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MUIRFIELD EDINBURGH GOLF VACATION

Muirfield (or Kingsbarns), St Andrews Old Course, North Berwick, Gullane No1 & Gullane No2, Dunbar, Royal Burgess, Eyemouth, Bruntsfield, & Kilspindie

Your Muirfield Edinburgh golf vacation, blends some of Scotland’s most illustrious names with the charisma of her capital city, Edinburgh. Muirfield is the aristocratic jewel in the Lothian crown, a world top-10 course and considered the most complete test of a links golfer. It their pursuit of St Andrews or bust, golfers can often look past a combination such the Muirfield Edinburgh golf vacation. In truth, it’s Edinburgh that holds the key. Being just 45 minutes from Muirfield and 75 minutes from St Andrews, it potentially open-up the opportunity to play both these World-top-10 residents.

In addition to these icons, Faraway Fairways have added the quintessential links of North Berwick on Edinburgh’s East Lothian coast and another top 100 course. North Berwick is home to the world famous ‘Redan’ hole and purists choice that you never hear a dissenting voice about. Gullane heralds from the same stretch of shoreline, Rickie Fowler won the 2015 Scottish Open here. The Edinburgh course of Royal Burgess is the oldest golf club in the world and we even offer you the option to play a ‘say you’ve done it’ round on the world’s oldest golf course at Musselburgh. There is a regal sense of splendour about the Muirfield Edinburgh golf vacation the way it rolls up golfing royalty with the country’s majestic capital city

Capturing the spirit of the Scottish golf links, and just what it means is never easy. At Faraway Fairways we’re grateful to US golf writer George Peper, who addressing the Fife Golf Association delivered an ode that we can’t improve on.

“Someday I hope to bring my grandchildren here to Scotland – not to show them what golf is but what golf isn’t – that it isn’t $200 million resorts and $200,000 membership fees, that it isn’t six hour rounds and three day member-guests, that it isn’t motorized buggies, Cuban cigars, and cashmere headcovers. It’s a game you play simply and honorably, without delay or complaint – where you respect your companions, respect the rules, and respect the ground you walk on. Where on the 18th green you remove your cap and shake hands, maybe just a little humbler and a little wiser than when you began.”

The Muirfield Edinburgh golf vacation combines an air of aristocracy with authenticity as elegance and under-stated tradition fuse seamlessly


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GOLF NON-GOLF OVERNIGHT
Saturday
KILSPINDIE Arrival Edinburgh North Berwick/ Edinburgh
Sunday
DUNBAR with EYEMOUTH Northumberland North Berwick/ Edinburgh
Monday NORTH BERWICK with OLD MUSSELBURGH (optional) Stirling & Bannockburn North Berwick/ Edinburgh
Tuesday MUIRFIELD or KINGSBARNS Edinburgh North Berwick/ Edinburgh
Wednesday GULLANE No1 & GULLANE No2 Edinburgh North Berwick/ Edinburgh
Thursday BRUNTSFIELD Glasgow Edinburgh
Friday ROYAL BURGESS The Perthshire Round Edinburgh
Saturday ST ANDREWS (OLD COURSE) St Andrews Edinburgh

 

8 nights Duration
  • Luxury
  • Premier
  • Affordable
  • GOLFERS, from approx £247 = $319 = €284 per day
  • GOLFERS, from approx £233 = $302 = €268 per day
  • GOLFERS, from approx £187 = $242 = €215 per day
  • Luxury price
  • Premier price
  • Affordable price
  • NON-GOLFERS, from approx £158 = $205 = €182 per day
  • NON-GOLFERS, from approx £144 = $186 = €166 per day
  • NON-GOLFERS, from approx £89 = $115 = €102 per day

THE SCOTTISH OPEN 2018 - Please note that Gullane hosts the 2018 Scottish Open in early July. Course closures are not known at the moment, but we would imagine 3-4 weeks preparation is likely, with the links being available 48 hours afterwards. An obvious solution would involve playing Craigielaw, or Dalmahoy

MUIRFIELD- Muirfield is a notoriously difficult course to get access to, especially for a peak season tee-time. Opportunities are limited to Tuesday and Thursday only and book out quickly. You are advised to think in terms of 18 months in advance, and contact us around March for play the following year. There is a likelihood therefore that we will need to consider Kingsbarns as an alternative against failure to secure a slot otherwise

ST ANDREWS OLD COURSE-Anyone intending to play the Old Course through the ballot should make contingency to add £180. This is paid locally once the result of the draw is known 48 hours before play. It will likely mean forfeiting the provisional reservation to a cancellation (Crail), albeit the club will make every effort to reschedule you should you wish to play on the Saturday.

