Scotland, Golf for a Single Player

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Golf travel is built around multiples four and travel multiples of two. A single player faces challenges. We'll never be able to achieve pro-rata equality but we can limit the damage

St Andrews 1st.

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Green Fees

A single player doesn’t really have too many considerations with regards to green fees, but will experience some issues. Muirfield only permits bookings from fourball parties. You’ll be prevented from playing.

Single players do benefit from flexibility though and will find that they’re able to slot onto a tee-sheet much later than conventionally sized groups. There’s often a gap somewhere. This is particularly true of somewhere like Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, Dornoch and even Troon

A few courses will permit a single golfer to play solo, but most reserve the right to allocate other golfers pairing to your booking to make up a fourball

Any Non-Golfers

Scotland, Ireland, and North-West England are seriously rich for quality non-golf visitor attractions in close proximity to their top courses. You can bring non-golfers along safe in the knowledge that they won’t be missing out. As a single golfer though we’ll need to be strategic about how you share the vehicle. This will impact where the non-golfer is able to visit. In truth though, there’s a good synergy between golf and visitor attraction. We won’t be forcing one to bend around something that isn’t really there. Golf doesn’t dictate to non-golf. They co-exist quite well

Gleneagles

Cruden Bay

Accommodation

Single golfers get penalised. Hotels either price at per room, per night, or per person, per night. In the case of the latter, a single person reservation will nearly always draw a ‘supplement’ on the occupancy. This is better than the per room rate, but it’s never pro-rata. It tends to be about 85% of the double occupancy rate. We could mitigate it a little bit by using single rooms or B&B’s, as they don’t tend to be as punitive as hotels, but we can also damage the experience too if we over-do the trading down to compensate. You might take the view that you’d rather enjoy extra space that single occupancy affords.

Faraway Fairways wouldn’t discourage anyone from using a budget business hotel under single occupancy. The UK has a particularly good provider who have a very comfortable bed as standard. This can often restore the price per person parity on a double occupancy

Transport

Seating capacity is rarely a problem with a golfing party, luggage however is. A single golfer will normally generate one significant luggage item plus a golf bag. This is under the threshold for a medium saloon car. It means we don’t need to use a more expensive estate car so can make a saving on a smaller hire category vehicle

The smallest car that would work would be a ‘hatchback’. We advise that you don’t use one of these though. They can be under-powered and aren’t really ideal for the type of driving you’ll likely be doing. The next category up, ‘medium saloon’, is fine. This is what we’d encourage you to use. You need some ride comfort and the ability to sustain an effortless motorway speed

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Castle Stuart 3rd

Edinburgh Castle

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Visitor Attraction Entry & Club Hire

Single golfers won’t experience any problems trying to introduce non-golf visitor attractions into a programme. Faraway Fairways can’t think of anywhere in Scotland that is affected. The only possible angle might be some specialist distillery tours who sometimes limit numbers to no more than ten, but this is really a question of booking in good time, and in any event, a single person is handed an advantage here

A majority of golfers choose to bring their own clubs. If you’d prefer to hire, then it normally works out more expensive once everything has been done. There would be a choice between using a golf hire club agency or the pro-shop

St Andrews

Single golfers aren’t permitted to play the Old Course through the daily ballot. That’s definitive. Instead they have to play using the ‘walk-up’ rule. This means queuing up before play begins and presenting to the starter in the morning when they arrive. The starter takes names in a list based on the order in which the queue was formed. You’re then given an estimation of when to return to play.

This might sound risky, but in truth it enjoys a remarkably high strike-rate. In Faraway Fairways experience, in excess of 95%. So long as you’re determined to play and prepared to endure the queuing to do so, you nearly always will. The biggest downside is the inconvenience since it’s a tiring full day, but don’t under-estimate the power of adrenalin. Our experience is that single golfers tend to ‘feel it’ later in the evening rather than during the day

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