Kingsbarns and Dumbarnie with the St Andrews Torrance or Kittocks courses

Kingsbarn and Dumbarnie Weekend Golf Break
– The Character of this tour

Old Course – Odds against play through the ballot, but not without a chance.
Old Course isn’t part of the package, but the opportunity to ‘roll the dice’ would exist.
Duration – 3 nights
Logistics – Daily ‘back-to-base’ structure
Transport – Either Self-drive or Managed driver works fine.
Mileage – Low
Travel Class – Luxury
Non-Golf offer – Limited by time (St Andrews & Fife)

At Faraway Fairways we’ve become increasingly aware that a number of you want to ‘get away from it’, but don’t necessarily want the commitment of a longer ‘tour’. In other words, you want a top golf break over a weekend, but since you have so many other things going on around you that you need to get back to, time is a problem. It shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn therefore that Faraway Fairways have just the answer with our Kingsbarn and Dumbarnie weekend golf break, one of six options we’re excited to offer. This particular option is different to the other five in so far as we have at least two world class courses as the focus rather than an apex draw and a supporting cast. There’s a real potential bonus in this one though. We’re staying in St Andrews. Yes, we can enter the Old Course ballot, and yes we are near enough to play the Old Course if we win, and yes we should be able to shuffle the pack in such a way that we’ll be able to salvage Kingsbarns or Dumbarnie if they go into conflict with the Old Course tee-time. It’s a shot to nothing really, for it we lose, then we just play Kingsbarns or Dumbarnie as planned

The Kingsbarn and Dumbarnie weekend golf break is designed for someone who can leave work mid-day Friday, or even early evening, so long as they can arrive in Scotland (Edinburgh or Glasgow) early on Saturday. Anyone taking it from the UK or continental Europe will be back at work by Monday morning. But here’s a twist, by virtue of flying back across time zones, so will anyone from North America.

The Kingsbarn and Dumbarnie weekend golf break isn’t exactly a new concept you might suggest? True, we’ll give you that ‘short putt’! But most of these packages tend to be resort first and golf second. Faraway Fairways’s big weekend golf breaks put the golf first. Well to no small extent in Scotland, you have to, Spain we ain’t!

So it might sound a bit ambitious at first, and its probably not completely unfair to think that this type of break is more likely to appeal to those of you who have fast moving lifestyles and a bit of ‘go’ about you, but then the world is becoming a smaller a place. When you walk back into work on Tuesday and someone enquires whether you “did anything interesting at the weekend?” it would perhaps be nice to reply “played golf in Scotland. And you?”



Not applicable Not applicable Flight to Scotland – arrive following morning
KINGSBARNS East Neuk of Fife St Andrews (Luxury)
TORRANCE or KITTOCKS St Andrews St Andrews (Luxury)
DUMBARNIE Edinburgh St Andrews (Luxury)
Flight home Not Applicable Not Applicable


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Kingsbarns and dumbarnie weekend golf break Kingsbarns and dumbarnie weekend golf break

3 Nights Duration
  • Luxury

Kingsbarns Image by Iain Lowe,
permission from, and images supplied by Audrey Hogg, Kingsbarns Golf Course
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Kingsbarns & Dumbarnie

The combination of Kingsbarns and Dumabarnie on the Fife coast is a truly beguiling one. Everyone loves a new course to get excited about, and Dumbarnie looks destined for Scotland’s top-table. The combination of Dumbarnie and another world top-100 ranked modern design at Kingsbarns means the two centre pieces of this weekend break offer you a remarkably similar stern challenge. Unlike some of the other weekend breaks which feature an apex course and a supporting cast, this one has a greater depth of co-equals

Maybe it’s the third course that holds the key though. The choice of Fairmont tracks (Torrance or Kittocks) would permit us to take a stab at the St Andrews Old Course. We’re near enough to pull this off, so no harm in trying. If we win an Old Course ballot we’ll need to shuffle the pack to play four courses in three days, and if we lose, well you’ll just have to settle something that’s very good instead

The hotel is only 3 miles from St Andrews. We can certainly make ballot applications for Saturday and Monday. There is a risk that we could end up forfeiting a green fee at Dumbarnie. If we do, then we’re afraid you might just be required to ‘suck it up’ in exchange for playing the St Andrews Old Course. The greater likelihood however is that we’ll be able to salvage the round and re-arrange it, putting it into a double day with one of the Fairmont courses

Travelling to Scotland

Long weekend golf breaks are designed to minimise disruption to your working week. Schedules are built on an assumption that you can leave work mid afternoon to early evening, on a Friday. We envisage you arriving at either Edinburgh or Glasgow international airports or respective railway stations.

