September 9, 2023 - September 18, 2023
10 Days / 9 Nights / 8 Rounds
$4,490.00 USD pp
8 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees
Lundin Links Golf Club, Crail Balcomie Golf Links, Carnoustie Championship Course, Golf House Club Elie, Royal Dublin Golf Club, Portmarnock Golf Club, The Island Golf Club & County Louth Golf Links
4 nights in a large villa in the center of St Andrews and 5 nights in Luxury Double Guest Rooms at the Dylan Hotel in downtown Dublin
9 nights double accommodations
Your daily itinerary for September 2023 is as follows:
Sept 9th: Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland / Play Lundin Links GC / Check-in to your Villa
Sept 10th: Play Crail Balcomie GL / Overnight St Andrews
Sept 11th: Play Golf House Club Elie / Overnight St Andrews
Sept 12th: Play Carnoustie Championship Course / Overnight St Andrews
Sept 13th: Depart Edinburgh Airport for Dublin Airport / Check-in to The Dylan Hotel
Sept 14th: Play Royal Dublin GC / Overnight Dylan Hotel
Sept 15th: Play Portmarnock GC / Overnight Dylan Hotel
Sept 16th: Play The Island GC / Overnight Dylan Hotel
Sept 17th: Play County Louth GC / Overnight Dylan Hotel
Sept 18th: Depart Dublin Airport for home
Transfers to and from the Edinburgh and Dublin airports & to and from all golf courses and lodging in both Scotland & Ireland
November 1, 2022
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To travel between Scotland and Ireland, I suggest you fly out of the Edinburgh Airport and into the Dublin Airport. I have included the cost of transfers to and from the airports in this proposal (but not the cost of the flight). It is a one hour flight from Edinburgh to Dublin and tickets currently run $65.00 USD per person. Flights currently leave Edinburgh at 8:50am and 11:10am.
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YOUR GOLF COURSES
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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.
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.
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.
ROYAL DUBLIN GOLF CLUB
Ranked #27 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
The Dublin Golf Club, as it was originally called, was founded in 1885. The club moved twice before the course finally came to rest on Bull Island in 1889. Two years later, Queen Victoria granted the club royal patronage. The course was severely damaged during the First World War and was rebuilt by Harry Colt in 1920.
This is a classic traditional out and back links, relatively unusual for an Irish links. The course is fairly flat and narrow with long stretches of out of bounds, and the wind tends to swirl around Dublin Bay, generally making the course play tougher than the yardage would indicate. The greens are outstanding and there are some brutally deep greenside bunkers as well.
Martin Hawtree was engaged in course redevelopment work between 2004-2006 and Royal Dublin has improved as a consequence. Today's championship layout stretches to an impressive 7,269 yards from the tips and has hosted numerous Irish Open Championships, with Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer among the winners here at Royal Dublin.
PORTMARNOCK GOLF LINKS
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Club was designed by Bernhard Langer and opened for play in 1996. The course borders its illustrious neighbor, Portmarnock Golf Club, but the two courses are separately owned and managed. For such a young layout, the Hotel Links is a very natural and understated course. There is nothing showy about the design; the natural links land is used simply and effectively. The first eight holes play across gently-undulating ground with definition provided by varied grasses and pot bunkers. Then, around the turn, a cluster of shaggy sand dunes provides a much more dramatic playing field.
Bernhard Langer commented on his creation: “There are very few locations in Europe which could have allowed me the opportunity and landscape to design such a classic championship links. I hope all those who play it discover its magic and its challenging beauty.” We thoroughly agree and encourage you to add this links course to your itinerary.
THE ISLAND CLUB
Ranked #8 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
The Island Club in Ireland was once on an island. It’s now attached to the mainland but it’s still an isolated peninsula-like spur of links land, sandwiched between the Irish Sea, the beach of Donabate and the Broadmeadow estuary.
Few people know about The Island Golf Club, despite the fact that the course is over 100 years old and has featured in numerous ranking tables over the years. One leading golf magazine once commented: “The best course in Ireland you have never heard of. Play it and tell no-one.”
This is a no-frills golf course. There is nothing artificial, it’s simply harmonious and in tune with its surroundings. Some of the most shaggy, rugged and looming sand dunes imaginable provide natural and distinct amphitheaters for many of the holes. In the summer, if you are unfortunate and wayward enough to find the dunes, be careful to avoid trampling on the wild dune flowers.
COUNTY LOUTH GOLF CLUB (BALTRAY)
Ranked #11 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
Founded in 1892, County Louth Golf Club, or Baltray as it is more commonly known, has established itself as one of Ireland’s finest links courses. Winner of the 2017 IAGTO Links course of the year and host of two Irish Opens, the course stands as a par 72 and measures 7,031 yards from the Championship tees.
Baltray is one of Ireland's great secrets, this is a course that has remained relatively anonymous, except to those in the know. County Louth Golf Club was established in 1892 but Tom Simpson and Molly Gourlay designed the present course in 1938. Baltray has no weak holes. The course is laid out in two loops, and most holes run in different directions. However, the greens are County Louth’s hallmark – they are among the very best in the whole of Ireland. If you can avoid three putting for 18 holes, then you have the right to claim you’re a great putter.The back nine is especially entertaining with a number of holes running close to the shore with distant views towards the Mountains of Mourne.
ST ANDREWS TOWN VACATION VILLAS & HOMES
There are a great number of villas, flats and single family homes in St Andrews center as well as near the downtown area. We will find the perfect lodging for your golf trip to St Andrews and review it with you prior to booking.
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.