CHAUFFEUR GUIDE - The tour described is self-drive. Should you prefer to engage a chauffeur driver instead, this option is available. Please notify us accordingly.

EDINBURGH - Visits to Edinburgh during the festival (August) will see hotel shortages and a notable price spike. The indicative peak season price can not be based on this 'hot spot'. Be aware therefore that a visit to Edinbrugh during the festival is likely to exceed this. It may become necessary to stay in Stirling instead

NON GOLF ACTIVITY - Non-golfers get more time for non-golf activity than golfers. An asterisk (*) is used on the ‘Non-Golf’ button in the itineraries to indicate where a golfer could reasonably expect to be able to undertake an activity. Anything left unmarked is only practical for non-golfers to undertake. Check the button called ‘What’s Included’ that appears on the final named day ‘tab’ to see if it’s included in a price.

DISCLAIMER - The content of all tours are sold subject to availability and final confirmation of price. We do not speculatively book hotels in advance. Late bookings might be subject to a market led price increment. The prices displayed are strong indicators of what you would expect to pay but can also fluctuate in line with choices people wish to add or omit. Please check what's included. Prices are per person based on two sharing

Kilspindie

Set between the golfing aristocrats of Muirfield and Gullane, Kilspindie occupies some of the most treasured links real estate in the world. As you might expect for a course that shares the same coastline, the challenges posed are similar with one notable difference. Yardage. Kilspindie is a strategic rather than penal challenge, and appeals to plotters. Plenty of danger lurks however for someone who makes the error of thinking they can overpower her. The wind can be every bit as capricious as well. The par 3, eighth played over a shingle beach is the signature hole. The club enjoys one of the best reputations in Scotland for its welcoming hospitality and with the course being near enough to Edinburgh, a good start to your trip is almost guaranteed

EYEMOUTH

Eyemouth is just north of the Tweed, on the right side of the English border. It’s a cliff top course affording players spectacular views across a wild ocean. Nowhere is this more apparent than the stunning par 3, sixth. Some good judges regard it as either the most ‘intimidating’ tee shot, or even the ‘hardest’ in Scotland. Played between two headlands it involves a drive across a yawning precipitous abyss where the waves crash into a narrow cove a 100ft below you. It’s worth the green fee alone, and has already cememted its place amongst Scotland’s ‘best 18’ rubbing shoulders with some golfs most iconic. The 13th is another feature hole. At 656yds it is variously claimed to be the longest in Scotland (this title does get shared around). The 15th is another stern test. Scotland doesn’t enjoy that many cliff top courses, Eyemouth would have a claim to be the most dramatic

Image credit with thank to Eyemouth GC


Dunbar

Dunbar is as near to the pioneering experiences as you can get. To play within yards of waves as they crash onto the rocky shore, is to pit yourself against raw architecture of nature. Well defined holes follow the natural contours of a narrow strip of land between the old red sandstone deer park wall and the rocky shoreline are the hallmarks of these links. This is a course built upon those old fashioned golfing virtues of club selection and shot-making. With the ever-present (and ever changing) – wind off the sea, it demands accuracy and judgement, and rewards only bravery and skill. Dunbar was one of the biggest movers in the 2015 rankings and now sits tantalisingly just outside the top-30 courses in Scotland

Image by David J Whyte, with permission from Dunbar GC.

North Berwick

The links of North Berwick are a traditional out and back nine. Undulating fairways, blind shots, tricky burns and even stone walls make their presence felt in the landscape. The course really is a throw back to the experiences of the game’s pioneers. They had to interpret the landscape and weave the hazards nature handed them into their own personal tapestries. The courses were handcrafted, and North Berwick has an endearing old-fashioned feel. It also possesses the original ‘Redan’ hole, (15). Found the world over, ‘Redans’ are the most copied hole in golf. With an eerie similarity to Turnberry’s Ailsa Craig, Bass Rock rears out the ocean, and lends North Berwick further personality. It would be wrong to think that it’s a curiousity relic though. It’s a beguiling top-100 course in its own right

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Qualification requirements for play

North Berwick operates a handicap threshold of 24 for gentlemnen, and 36 for ladies respectively. Players who are unable to meet this standard are invited to tackle the alternatives we’ve nominated instead


Old Musselburgh

Between 1874 and 1899 Musselburgh was one of three courses to host the Open Championship in rotation. Musselburgh is, and always will be, an ‘Open’ venue. Even more remarkably, the course is recognised as the oldest in the world, with a verifiable playing history that dates to 1672, and a very strong likelihood that it was played earlier by Mary Queen of Scots in 1567. We won’t big the course up. It’s pretty well featureless and unchallenging, but it is authentic. We advise you consider spicing your round up. For $60 you can hire a set of hickory clubs and attempt to better the scores put up by the ancients using their equipment.

