RICHARD RYAN GROUP ST ANDREWS Golf TOUR PROPOSAL

JUY 15, 2023 - JULY 22, 2023 | 7 NIGHTS | 7 ROUNDS | 12 GOLFERS | $3,490.00 USD pp

Epic Golf Travel

Hi Richard,

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The attached schedule includes 7 nights double accommodations, 7 rounds of golf plus our help in acquiring a tee time on The Old Course via the Daily Ballot, a 9 passenger automatic Mercedes Vito coach per 4 golfers (2 total) and a full Scottish breakfast for part of your trip (more on this later).

Regarding play on The Old Course via the Daily Ballot, we will make all arrangements to move your existing tee times to another day should they interfere if you're drawn to play The Old Course.

I am suggesting you spend time in both St Andrews and in Aberdeen, just an hour and a half north. I did this so you could play 3 great links courses without such a long drive to them... Carnoustie, Cruden Bay and Trump International Scotland.

Your suggested lodging in St Andrews in private villas directly in town. These are vacation homes that are rented out to visitors to the town. I have two villas almost next to each other that should serve you well. One has 3 bedrooms and the other 4 bedrooms. Each bedroom has two twin beds so together they will sleep up to 14 golfers in individual beds. They are termed "self-catering", meaning you have full kitchens and a breakfast is not included. The first tee of the The Old Course is less than a five minute walk away and the villas are within easy walking distance of all restaurants, pubs, shopping and sights in St Andrews.

Your suggested lodging in Aberdeen is the Aberdeen Sandman Hotel, located directly in the heart of the city. The Sandman  provides luxurious accommodations steps away from key attractions in the Granite City.

Your suggested golf has you playing 7 rounds of golf plus our help in acquiring a tee time on The Old Course via the Daily Ballot. You'll play Carnoustie Championship Course, Kingsbarns GC, Crail Balcomie Links, Lundin Links, Cruden Bay GC, Golf House Club Elie and Trump International Scotland.

If you choose to use the Daily Ballot to play The Old Course you will have our full help & support in applying for play. This includes entering you in the Daily Ballot & re-arranging tee times to fit around play on The Old Course. Please Note: The Old Course greens fee of £195.00 (2022 pricing) is not included in this trip pricing. The greens fee must be paid onsite the day of play. More information on your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

For your transportation, we will have 2 Mercedes Vito 9-passenger automatic coaches reserved for you at the Edinburgh Airport. Each coach is easily big enough for 4 golfers, their clubs and luggage. The vehicles are about the same size as an average van so driving is no more difficult than any other vehicle.

Regarding your dates, I have checked lodging and golf availability and the July 15th to July 22nd dates appear to have the most flexibility and availability for your trip. We can check other dates if these aren't convenient for the group, but I'm sure these will work for you.

One other note regarding your trip, if you wish to extend the trip by a day or two to have some time off to sightsee or relax, that is possible and it would not be any additional charge. For the villas in St Andrews, they must be rented by the week during peak season, so we have a couple of extra days of lodging available that would not fit into the 7 nights you requested. Certainly something to consider if the group has the time to extend your trip.

When traveling to St Andrews, 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.


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.


To make your deposit, click on the "Ready to Book" button 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 15, 2023 - July 22, 2023 (or similar dates)
# GOLFERS: 12 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
8 Days / 7 Nights / 7 Rounds (nights can be extended at no additional charge)
GOLF: 7 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees (see course list below)
LODGING: 7 nights lodging in 2 villas in the heart of St Andrews and double guest rooms at the Sandman Hotel in Aberdeen
TRANSPORT: Two 9-passenger Mercedes Vito self-drive automatic coach (1 vehicle per 4 golfers)
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: $3,490.00 USD per person
DEPOSIT: $875.00 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
7 nights lodging in 2 villas in the heart of St Andrews and double guest rooms at the Sandman Hotel in Aberdeen
7 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees (see course list below)
Full use of all practice facilities at all golf courses
Full Scottish breakfast each morning (at the Sandman Hotel only)
Two 9-passenger Mercedes Vito self-drive automatic coach (1 vehicle per 4 golfers)
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

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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YOUR GOLF

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THE OLD COURSE

VIA THE DAILY BALLOT (GREENS FEE NOT INCLUDED)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LUNDIN LINKS GOLF CLUB

18 holes, 71 par, 6,371 yards

The Lundin Golf Club was founded in May of 1868.

The course remains largely as it was some 100 years ago. The first five holes are in classic links tradition playing from the Clubhouse to the Mile Dyke. Players then cross the now extinct railway line and play the nine ‘new’ holes on what one might describe as a cross between links and parkland turf. Then back across the railway, the last four holes revert to the genuine links tradition.

Today Lundin Golf Club offers some of the finest examples of links holes in Scotland and for many years has been a worthy participant in the Final Qualifying stages of The Open prior to its staging at St. Andrews.

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.

YOUR LODGING

YOUR LODGING

ST ANDREWS TOWN VACATION FLATS & HOMES

There are a great number of villas, flats and single family homes in St Andrews center as well as near the downtown area.

The units can house up to 8 - 10 golfers in one villa and we can locate villas very close to each other for larger groups.

Each has been meticulously updated, with multiple bathrooms, full kitchens, large sitting areas with cable TV and bedrooms with either 2 twin beds or 1 king bed.

When in town, you can walk to the first tee of The Old Course in a matter of minutes. Town itself, with its' restaurants, pubs, shopping and sights is just a few minutes walk to anywhere.

There is no better way to experience St Andrews than by staying directly in town in a wonderful villa.

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.

YOUR TRANSPORTATION

YOUR TRANSPORTATION

MERCEDES VITO 9-PASSENGER COACH

The Mercedes Vito Coach is a large van that comfortably handles 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. It is slightly larger than a standard van and handles and drives just like a normal minivan.

For those that don't mind driving on the left, it is by far the most economical way to travel in the UK.

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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