ADAM STEPHENSON GROUP SCOTLAND Golf Tour

JUNE 13, 2022 - JUNE 20, 2022 | 7 NIGHTS | 10 ROUNDS | 8 GOLFERS

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The attached schedule is based on 8 golfers traveling and includes 7 nights double accommodations, 10 rounds of golf, a chauffeured coach and driver for the entirety of your trip, a full Scottish breakfast each morning and numerous other inclusions listed below.

Your lodging is the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness and the Sandman Signature Hotel in Aberdeen.

Your golf has you playing 10 rounds while in Scotland. The courses include Royal Dornoch GC, Brora GC, Cruden Bay GC, Murcar GL, Royal Aberdeen GC, Carnoustie GL, Montrose GC, Trump International GL, Cullen Links and Castle Stuart GL. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

For your transportation, I have included a fully chauffeured coach & driver for the entirety of your stay. Your driver will be a local Scot with an in-depth knowledge of all the areas you visit. He will greet you at the airport, help with your bags at all stops and drive you to all lodging, golf course and sightseeing destinations.

When traveling to Scotland, I suggest you fly into the Aberdeen International Airport, which is about 40 minutes from your first golf course, Cruden Bay. On your way home, you can either fly out of Aberdeen or 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.


When 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.

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

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YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: June 13, 2022 - June 20, 2022
# GOLFERS: 8 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
8 Days / 7 Nights / 10 Rounds
GOLF: 10 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees. See courses below.
LODGING: 7 nights lodging in double guest rooms at the lodging listed below
TRANSPORT: Fully chauffeured coach & driver for the entirety of your trip
FOOD & BEVERAGE A full Scottish breakfast each morning is included with your trip
PRICE: $5,450.00 USD per club member
DEPOSIT: $1,815.00 USD per club member
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 one third deposit reflected above is required. The balance is due 75 days prior to travel.

In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a one third deposit reflected above is required. The balance is due 75 days prior to travel.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
Full use of all practice facilities at all golf courses
Full Scottish breakfast each morning
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 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

CRUDEN BAY GOLF CLUB

Ranked #71 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Cruden Bay is a spectacular links course but tends to get overshadowed by its' Aberdeen neighbours Trump International and Royal Aberdeen, but even so it is undoubtedly a spectacular links in a glorious natural setting with towering sand dunes dominating the early play and holes.

Ask any golf course designer to talk of their inspirations and the chances are the name of Cruden Bay will crop up within a matter of seconds. Nothing unusual there, it’s a spectacular course in a glorious natural location.

Blind shots, driveable par 4s, monster par 3s, 90˚ doglegs, hidden bunkers, raised greens, plunging tee shots, treacherous burns... the course is a constant source of surprise and wonder and has encouraged generations of architects to seek out the unusual and unique features of a site. For that alone we should all be thankful. But this is no freak show or curiosity. It’s just one of the most memorable and enjoyable links courses you’ll ever have the chance to play.

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.

MONTROSE GOLF LINKS

Ranked #49 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

Montrose is situated on the most famous coastline in the world for links golf. Golf has been played on this piece of land for over 450 years, making it the 5th Oldest in the world.

The course you play now is a final layout from 1913 designed by Harry Colt, who used the natural dunes to great effect.

The course challenges golfers with its undulating fairways and fast greens, made more difficult when the wind whips inland from the sea. It has all the ingredients you look for in classic links golf; rugged and undulating fairways, deep bunkers, springy yet quick draining turf, bountiful gorse, sand dunes aplenty and fantastic greens.  A number of holes run alongside the rugged Angus coastline offering some stunning scenery.

 

ROYAL ABERDEEN GOLF CLUB

Ranked #57 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

18 holes, 72 par, 6,774 yards.

The 6th oldest golf course in the world and ranked in Scotland’s Top 10 and the world’s Top 100 golf courses, the Balgownie at Royal Aberdeen is a superb links challenge and a must play when in Scotland.

The course runs out and back along the North Sea. The outward nine (which is acknowledged as one of the finest in links golf anywhere in the world) cuts its way through some wonderful dune formations. The inland nine returns south over the flatter plateau.

A traditional old Scottish links, it is well-bunkered with undulating fairways. It has an excellent balance of holes, strong par 4's, tricky par 3's and two classic par 5's, with the 8th (signature hole) protected by nine bunkers. The ever-changing wind, tight-protected greens and a magnificent finish makes Balgownie a test for the very best.

TRUMP INTERNATIONAL GOLF LINKS

Ranked #60 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Trump International architect, Dr. Martin Hawtree’s father and grandfather before him designed and laid out many courses worldwide but are perhaps best known for the Open Championship course, Royal Birkdale.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews task Dr. Hawtree each year with the design modifications at all their Open Championship venues before each tournament. Dr. Hawtree’s fierce adherence to working with the natural environment has allowed him to create the most natural links golf course possible on this wonderful seaside property.

The golf course follows a classic pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All 18 holes thread their way through the dunes, rising here to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging there into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topographies, landscapes, alternating between spaciousness and enclosure, then panoramic view, and the whole time a rich texture of vegetation and wildlife habitats surrounding the golf holes.

MURCAR GOLF LINKS

Ranked #38 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

18 holes, 71 par, 6,516 yards

Established in 1909, Murcar Links was originally designed by Archie Simpson, with later refinements made in the 1930′s by James Braid. The course has recently undergone alterations and improvements that are sympathetic to what Simpson and Braid set out to achieve.

