JOHN WATSON SCOTLAND Golf Tour Proposal

JULY 31, 2022 - AUGUST 6, 2022  | 6 NIGHTS | 5 ROUNDS & OLD COURSE BALLOT ENTRY | 4 GOLFERS

Epic Golf Travel

October 16, 2021

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Many thanks for your inquiry, we would love to be your resource for all your golf travel needs!

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. 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 4 golfers traveling and includes 6  nights upgraded double accommodations, 5 rounds of golf including ballot entry on The Old Course, chauffeured transport throughout and a full Scottish breakfast each morning.

Your suggested lodging in The Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh and The Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews . The Royal Scots Club is well-located in Edinburgh besides the Queen Street Gardens and a short walk to all the city centre has to offer. The Rusacks Hotel is located directly on the 18th hole of The Old Course and is short walk to the first tee. It is within easy walking distance of all restaurants, pubs, shopping and sights in St Andrews.

Your suggested golf has you playing 5 rounds of golf including ballot entry on The Old Course. You'll also play Kingsbarns Golf Links, The Jubilee Course, Dumbarnie Links, North Berwick West Links and Dunbar Golf Club course. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

For your transportation, you'll have chauffeured transport in a Mercedes van from St Andrews Executive Travel. The van will have ample space for 4 golfers, their golf bags, and luggage.

When traveling to Scotland, I suggest you fly into the Edinburgh International Airport, which is about an hour and 15 minutes from St Andrews.

Our prices INCLUDE ALL TAXES AND ANY RESORT OR LODGING FEES, there are no hidden costs of any kind. The pricing in this proposal is valid and guaranteed through October 30, 2021, at which time it will need to be updated with the current exchange rates.


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.

Kind regards,

YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: July 31, 2022 - August 6, 2022
# GOLFERS: 4 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
7 Days / 6 Nights / 5 Rounds
GOLF: 5 rounds of golf at Dunbar, North Berwick, St. Andrews Jubilee, Kingsbarns and Dumbarnie Links. Ballot entry for St. Andrews Old Course
LODGING: 2 nights double lodging in Kingsize Twin Guest Rooms at The Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh
4 nights in double lodging in Fairway Twin Rooms at Rusacks Hotel in St. Andrews
Breakfast is included on all nights
TRANSPORT: Chauffeured Transport in a Mercedes Van from arrival to departure
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.
PRICE: $4,890 per person
DEPOSIT: $1,225 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 40% 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 40% 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
Reduced pricing on the official St Andrews Links handmade Hardcover Photobook of your round on The Old Course
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
  • Any gratuities
  • Parking fees
  • Food & beverage unless included above
  • Any golf, lodging, incidentals or add-ons not included above

WHY EPIC GOLF TRAVEL?

WE'VE BEEN THERE

We have real-world experience with every location and golf course we offer. We use our personal journeys to help create your custom trip.

THE EPIC TEAM

PGA Professionals, travel industry veterans and golf travel experts at our locations add up to a perfect blend of local knowledge and expertise.

THE TRIP PUZZLE

Fitting the pieces of your golf trip puzzle together is sometimes hard work. We make it easy by doing it for you so you just enjoy the ride.

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GOLF COURSES

GOLF COURSES

THE OLD COURSE
Ballot Entry

Ranked #5 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Simply put, the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognizable names across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status, it remains a public golf course, open to all.

Rarely is the Old course ranked outside the top ten in the world, it’s a very special links, designed by Mother Nature. It is probable that golf was played here back in the 12th century, what is certain is that the Old Course is one of the oldest golf courses in the world.

It's unlikely that the Old Course will feel familiar when you play it for the first time (except perhaps the 1st, 17th and 18th). Television tend to make the ground look very flat, but the humps, hollows and ripples in the fairways are much deeper when you get out onto the course, as indeed are the pot bunkers.

THE JUBILEE COURSE AT ST ANDREWS

Ranked #50 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

18 holes, 72 par, 6,742 yards

In 1997, the Jubilee Course celebrated its centenary. In the space of 100 years, it had developed from a 12-hole basic layout into one of the toughest tests of golf at St Andrews.

