Scotland Golf Vacations
golf & whisky
No country is more closely associated with golf than Scotland. In fact, the
game was invented here! Scotland has over 550 golf courses to choose from
including world famous championship golf courses such as The Old Course St
Andrews, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Turnberry and Gleneagles. We will
be happy to plan any other itinerary for you.
- Self-drive Avis car or minibus with unlimited mileage and tax for 7 days.
- Accommodations with private bath at first class hotels:
- Scores Hotel, St. Andrews 3 nights
- Marine Highland Hotel, Troon 3 nights
- Full Scottish breakfast each day.
- Green fees and pre-arranged tee times for one round of golf at each of four
courses: St. Andrews Kingsbarns, St. Andrews New, Troon, Old Prestwick.
- Value-Added Tax (V.A.T.). and service charges.
- Travel pack including guidebook, spouse touring suggestions and more.
- This tour may be taken with a minibus with driver/guide at additional cost.
Price per person sharing a twin or triple room
| Rate per person sharing a room
Price per person sharing a twin or triple room Non-golfer reduction: $530;
Single room supplement to be added to the twin price, based on sharing a car
$2131. If you would like your own car, please ask for rates.
Please Email Us For
|Future Venues for 'The Open'
Royal Liverpool Golf Club: 2014
When golfing at resort owned golf
courses, such as Turnberry, Gleneagles, or St Andrews Dukes (Old Course Hotel),
we recommend staying at the hotel. Despite the extra expense of staying at a 5
star hotel, you will save substantially by paying resident green fees.
Scotland Golf Options
ST. ANDREWS OLD COURSE
- To customize your golf vacation, you may add these courses to any silver
or romantic hotel package on our
Self Drive Britain
program. Rates are per person per round. Minimum 2 players and 2 rounds. Your
handicap certificate is required with booking.
St. Andrews (Fife) It is
the Home of Golf where golf was first played 600 years ago and yet it remains a
real test of golf for today's champions. Despite its reputation and status, it
is a public course and is one of six public courses on St Andrews Links.
Traditionally to play a round on the Old Course, golfers enter a daily ballot
for the highly coveted tee times. This course is confirmed by ballot the night
before play. (exception: Saturday for Monday play). Single players and those
who did not make the ballot can wait at the Starters Box in an attempt to join
2 / 3 balls. Get down there as early as possible. At its busiest golfers will
start to gather as early as 4am. At quieter times of the year there are spaces
late in the day for anyone showing up.
We also can arrange guaranteed tee times at St.
|St. Andrews - the town where a certury old golf course is called
"new". The links never belonged to a golf club, but were and are
still public courses, administered today by St Andrews Links Trust. The Old
Course (600 years old) was known simply as St Andrews Links until 1895 when the
opening of the New Course meant that its predecessor became known as the Old
Course. Until 1764 a round on the Old Course consisted of 22 holes with eleven
holes out and eleven holes in with only the 11th and 22nd not played twice. In
that year the first four holes were reduced to two, which meant that a round
was reduced to eighteen holes. As the prestige of St Andrews grew this came to
be recognized as the standard for courses the world over.
ST. ANDREWS CASTLE COURSE
||has 99 holes of links golf
7200 yards par 72 The Castle Course is the
first new tournament standard golf course to be built in St Andrews in close to
100 years. This cliff-top wonder is the result of a David McLay Kidd design,
offering spectacular shots, including teeshots from some 80 feet above the St
Andrews Bay. The newest member of the St. Andrews golf course family opened at
the end of June 2008,
ST ANDREWS NEW COURSE
New Course 6625 yards par 71 Opened in April
The New Course at St. Andrews is truly not a new golf course at all,
and has in fact been open for over 100 years. Opened in April 1895, the New
Course was designed by Tom Morris and sits in the shadows of the Old Course at
ST ANDREWS JUBILEE
Jubilee Course 6742 yards par 72 (more than 100 years
old) The Jubilee Course at St. Andrews was the third championship course built
in the town. Opened for play in 1897
the course received its name in
honor of Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee, which celebrated her 60 year
reign as the British Monarch. The Jubilee Course began as a twelve hole course,
but it was lengthened to an 18 hole layout eight years later in 1905.
ST ANDREWS KINGSBARNS
Kingsbarns 7133 yards par 72 Kingsbarns Golf
Course is the most recent addition to Fife's golf coast, and has quickly
developed a reputation as one of the finest links courses in Scotland.
Kingsbarns was chosen as a venue for the Dunhill Links Championship, joining
with its more established neighbors, legendary Carnoustie and the Old Course at
St. Andrews. Mens 28/Ladies 36
ST ANDREWS DUKES
The Duke's 7512 yards par 71 The Duke's, owned and
managed by the Old Course Hotel, is a lush, heathland course perched on the
hillside just a few minutes from the hotel near Craigtoun Park. Noted in Golf
World's Top 100 Courses in the UK, this championship 18-hole course has
magnificent greens, beautiful fairways, a fleet of electric golf buggies and
five tees on every hole, making it most appealing to golfers of all abilities.