The course is situated on the coast of Aberdeenshire, 10 minutes from Aberdeen city centre, and enjoys unrivaled views across the North Sea. Additionally, Murcar Links is a European Tour venue, having hosted the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2015.

Murcar Links has risen to No 35 in the Golf World Magazine ranking of the Top 100 Courses in Scotland. The judging panel highlighted ‘some great holes, scenically and strategically’, while the overall Golf World verdict was "enjoyable whether in the dune valleys or near the sea". Playing Murcar Links is a truly memorable and rewarding experience where each hole offers its own challenge.

CULLEN LINKS GOLF CLUB

Designed by the legendary Old Tom Morris and opened in 1870, the front nine at Cullen Golf Club take you next to the cliffs overlooking the Moray Firth Coast, while the back nine leads you back to beach level, making an 18-hole round at Cullen Golf Club a scenic delight that will have golfers gasping in awe at its spectacular beauty. And while the scenery is indeed stunning, the level of play also stands out.

As one of the world’s 264 true links courses, Cullen is known as the shortest of all these. While the course may be short, it packs a plentiful punch with an exciting mix of straightforward and challenging holes that are both fun and memorable.

What makes the course even more unique are the 80 foot high rock formations you play amongst for the entire back nine. Some call it quirky, we call it genuine links golf...

BRORA GOLF CLUB

18 holes, 70 par, 6,211 yds

Brora Golf Club lies 20 miles north of Dornoch and it's one of the most delightful short road journeys imaginable. Brora is probably the least well known links course in Scotland but really does deserve to be discovered. Brora Golf Club was founded in 1891 and in 1923, James Braid was commissioned to work several redesigns of the course, and little has changed since.

It's a traditional out and back layout with the opening nine holes hugging the North Sea coastline. We can think of no other course in Scotland which has so many holes playing so close to the sea, especially ones with no dunescapes to hide the view. The ground undulates gently and you can expect to encounter the occasional burn and a series of electric fences, which do a fine job of keeping the sheep off the fast Brora greens.

Measuring 6,211 yards from the back tees, Brora is not of championship length, but the great late Peter Thomson, winner of Five Open Championships, proclaimed Brora to be his favorite golf course in the world.

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.

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.

 

SANDMAN SIGNATURE HOTEL

Located in one of Aberdeen’s historic buildings at the heart of the city, Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel provides luxurious accommodations steps away from key attractions in the Granite City.

The Hotel itself is situated in the former Robert Gordon University St Andrews Street campus with 218 guest rooms, including corporate, king, kitchenette, and executive suites.

Located 5 minutes from the hotel are numerous attractions, stadiums and shopping centers... Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatics, Beach Boulevard Retail Park, Chris Anderson Stadium, Union Square Shopping Centre, the University of Aberdeen, and Westburn Park. There are also dozens of restaurants and pubs located within a 10 minute walk of the hotel.

The rooms include free WiFi, refrigerator, microwave, spa-like bathrooms, coffee, tea and biscuits.

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 up to 12 golfers, their luggage and golf clubs.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

THINGS TO SEE & DO

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.

 

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.

 

DUNROBIN CASTLE

Just an hour north of Inverness and on your way to Royal Dornoch stands the imposing Dunrobin Castle. The castle was the seat of the influential counts and dukes of Sutherland who, by the end of the 19th century, owned more land than any other landowner in Europe.

The castle, which resembles a French château and was begun in 1275, has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed London’s Houses of Parliament, and Scotland’s own Sir Robert Lorimer. The castle was used as a naval hospital during the First World War and as a boys’ boarding school from 1965 to 1972.

The extensive Italian-style gardens are ideal for a stroll and also offer fine views over the Dornoch Firth. If there's time, you should stay for one of the castle's regular falconry shows. There's also a first-rate tea shop on-site serving traditional high tea.

SHETLAND ISLANDS

Lying roughly 100 miles off the north east coast of Scotland, the Shetland Islands are the northern-most tip of Scotland. The islands separate the Atlantic Ocean, on the west, from the North Sea on the east. The islands are made up of around 100 different islands.

The islands have some of the most incredible landscapes in the UK and a Viking heritage second to none. Shetland was awarded Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2019 as one of Europe’s top destinations.

You can explore Shetland’s beautiful capital, Lerwick, and wander around the towns quirky lanes made famous in the BBC Shetland TV series.

Explore the seaside and enjoy miles of breathtaking coastline, fringed by towering clifftops, pristine beaches and crystal-clear blue shores. You can also experience spectacular wildlife, including seabirds, seals, otters, orcas and the famous Shetland ponies.

 

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.

 

BALMORAL CASTLE, HOME TO THE QUEEN

The royal family is nothing if not consistent. At the end of every summer, Queen Elizabeth II makes her annual pilgrimage north to Scotland for a multiple week-long holiday at Balmoral Castle.

The first home at Balmoral was reportedly built in 1390, but the property didn't enter into the British royal family until 1852, when Prince Albert purchased the estate as a gift for his wife, Queen Victoria, who loved the Scottish countryside. However, when the residence was deemed too small, the royal couple built an additional castle—the one that still exists today—to fit their growing family. The new structure was completed in 1856, and the other building was torn down. Now, the 50,000-acre estate features 150 buildings in total.

In more modern royal history, Balmoral served as the destination for Prince Charles and Princess Diana's less-than-romantic honeymoon. It's also where Prince Harry and Prince William learned of their mother's tragic death in 1997.

 

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?

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.

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In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a one third deposit reflected above is required. The balance is due 75 days prior to travel.

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Lodging & Tee Time Reservations
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