Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

St. ANDREWS, Scotland – Girlfriend getaways have been all the rage in luxury circles in recent years. But guys like to travel with their buddies, too. And what better place than St. Andrews, Scotland, the birthplace of golf.

While getting a tee time on the Old Course can be tricky, there are plenty of other traditional links courses in the area, including two championship courses, the Kittocks and Torrance, at the Fairmont St. Andrews, which recently launched what it says is the area’s only golf guarantee.The hotel is now offering to “back-up” a guest’s Old Course tee time ballot entry with a corresponding tee time on its courses to make sure guests don’t miss out on a round in St. Andrews. If they win the ballot, the Fairmont will waive the cancellation fee for the provisional tee time.

“Many people visiting St. Andrews, and staying at our resort, will enter themselves into the ballot or may use our concierge service to do so,” said Fairmont St Andrews’ director of golf, Amy Yeates. “Obviously there is a finite number of people who will be successful, however, we want to ensure those who miss out can still enjoy golf on a championship course at their chosen time.”

Just a few minutes from the historic town of St. Andrews, the Fairmont courses offers stunning cliff-side views of the North Sea. And in addition to the back-up tee time guarantee, it is a great place for golfers who aren’t yet good enough to qualify for a round on the Old Course.

The golf team also offers clinics and lessons to help golfers adjust their game for the more rugged, traditional links courses.

In addition to golf, the area offers a number of other activities that appeal to the masculine set, and the hotel has forged partnerships with local businesses that enable it to help craft getaways that include scotch and beer tastings.

A recent trip sponsored by the Fairmont highlighted its partnership with the region’s new lowland Scotch distillery, Kingsbarn, developed by former golf caddy Douglas Clement on a historic abandoned farm amidst the area’s breathtaking countryside.

The  Fairmont offers a “Divots and Drams,” package, which includes a room, full Scottish breakfast, 18 holes of golf, a three-course dinner and dram of malt and a tour of Kingsbarns Distillery.
Clement says the distillery recently hosted a bachelor party and can accommodate a variety of special events.

The Fairmont can also arrange “country gentlemen” packages that include clay pigeon shooting, hickory golf, falconry or more thrill-seeker oriented activities, including mountain biking, surfing, land yachting, laser tag, paintballing and a tour of the Eden Mill brewery, which has produced an exclusive amber ale called “Kilted Kittock” for Fairmont St Andrews.

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