fife and st andrews
Fife and St Andrews in Scotland are probably one of the top golf holiday areas in Scotland. If you would like to book a golf break then there is a wealth of top courses in the area and it is also a very special area to visit even for non golfers.
For golfers, St Andrews is obviously a "must visit" destination. Reputedly "The Home of Golf", although a few places in Scotland do claim this title, but St Andrews is a good contender ! It is the home of the St Andrews Old Course championship course as well as the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. There are also numerous golf shops in the town. If you are looking for a golf hotel St Andrews has some top quality hotels including the Old Course Hotel (pictured), the Rusacks Marine Hotel and the Scores Hotel, all of which have top class facilities and a view towards the Old Course as well as the sea.
There are numerous other good hotels, guest houses, restaurants and some interesting shops to wander round. If you are shopping try "fudge doughnuts" from Fisher and Donaldsons bakers in the town. And ask directions to the garden centre which you will find behind the main shops on South Street. There is also the Cathedral and Castle to visit in St Andrews. And there is a swimming pool which will keep any non golfers happy and it has a water flume so children should be happy too !
The coast of Fife was traditionally a fishing area and you still find a fishing industry at Pittenweem as well as a couple of excellent fish and chip shops at Anstruther !
Crail has a lovely pottery to visit as well as a "nuclear bunker" that is left over from the cold war era and is now open for visitors ! And Crail also has a lovely harbour and you can buy fresh fish. Pittenweem has a lovely row of cottages along the sea which are very photogenic. And in August each year, Pittenweem hosts an art festival (http://www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk/) where many of the artists who live in the village actually exhibit their paintings in their cottages or in local galleries and you can go round and have a look and maybe buy an original ! Elie is another lovely holiday, coastal village that is worth a visit. It has a lovely old golf club and golf course with a sports club next to it, where you can play tennis. There is a lovely beach and also a very nice pub - The Ship Inn, where you can have a lovely bar meal and if you are lucky you can sit upstairs and enjoy a sea view !
Inland Fife has other rural attractions, in particular for children there is fruit picking at Cupar and near St Andrews there is Craigton Country Park.
As for golf, the main golf courses you should try and play if you are in Fife are :
- Those at St Andrews Links which include : The Old Course St Andrews, The New Course, The Eden Course and the Jubilee Course
- Kingsbarns - a recently designed course which has quickly become one of Scotland's top courses
- Balcomie Links at Crail - a good example of a Links golf course
- The Duke's Course near St Andrews
- Fairmont St Andrews - Devlin Course (designed by Bruce Devlin and the late Gene Sarazen) and the Fairmont Torrance Course (designed by the late Gene Sarazen and winning Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance)
- Leith Links
- Elie Golf Course - a fantastic links course by the sea
- You can also try original hickory golf with the old style clubs at Kingarrock Golf Course near Cupar - this could be an interesting addition to a golf holiday in the area of Fife !