BOB BAMBACK SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS / ST ANDREWS Golf Tour

SEPTEMBER 11, 2022 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 (DATES CONFIRMED) | 11 NIGHTS | 7 ROUNDS | 4 GOLFERS | $3,275.00 USD PP

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January 13, 2022

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The attached schedule is based on 4 golfers traveling and includes 11 nights accommodations, 7 rounds of golf, a 9 passenger automatic self-drive coach and numerous other inclusions listed below.

Your suggested lodging in the Highlands is the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel & Apartments. I suggest their 2 bedroom/2 bathroom self-catering apartment where you will have plenty of space for the entire family. The unit comes with WiFi, full kitchen, washer/dryer, luxury bathroom products, a Nespresso coffee machine, off-street parking and much more. It  is located on the riverbank and is conveniently near city center.

For your lodging in St Andrews, I suggest a first floor apartment at Kennedy Gardens in the center of St Andrews. This property is a short and easy walk to restaurants, pubs, shopping, historical sites and the first tee of The Old Course. The apartment has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, private parking, linens, towels, WiFi and much more.

I have not included a last night in Edinburgh just yet. Your lodging in St Andrews is rented by the week only, so I wanted to make use of the full 7 days we're paying for. It is only an hour and 10 minutes to the airport from St Andrews, however, if you wish to stay in Edinburgh your last night, I can certainly make that happen.

Your suggested golf has you playing 7 rounds of golf, including Castle Stuart GL, Fortrose & Rosemarkie GC and Nairn GC in the Highlands. Once in St Andrews, you'll enjoy Carnoustie Championship course, Kingsbarns GL, Crail Balcomie GC and Golf House Club Elie. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

For your transportation, I have included a Mercedes Vito automatic self-drive vehicle. This is a 9-passenger coach that will easily handle 4 golfers with clubs and luggage. It is roughly the same size as a normal van and is very easy to drive (I use them myself when self-driving in Scotland).

I have also included a whiskey distillery tour for the four of you at Glenfiddich Distillery, about an hour east of Inverness.

Our prices INCLUDE ALL TAXES AND ANY RESORT OR LODGING FEES, there are no hidden costs of any kind.


Your monies are 100% protected from any Coronavirus related issues. Your trip can be rescheduled with no penalty should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19.


All parts of this trip itinerary are currently available for booking.

When we've reached the point where you're ready to book, you can simply click on the "Ready to Book" button contained herein and it will walk you through the process of making your deposit and other payments.

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YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: September 11, 2022 - September 22, 2022
# GOLFERS: 4 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
12 Days / 11 Nights / 7 Rounds
GOLF: 7 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees, see courses below
LODGING: 11 nights deluxe lodging in self-catering apartments
TRANSPORT: 9-passenger Mercedes Vito self-drive automatic coach
ITINERARY: Please see below for your itinerary
PRICE: $3,275.00 USD per person
DEPOSIT: $795.00 USD per person
TERMS: Your monies are 100% protected from any Coronavirus related issues. Your trip may be rescheduled with no penalty should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19

In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a 25% deposit reflected above is required, with an additional 25% payment due 120 days prior to travel. The balance is due 60 days prior to travel.

In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a 25% deposit reflected above is required, with an additional 25% payment due 120 days prior to travel. The balance is due 60 days prior to travel.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
Full use of all practice facilities at all golf courses
A whiskey distillery tour at the Glenfiddich Distillery
Destination Travel Pack with useful information on traveling to the UK and areas visited on your tour
All Lodging and Golf Course Surcharges & All Taxes
Full Services of Epic Golf Travel Personnel before, during and after your trip including a web portal for individual online deposit and balance payments, arranging all golf, room, caddie and dinner reservations, rental car requests & airport transfer requests
Epic Golf Travel 24/7 Golf Concierge
Automatic Membership into our Epic Plus Program
Our Gold Star Service Pledge

Each golf may make their trip payments individually.

