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Review: Fairmont Hotel St. Andrews, Scotland

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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St. Andrews is my 2nd home.  I’m so happy there.  The golf, the history, the pubs, the people.  No I didn’t mention the food.  Four out of five ain’t bad…  The “auld grey toon.”  There’s no place like it.

Most of St. Andrews’ offerings for lodging, like the Ardgowan Hotel, are very old 2-3 story buildings with cramped space and tough access through tight doors and stairways.  They’re just fine, and most are located walking distance from the Old Course.

Fairmont Hotel

The Fairmont Hotel offers something quite different than those old cramped rooms.  Space.  The Fairmont is a very large hotel a few minutes drive from the Old Course and about eight other courses.  The hotel provides extremely spacious rooms and every amenity one might want or need when on a Scottish golf trip.

Fairmont Hotel - St. Andrews, Scotland

Fairmont Hotel – St. Andrews, Scotland – As seen from the Torrance Course – click to see full gallery

The hotel is located on the Scottish coast, featuring fantastic views.  The property occupies some 520 acres.

Rooms

The Fairmont offers several different types of accommodations:  Standard rooms available with four different views, five different suite configurations, two family style rooms, and manor homes.

Even the smallest offering, the standard room, has about 4-5 times the space of the smaller hotels in town.  In fact, I’d venture to guess that the bathroom in my room at the Fairmont on my last golf trip to Scotland had more square footage than my room at the Ardgowan.

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Warm and comfortable rooms at the Fairmont Hotel in St. Andrews

From the robes to the heated towel racks in the bathroom, the standard room amenities are but a dream compared to the old town’s offerings.

The manor homes, which I’d love to try out the next time I’m in St. Andrews, are stand-alone homes which are over 4,000 square feet.  Perfect for a golf group.

Spa/Pool/Fitness

The Fairmont offers full spa treatments and unique packages which would come in handy after a long cold (yes it can be cold in Scotland) day on the links.

Fairmont Hotel pool

Hot tub and pool. I’ll be here next visit to St. Andrews!

I personally found the hot tub and swimming pool to be such a fantastic treatment for all the stiff muscles in my back and my aching lower body, a result of playing some 6-7 straight days of 36-holes.  If you’ve never golfed in Scotland, there are no carts (buggies as they’re called in the UK).  All golf is walked and the ground is as hard as Interstate 5.  Your feet and knees WILL ache after a few rounds.  Book it.

Food & Beverage

After a long day of chasing the white spheroid, a good meal and a “wee pint” are in order.  The Fairmont has numerous culinary offerings and plenty of great places to enjoy a splash of scotch or a wee pint of Belhaven Best, a local brew I’ve come to love.  My group spent quite a bit of time in the Kittocks Den & Bar, celebrating our triumphant shots on the Old Course, and lamenting over the not-so-triumphant ones.

Fairmont bar

May I help you? “Yes. A wee pint of Belhaven Best please!” Splendid

Each morning the hotel offers a fantastic breakfast buffet fit for a king, or a monarch.  Check your Scottish history on that one.  The dining area for breakfast was the gigantic atrium area, seen below.

Fairmont Hotel atrium

Atrium area… Breakfast buffet

I think I could hit a full sand wedge and not hit the ceiling in the atrium.

Golf

Nearby golf courses include the Old Course, New Course, Kingsbarns, Castle Course, Srathtyrum Course, Eden Course, Jubilee Course, and Balcomie Links a short drive away.

To supplement the property and the great local courses, the Fairmont has two on-site courses, the Kittocks Course and the Torrance Course.  I had the pleasure of playing the Torrance Course (pictured below), a wee combination of Scottish and American golf architecture.  A mere walk from my room at the Fairmont, the on-site courses feature fantastic views of the nearby sea and the town of St. Andrews.

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The Old Town serves as a backdrop for this approach shot on the Torrance Course

Conclusion

The Fairmont offers a different, more luxurious type of lodging and experience than the old salty rooms found in downtown St. Andrews.  A far cry from a small room with a bed.

The hot tub alone is worth booking the Fairmont.  It was a life-saver on the achy bones, which walked over 100 MILES of golf the last week I was in St. Andrews.

Yes, over 100 miles.