Golfer’s travelling from within the UK, or flying from continental Europe, do have more margin. Many of you will be able to arrive in Edinburgh/ Glasgow on the Friday evening. This will incur an extra nights accommodation, but will allow you to make an earlier start the next morning

Those of you flying the Atlantic however will arrive early on Saturday morning. There are direct flights to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The whole secret to the Long weekend is that you’re at least in Scotland early on the Saturday. The return leg is easier as you’re flying with the time zone, and can even sneak an extra round if routing back through London

Ordinarily Faraway Fairways would tend to advise that you aim to arrive as follows;

  • Edinburgh if playing St Andrews
  • Glasgow if playing Turnberry
  • Edinburgh if playing Carnoustie
  • Either if playing Gleneagles with slight preference for Edinburgh

The ultimate objective is to get you into the course as quickly as we can, especially if you’re arriving on Saturday morning, or playing St Andrews.

Glasgow and Edinburgh are about 60 minutes apart by road. It might happen that an earlier arrival at say Glasgow, can result in an earlier arrival at St Andrews, despite it being further away. You might even route through London or Dublin

We wouldn’t necessarily discourage those of you who practically can do, to arrive on Friday evening. This extends your scope for securing favourable tee times and would be particularly helpful for the St Andrews Old Course on Saturday.

It would probably be advisable to travel as light as you can in order to make check-in and baggage reclaim much quicker. You might even find you’re able to do this using the clothes you’re wearing, some small items in hand luggage, and if necessary, buy a few extras from the pro-shop whilst you’re here (they also double as souvenirs of course). You might even decide to play with hired clubs (though in fairness, hardly anyone ever does).


The Kittocks and Torrances courses are slight departures from the links tradition of St Andrews, being a few miles outside of town on a stunning cliff-top location overlooking the bay and town below. The result is spectacular. With a splendid sense of isolation and exposure they both play ‘linksy’. The venture has been a tremendous addition to the St Andrews portfolio.

The Kittocks course is a long and challenging, requiring nerves of steel to navigate its many holes running alongside the coastline. It’s played host to Europro Tournament 2007 and 2009 and Scottish Youths National Championship 2016.The Torrance course is characterised by its deep revetted bunkers, and large greens and has hosted the Seniors European Tour Event six times between 2009 and 2014. They tend to be held in similar regard and its genuinely difficult to recommend one over the other


Records of golf being played at Kingsbarns date to 1793. The modern course itself opened in 2000, and is set on three-tiered levels, sloping towards the coast. Nearly every hole has stunning views of the North Sea. The 12th and 15th require you to play a tee shot over the ocean! Kingsbarns is often compared with Pebble Beach. Its noticeable just how many people familiar with both accept this. Perhaps of greater significance is the number of times it beats more illustrious neighbours in surveys. It did so again in 2013 when it topped the poll for Scotland’s favourite course amongst visiting Americans, as its always immacuately presented. It completes the trio of East Coast giants that host the Dunhill links challenge each year alongside Carnoustie and the Old Course

Image by Iain Lowe
with permission from, and supplied by Kingsbarns Golf Course


Dumbarnie is Scotland’s newest world class golf links, and opened in 2020. It’s located on an escarpment which is 80 ft above sea-level at its peak. This has allowed the design to adopt two loops of nine, and make good use of the natural contouring this affords to introduce views of the sea. A number of elevated tees have been used to provide the drama of hitting drives out to the ocean. The terrain has been worked into a series of hillocks, knobs and knolls. Perhaps uncharacteristically for a links, Water has also been introduced albeit mainly confined to burns rather than lakes. The fairways are wide and forgiving with driveable risk and reward par 4’s a particular feature of the lay-out

5-Star (Luxury)

The Fairmont is one of two luxury 5-star hotels in St Andrews. It sits atop a cliff slightly outside of the town with commanding views out to sea and overlooks the town itself looking down towards it. Although a little bit detached from the town itself and therefore quieter, the hotel provides a regular complementary shuttle bus into St Andrews for its guests. The Fairmont is surrounded by two Championship golf courses ensuring that the extended views are out over rolling green golf courses. It’s an altogether more relaxing experience

Self Drive or Chauffeur

‘Long Weekend’ golf breaks assume arrival at either of Scotland’s major international airports, (Edinburgh & Glasgow) or their respective railway hubs of Waverley or Central stations.

