Cheap golf, doesn’t have to mean inferior. The Faraway Fairways budget bucket-list golf tour is designed to make a trip to Scotland and Ireland, including St Andrews, affordable. The time of year plays a big part in driving a price but there are other choices we can make, as well as few little tricks to help us manage a budget
One of the biggest savings we can often make is the trans-Atlantic flight. Arriving in Dublin instead of Edinburgh typically saves money. We’ve seen August flights £800 cheaper. The world top-100 ranked links at Portmarnock is only 20 mins from the airport, which we can combine with the Island Course or the European Club if we wanted to add a fringe visitor to the world top-100 list. We also pick-up a night in the Irish capital too in the pursuit of ‘experience’
We then transfer on a cheap connecting flight to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, where we can play what is probably the best value course in the world’s top-50 list at North Berwick in the afternoon.
We want to be in St Andrews for the most favourable ballot days of Thursday to Saturday, so on Wednesday perform a loop, leaving Edinburgh to play Gleneagles on the cheaper mid-afternoon times before landing in St Andrews for the evening.
The St Andrews New course and Jubilee course are relatively inexpensive options for us and easily re-arranged as the ballot impacts our running order. We needn’t be losing much if we choose to play Dumbarnie ahead of the more expensive Kingsbarns too.
With no play possible on the Old Course on Sunday’s we seek to finish at Carnoustie, and spend the final evening there given that accommodation costs are significantly less expensive than St Andrews, and especially since we’ll almost certainly be given an afternoon tee-time.
The final price will always vary dependent on the choice of accommodation and time of year, but should be in the region of £3,000 per person for an eight-day stay that includes at least three, and possibly up to six courses that rank on world top-100 lists dependent on whether we introduce the European Club, whether Dumbarnie joins the elite rank in the next couple of years, and how successful we are at adding the St Andrews Old Course