Tiger made history with a record-setting performance during the Open, but another important event happened that summer weekend. A new stand-alone public course, Kingsbarns, opened just outside of town, offering something unheard of in the British Isles at the time: ocean views from all 18 holes. While the famous traditional links courses are all on the coast, most are separated from the sea by tall sand dunes, and many have no ocean views at all. Kingsbarns, one of the world's most beautiful courses, electrified the golf industry, winning accolades and debuting at 46th in the world on Golf Magazine's list in its first year - a rare feat. It is an American-style high-end daily fee course, with amenities such as yardage books and ball mark repair tools included in the lofty greens fees. Nonetheless, Kingsbarns stuck to local tradition as a walking-only course with caddies. Many visitors have called it the best course in St. Andrews, eclipsing even the legendary Old. It was a huge development, but it was just a taste of things to come.

Three miles from downtown St. Andrews, on the same coastal road Kingsbarns sits along, a pharmaceutical entrepreneur named Dr. Donald Panoz somehow got his hands on 520 acres of potato fields overlooking St. Andrews Bay. Panoz is the founder of the Château Élan resort group, which operates golf resorts in Georgia and California. His company quickly turned the farmland into the St. Andrews Bay Golf Resort and Spa, a modern golf destination with a luxury hotel, spa, conference facilities, many other sporting diversions, and two world-class golf courses, which, like neighboring Kingsbarns, overlook the ocean from almost every hole. They also offer views down the coast to the stately St. Andrews skyline and across the bay to Carnoustie, another heralded British Open venue.