Fact sheet on tripImagine rolling hills, sandy dunes, a stiff breeze blowing off the western Ayrshire coast of Scotland. Before designer courses, before manicured greens and major Championships, these lands inspired local Scots to play the game of golf. Prestwick Golf Course the birthplace of the British Open championship, The Royal Troon and the beloved Turnberry’s fairways have been shared by the game’s elite and casual enthusiasts from around the globe. Each of these golf courses has hosted the British Open, with the Ailsa Course at Turnberry being the most recent host in 2009.
Take this package that gets to you to play four of the best courses in Scotland & stay at the historic Turnberry resort. Royal Troon shares its boundaries with Prestwick & the Turnberry course is just 20 minutes away. Turnberry has 3 courses Ailsa, Kintyre & Arran the first two are part of this itinerary. Turnberry has a Colin Montgomerie Links Golf academy as that’s the course he grew up playing at.
Turnberry Hosted 4 British opens, the last in 2009
The Royal Troon Hosted 8 British opens, the last in 2004
Prestwick Hosted 24 British opens, the last in 1925.
COST OF THIS PACKAGE: US component – USD 2799 per person. The above pricing is liable to change based on SEASON, HOTEL, EXCHANGE RATE & NO Of GOLFERS.
No of days: 6 nights / 7 days
Type of trip: Golf
How to travel around (internal): Deluxe coaches for airport transfer, Cars for transfer from hotel to the golf course.
When to go: April 1st -31st Oct
Trivia1) The Turnberry resort & golf courses were used as a hospital & air base /training area for the RAF in World wars I & II.
2) The Ailsa course is named after the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa on whose land the course was built.
3) If you want to play the HIMALAYAS head to Prestwick that’s the name of the 206 yard, Par 3, 5 th hole which is a blind shot over a sandhill after another 12 holes you get to the ALPS -a 391 yard, Par4.
4) Turnberry is now owned by Leisure Corp a subsidiary of Dubai world. They invest in sports & leisure ventures & also own the Jumeirah Golf estates, Dubai & Pearl Valley golf estates, South Africa.
All Troon pictures courtesy CLUB.
All Turnberry pictures courtesy STARWOOD.
Standard info on handicap certificates & dress codeDress Code for the Golf Course
Most courses do not permit denims, collarless shirts or sports shoes. Please note that not all golf courses allow shorts to be worn. To save any problems please carry a pair of trousers. Golf shoes should be soft spikes as many courses only permit these.
Keep your handicap certificates of your local club with you. Although many courses may not ask to see them, some may insist. A handicap of 24 or less for gents and 36 for ladies is standard, however some courses have a handicap requirement of at least 21 for gents and 30 for ladies.
Golf Carts and Golf Equipment
Generally, the links courses in Scotland do not permit golf carts. Most allow pull carts or provide a caddy service. Many golf clubs will have equipment for hire, which can cost between £25 and £50.
Each course has its own pricing and tipping policy, but a rough guide would be a fee of between £30 and £45 and tip of between £10 and £20 per round.