Scotland, Golf for Four Players


Golf travel is built around multiples four. Golf is played in fourballs. Hotels typically offer the twin room. A single MPV takes four people and eight luggage items. Four players is the optimum

Gullane with the Edinburgh skyline background

Green Fees

A fourball party doesn’t really have any considerations with regards to green fees.

Green fees are essentially a static cost charged per person. Four players is the standard that everything is worked out to. Four isn’t big enough to begin to get any sliding discounts for volume, the earliest this might kick-in is at nine players, and even that’s unusual

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.

The only sub-regions where we come under pressure are extended stays in Ayrshire, and to a lesser extent Aberdeenshire. Otherwise we have some truly great non-golf compliments. Golf got lucky really!


St Andrews Old Course, 'Road Hole'. Image by Kevin Murray CLICK 


The standard accommodation solution is for a twin room. The golf industry is well set-up for this. Indeed, the twin room in St Andrews is the more popular booking in some cases. A fourball party generates two-rooms under this scenario.

In some cases you might consider foregoing the breakfast? A breakfast is charged to a room as two, regardless of whether or not both occupants eat one. There’s usually little to no difference in price if you pay cash on presentation in the morning. Since there’s no guarantee that both occupants will eat every morning, there’s a potential small saving, but honestly, it’s fractional and probably not worth the confusion


Seating capacity is rarely a problem with a golfing party, luggage however is. A golfer will normally generate one significant luggage item plus a golf bag, the latter being a notoriously ‘awkward’ shape to pack. On a fourball party this means eight luggage items.

The Mercedes Vito is the workhorse of the golf industry. With nine seats including driver, and a luggage capacity for nine items it naturally lends itself to a fourball booking. We find that it also provides a high-level of ride comfort too. With the costs shared equally amongst the four golfers (or any non-golfer) the price is normally very manageable

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Royal Aberdeen 17th

Edinburgh Castle

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Visitor Attraction Entry & Club Hire

Four 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

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

Fourball parties can play the Old Course through a conventional ballot application. No problem. There is a line of thought that suggests you might be able to marginally improve your prospects by splitting into a pair of two-ball applications but Faraway Fairways have never really seen any compelling evidence to prove this (although we’d have to accept we have occasionally snook a two ball through on the next reserve draw)

Fourball parties are the easiest to accommodate on any advance ballot or guaranteed package too

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Where to Play?

Most visiting golfers focus on St Andrews, but this is only the start of the story. The world top-100 list tends to be where people look next


A Choice of Scotland

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What to look for when Booking

Anyone can book a golf vacation. That's not too hard to do. Adding value is where the key lies though. We take a look at a few less obvious tips


Time of Year

When? Is always an important early question a party needs to answer. Discover the pro's and con's of different seasons and different months


How to Play the Old Course

There are different ways of doing it. We go through and explain the options, plus their pro's and con's


Old Course Ballot Chances

A breakdown of your chances of winning an Old Course ballot by month of the year, day of the week, and the best strategies to use


The Driving Experience

It's always worth looking at the transport side. Most itineraries adopt a self-drive solution. A fourball would require an MPV for 8 luggage items.



The range of places you might choose to stay in is surprisingly large.


How Much?

Prices are dynamic and affected by any end of things. We can give you a brief idea of what's involved though