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GLENEAGLES WEEKEND GOLF BREAK

Kings Course & Queens Course

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 four 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 Monday 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 Monday 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 (KINGS COURSE) Perthshire Round Tour Gleneagles (Luxury)
Sunday
GLENEAGLES (QUEENS COURSE) Stirling Castle Flight home
Monday
Back at work Not Applicable Not Applicable

 

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

1 night, chauffeur driven
  • Luxury

The price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin room for one night, and four people sharing the cost of the transport (a standard golfer's four-ball) serviced from Edinburgh

Gleneagles Big Weekend

Time is rarely our friend. The success of the big weekend depends on getting you into the course as quickly as we reasonably can. So long as we’re moving by 09.30ish on the Saturday, we should be OK

Gleneagles has three world class courses of broadly similar merit to choose from over both days. The majesty of the Kings course, the serenity of the Queens course, the Centenary course, arguably the most famous now by dint of the 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim. Although we don’t explicitly advertise it, an early start on the Saturday would set up the possibility of completing their ‘box set’ over a weekend

Your scope for playing a second round on the Sunday will depend on your onward travel commitments

Travelling to Scotland

Big 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, be it their international aiports or respective railway stations.

Golfer’s travelling from within the UK, or flying from continental Europe, do have more options as you would expect. 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 from Newark, New Jersey, and JFK to Edinburgh leaving at 20.05 and 21.55. Alternatively there is a Lufthansa flight operated by United, that leaves Newark at 19.35 and flies direct to Glasgow. The whole secret to the Big weekend is that you’re at least in Scotland early on the Saturday


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

You might find it more helpful however, to simply allow arrival times to direct your travel plans. 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. The time lost waiting for a later arrival at the nearer location (Edinburgh) can be got back on the road. This type of sub-optimal geography usually involves a price increase in the transfer however.

In an ideal world, we would encourage 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). Having suggested this short cut, unless you’re prepared to play with hired clubs, you will hit the usual delay associated there.

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.


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.

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.

Chauffeur drive

‘Big Weekend’ breaks assume arrival at either of Scotland’s major international airports, (Edinburgh & Glasgow) or their respective railway hubs of Waverley or Queens Street stations. ‘Big Weekend’ breaks provide for a chauffeur driven service to and from your hotel of choice. This will typically be a Mercedes Viano capable of taking seven passengers. The Viano has leather seats and a high-spec ride comfort. All of the first choice courses featured are within extremely close proximity of your hotel, and don’t require additional transport to reach them (you’d look a bit ‘odd’ doing so). After completing you programme, you are then shuttled back in good time to your point of departure

Only if you have non-golfers in your party with a desire to travel outside of the hotel environs would we encourage you to consider using a self-drive solution. Self-drive is less expensive, but it is a bit more time consuming to process and does put the responsibility for navigation and timely arrival onto you. Given that the clock is against on this particular ‘break’, it might not be ideal

GLENEAGLES

  • 1 night – Gleneagles Hotel – 5 star
    – Twin sovereign room
    – (includes breakfast)
  • Up to two rounds of golf with green fees for:
    – Gleneagles Kings or Centenary course
    – Gleneagles Queens course
  • Chauffeur driven vehicle
    – (MPV people carrier, typically Mercedes Viano)
  • Includes vehicle fuel, breakdown and insurance.
  • Inbound and outbound transfers from Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • 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.

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