Course To Open Next Year
The new course
at the heart of the controversial £50 million St Andrews Bay resort
by European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance from initial drawings
by the late Gene Sarazen should be ready for play next summer.
A second 18-hole
layout designed by Sarazen, who died last year, and veteran Australian
Bruce Devlin is due to open at the resort in 2002.
have been designed to capitalise on stunning views of St Andrews
and the sea, and on Torrance's course each par-three either plays
towards the sea or has the sea as a backdrop.
to the project from certain local pressure groups, environmental
factors have also been given high priority in the design process
with emphasis being placed on protecting the deer, grouse and partridge
St Andrews Bay
is owned by US entrepreneurs Don and Nancy Panoz, and will also
include a 209-bedroom hotel and conference centre.
Dr and Mrs Panoz,
who are planning similar developments elsewhere in Europe, own the
Chateau Elan group which includes Diablo Grande Golf Resort &
Spa, California; Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Georgia; and
Chateau Elan Sebring International Raceway Hotel; Florida.