Faraway Fairways normally recommend self-drive for our golf packages but the ‘Long Weekend golf breaks’ might be the exception? Chauffeur driven options can work perfectly well (particularly St Andrews or Gleneagles). This will typically be a Mercedes capable of taking seven passengers. The Mercedes has leather seats and a high-spec ride comfort.

Self-drive affords you more flexibility and independence, but it is a bit more time consuming to process. Long weekends can be quite intense, and the responsibility for driving might be one stress point you’d be happy to lose

The only long weekend package where we needn’t be convinced that a chauffeur driven solution works that well would be the option that involves playing Shiskine on the Isle of Arran as part of the Turnberry break. You might also be forgiven for wishing to have some transport autonomy at Carnoustie too as the town needn’t have the appeal of St Andrews, and the hotel probably hasn’t got the depth of non-golf facilities that Gleneagles and Turnberry can call on

Our pricing schedules are modelled on self-drive. Chauffeur driven options normally cost slightly more, but in some cases this could be negligible and might even be less dependent on how you decide to operate a base location, as they could involve little more than airport transfers to a resort hotel which in itself can provide for all your needs


  • 3 nights – St Andrews, Fairmont Hotel – or equivalent
    – (includes breakfast & £30 food/ beverage voucher)
    – Deluxe twin or double room (sea view)
  • Old Course ballot applications & management
    – Includes cancelling and rescheduling
  • At least three rounds of golf:
    – Kingsbarns
    – Dumbarnie
    – St Andrews Torrance or Kittocks Course
  • Self Drive – or – Chauffeur driven vehicle
    – (MPV people carrier, typically Mercedes)
    – Complementary shuttle bus from hotel to St Andrews
  • Walking Tour of the Old Course (Sunday)
  • Support and assistance as appropriate


– Green fee for the St Andrews Old Course (between £195 or £95 dependent on the season).
– Friday night accommodation.
– Flexible hotel cancellation booking rates.
– Air-fares
– Evening meals, or additional hotel expenditure such as drinks (unless specified)
– Caddie hire, or any golf course equipment. We are happy to arrange this at no extra cost.

All tours and hotels sold subject to availability and final confirmation.

Long Weekend

Guide price based on four golfers sharing two ‘Deluxe twin rooms’ (sea view)
Transport costs based on self-drive and divided by all (chauffeur drive is perfectly viable)


Typical Price Range Guide –

LUXURY PEAK SEASON …………………….,£1,725
LUXURY LOW SEASON …..,,……………..,£1,425

Quite a lot of golf tour operators will take some low-season green fees, perhaps wrap them up with a budget hotel ‘offer’, and then present them as the dreaded “prices from”. Sure it makes for an eye-catching headline. Faraway Fairways could do the same. The question really though is does this help you at all? Well most golfers probably don’t appreciate having their hopes built up only for them to wade through the detail to discover that the price that caught their attention requires them to comply with all sorts of sub-optimal conditions. Instead we’re using a ‘guide price’ which needn’t be ‘spot on’ but should be close

Highlights – Kingsbarns, Dumbarnie, St Andrews Torrance or Kittocks course, St Andrews Old Course possible (ballot)

Duration – 4 days

Travel class – Luxury – Fairmont hotel

Season – April to October

Transport – Self drive although chauffeur drive probably works just as well in St Andrews.


Important – Dynamic prices do alter dependent on the choices we make, the season we book for, and in the case of hoteliers that operate revenue yield management models outside of fixed rate contracts, the time of year we process a booking. As a general guideline, the nearer we book to the day of arrival, the more expensive things become

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