The Baby Grand Itinerary of Scotland will take you and your party to both ‘The Home of Golf’ in St Andrews and ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ in East Lothian, which has 20 courses dotted along its 30 miles of stunning coastline. This two-centre vacation also features excellent hotels and fantastic dining options.
Like the Grand Itinerary, the Baby Grand Itinerary has been compiled for those who want to do it in style, and you will not be disappointed. Regardless of whether you are coming to Scotland for the first time or if you are returning for another vacation, the Baby Grand tour includes some of best golfing, dining and accommodation options that Scotland has to offer.
Day 1 Arrival – Executive Transfer and Check In to The Old Course Hotel – Play The New Course Links
Fly into Edinburgh Airport to a warm welcome from the Muirfield Travel team who will transfer you to the Old Course Hotel in St Andrew’s. Enjoy a game on the New Course and then spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2 Play The Old Course – Stay The Old Course Hotel
The Old Course is the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The first fairway may be one of the widest in Scotland but it is still a nerve jangling tee shot. Nine holes out and nine back in finishing with the par 4 18th into the town. The walk over the Swilken Bridge up the last is surely the most famous in golf.
Day 3 Play Carnoustie – Stay the Old Course Hotel
Designed in 1850 by Alan Robertson with minor changes by Mackenzie and Ebert in 2017, Carnoustie is a world-renowned links golf course. A host to The Open on seven occasions, most recently the 2018 Championship.
A very challenging links course, who can forget Jean Van de Velde’s Open demise on the 18th hole in the Barry Burn!
Not the most scenic of courses (you rarely get glimpses of the sea), it nevertheless tests every shot in the bag on more than one occasion.
Day 4 Play Kingsbarns Golf Links – Stay The Old Course Hotel
Situated just 6 miles from St Andrews Kingsbarns is an important addition to the ancient links courses in this area. One of the delights of the course is that you can see the North Sea from virtually every part of the course. Created by the vision of Kyle Philips in the late 20th century earthmovers rumbled and shifted hundreds and thousands of tonnes of earth to create the landscape you see today, uncovering The Cambo burn as part of the work.
Kingsbarns jointly hosts The Alfred Dunhill Cup every year and has also hosted The Women’s British Open in the past few years.
Day 5 Transfer and Check in to Greywalls, Gullane – Play North Berwick West Links
Executive transfer to Greywalls, Gullane. Greywalls is literally a 9 iron from Muirfield, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers – the world’s oldest golf club (formed in 1744).
The West Links in North Berwick is a one-off. With nine holes out and nine holes back in and with a short par 4 18th hole that finishes in the town, it has a similar layout to the Old Course. It’s also the 3rd oldest course in the world still playing over its original fairways. The views out over the Firth of Forth are magnificent and when you come to the par 3 15th hole (Redan) you will be playing the most copied hole in golf. No wonder it is one of the most loved (and popular) golf courses in Scotland.
Day 3 Play Muirfield Golf Club – Stay Greywalls Hotel
Morning Fourballs – Lunch – Afternoon Foursomes (alternate shot).
Steeped in history and tradition, Muirfield is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG) – the world’s oldest golf club (being formed in 1744). It was the first course designed with concentric rings of nine holes (the outward nine running clockwise around the edge of the course and the inward nine running anti-clockwise inside the outward nine). This layout ensures the wind hits you from all directions! Host to 15 Opens and most recently won in 2013 by Phil Mickelson. It has also played host to the 1973 Ryder Cup won by the USA.
Day 7 Departure Day – After Breakfast, Executive Transfer to the Airport
Accommodation Highlight – Old Course Hotel – 4 nights
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links course, the West Sands beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the town centre of St Andrews, it’s a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike. The hotel boasts a number of eating options from burgers to fine dining,
Accommodation Highlight – Greywalls Hotel – 2 nights
Greywalls Hotel is situated adjacent to the Muirfield championship golf course with stunning views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth beyond. Bordering the greens of the 9th & 18th holes, it has earned itself a reputation as ‘a golfers’ paradise’. The rooms are traditionally appointed and the Albert Roux restaurant provides fine dining at its best.
Dining St Andrews
Dining options in St Andrew are vast. From the fine dining experience of the Road Hole Restaurant to a burger in the Jigger Inn and everything in between, St Andrews has so much to offer .
Dining Highlight – The Road Hole Restaurant
Discover the taste of St Andrews at the Road Hole Restaurant. The 3 AA awarded restaurant offers majestic views of The Old Course and the North Sea whilst you dine. Whether you’re ordering from the grill or sampling the seafood, all the ingredients are locally sourced.
Drinks The Jigger Inn
The world famous golfing pub with good old-fashioned comfort food, open fires and local ales. With a good selection of golfing memorabilia, there is no better place to enjoy it’s very own ‘Jigger ale’ after your round.
Chez Roux at Greywalls
Spread across 4 rooms, including a Whisky room and Sunroom, Chez Roux can offer settings to suit the occasion, season or time-of day. The service matches that of the hotel; welcoming yet refined, attentive yet unobtrusive.