Created on a narrow strip of land between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was originally a 12 hole course intended for ladies and beginners. It was the result of an initiative by the Town Council who had re-acquired the Links under the 1894 Links Act.

It was extended to 18 holes in 1946 and was now 6,020 yards long. In 1988 the re-design of the Jubilee to championship standards was carried out by Donald Steel of Cotton, Pennink, Steel & Partners, golf course architects. The teeing grounds were raised, not only providing wonderful views of the Links, but also exposing the golfers to the winds which sweep in from the bay. Mr. Steel's redesigned course was 6,805 yards and now a real test for all golfers.

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".

NORTH BERWICK GOLF CLUB

Ranked #45 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

18 holes, 71 par, 6,464 yards

The 13th oldest golf club in the world, North Berwick is second only to the Royal & Ancient Club in St. Andrews for continuous play over the same course. The West Links was originally 6 holes, before being extended to 18 holes in 1877. One of the most natural links in the world, North Berwick may not be the longest of courses at 6,420 yards but rest assured that successful navigation requires the full repertoire of shot making.

North Berwick has to a large extent evolved naturally with little assistance from mankind, a fact reflected in the name of the principle course architect - Mother Nature herself. A unique golfing experience, North Berwick boasts blind holes, spectacular views, drives over walls and burns and bunkers deep enough for golfers to disappear from view.

Many holes have been copied by designers all over the world, most commonly the 14th named "Perfection" and the 192-yard par 3 15th hole called "Redan", which has been replicated in both Pebble Beach and Shinnecock Hills.

DUMBARNIE LINKS

Other than Pebble Beach, there are few world-class courses able to offer such an expanse of beach and water frontage as that we have been blessed with at Dumbarnie Links. This rare piece of land has a mile and a half of sea frontage with panoramic views over the Firth of Forth.

At first glance Dumbarnie Links may have the appearance of the classic links courses where The Open Championship has been played since 1860.  However, the 345 acre site is particularly special.  Its dual elevations have provided the opportunity to create a number of elevated tees where holes play directly towards panoramic views of the Firth of Forth. Fourteen of the holes have views of the Bay and the Firth of Forth. The clubhouse will be situated 100-feet above sea level with spectacular sweeping views across the golf course and the Bay.

LODGING

LODGING

ROYAL SCOTS CLUB HOTEL

Situated in one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian streets this is a rare combination, the charm of a country house hotel with a cozy club atmosphere. Founded in 1919 as a tribute to those who fell in The Great War, The Royal Scots Club is proud of its heritage.

Queen Street Gardens is all that there is between the club and the city centre. Stockbridge, with its quirky shops, cafés and excellent restaurants, is an equally short walk down the hill and Dundas Street, just around the corner is lined with galleries and antiques shops. It's a remarkably peaceful yet very central location.

The 25 guest rooms combine warm rich colors and old-fashioned opulence with up-to date facilities. Upper floor guest rooms are more traditional with views over the garden or across the city to the Firth of Forth; lower ground-floor guest rooms are extra smart and contemporary in style to compensate for lack of views.

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.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

THINGS TO SEE & DO

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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BOOKING PROCESS

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
All lodging, tee time, car rental and food and beverage reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking. We cannot book reservations until all travelers have submitted a deposit.

Travel Insurance
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Flights
Flights are not included in this quote.

Ground Transportation
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Package Prices
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Exchange Rate

Your trip was quoted at the exchange rate that was in place at the time the proposal was presented to you. If, at the time of our non-deposit payments (any payments to our suppliers made after our initial deposit payments to them) to the suppliers (golf, lodging, transportation, etc.), the exchange rate increases more than 2% in favor of the non-United States currency, Epic Golf Travel will adjust the cost of your trip to reflect the exchange rate in place at that time. No adjustment will be made within 30 days of your arrival day.

Reservations
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Confirming Your Custom Tour
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Deposits
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