Scotland is a destination that resonates with every golfer. With over 600 years of golfing heritage gracing its ancient dunes scattered along rugged coastlines, it is hard not to be overcome as you stand on that first tee. As you prepare to hit that first drive, looking out over the famous links land before you, you just know it will be a golfing memory to be cherished for a lifetime.
You begin your Scotland odyssey in vibrant Edinburgh, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle. North Berwick Golf Club will provide a delicious introduction to true Scottish links golf, packed with charm and history dating back to the 17th century. Following the greats before us, you’ll continue along the Atlantic coastline where the Open Championship courses of Turnberry Ailsa and Royal Troon call your name, but not before joining in the atmosphere of the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.
We then trade the Atlantic Coastline for the beautiful waters of Loch Lomond, making our way to stunning Cameron House to play the Carrick course. Next, it’s Gleneagles PGA Centenary course – home of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Our last stop is the home of golf, St Andrews. Rounds at Crail Balcomie Links and Kingsbarns will prepare us for Carnoustie Golf Links, a fearsome championship course that has tested the greats for decades. With the option of highly skilled local caddies for each round, you may never read a green the same way.
This is Scotland. This is the home of golf, and this is your chance to follow in the footsteps of the greats. Extend your stay and spoil yourself by playing the Old Course. Come early and join Go Golfing’s Stars of Ireland Golf Tour (1-13 July).
On arrival you will be met at Edinburgh airport and transferred to The Principal Edinburgh Hotel. You’ll find something deliciously decadent about living, however temporarily, in the The Principal Edinburgh Hotel with its refined elegance and its historical importance. Tonight meet the crew and your Go Golfing host for a Scottish welcome dinner. (D)
Hotel: The Principal Edinburgh Hotel, Edinburgh
Our first round takes you to a gem of Scottish golf, North Berwick West Links. This is one of the most thrillingly quirky and enjoyable layouts in all of Scotland. It encapulates the very essence of the Scottish game. It is a true out-and-back links with drives over a beach, stone walls and some really neat greens. Take a caddy, they’ll make your day. This evening, just step out of the hotel and discover the stylish restaurants and bars that grace George Street. Immerse yourself in the local vibe. (B)
This morning we enjoy a visit of Edinburgh Castle, famous for hosting the Military Tattoo. After lunch, we farewell Edinburgh to make our way to Trump Turnberry Resort, home to the esteemed Ailsa layout. (B)
Hotel: Trump Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire
Today we transfer to Dundonald Links where we witness the final day’s play of the 2017 Scottish Open. As the final European tour event in the lead up to The Open Championship, the Scottish Open always attracts a world class field. Being played at Dundonald Links for the first time and with natural amphitheatres surrounding many holes the atmosphere is sure to be thrilling. (B)
Today you play the Ailsa Course. This famous layout has been host to four Open Championships and saw Greg Norman’s win by five strokes in 1986. It is renowned for being one of the most scenic Open venues, and the views of the small island Ailsa Craig is picture perfect. The signature hole called “Bruce’s Castle” will take you past the famous lighthouse and Robert the Bruce’s ruined castle. (B)
Another day, another golfing dream! This morning we tee it up the historic Royal Troon Golf Club, host to 9 Open Championships. The Royal Troon Clubhouse is an attraction in its own right, with its many historic golfing artefacts – which we recommend you enjoy exploring with a single malt in hand. (B)
This morning we check out and continue our journey through the Scottish countryside to Loch Lomond. We pay a visit to Paisley and its Gothic Abbey before we tour the Glengoyne Distillery. We are told even non-whiskey drinkers will be converted to this beautiful drink. Try the 21 or teapot dram for a smoother experience. This afternoon we check into the stunning Cameron House, on the water’s edge of Loch Lomond. (B)
Hotel: Cameron House, Loch Lomond
Today, you play The Carrick, just a stone’s throw from our hotel. Discover a unique halfway house, The Highland Laddie – the ideal spot to refuel before returning to the course to finish your round. After you take your last shot on the 18th, head to The Claret Jug to relive what is sure to be a memorable round.
Known as the gateway to the Highlands, Loch Lomond has inspired poets, artists and ramblers for centuries with its beauty and rich history. This evening, we board a private vessel for a sunset dinner cruise taking in the beauty of stately castles, quaint villages and panoramic Highland mountain scenes. (B,D)
Today we say “Beannachd leat” to Loch Lomond to make our way to St Andrews via Gleneagles Golf Club. Links courses are only half the tale of golf in Scotland and the PGA Centenary Course is a not-to-be-missed heathland course. It is recognised as one of Jack Nicklaus’ finest designs and was host to the 2014 Ryder Cup. Nicklaus described it as “the finest parcel of land I have ever been given to work with”. Non-golfers will visit Stirling Castle before meeting up with the golfers at the 19th. (B)
Hotel: Fairmont St Andrews Hotel
NOTE: Go Golfing will arrange for all guests to go into the daily ballot to play the Old Course of St Andrews. If successful, you will have the option to play either the Old Course or the course the group is scheduled to play on that day.
This morning’s round is at Crail Balcomie Links, a layout designed in 1896 by the old master Tom Morris. The opening hole falls away from the clubhouse towards the sea and the next four holes hug the shoreline – it’s a thrilling start to the St Andrews experience. Take the afternoon to explore the home of golf. With spectacular surroundings of beaches and medieval architecture, it is a lively little town thriving with tourists and students going to the historic University of St Andrews and more pubs per square metres than in the whole of the UK. (B)
This morning we head off to Kingsbarns Golf Links, right by the North Sea. It offers a surreal, tiered amphitheater setting overlooking the sea.
After golf, make your way to the world’s greatest 19th hole – the Jigger Inn. Overlooking the iconic road hole on the Old Course at St Andrews, it is a brilliant watering hole adorned by golfing memoribilia. It only those walls could talk! Recap your stories of success or sorrow with your fellow golfers while sipping on a pint of world-famous Jigger Ale. (B)
Our final round is at the legendary Carnoustie Golf Links, just across the water from the Old Course. It has attained a reputation as being one of the most tesing links. With significant Open Championship history behind it – most notably Ben Hogan’s famous 1953 triumph and Jean de Velde’s nuclear meltdown – and one of the finest closing stretches in golf, this course is the perfect finale to our golfing pilgrimage. Tonight we have a celebratory dinner toasting our victors and new friendships. (B,D)
Time to farewell our fellow travellers and make our way back to Edinburgh airport for our onward flights. (B)
12 nights luxury accommodation:
8 rounds of golf:
*Caddies can be arranged upon request (Additional fee applies)
Entry in daily ballot to play St Andrews Old Course (while at St Andrews)
Retail Package Price
Golfer- Twin Share GBP 5,575 pp
Non-Golfer- Twin Share GBP 4,158 pp
Golfer Single- GBP 6,864 pp
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