Related Links

Fairmont St. Andrews photo gallery.

Ardgowan Hotel review.

Kingsbarns Golf Links review.

Castle Course photo gallery.

Old Course photo gallery.

New Course photo gallery.

Carnoustie Golf Links review.


Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Hemingway Short Story

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
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I’ve been a long time Arturo Fuente fan. Until this past week I had yet to try the Gran Reserva Hemingway Short Story. This is a fantastic cigar for golf because of its size.  Easy to pack.  Easy to manage.  Doesn’t last too long.  Oh, and the flavor is the best part.  It is very tasty medium cigar, not too strong but does pack a lot of taste in a small package.

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I enjoyed my first golf round of 2015 with this cigar.  I was 1-over par for holes which the cigar was in play, and 8-over par on non-cigar holes.  You do the math.  Proof that this cigar cuts strokes off your golf score!

I also enjoyed one with the lovely bride and a good friend who was in from out of town.  All of the testers give this one high grades.

  • Length: 4.00
  • Ring: 48
  • Shape: Perfecto
  • Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Cameroon
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
I wasn’t able to find this specific cigar on their site but these did come from my friends at Cigars City.  I’m sure stock changes all the time, or perhaps I was being a bonehead and not looking in the right place.
Pricing on these cigars can be under $5.00 each.

Breaking: Golf Magazine to Rebrand as Boob Magazine for April 2015 Issue

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, January 8th, 2015
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Golf Magazine is changing its name to BOOB Magazine.

We’ve seen this change coming.  We’ve seen the transformation happening right before our eyes as Golf Magazine has been posting gallery after gallery of Instagram feeds and photos of hot women in golf.  “Hot tour wives and girlfriends” articles… “hottest women in golf” articles….  They don’t even have to be golfers, as long as they’re holding a golf club, or simply have big boobs and live in the same city as a golf course.

Hooked On Golf Blog inside sources, under condition of anonymity, have sent in the new cover for BOOB Magazine, which will hit the shelves in time for the 2015 Masters this April, even featuring a hot G-string spread with Martha Burk.

New BOOB Magazine April 2015 Cover

New BOOB Magazine April 2015 Cover

Opinion

Honestly it is about time Golf Magazine came clean with their “golf journalism” turned Red Light District. I’m happy to see the rebranding/renaming, and look forward to honest tits and ass journalisn, not under the auspices of “golf” but for what it really is, posting BOOOBS for hits.

Well played Boobs Magazine. Well played.

Pass the milk…


2014 Product of the Year – Best Apparel Item – Bobby Jones 1/4 Zip Baby Alpaca Sweater

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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I’m wearing this tremendous 1/4 zip baby alpaca fur sweater by Bobby Jones at this very moment.  It is so comfortable that I may wear it even in the summer when it is 104 degrees.

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

This fantastic, stylish, sharp, classy, and mega-comfortable sweater is hands-down the best apparel item reviewed in 2014 at Hooked On Golf Blog.

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By being said best item, I send my congratulations to Bobby Jones for winning the Best Apparel Item award in the 2014 Hooked On Golf Blog Product of the Year Awards! I’m sure this is the most prestigious award collected by Bobby Jones to date.

Well played.


Ave Maria Crusader Cigar Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 8th, 2014
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I was thankful to be playing golf yesterday. First because my back had gone out and I miraculously recovered in time to play. Second, it is December here in northern Utah and it is not uncommon for the courses to be closed and under a couple feet of snow.

To celebrate the day and the unseasonably warm weather I busted out a Ave Maria Crusader Cigar courtesy of my BFF’s at Cigars City.

Ave Maria Crusader Cigar

This Nicaraguan made cigar has Honduran/Nicaraguan filler and an Equador Habano wrapper.  It is a medium-full strength cigar, so not quite for newbs or those looking for a light flavor.

I liked the body and flavor of this cigar.  Very enjoyable.  Not too much for my slightly-above-newb level.  It had just enough of a kick to it.

Game Improvement Cigar

I fired up this cigar on the 13th hole and it obviously helped my game: par, par, par, birdie, birdie, bogey.   I was five over par for the holes without the cigar and one under par with cigar.  Could be my new secret weapon.


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