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare
Caddie Fees
Gratuities
Any golf or lodging not listed above
Any food & beverage not listed above
Any trip incidentals

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Arrive Edinburgh International Airport

A rental company representative will greet you and help with luggage and check-in for your Mercedes Vito

Head north to Inverness & The Scottish Highlands

Check-in at Glenmoriston Town House Hotel & Apartments

Enjoy the day as you sightsee around Inverness

DAY 2: AM: PLAY FORTROSE & ROSEMARKIE GC

Golf at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Links

Afternoon free for sightseeing. Loch Ness perhaps?

Overnight at The Glenmoriston

DAY 3: OPEN FOR SIGHTSEEING

Open day for sightseeing

Glenfiddich Distillery Tour

Overnight at The Glenmoriston

DAY 4: AM: PLAY CASTLE STUART GL

Golf at Castle Stuart Golf Links in the morning

Afternoon open

Overnight at The Glenmoriston

DAY 5: AM: PLAY NAIRN GOLF CLUB

Play Nairn Golf Club in the morning

Drive south to St Andrews in the afternoon (about 3 hours)

Overnight at the Kennedy Gardens apartment in St Andrews

DAY 6: OPEN FOR SIGHTSEEING

Visit The British Golf Museum, play The Himalaya's, an 18 hole putting course
next to the first hole of The Old Course, sightsee around St Andrews

Overnight at the Kennedy Gardens apartment in St Andrews

DAY 7: AM: PLAY KINGSBARNS GL

Play Kingsbarns Golf Links in the morning

Overnight at the Kennedy Gardens apartment in St Andrews

DAY 8: AM: PLAY CRAIL BALCOMIE GL

Play Crail Balcomie Golf Links in the morning

Overnight at the Kennedy Gardens apartment in St Andrews

DAY 9: AM: PLAY GOLF HOUSE CLUB ELIE

Play Golf House Club Elie in the morning

Overnight at the Kennedy Gardens apartment in St Andrews

DAY 10: AM: PLAY CARNOUSTIE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE

Play Carnoustie Championship Course in the morning

Overnight at the Kennedy Gardens apartment in St Andrews

DAY 11: OPEN FOR SIGHTSEEING

Sightsee in and around St Andrews

Overnight at the Kennedy Gardens apartment in St Andrews

DAY 12: DEPART SCOTLAND FOR HOME

Drive to Edinburgh International Airport from St Andrews (1 hour 10 minutes)

Depart Scotland for home

GOLF COURSES

GOLF COURSES

CASTLE STUART GOLF LINKS

Castle Stuart Golf Links is a championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle – Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse being the most notable.

Surrounding the golfer is a rugged and natural landscape with vast expanses of gorse, broom, heather, and sea marram. The bunkering is characterized more by open sandy areas with pockets of light vegetation than by formally revetted (stacked sod or turf) manicured bunkers. And from some tees and greens, the 1930s style white ‘Art Deco’  clubhouse can be seen sitting prominently atop its viewing perch.

All in all Castle Stuart can be described as a throwback to golf as it once was – a simple walk through pleasing natural surroundings with both friends and amazing views to accompany you.

FORTROSE & ROSEMARKIE GOLF LINKS

18 holes, 71 par, 6,085 yds

There is reference to golf being played at Fortrose & Rosemarkie as far back as 1702, though it was not until 1889 that a formal golf club was. The course was extended to 18 holes by 1924 but it was ten years later before James Braid shaped the links to its current design and Sir Hector Monro opened the revamped course 1935.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie lies on a narrow peninsula jutting out into Rosemarkie Bay and protects the entrance to the Moray Firth. A lighthouse stands at the point, and the road there divides the course in two. There is just enough land either side to accommodate this shortish but testing links course.

What Fortrose & Rosemarkie lacks in yardage is more than made up for with its small, subtle greens, strategic bunkering, dense island gorse, blind approaches and the proximity of the sea at nearly half the holes. And the club has recently proudly hosted two national competitions, the first time the club has ever attracted such prestigious events to the Black Isle.

NAIRN GOLF CLUB

Nairn Golf Club is located on an elevated, rumpled piece of linksland on the Moray Firth coastline, close to the historic fishing port. It’s one of Scotland’s lesser-known gems.

