TOM MARA GROUP ST ANDREWS GUARANTEED OLD COURSE Golf TRIP

AUGUST 2024 | 6 NIGHTS | 9 ROUNDS | 4 GOLFERS | $7,290.00 USD PP

Epic Golf Travel

August 22, 2022

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The attached schedule is based on 4 golfers traveling and includes 6 nights double accommodations, 9 rounds of golf including a guaranteed tee time on The Old Course, a 9-passenger automatic Mercedes Vito Coach and a full Scottish breakfast each morning.

A couple of notes regarding the pricing of the trip:

  • The trip was quoted with the current exchange rate for the Pound Sterling (£1 = $1.22). This is the lowest the exchange rate has been in 5 years (it has been as high as £1 = $1.44). At the highest exchange rate, your trip would cost an additional 15% or so.
  • All pricing was done with 2023 prices. 2024 prices will not be available until roughly a year from now.
  • If you wished to book the trip, both the exchange rate at the time of your final balance payment and the 2024 pricing would need to be taken into account and the price adjusted accordingly.
  • Additionally, your travel dates would need to be somewhat flexible for August of 2024, as coordinating all golf and lodging reservations into a specific date run would be extremely difficult.

Your suggested lodging in St Andrews is The Ardgowan Hotel. The hotel is just up the street from the first tee of The Old Course and is within easy walking distance of all restaurants, pubs, shopping and sights in St Andrews.

Your suggested lodging in Troon is the Marine Troon Hotel. The hotel sits directly on Troon GC and looks out over the course and the sea beyond.

Your suggested golf has you playing 9 rounds of golf including a guaranteed tee time on The Old Course. You'll also play Royal Troon GC, Prestwick GC, Turnberry Ailsa GC, Kingsbarns GL, The New Course, Lundin Links GC, Carnoustie Championship Course and Crail Balcomie GL. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

For your transportation, I have included a 9-passenger automatic Mercedes Vito Coach. The vehicle can easily handle 4 golfers, their luggage and golf clubs.

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.


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.


When you're ready to book, 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: August 2024
# GOLFERS: 4 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
7 Days / 6 Nights / 9 Rounds
GOLF: 9 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees including a guaranteed tee time on The Old Course. See courses below
LODGING: 2 nights lodging in Golf View Guest Rooms at The Marine Hotel in Troon & 4 nights lodging in Classic Double Guest Rooms at The Ardgowan Hotel in St Andrews
TRANSPORT: 9-passenger Mercedes Vito self-drive automatic coach
ITINERARY: Your final day by day tour itinerary will be set once we review the trip details with you
PRICE: $7,290.00 USD per person (based on current exchange rate and 2023 pricing)
DEPOSIT: $1,850.00 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
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 Service
Automatic Membership into our Epic Plus Program
Our Gold Star Service Pledge

Each golfer 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

THE OLD COURSE

GUARANTEED TEE TIME

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.

ROYAL TROON GOLF CLUB

Ranked #40 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Host of 8 British Open Championships.

In 1923, Royal Troon Golf Club hosted its first Open and finally moved out of the shadow of its famous neighbor, Prestwick. It is a traditional out and back links course. The opening few holes are relatively gentle, with a series of short par fours running along the Firth of Clyde. It’s from these early holes that you get the chance to soak up the views. On a clear day, you can see the distant Ailsa Craig in the south, and to the west, the majestic mountains on the Isle of Arran.

The course measures 7,208 yards from the championship tees and bunkers are everywhere, the majority of which are not visible from the tees. There’s plenty of deep rough and a smattering of gorse and broom to punish the wayward shot. The 6th is the longest par five in Open Championship golf and the 8th the “Postage Stamp” is the shortest par three in the Open rota at 123 yards.

PRESTWICK GOLF CLUB

Ranked #15 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

Host to 24 British Open Championships

Prestwick Golf Club was founded In 1851, with Old Tom Morris as “Keeper of the Green”. Nine years later in 1860, the British Open Championship was born and played for the first time at Prestwick. The Open has been held here 24 times, although the most recent championship was in 1925. St Andrews is the only venue to have hosted more Opens (26) than Prestwick.

The course is a traditional British links, with a layout of holes that snake through rugged dunes and rippled fairways. There are numerous blind holes and cavernous bunkers with wooden steps to take you down to the bottom. The greens are notoriously firm and fast, some are hidden in hollows while others are raised high. The majority are quite small and all of them have humps and hollows to negotiate.

TURNBERRY GOLF LINKS AILSA COURSE

Ranked #14 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Host of 4 British Open Championships

The Ailsa course at Turnberry is probably the most scenic Open Championship golf course. Situated on a craggy headland the course overlooks the small island of Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde, with superb views across to the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran.

Turnberry Golf Club was established in 1902 and Willie Fernie of Troon was commissioned to lay out a championship course. In 1906, the Turnberry Hotel opened and it continues to serve guests to this day, having been completely updated since it's purchase by the Trump group.

This layout changed its name to the Ailsa in 1926 and a redesign by Major Cecil Hutchison was completed in 1938, when he combined the old 6th and 7th and introduced the famous par three 15th hole.

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".

THE NEW COURSE

Ranked #29 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

Were it not for the proximity of its more illustrious and ancient neighbor, many experts feel that the Open Championships – as well as many other major golfing events – would have been fought out here, the world's oldest and most challenging 'new' course.

Designed by Old Tom Morris and opened for play in 1895, the layout was based on the traditional out and back routing, and among its most famous features are the shared fairways and a double green at the 3rd and 15th holes.

The New Course is known and loved for its well designed greenside and fairway bunkers, plus a series of genuinely difficult homeward holes. The undulating fairways and deep greens make the course a classic links and, just like the Old Course, it has a habit of looking deceptively simple, especially when the sun is high.

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.

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.

LODGING

LODGING

THE ARDGOWAN HOTEL

A wonderful family owned hotel, restaurant and bar located less than a two minute walk from The Old Course 18th green.

A 3 star Scottish Tourist Board accommodation, the Ardgowan Hotel is also within walking distance of the University of St Andrews, the Castle, dozens of restaurants and all shopping in St Andrews.

The hotel was designed by the famous Scottish architect, George Rae, and was built in 1847. It comprises 29 comfortable en suite bedrooms across the two adjoining Georgian town houses. The Pilmour Hotel, located just next door, dates from 1820 and has an additional 7 en suite bedrooms.

The restaurant is set back from North Street by its' own stone terrace, where you can enjoy outdoor food and drink during the warmer months.

THE MARINE HOTEL, TROON

The 4-star Marine Hotel is found at the beach in Troon, overlooking both the Royal Troon Golf Club and the Firth of Clyde in the direction of the Isle of Arran. The hotel is close to 40 golf courses and is about 45 minutes’ drive from Glasgow.

All rooms at the hotel have a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, workstation, tea and coffee facilities and minibar. Suites add a separate living space, a bathrobe, and slippers. Twenty-four-hour room service is available to all guests.

The Marine has an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, beauty treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, spa and solarium. The non-smoking hotel also has four meeting rooms and free parking.

Breakfast is served daily. The Truin Restaurant, inside the hotel, serves traditional food using locally-sourced ingredients. Troon Rail Station is half a mile away, Prestwick Airport two miles, and the Ayr Racecourse eight miles from the hotel.

TRANSPORTATION

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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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.

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