Rare opportunity to take up a luxury 7 day itinerary of the highest quality in September (17th-24th inclusive). This itinerary is available for up to 12 golfers and visits some of the best golf courses in Scotland and the world. In fact all the courses have featured in the world’s top 100 in the past 3 years. Accommodation and dining at luxury Hotels and Towers! Private transfers to all venues and airports included.
Arrive Glasgow airport, transfer to Private Member’s club
Day 2 Play Western Gailes, Stay at The Marine Troon Hotel
Four Glaswegians fed up with playing on muddy parkland founded the club in 1897. It was designed by Mr F Morris and was untouched until a number of holes were revised by Fred Hawtree in the mid 1970’s.
More or less a nine out and nine back in with the clubhouse centrally-located, Western is a stiff golfing test – expect to use every club in the bag. The fairways undulate gently, interrupted occasionally by 3 meandering burns that dissect this thin strip of land. The greens are cleverly located in naturally folded ground and are fast, firm and subtly contoured.
Western Gailes is ranked 14th in Scotland and 36th in the U.K. Western Gailes has hosted a number of important events including the 1972 Curtis Cup and the 1964 PGA Championship. The course has been a final qualifier when the Open is hosted by Troon or Turnberry.
Day 3 – Stay and Play at Turnberry (Ailsa Course)
Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-71, 6, 7489-yard Championship course is one of golf’s most storied places. Home to four Open Championships, Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament’s history. Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world. The relatively recent acquisition by Trump has seen some additional work to the course layout completed to universal acclaim.
Afterwards enjoy drinks, dinner and accommodation at the 5 star iconic hotel.
Day 4 Play Prestwick
Prestwick is steeped in history and tradition. It has hosted the Open Championship no fewer than 24 times (although the last time was in 1925). An old fashioned Scottish links course it combines blind shots, deep pot bunkers, raised greens, hollowed greens and plenty of rippled fairways to ‘scoot’ along. Its great strength is the sheer variety of the holes you play in the round. The clubhouse is magnificent housing some of the oldest trophies and most comfortable leather armchairs you will ever find. Golf has only ever been played one way at Prestwick.
Day 5 Play Royal Troon
Royal Troon was founded in 1878 after a meeting in the pub by a few golf enthusiasts. Designed originally by George Strath, James Braid later modified and extended the layout. It first hosted The Open in 1923 and 9 times subsequently – most recently 2016 when Henrik Stenson was the winner. Troon was bestowed Royal status in 1978 ( the last one to be granted this status) and is a traditional out and back course.
Make your score on the outward nine as the inward nine is severe often playing into the prevailing wind. The 6th is the longest par 5 in Open Championship golf and the 8th The Postage Stamp is the shortest at 123yrds.
Royal Troon is ranked 25th in the U.K and 77th in the world.
Day 6 Play Muirfield Golf Club, Stay Fenton Tower
Muirfield is home to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG)- the world’s oldest golf club being formed in 1744. Back in those days the members played over Leith Links. In 1891 HCEG moved and the course at Muirfield was opened for play. Designed by Old Tom Morris it was originally 16 holes. In 1928 Harry Colt and Tom Simpson altered the layout to create the masterpiece, and highly unusual links, it is today. It is the first course with concentric rings of nine holes the outward nine run clockwise round the edge and the inward nine anticlockwise sitting inside the outward nine. This layout ensures the wind hits you from all directions.
Host to 15 Opens most recently in 2013 where Phil Mickleson was declared Champion Golfer. It’s also played host to the 1973 Ryder Cup won by USA. Muirfield is ranked 4th in Great Britain and 9th in the world.
Day 7 Play North Berwick West Links
The West Links at North Berwick GC is a remarkable golf course located on The Firth of Forth with stunning views across to Craigleith Island and Bass Rock, a huge granite outcrop that is home to 10% of the world’s population of Atlantic Gannets. Formed in 1832 it is the 13th oldest golf club in the world and the 3rd oldest course still playing over its original fairways. The other two being Musselburgh Old and St Andrew ‘s Old.
The original architect is unknown but it was originally 6 holes were extended to 18 in 1877. The 15th “Redan” (a military term meaning guarding parapet) is one of the world’s most famous (and copied) holes measuring 190 yds.
A unique and wonderful links course ranked in 16th in the UK and 49th in the world.
Day 8 – Check out Fenton Tower and departure Edinburgh airport
Accommodation Highlight – Trump Turnberry Hotel
Not just a splendid hotel on the Ayrshire coast, more a way of life centred on golf. Looks out over the 2 celebrated courses- The Ailsa and King Robert The Bruce with Ailsa Craig the enigmatic lump of rock in the sea in the background. Restaurant and bars include-1906 Restaurant,The Grand Tea Lounge & Bar. At the Clubhouse eat informally at The Duel in the Sun restaurant.
Rooms include: TV, in room safe, phone, WiFi, Flat screen TV, Air Conditioning.
Accommodation Highlight – Marine Hotel
The Marine Hotel is a 4 star spa hotel overlooking Royal Troon Golf Club. It offers breathtaking views out over the links and over to the Isle of Arran. This hotel offers luxurious bedrooms, excellent dining and an impressive spa right on the doorstep of one of Scotland’s most formidable championship courses.
Accommodation Highlight – Fenton Tower
Fenton Tower is a magnificent, fortified 16th century tower between Gullane and North Berwick. It’s a unique place to stay with the highest standards in luxury accommodation and attentive staff. The cuisine is exemplary and the grand dining room a wonderful place to relax with friends and family. A real gem of a place.
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