GLENEAGLES WEEKEND GOLF BREAK

Kings Course & Queens Course & Centenary (Ryder Cup) Course

Gleneagles Weekend Golf Break
– The Character of this tour

Duration – 3 nights
Logistics – Daily ‘back-to-base’ structure
Transport – Either Self-drive or Managed driver works fine.
Mileage – Low
Travel Class – Luxury
Non-Golf offer – Good (Stirling & Bannockburn)

At Faraway Fairways we’ve become increasingly aware that a number of you want to ‘get away from it’, but don’t necessarily want the commitment of a longer ‘tour’. In other words, you want a top golf break over a weekend with a true world class course as the focus, but you have so many other things going on around you that have to get back to. It shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn therefore that Faraway Fairways have just the answer with our Gleneagles weekend golf break, one of six options we’re excited to offer.

The Gleneagles weekend break is designed for someone who can leave work mid-day Friday, or even early evening, so long as they can arrive in Scotland (Edinburgh or Glasgow) early on Saturday. Anyone taking it from the UK or continental Europe will be back at work by Tuesday morning. But here’s a twist, by virtue of flying back across time zones, so will anyone from North America.

The Gleneagles weekend golf break isn’t exactly a new concept you might suggest? True, we’ll give you that ‘short putt’! But most of these packages tend to be resort first and golf second. Faraway Fairways’s big weekend golf breaks put the golf first. Well to no small extent in Scotland, you have to, Spain we ain’t!

So it might sound a bit ambitious at first, and its probably not completely unfair to think that this type of break is more likely to appeal to those of you who have fast moving lifestyles and a bit of ‘go’ about you, although this needn’t be exclusive. Ultimately the world is becoming a smaller a place however, and it is becoming increasingly possible to do these types of things. The more you think about it, the more you’ll come to realise it. When you walk back into work on Tuesday and someone enquires whether you “did anything interesting at the weekend?” it would perhaps be nice to reply “played golf at Gleneagles, Scotland. And you?”


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GOLF NON-GOLF OVERNIGHT
Friday
Not applicable Not applicable Flight to Scotland – arrive following morning
Saturday
GLENEAGLES (CENTENARY COURSE) Stirling Castle Gleneagles (Luxury)
Sunday
GLENEAGLES (QUEENS COURSE) Perthshire Round Tour Gleneagles (Luxury)
Monday
GLENEAGLES (KINGS COURSE) Edinburgh Gleneagles (Luxury)
Tuesday
Flight home Not Applicable Not Applicable

 

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Gleneagles Golf Weekend Break Gleneagles Golf Weekend Break
KINGS COURSE
QUEENS COURSE
CENTENARY (RYDER CUP) COURSE

3 nights
  • Luxury
  • SEASONAL PRICE GUIDE, SPREAD - FROM £1,399 - TO £1,249

The price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room for three nights, and four people sharing the cost of the transport (a standard golfing four-ball)

Travelling to Scotland

Long weekend golf breaks are designed to minimise disruption to your working week. Schedules are built on an assumption that you can leave work mid afternoon to early evening, on a Friday. We envisage you arriving at either Edinburgh or Glasgow international airports or respective railway stations.

Golfer’s travelling from within the UK, or flying from continental Europe, do have more margin. Many of you will be able to arrive in Edinburgh/ Glasgow on the Friday evening. This will incur an extra nights accommodation, but will allow you to make an earlier start the next morning

Those of you flying the Atlantic however will arrive early on Saturday morning. There are direct flights to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The whole secret to the Long weekend is that you’re at least in Scotland early on the Saturday. The return leg is easier as you’re flying with the time zone, and can even sneak an extra round if routing back through London


Ordinarily Faraway Fairways would tend to advise that you aim to arrive as follows;

  • Edinburgh if playing St Andrews
  • Glasgow if playing Turnberry
  • Edinburgh if playing Carnoustie
  • Either if playing Gleneagles with slight preference for Edinburgh

The ultimate objective is to get you into the course as quickly as we can, especially if you’re arriving on Saturday morning, or playing St Andrews.

Glasgow and Edinburgh are about 60 minutes apart by road. It might happen that an earlier arrival at say Glasgow, can result in an earlier arrival at St Andrews, despite it being further away. You might even route through London or Dublin

We wouldn’t necessarily discourage those of you who practically can do, to arrive on Friday evening. This extends your scope for securing favourable tee times and would be particularly helpful for the St Andrews Old Course on Saturday.

It would probably be advisable to travel as light as you can in order to make check-in and baggage reclaim much quicker. You might even find you’re able to do this using the clothes you’re wearing, some small items in hand luggage, and if necessary, buy a few extras from the pro-shop whilst you’re here (they also double as souvenirs of course). You might even decide to play with hired clubs (though in fairness, hardly anyone ever does).

Gleneagles, Ryder Cup Course

Course architect, Jack Nicklaus, described the course as “The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with” when he set about designing Gleneagles’s third course. It’s the longest inland course in Scotland. The general advice is to overhit, given that most of the trouble lies in front, this is often easier said than done. Fittingly, the course begins by playing southeast towards the glen, sweeping up the Ochil Hills to the summit of the pass below Ben Shee which joins it to Glendevon. A feature is the feast of views of the spectacular countryside in which Gleneagles is set.