Turnberry: The Ailsa
6976 yards par 70 A golfing jewel of the West
Coast, Turnberry is the Pebble Beach of the British Isles. Redesigned by
Mackenzie Ross in the 1950s and ranked among the top 20 courses in the world it
has been the host of three Opens in 1977, 1986, 1994 at which the winners were
Watson, Norman and Price respectively. This course is an unforgettable
experience with magnificent panoramic views over Turnberry Bay to the Isle of
Arran and Ailsa Craig. It is a challenging course with a wealth of strong and
stirring holes which are all beautifully maintained. Please note: Available to
Turnberry Hotel residents only and open after 21st July 2009.
6853 yards par 72 Now upgraded to full championship
standard by Donald Steel, the course is now an even sterner challenge and the
finest compliment to the Ailsa. Undulating greens, glorious fairways,
magnificent ocean holes, and all with stunning views of Kintyre, Arran and the
famous Turnberry Lighthouse. The 8th hole is widely regarded as the
Kintryres signature hole, which involves a drive from an elevated tee
towards the sea and an unforgettable blind second shot to the green set in a
gully by the rocks.
Troon: Old Course
6641 yards par 71 south of GlasgowThe Old Course is
one of the great links courses in Scotland and is a challenging test of golfing
ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse
and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores
on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back
nine extremely difficult. The Old Course at Troon has hosted the Open
Championship eight times, most recently in 2004 when Todd Hamilton won the
coveted Claret Jug. Course Closed 26th July-1st August 2009. Visitor tee-times
only available on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Handicap certificate showing a
handicap of 20 for men and 30 for leadies is required. Must be 16 years old or
older to play the Old Course.
Troon: Portland Course
6289 yards par 71 Although a links course, the
Portland is a little more sheltered than the Old Course and, of course,
shorter. The holes meander through terrain filled with gorse and broom and
there is a generous helping of par 3s, five in all. This is tempered
however, with four par 5s, all of which are on the back nine.
6639 yards par 71 A Championship links course, Western
Gailes is recognised as one of the finest Links courses in Scotland. A trial of
skill and strength, the course is something of an endurance test. Positioned
between the railway lines and the sea, accurate tee shots are necessary to hit
the narrow fairways. The course is frequently used for Open Championship
Qualifying. Course Closed: 4-8th July & 29-30th August 2009
6544 yards par 71 Birth place of the British Open
Championship, Prestwick hosted the first twelve Opens and 24 in all, the last
in 1926. Designed by Old Tom Morris, the course with its narrow fairways, small
and undulating greens follows the natural contours of the terrain and features
some odd twists and turns and even some interesting blind shots.
Three courses, the King's, Queen's
and the PGA Centenary The King's Course,
opened in 1919, is a
masterpiece of design, which has tested the aristocracy of golf, both
professional and amateur. James Braid's plan for the King's Course was to test
even the best players' shot-making skills over the eighteen holes. When they
play the King's the world's greatest golfers admire the cunning and craft with
which he achieved that goal.
5965 yards par 68 Threading through high ridges on the north and
west sides of the estate, the Queen's offers lovely woodland settings, lochans
and ditches as water hazards, as well as many moorland characteristics. The
challenge of the first nine can be deceptive, with even some of the best
players finding it a test to make par into a fresh southwesterly breeze.
6558 yards par 72 Designed by Jack Nicklaus this course is
scheduled to host the Ryder Cup in 2014. A challenging test of golf for the
best. From the back tees, the PGA Centenary Course measures 7,088 yards, the
longest inland course in Scotland. However, the tees are graded at each hole in
five stages, including a challenging 6,558 yards from the white markers down to
5,072 from the red. Fittingly, the PGA Centenary Course begins by playing
southeast towards the famed glen of the eagles sweeping up the Ochil Hills to
the summit of the pass below Ben Shee which joins it to Glendevon.
north of Inverness (Highlands)
|| Visitors: Yes.All days but limited times on Saturdays. Gentlemen must
have handicap of 24 and ladies 39 for the Championship Course.
|| Visitors: Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Must have handicap certificate
(limits of 18 for men, 24 for women).
|| Visitors: Welcome. Parties on weekdays only.
|| Visitors: May not play Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends. Must have
introductory letter and handicap certificate of under 20. Ladies and under-18s
may play only on the Portland.
||Visitors: Yes. Must have handicap certificate - men 28, ladies 36. Weekdays
and Saturdays after 2p.m. Sundays after 11.30a.m.
No golf on Sundays. No visitors on Weekends.
|St Andrews Links
|Dukes (Old Course Hotel)
|Estimated rental fees
|Clubs - Per Round
|Clubs - per day
|Carts - resident & visitors
Barge Scotland Golf vacation
| When is St. Andrew's Day? St. Andrew is the patron saint of
Scotland and this is celebrated on 30 November. In St Andrews there are a
number of events during St Andrew's Week including an 'Open Doors' day, usually
on 30 November, when a number of local institutions including the Royal and
Ancient Golf Club allow the public free access.