This is a course which has been touched by many great architects. The club was founded in 1887 to an original design by Archie Simpson. A few years later Old Tom Morris extended the layout and, prior to the Great War, James Braid made further alterations. Directly after the Great War, Ben Sayers added his mark to the course only to find James Braid itching to polish off the design. It is no wonder that Nairn is such a detailed masterpiece.

One of the most spectacular seaside courses in Scotland, Nairn boasts sea views from every hole. When the sun is low in the sky and the shadows are long, you cannot fail to appreciate the undulating, bunker-pitted moonscape that is Nairn. It’s a delightful links with fast, firm but narrow fairways, a number of which are framed by gorse bushes and heather, heaping further pressure onto a nervous drive. The greens are sited in the trickiest places – some are raised and others are nestled in hollows. Most are well protected, either by bunkers or natural hazards, and all of the greens are fast and true, a Nairn trademark.

CARNOUSTIE GOLF LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE

Ranked #26 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

The Championship Course at Carnoustie has hosted The Open Championship no less than six times and is a superb example of traditional links golf. It is widely recognized as one of the best seaside links golf courses in the world and many professionals have declared it as one of the toughest.

The original 18 hole course was designed by Old Tom Morris in 1857, but was revisited by James Braid in 1926 and has been hardly altered since.

With sloping fairways, fast greens and a selection of the most formidable bunkers in links golf, the Championship Course at Carnoustie certainly guarantees visitors an enjoyable but testing round on a memorable golf course.

KINGSBARNS GOLF LINKS

Ranked #42 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Located directly on the North Sea coast only six miles from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns is without a doubt one of the most breathtaking links courses ever developed. Though it only opened for general play in July 2000, it's fair to say that the links appears to have been in place for the past century.

Kingsbarn is a real one of a kind and contrasts with Scotland's other famous links courses in that it is a new, man-made development. The significance of the development was highlighted by Sir Michael Bonallack, winner of 5 British Amateur Titles and present captain of the R & A when he indicated that "Kingsbarns might well be one of the last true seaside links sites capable of development in Scotland".

CRAIL BALCOMIE LINKS

Ranked #67 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

One of the world's oldest golf clubs, Crail Golfing Society was founded in February 1786 and initially comprised membership of 11 local golfers. The club's original home was located at Sauchope just outside the picturesque fishing village of Crail and it was not until 1895, with the help of Old Tom Morris did they relocate to their present home at Balcomie Golf Links.

The Balcomie Links at Crail, though not particularly long, is a truly beautiful venue with superb views of the North Sea from every tee. Far removed from the bustle of everyday life, many holes climb and tumble alongside the water's edge and the rocky outcrops of the Forth shore. A truly memorable round and one not to miss.

GOLF HOUSE CLUB ELIE

Ranked #43 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

Elie is one of the most highly regarded courses in Scotland and the historic links terrain effortlessly combines undulating fairways with large, fast and firm greens.

It also has some sensational views for golfers to enjoy and these play an important part in creating what is one of the most wonderful golfing experiences not just in Fife, but also in Scotland.

At 6,273 yards the course is not long, but its network of bunkers are beautifully placed to catch those that stray offline or misjudge their distances. This can be all too easy to do, especially as the prevailing south westerly breeze slackens or stiffens during the course of a round.

Elie’s quick and contoured greens add a further layer of protection and the manicured putting surfaces rank comfortably alongside the best in the country.

The course has hosted the British Seniors Championship, the Scottish Professionals Championship, the Scottish Ladies Championship and qualifying rounds for the Open Championship.

LODGING

LODGING

GLENMORISTON TOWN HOUSE HOTEL

As luxury hotels go, the 4-star city center Glenmoriston Hotel & Townhomes is one of the most respected in Inverness. Set on a tree-lined, river bank terrace close to the center of Inverness, the hotel is within easy traveling distance of all the major links courses, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and many other attractions in the Scottish Highlands.

