Timing is everything, so it didn’t bode well for the two resort courses at St. Andrews Bay — the Torrance and the Devlin — that they opened right after nearby Kingsbarns, which earned so much well-deserved acclaim. But the resort has since been taken over by Fairmont — which tells you the hotel is good — and the golf is finally catching up, as well.
Architect Gary Stephenson undertook a massive makeover of the Devlin course — now called the Kittocks — that has made it worth a stop on the road between the Old Course and Kingsbarns. The Kittocks Course routing has been renumbered after two holes were swapped in from the Torrance course. Gone is the old par-3 18th, replaced by the former 16th on the Torrance, a long, dogleg left par-4. The old par-4 17th of the Torrance is now the new par-4 17th of the Kittocks. Are you keeping up?
What hasn’t changed on the 7,049-yard, par 72 course is the aesthetics, primarily the striking views along the shore to St. Andrews. That alone makes the Kittocks worth the freight.