2001: Golfstyle - Nothing auld about St. Andrews Bay
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
By Jeff Barr
It is set in St. Andrews, a medieval city where golf was born in the 1400s, but there is nothing ancient about this pristine, $71 million resort.
St. Andrews Bay, a sparkling facility that includes two courses, a hotel, spa and conference center, opened June 11 and represents one of Scotland’s largest tourism investments.
The Old Course always will be St. Andrews’ historical anchor, but St. Andrews Bay might be the best locale from which to soak in the atmosphere and history of golf’s most important city.
In fact, you could say the courses at St. Andrews Bay have given a natural makeover to the home of golf – with an emphasis on natural.
“There are 80 acres of wildlife habitat, including natural wetlands, being left in between fairways and greens,” said on-site architect Scott Macpherson. “We’re leaving these bare and letting nature do its own thing.”
European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance makes his design debut with the Torrance Course, a 7,020-yard, par-72 layout that features stunning views over the North Sea and the skyline of St. Andrews.
And Bruce Devlin, a veteran of more than 150 courses worldwide, designed the Devlin, which stretches over 7,026 yards, plays to a par 71 and makes the coastline an intrinsic feature of the layout.
The Torrance is scheduled to be ready for play in September, and the Devlin is set to open in July 2002. There are nine other courses in St. Andrews and another 11 courses within 15 miles.
Golf is the hook, but St. Andrews Bay offers much more.
A European-style spa, health club, heated indoor swimming pool, and state-of-the-art conference centers are available at St. Andrews Bay, which is the first European property of the U.S. luxury group Chateau Elan Hotels & Resorts.
Restaurants and informal dining areas feature bistro-style food, Mediterranean cuisine and a taste of Scotland using fresh seasonal produce.
There also are two beaches – West Sands and East Sands – in close proximity to the 520-acre, cliff-top resort.