The hotels accommodations compris 30 bedrooms, three self-contained apartments, an award-winning Contrast Brasserie restaurant and the Piano Bar serving up over 260 malt whiskies and with live music on weekends. Rooms include free wifi and parking and some have a view over the River Ness. The one and two-bedroom apartments have all the luxury and privacy of individual accommodations but with the added benefit of a four star hotel right on your doorstep.

The hotel is just a short walk along the river bank from the center of Inverness, near to the main shopping areas, the train and bus stations and a short drive from Inverness Airport.

 

KENNEDY GARDENS / A HISTORIC ST ANDREWS HOME

Kennedy Gardens is a newly refurbished first floor apartment in the center of St Andrews with a private parking space. It offers an ideal base from which to explore St Andrews and beyond. A fabulous living room, fully equipped kitchen/dining room, two large double/twin bedrooms, a double box bedroom and a pull-down double bed in the living room. The apartment can accommodate up to 8 with 6 in their own bed.

You can walk to the first tee of the Old Course in under 10 minutes and the center of town is a 5 minute walk away.

The living room is a fabulous high ceilinged room with a large bay window overlooking the gardens. It includes a large flat screen TV and comfortable seating for up to 8.

The 3 bedrooms are comfortable and can accommodate up to 6 guests.

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSFERS - MERCEDES VITO COACH

The Mercedes Vito Coach is a large van that comfortably handles up to 4 golfers, their luggage and golf clubs. The last row of seats folds down and gives you plenty of room for all of your luggage, while still providing 5 seats up front.

 

THINGS TO SEE & DO

THINGS TO SEE & DO

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

By far the largest region in Scotland, the Highlands covers nearly 10,000 sq miles in northern Scotland. The region is home to stunning scenery, including the legendary Loch Ness.

Sporting some the world’s most stunning scenery, the region has one of the oldest and most fascinating histories on earth. The Cairngorms National Park lies at the heart of this region, offering everything from stunning hiking routes to ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding and much more.

To the west you will find the magical Isle of Skye, teeming with incredible outdoor spots to explore, including the famous ‘fairy pools’, the Cuillin mountain range and the ‘Old Man of Storr’. The vast landscape has an undulating coastline, wild expanses, rugged mountains and islands, rushing rivers, and conifer-rich woodlands – what more do you need.

The Highlands also feature legendary battlefields, museums packed with rich local history and breath-taking geological wonders, not to mention many famous distilleries and breweries.

 

CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, has everything from castles and distilleries to family attractions and endless outdoor fun. The UK’s largest National Park offers masses of things to do including watersports, snowsports, wildlife watching, and some incredible high and low level walking and cycling routes.

Experience some of the world’s most unique and rare wildlife and landscapes with a visit to one or more of the nine National Nature Reserves in the Park. There are hundreds of miles of paths and trails to explore throughout the park. Five of the UK's six highest mountains lie inside the park, along with the 3,000 ft. Munros  mountains, which can be found here too. There are huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls, and more wildlife than you can image.

You can also enjoy some downtime amid the glorious scenery. Why not browse the bookshops and bars in Aviemore or make your way along the Malt Whisky Trail?

FORT GEORGE

Fort George was completed in 1769 and is perhaps the strongest fortification ever built in the UK.

Conceived in the immediate aftermath of the 1745 uprising and the Battle of Culloden that concluded it, Fort George was intended to be a once and for all solution to the threat posed by the Highlands to the Crown.

But although the need for it may have gone by the time it was finished, Fort George continues in use and is still operational as an army barracks today, though the Ministry of Defence has announced plans to close it by 2032.

The huge fort covers 42 acres, and was designed to provide all the facilities of a small town. There was a bake house, brew house and chapel, a provisions store, powder magazine and ordnance store.

But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Fort George is just how little it has changed since its completion in 1769. What remains today is exactly what was existing over 200 years ago.

 

LOCH NESS & URQHUART CASTLE

Located an easy (and scenic) 30-minute drive southeast of Inverness city center, Loch Ness is must-visit when exploring the Scottish Highlands. Famous the world over as the home of the Loch Ness Monster, this picture-perfect freshwater lake is also home to one of the country's most iconic fortresses: Urquhart Castle. Although now just ruins, it's easy to picture just how magnificent this castle once was.

