Rob Smith discovers a luxurious golfing base situated in the heart of Fife
Hawkswood Country Estate Stay and Play Review
It’s not often that we feature a destination in a Golf Monthly Stay & Play Review that doesn’t have its own course - but then it’s not often that we encounter such a perfect golfing destination whose location and facilities more than compensate for this.
The Hawkswood Country Estate is simply perfect in terms of location, practice facilities, accommodation and service. Just a few minutes’ drive from the Home of Golf, it is ideally secluded away, midway between St Andrews and Kingsbarns to the east, and Fife’s southern stars such as Dumbarnie Links, Elie and Lundin.
There is a variety of beautifully appointed 5-star accommodation, as well as an excellent 4-room B&B where the catering and welcome is superb. Spacious Bowhill B&B is just as tastefully appointed, and the breakfasts and friendly and personal service are all that any golfer could wish for.
There is also an onsite full-length driving range - right outside your room - ideal for warming up before a game or conducting an after-golf post-mortem!
Two beautiful properties, Hawkswood House and The Roundel, each sleep up to 10.
Each also has its own short game area with full-size putting green and practice bunkers, ideal for practice or friendly competition.
Catering and services can be adjusted for each property to suit individual tastes and budgets, making Hawkswood Country Estate the ideal home for small groups visiting St Andrews and Fife, an area simply packed with wonderful golf including many courses in the Golf Monthly Top 100 and Next 100.
Rob Smith has been playing golf for more than 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012 specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played well over 1,150 courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions in 2021, he played 80 different courses last year, 43 of them for the first time. This included 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October.
One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but 10. Rob is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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