SPENCER LIBBY SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS / ST ANDREWS Golf Tour

MAY OR OCTOBER 2023 | 8 NIGHTS | 4 ROUNDS | 4 GOLFERS | 4 NON-GOLFERS

Epic Golf Travel

February 17, 2022

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Epic Golf Travel was founded over 25 years ago and our company partners are PGA Professionals who have over 75 years of golf industry and travel experience. We are members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the leading international golf tourism organization, as well as the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).


At Epic Golf Travel, our motto, “The Best Golf Vacations on the Planet”, is our sincere promise to you to deliver an exceptional golf travel experience... every trip you take and every time you take one.


To this end, we spend more hours planning and executing your trip than any other golf tour company in the industry. For those who seek a genuine interest in their golf experience and fanatical attention to detail, we believe you’ll appreciate our absolute commitment to you and your golf travel plans.

The attached schedule is based on 4 golfers and 4 non-golfers traveling and includes 8 nights accommodations, 4 rounds of golf, a coach & driver for the entirety of your trip, a full Scottish breakfast each morning and numerous other inclusions listed below.

I have quoted below both May and October dates for your trip. There is a savings of about $800.00 USD per couple should you decide to travel in October. The difference in average daily highs and lows between the 2 months is literally 1 degree. So, weather should not be the determining factor when deciding between traveling in either May or October.

Your suggested lodging in the Highlands is the Kingsmills Hotel located just a few minutes from city center Inverness. This 4 Star hotel was originally an 18th century Lord's Manor House and has been expanded into one of the best hotels in the Highlands. For your lodging in St Andrews, I suggest The Rusacks Hotel. The hotel sits directly overlooking the 18th fairway of The Old Course and has recently undergone an extensive expansion and renovation.

Your suggested golf has you playing 4 rounds; Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch in the Highlands and Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in St Andrews. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.


Your trip may start in either The Highlands or St Andrews, whichever you decide best fits your wishes. Here is one suggested itinerary with St Andrews as the first leg of your trip:

  • Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh airport / Transfer to St Andrews / Overnight Rusacks Hotel
  • Day 2: Golf at Kingsbarns Golf Links / Sightsee in and around St Andrews / Overnight Rusacks Hotel
  • Day 3: Off day to sightsee / Overnight Rusacks Hotel
  • Day 4: Golf at Carnoustie Championship Course / Sightsee / Overnight Rusacks Hotel
  • Day 5: Transfer to The Highlands / Off day to sightsee / Overnight Kingsmills Hotel
  • Day 6: Golf at Royal Dornoch Golf Club / Sightsee / Overnight Kingsmills Hotel
  • Day 7: Off day to visit Loch Ness, Fort George, The Highlands / Overnight Kingsmills Hotel
  • Day 8: Golf at Castle Stuart / Sightsee / Overnight Kingsmills Hotel
  • Day 9: Transfer to Edinburgh airport for flight home

We can, of course, fine tune the above to best match your trip needs.


For your transportation, you will have a full time coach & driver for your trip. He will meet you at the airport, help with luggage, recommend things to see and do, places to eat and take you wherever you wish to go.

There are a wealth of things to see and do in both St Andrews and The Highlands that are non-golf related... a half-day visit to Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Castle, a guided tour of the castle and cathedral ruins in St Andrews, Loch Ness and its castle, Fort George, The Highlands themselves, distilleries and Cairngorms National Park are a few of the many things to do we can help with.

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 you're ready to book, you may click on the "Ready to Book" button contained herein and it will walk you through the process of making your deposit and other payments.

I look forward to your thoughts and please reach out with your questions or comments.

Kind regards,

YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: May or October 2023
# GOLFERS: 4 Golfers / 4 Non-Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
9 Days / 8 Nights / 4 Rounds
GOLF: 4 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees, see courses below
LODGING: 8 nights double lodging at The Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews and the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness
TRANSPORT: Full services of a coach & driver for the entirety of your trip
ITINERARY: Please see above for your suggested itinerary
MAY PRICE: Golfer: $4,575.00 USD pp
Non-Golfer: $2,890.00 USD pp
OCT PRICE: Golfer: $4,190.00 USD pp
Non-Golfer: $2,485.00 USD pp
DEPOSIT: 25% of trip total
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
Destination Travel Pack with useful information on traveling to the UK and areas visited on your tour
Full Scottish breakfast each morning
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 service
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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GOLF COURSES

GOLF COURSES

ROYAL DORNOCH GOLF CLUB (CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE)

Formed in 1877, Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives. It is a must play and is currently ranked number 2 in the world by both Golf and Golf Digest Magazines.

It's the timeless setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasing place to play golf. It's wild, isolated and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful; there's the blaze of color in early summer when the gorse is in bloom. The white sandy beach divides the links from the Dornoch Firth and it all feels very humbling.

You can expect the experience at Royal Dornoch to be relaxed and informal, with an emphasis on traditional highland hospitality.

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.

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".

LODGING

LODGING

KINGSMILLS HOTEL & SPA

The Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous 4-star luxury hotel nestled in the beautiful Scottish Highlands in Inverness. It's history dates back to the 18th century and had it's beginnings as a Lords mansion.

The Kingsmills Hotel rooms are all elegantly furnished to provide a luxury getaway while on vacation in The Highlands. Each spacious hotel room boasts charming décor and modern amenities, including complimentary mineral water, coffee and tea, free wifi, satellite tv and patios.

You can rest and relax in the rejuvenating spa facilities, with specially trained therapists and masseuses ensuring your health and well-being. There's an indoor pool at hand as well as a fully equipped gym.

 

THE RUSACKS HOTEL

The Rusacks hotel is a 4 Star hotel siting squarely in the center of St Andrews and right next to the 18th fairway of The Old Course.

Almost every golfing great of the last 50 years has stayed here while competing in The Open Championship at The Old Course. It was Arnold Palmers favorite hotel in the world, and he stayed here along with Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Johnny Miller, Gary Player and so many other greats of the 20th century.

All the rooms have been recently renovated, as has the entire hotel complex, styled to celebrate the greats of golf throughout time, so your experience doesn't stop when you leave the course. The guest rooms feature large beds, tea and coffee making facilities, TVs, luxury toiletries and free Wi-Fi.

Rocca Bar & Grill is an award winning Italian restaurant offering full menu of mouth-watering dishes prepared by talented chefs using the finest local Scottish produce.

Alternatively, the ‘One Under’ Gastro Pub is the perfect 19th hole next to the 18th green, where you can sample quality dishes while watching golfers play the 18th hole on the most famous golf course in the world.

A new rooftop deck and bar offers unlimited views out over The Old Course, St Andrews and the sea. For the ultimate St Andrews experience, there is no other place to stay than the Rusacks.

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION

ST ANDREWS EXECUTIVE TRAVEL

St Andrews Executive Travel Ltd is one of the leading UK transport operator and is the only coach operator based in St Andrews, Scotland.

They are also the only company to win the Gold Standard award five years in a row. Their fleet of luxury vehicles for transport are second to none and their drivers are knowledgable, friendly and completely full service when it comes to client requests.

Shown is a Mercedes VIP Classic Coach that will easily handle 8 to 12 golfers, their luggage and golf clubs.

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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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.