In addition to superb exhibits dealing with the castle's rich history, the site also boasts a great café with stunning views over Loch Ness. For more on the mythical beast that inhabits the lake, visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, with its fascinating displays relating to the monster and the surrounding area.

 

GLENFIDDICH DISTILLERY TOUR

On this tour, you’ll go on a journey through every part of the Glenfiddich tradition, to find out how the world’s most awarded whiskies are created.

Your visit will begin with a short film recounting their five generations of family ownership. It’ll then be followed by an on-foot tour of the distillery with the chance to see how whiskies are created by craftsmen with generations of understanding. The tour includes a visit to the still house where you can see how  stillmen capture the sweetest part of the distillate from the unusually sized copper stills.

Time matters when whisky making. So, as well as touring the distillery, you’ll visit their original warehouse where you will explore the generations of gently maturing casks. You’ll also learn how they achieve depth and consistency of flavor throughout the range of exceptional whiskies.

The tour takes about an hour and a half and concludes with a tutored nosing and tasting of three world-renowned single malts.

DUNNOTTAR CASTLE, ABERDEEN

If you had to pick just one castle in all of Scotland to trust with your life in a time of great danger then it would without any doubt be Dunnottar Castle. No other Scottish castle comes close in terms of a sense of sheer brooding impregnability. This is a castle which looks across to the nearby coastal cliffs and sea and whose presence, even today, conveys a very simply message: "You are not welcome."

The outcrop of rock on which Dunnottar Castle stands might have been designed specifically to permit the building of the most impregnable fortress in Scotland. Sheer cliffs 160ft high almost completely surround a flat area over three acres in size. The rock was once joined by a narrow fin to the mainland, but even this was carved away to ensure access along it was not possible.

THE BRITISH GOLF MUSEUM

From the 16th century to the present day, the whole history of the great game is explored at The British Golf Museum. Discover the equipment, personalities and prizes of our much loved sport. Brought to life with hands on activities, interactives and modern interpretation, this is a must see attraction.

Visit their new flagship exhibition space, 'The Open Gallery', exploring the rich history of golf's oldest Major. Also in the Museum there are two exciting temporary exhibitions on golfing greats Sir Henry Cotton and Freddie Tait. Please visit throughout the year for their program of weekly events and lecture series.

The museum is a 5 minute walk from the town centre and is situated directly opposite The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. There is a large car park behind the museum, operated by Fife Council and a coach drop off point.

THE HIMALAYA'S PUTTING COURSE (ST ANDREWS LADIES' PUTTING CLUB)

A private club founded in 1867, the St Andrews Ladies' Putting Club course is open to the public daily from April to September (and in March and October, weather permitting).

Before 1860 the caddies of St Andrews had laid out a small putting area near where Rusacks Hotel now stands. They would play to pass the time while waiting for a bag. When the course was quiet a few young ladies would play.

There was some tension between the caddies and the ladies, so much so that it was decided a piece of ground be found where the ladies could play away from the caddies. There was an unused piece of ground to the north of the Swilcan Burn. The ground was rough with whins which were used by local washerwomen to dry clothes, and pitted with rabbit holes. A nine hole course was laid out by Old Tom Morris, requiring a cleek and a putter, and so the St Andrews Ladies’ Golf Club was formed in 1867.

The Himalayas lie between the famous Old Course and the spectacular West Sands, only a ten minute walk from the center of  St Andrews.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence and as a military stronghold. The castle last saw military action in 1745 and from then until the 1920s it served as the British army's main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland's most atmospheric and popular tourist attractions.

The brooding, black crags of Castle Rock, rising above the western end of Princes St, are the very reason for Edinburgh's existence. This rocky hill was the most easily defended hilltop on the invasion route between England and central Scotland, a route followed by countless armies from the Roman legions of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD to the Jacobite troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

The Entrance Gateway, flanked by statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, opens to a cobbled lane that leads up beneath the 16th-century Portcullis Gate to the cannons ranged along the Argyle and Mills Mount Batteries. The battlements here have great views over the New Town to the Firth of Forth.

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