DANIEL TURNER SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Golf Tour Proposal

AUGUST 8, 2022 - AUGUST 15, 2022 (OR SIMILAR DATES) | 7 NIGHTS | 6 ROUNDS | 2 GOLFERS

Epic Golf Travel

November 10, 2021

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To this end, we spend more hours planning and executing your trip than any other golf tour company in the industry. Because of the time we spend, this sometimes comes at a cost, so working with us may not be for everyone or for every trip. But 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 2 golfers traveling and includes 7 nights deluxe double accommodations, 6 rounds of golf, transportation to and from the airport and to and from each golf course, a full Scottish breakfast each morning and numerous other inclusions listed below.

I suggest two options for your lodging in The Highlands, The Ness Walk Hotel and The Kingsmills Hotel. Both are wonderful places to stay... The Ness Walk is a 5 Star hotel while The Kingsmills is a 4 Star hotel.

Your suggested golf has you playing 6 rounds of golf, including Royal Dornoch GC, Brora GC, Castle Stuart GL, Fortrose & Rosemarkie GC, Nairn GC and Moray (Old) GC. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

For your transportation, I have included pricing for both transfers and an automatic self-drive vehicle. Transfers for just 2 golfers will be very expensive, driving yourself will be much more economical. I wanted to price your trip with both options so you could see the difference.

When traveling to The Highlands, you can fly directly into Inverness or into Edinburgh or Aberdeen, depending on pricing and scheduling. The Inverness airport is only 15 minutes from your hotel, Edinburgh is about 2.5 hours and Aberdeen is about 2 hours.

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.


This trip itinerary is a quotation only and therefore remains subject to availability.

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.

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

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YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: August 8, 2022 - August 15, 2022 (or similar dates)
# GOLFERS: 2
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Rounds
GOLF: 6 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees, see courses below
LODGING: 7 nights deluxe double lodging at either The Ness Walk Hotel or The Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness
TRANSPORT: Prices quoted include transfers to and from the Inverness Airport and all golf courses or a self-drive rental vehicle
ITINERARY: We will begin to build a final day by day tour itinerary after we've had the opportunity to discuss and fully understand your trip expectations.
TRANSFER PRICE: Ness Walk: $4,670.00 USD per person
Kingsmills: $4,290.00 USD per person
SELF-DRIVE PRICE: Ness Walk: $3,960.00 USD per person
Kingsmills: $3,490.00 USD per person
DEPOSIT: 25% of trip total 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
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
Automatic Membership into our Epic Plus Program
Our Gold Star Service Pledge

Each golf may make their trip payments individually.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MORAY GOLF CLUB (OLD)

This truly thrilling golf course designed by Old Tom Morris himself more than 100 years ago is absolutely stunning. From the moment you tee off next to Moray's pro shop until you putt out on the elevated final green in front of the clubhouse, you can't fail but fall under the magical spell of what is indisputably one of the world's finest links golf courses that bears comparison with any on the British Open roster.

Keeping it on the straight and narrow isn't terribly easy on this classic links course, as the wind invariably whistles in across the adjacent Moray Firth. Compared to the gorse, the revetted bunkers look almost appealing despite the fact that they are much deeper than your average bunker. And whether you call them nasty yellow bushes, gorse, or by their Scottish name of whins, they are, despite being very pretty in the early summer, best avoided. However, that isn't very easy on the Old Course at Moray, as they seemingly lurk alongside every hole and greedily grab whatever golf ball comes their way.

 

 

LODGING

LODGING

THE 5 STAR NESS WALK HOTEL

Nestled on the leafy banks of the River Ness, lies The Ness Walk Hotel, an idyllic 5 Star retreat hotel in Inverness, just 10 minutes from Loch Ness. Surrounded by a dramatic canopy of impressive trees, this grand building allows you to experience a secluded visit in the heart of the vibrant city Inverness.

Originally a 19th century country house, the lovingly restored listed building still retains many of its period features but has been lovingly upgraded and restored to meet the expectations of today's luxury traveler.

You'll stay in their Cedar Rooms, which enjoy terrace access with private seating on the ground floor. Here, your outdoor seating overlooks the courtyard and the original Art Deco veranda of the 19th century house or the surrounding canopy of evergreens. Step out and enjoy the gardens and river views with cocktail in hand.

Your spacious bathrooms are fashioned in light marble and offer separate bath, shower and WC areas. And all Cedar bathrooms are accompanied by ‘his and hers’ sinks.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

CLO MOR CLIFFS & CAPE WRATH

The Clo Mor Cliffs are one of the highest cliffs in Great Britain. From sweeping panoramic views of Scotland’s mainland and tumultuous seas to puffins, kittiwakes, and fulmars flying about, standing atop this natural work of art is impressive. The cliffs drop almost 1,000 feet to the beach and the magical Smoo cave... an impressive sea cave guarded by a wondrous waterfall.

Cape Wrath offers remarkable views over the North Atlantic toward the Orkney Isles. It's also one of the wildest parts of the Highlands, full of wondrous geological features and steeped in maritime history. One of the few man-made structures in the area is the lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson in 1827 on the spectacular Clo Mor Cliffs. The area is also popular among bird-watchers, and for hikers, numerous trails crisscross the area, including some leading to lovely Loch Nevis.

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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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Lodging & Tee Time Reservations
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