edge of the water.