DYLAN HOTEL DUBLIN
Historic 5 Star boutique hotel located in Irelands capital city
The Dylan Hotel is just off Baggot Street in Dublin’s south city centre. This historic hotel was once home to the nurses of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital and is now Dublins only five star boutique hotel. Located in a quiet and leafy neighborhood The Dylan is only minutes from the main sights and attractions of Dublin.
Each of the 72 guest rooms have been individually styled with a mix of whimsical decor... artistic headboards, intricate mirrors, statement chairs and classic pieces.
In the rooms, there are flat-screen TVs, iPod docks (with iPods loaded with historical Dublin walking tours), stocked minibars, and bathrooms with underfloor heating. Amenities in the hotel include a fitness room, a cozy bar, heated outdoor terrace, excellent restaurant, and 24-hour room service. In addition to its character and sleek style, the Dylan is well known for its excellent service.
VIP CLASSIC TRANSFERS
VIP transfer service for 8 golfers is included in this trip through St Andrews Executive Travel and Kerry Coaches of Ireland. You will ride comfortably with plenty of room in a Mercedes Touring Sprinter or Coach. The bus includes leather reclining seats, table, radio, DVD, CD & ice container, ample luggage space and a knowledgable local driver.
The driver will help with luggage and golf clubs and be available to answer any questions regarding local sights, food and beverage, pubs, etc.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
THINGS TO SEE & DO
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.
KINGSBARNS DISTILLERY TOUR, ST ANDREWS
Realizing there was no nearby whisky distillery to satisfy those visiting St Andrews, and having come across a derelict 18th century farm situated just a short distance from Kingsbarns, former Old Course caddie Douglas Clement decided to build his own.
Kingsbarns Distillery was opened in 2014 and began producing a limited run of single malt scotch whisky each year.
The distillery tour is led by one of their senior guides and is suitable for smaller groups who have time to enjoy a more leisurely visit and a longer tutored whisky tasting.
Start your visit by being shown into the exhibition space which explores the history behind the name 'Kingsbarns’.
Your guide will explain how the spirits inside the distillery are made and then take you into a tasting room for an in-depth tutored tasting of their award-winning single malt 'Dream to Dram' and a selection of Kingsbarns single malt whiskies.
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.
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.
THE R&A WORLD 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 GUINNESS STOREHOUSE FACTORY
Located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland. In fact, the interior is designed to look exactly like a pint of Guinness itself and is known to be the largest pint in the world.
A ticket to the Guinness factory (roughly €18) will take you on a tour through seven floors of Irish brewing history, where you will learn all about the Guinness family, as well as how the beloved stout beer is meticulously crafted to perfection. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness with a 360 degree view of the Dublin skyline.
One of the most famous pubs in Dublin is the Temple Bar, first opened in 1840. Part of its fame is because it offers over 450 different kinds of rare whiskies (Ireland's largest collection).
You can’t miss this red building, it looks typically Irish and it is always buzzing. The inside is pretty quirky, with a lot of hanging lamps, the huge whiskey collection and a weird bronze statue of James Joyce. And the crazy atmosphere here makes you want to come in. The only problem comes from its fame, the place is always full and it’s usually a challenge to find a place to sit.
ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
Ireland's largest church and the final resting place of Jonathan Swift, St Patrick's stands on the spot where St Patrick himself reputedly baptized the local Celtic chieftains in the 5th century. Fiction or not, it's a sacred bit of turf upon which this cathedral was built between 1191 and 1270.
As the largest cathedral and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years.
Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patricks Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is the largest church in Ireland. The adjacent park is a nice respite in the city if you fancy a coffee or picnic break.
THE OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY
Another historical gem is the Old Jameson Distillery, located just off Smithfield Square. This location previously used to be the original site where Jameson whiskey was manufactured and distilled until it stopped production in the early 1970s.
Learn the story of John Jameson and his adventures in whiskey making on a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery. Since his brave first steps into the brewery building in 1780, the Jameson brand has been focused on its founder's ambition to create unforgettable experiences.
A tour of the old distillery will take you through the history and process of creating the refined whiskey, along with the unique opportunity to take part in a comparative whiskey-tasting experience. At the end of the tour, you will be given an exclusive Whiskey Taster Certificate to officially certify your knowledge in traditional Irish whiskey.
KILMAINHAM GAOL PRISON
Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol (prison) held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.
If for no other reason, Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin would be remarkable for being the biggest unoccupied gaol in these islands. As such, it gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed.
It offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained and sometimes executed here. The Gaol also played a role during the harsh Famine times.
GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN
A bit like Dublin city itself, Grafton Street presents something of an enigma to visitors. In other major capitals, people gather along grand boulevards to shop, lunch, drink and eat. In Dublin, locals head to Grafton Street, a narrow winding road that’s been at the heart of the city’s social life for more than a century.
Grafton Street is home to all varieties of shops, both locally owned and national brands. It's also home to countless restaurants, cafes and pubs. And, most famously, Grafton Street is home to the many buskers that entertain visitors with a variety of music, magic and street performances.
Entering from Stephen’s Green in the south, Grafton Street meanders by a series of street-level shops, twisting and turning, before sloping down to the broad sweep of College Green and the grand entrance to Trinity College.
On a busy Saturday afternoon it can be hard work negotiating a path from one end of the street to the other, so dense are the crowds strolling about or gathered around the multiple street entertainers.
Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government.
With over 800 years of Irish memories encapsulated within its walls, this incredible structure has borne witness to some of the most pivotal events in all of the country’s history.
Spanning an area of over 11 acres, the Castle stands proudly on the highest ridge in the locality and offers self-guided and guided tours of the grounds, including the Castle’s many rooms, gardens and museums such as the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum.
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