- Charter your own
barge for golf in Scotland
- Classic Highlands Golf Cruise - Play
Royal Dornoch and Nairn
Itinerary: Corpach to Dochgarroch
Sunday - Golf cruise day 1 INVERNESS TO
CORPACH At 4pm we meet at the charming Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in
Inverness and drive you directly to the Scottish Highlander. Champagne Welcome
followed by a short cruise along heather-lined canal finishing back in the
sleepy village of Dochgarroch in time for dinner aboard.
Monday - Golf cruise day 2 CORPACH TO GAIRLOCHY Morning cruise to the pretty
hamlet of Gairlochy. After lunch on board we then take a short transfer to
Fort William Golf Course
(Tee Time 2.30pm). We doubt you will find a
more beautiful or scenic course in Scotland. No two holes are the same. The
course is a mixture of parkland and heath land and the deep rough makes this a
very challenging course. After golf we return to Scottish Highlander for dinner
aboard. (18 holes, 5377m, Par 68)
Tuesday - Golf cruise day 3 GAIRLOCHY TO FORT AUGUSTUS This morning we cross
stunning highland countryside via tiny lochs and Glen Morriston and Shiel to
romantic Eilean Doonan castle, setting for the film Highlander. On our return
we stop for a dram or cup of tea at Tom Doun Trout Fishing Inn overlooking
spectacular Glen Garry. We then cruise across enchanting Loch Oich and to the
village of Fort Augustus where we ascend the 5 lock flight. We moor opposite
14th century Fort Augustus Abbey at River Oich pier with time to wander the
village and visit antique and craft shops. In the afternoon we have a round of
golf at nearby Fort Augustus Golf Course,
(Tee Time 2pm) probably the
only course in the world kept manicured by a herd of sheep!
tees and 9 holes in a challenging canal side setting. Dinner ashore at
Inchnacardoch Lodge built in 1878 as a Hunting Lodge for Lord Lovat of Lovat.
The Gaelic meaning of "Inch na Cardoch" is "Island of the Cherry
Tree" and the man-made island, or crannog, of the name is the only island
on Loch Ness. (18 tees, 9 hole, 4970m, Par 67)
Wednesday - Golf cruise day 4 FORT AUGUSTUS TO
DRUMNADROCHIT Morning visit to Fort George, completed in 1769 to discourage
Jacobite rebellion and portraying military life 200 years ago. Return via
Moniac Winery and Jelly shop Enjoy lunch whilst cruising the Loch Ness. Since
565 AD, when St Columbus saved a swimmer from a hungry but somewhat shy
monster, regular sightings have been recorded! Dinner on board.
Thursday - Golf cruise day 5 DRUMNADROCHIT TO DOCHGARROCH Morning cruise along
the Caledonian Canal and enchanting Loch Dochfour and past Lord Burtons
estate before crossing fabled Loch Ness to 13th century Urquhart Castle and Bay
and our mooring at Dochgarroch. Arrive in Dochgarroch at midday for lunch on
board and then the short transfer to Nairn Golf Club
. (Tee times of
2.30pm) Nairn's reputation is well founded, hosting many professional and
amateur events. Several holes border the North Sea and whilst Scotland's driest
course, it is possibly the windiest! Return to the barge for dinner aboard.
(6113 yards Par 73, Clubs and electric trolleys available).
Friday - Golf cruise day 6
DOCHGARROCH TO MUIRTOWN Depart at 8.30am for the Royal Dornoch
Course for a round on one of Scotland's famous links courses designed by Tom
Morris. (Tee Time of 10.30am) Dornoch dates from 1616 and is internationally
acclaimed. Return to the barge for lunch. Cruise this afternoon to Banavie and
Neptunes Staircase, a flight of eight locks that is a spectacular feat of
engineering. Dinner on board. (6514 yards Par 73 + pull trolleys available)
Saturday - Golf cruise day 7 MUIRTOWN TO INVERNESS Passengers disembark for
Inverness after a hearty Scottish breakfast and are transferred to Inverness by
minibus arriving at approximately 11am This is a sample itinerary and is
subject to change. On Alternative weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction
NOTES FOR GOLF CRUISE ITINERARIES
Handicap Certificates are required at
most Scottish Golf Clubs and must be shown to the management on arrival.
Minimum Handicap allowed is Men 28 and Ladies 36 No jeans or sweatshirts are
permitted on the course or in the clubhouses. All footwear must be changed
after playing golf before entering the clubhouse lounge or dining room. No
alcohol is permitted on the golf courses Caddies are available at most of the
bigger clubs but should be arranged well in advance. Hand trolleys are
available for hire at most courses as are golf clubs. Buggies are more common
now but walking is still generally the rule in Scotland. If you require a
ride-on buggy for medical reasons, it will need to be booked well in advance
Caddies, trolleys and buggies can be pre-arranged by ourselves but should be
paid for by yourselves directly to the golf club or caddy. Some courses cannot
guarantee trolleys or caddies
Ask for rates
2 passengers required on all departures to guarantee the cruise except March
and November when a minimum of 4 passengers is required.
THEME CRUISES AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER GROUPS Golf Cruise - $800 supplement per
golfer - Available for Charter Groups or minimum of 4 passengers.
Ask for rates.
Pre-arranged tee times at St. Andrews
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