Gleneagles, Queens Course

Threading through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate, the Queen’s course is the most aesthetic of the Gleneagles trinity and presents you with lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, as well as many moorland characteristics.At 3,192 yards long, the challenge of the first nine can be deceptive, with even some of the best players finding it a test to make par into a fresh south westerly breeze.

Gleneagles, Kings Course

The King’s Course, is a masterpiece of golf course design, which has tested the aristocracy of game, both professional and amateur, and caused Lee Trevino to remark whilst standing on the first, “that if this is heaven I sure hope they have some tee times available”. Selecting the right club for each approach shot is the secret on the King’s. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and exhilarating places to play golf in the world, with the springy moorland turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon.

5 Star Luxury

Set deep in the Perthshire countryside, the Gleneagles hotel has become synonymous with luxury and the very best that Scotland has to offer. You probably don’t need to look much further than the string of inter-governmental conferences the resort has hosted, as well as the UK’s round of G7 summits (politicians are normally a good judge of luxury! – they don’t tend to wind up in anything other than!). There’s always the Ryder Cup of course too as additional testimony to the strength of the Gleneagles brand.

Self Drive or Chauffeur

‘Long Weekend’ golf breaks assume arrival at either of Scotland’s major international airports, (Edinburgh & Glasgow) or their respective railway hubs of Waverley or Central stations.

Faraway Fairways normally recommend self-drive for our golf packages but the ‘Long Weekend golf breaks’ might be the exception? Chauffeur driven options can work perfectly well (particularly St Andrews or Gleneagles). This will typically be a Mercedes capable of taking seven passengers. The Mercedes has leather seats and a high-spec ride comfort.

Self-drive affords you more flexibility and independence, but it is a bit more time consuming to process. Long weekends can be quite intense, and the responsibility for driving might be one stress point you’d be happy to lose

The only long weekend package where we needn’t be convinced that a chauffeur driven solution works that well would be the option that involves playing Shiskine on the Isle of Arran as part of the Turnberry break. You might also be forgiven for wishing to have some transport autonomy at Carnoustie too as the town needn’t have the appeal of St Andrews, and the hotel probably hasn’t got the depth of non-golf facilities that Gleneagles and Turnberry can call on

Our pricing schedules are modelled on self-drive. Chauffeur driven options normally cost slightly more, but in some cases this could be negligible and might even be less dependent on how you decide to operate a base location, as they could involve little more than airport transfers to a resort hotel which in itself can provide for all your needs

GLENEAGLES

  • 3 nights – Gleneagles Hotel – 5 star
    – Twin or double, Manor room with estate view
    – (includes breakfast)
  • Up to three rounds of golf with green fees for:
    – Gleneagles Kings
    – Gleneagles Centenary course
    – Gleneagles Queens course
  • Self Drive – or – Chauffeur driven vehicle
    – (MPV people carrier, typically Mercedes)
  • Support and assistance as appropriate

NOT INCLUDED

– Friday night accommodation.
– Flexible hotel cancellation booking rates.
– Air-fares
– Evening meals, or additional hotel expenditure such as drinks (unless specified)
– Caddie hire, or any golf course equipment. We are happy to arrange this at no extra cost.

All tours and hotels sold subject to availability and final confirmation.

Long Weekend

Guide price based on four golfers sharing two two ‘Manor’ twin rooms (view of the estate)
Transport costs based on self-drive and divided by all (chauffeur drive is perfectly viable)

 

Typical Price Range Guide –

LUXURY PEAK SEASON …………………….,£1,399
LUXURY SHOULDER SEASON ………….,,£1,299
LUXURY LOW SEASON …..,,……………..,£1,249

Quite a lot of golf tour operators will take some low-season green fees, perhaps wrap them up with a budget hotel ‘offer’, and then present them as the dreaded “prices from”. Sure it makes for an eye-catching headline. Faraway Fairways could do the same. The question really though is does this help you at all? Well most golfers probably don’t appreciate having their hopes built up only for them to wade through the detail to discover that the price that caught their attention requires them to comply with all sorts of sub-optimal conditions. Instead we’re using a ‘guide price’ which needn’t be ‘spot on’ but should be close

Highlights – Gleneagles Kings Course, Gleneagles Queens Course & Gleneagles Centenary (Ryder Cup) Course

Duration – 4 days

Travel class – Luxury – Gleneagles resort hotel, ‘Manor’ Twin or Double Rooms

Season – All year round

Transport – Self Drive – or – Chauffeur driven

 

Important – Dynamic prices do alter dependent on the choices we make, the month/ week we book for, and in the case of hoteliers that operate revenue yield management models outside of fixed rate contracts, the time of year we process a booking. As a general guideline, the nearer we book to the day of arrival, the more expensive things become. The Gleneagles seasonal pattern is slightly different to most courses in that it needn’t have step boundaries. Instead it’s set by a sliding scale that reflects demand and represents a more gradual evolution of a price-list building towards the peak months of July, August and September

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