Image credit with thanks to Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course

Muirfield

Frequently ranked inside the world’s top 10, Muirfield is always immaculately maintained and doesn’t have any weak holes. So impressed was Jack he went back to Ohio and built Muirfield Village in homage to the original. Muirfield embraces all three paradigms of golf design penal, heroic and strategic. It tests all aspects of your game and the prestigious roll call of Muirfield Open winners is perhaps its best testimonial. Player, Nicklaus, Trevino, Watson, Faldo, Els & most recently of course, Mickelson. It offers golfers choices and then requires you to execute. It is a golfers, golf course. Muirfield is notoriously exclusive however, access is limited. Booking early isn’t just advised, it’s pretty well essential

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Qualification requirements for play

Muirfield operates a handicap threshold of 18. Players who are unable to meet this standard are invited to tackle the alternatives we’ve nominated instead


Kingsbarns

Records of golf being played at Kingsbarns date to 1793. The modern course itself opened in 2000, and is set on three-tiered levels, sloping towards the coast. Nearly every hole has stunning views of the North Sea. The 12th and 15th require you to play a tee shot over the ocean! Kingsbarns is often compared with Pebble Beach. Its noticeable just how many people familiar with both accept this. Perhaps of greater significance is the number of times it beats more illustrious neighbours in surveys. It did so again in 2013 when it topped the poll for Scotland’s favourite course amongst visiting Americans, as its always immacuately presented. It completes the trio of East Coast giants that host the Dunhill links challenge each year alongside Carnoustie and the Old Course

With permission from and supplied by Kingsbarns

Gullane No1.

Gullane shares the same shoreline as the world renowned, top-10 course of Muirfield. Indeed, both Gullanes numbers 1 & 2 courses have acted as final qualifying venues. The course is wild, raw, very open, exposed, and windswept. Gullane is as close to the archetypal pure links as you can get, and when the wind decides to take a hand off the Firth of Forth, you’re sure to be in for a battle like few others you’ll have had. Would you want it any different? Gullane is perhaps starting to step out of its blue blooded neighbour’s shadows however. For a long time it has been used as a final qualifying venue but in 2015 it will host the Scottish Open utilising a composite course of numbers 1 & 2.

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Qualification requirements for play

Gullane’s Number 1 course applies a handicap threshold of 24 for gentlemnen, and 30 for ladies respectively. Players who are unable to meet this standard are invited to tackle the number 2 instead


Gullane No2

Gullane shares the same shoreline as the world renowned, top-10 course of Muirfield. Indeed, both Gullane’s number 2 courses has acted as a Muirfield final qualifying venues. The course is wild, raw, very open, exposed, and windswept. Gullane is as close to the archetypal links landscape as you can get, and when the wind decides to take a hand off the Firth of Forth, you’re sure to be in for a battle like few others you’ll have had. Would you want it any different? Gullane is perhaps starting to step out of its blue blooded neighbours shadows however. Just a few weeks earlier it will have hosted the 2015 Scottish Open utilising a composite course of numbers 1 & 2.

Bruntsfield

Founded in 1761, the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society is the fourth oldest in the world and one of Scotland’s most prestigious clubs located only 3 miles from Edinburgh city centre. The course is characterised by well placed bunkers, mature trees lining the beautifully manicured fairways and undulating greens full of character and deceptive slopes. Equally beguiling are the expansive vistas over the Firth of Forth and onto the Kingdom of Fife beyond

Some of golf’s most renowned architects have taken a hand in setting up this mature parkland style course. Willie Park Jnr began the process, and later modifications were introduced by Dr Alister MacKenzie and James Braid. Bruntsfield became an Open Championship qualifying venue in 2011.

Image by David J Whyte. Permission from Bruntsfield Golf Club

Royal Burgess

The exclusive west Edinburgh course of Royal Burgess is the oldest golf club in the world with a continuous verifiable history (1735). The course is a parkland layout and makes for an ideal opening afternoons assignment. The 4th and the 11th holes are normally singled out as the most chalenging, the latter even having its very own ‘Swilcan’ bridge. The elegant clubhouse is a joy to the eye as ‘the Burgess’ is soaked in tradition and heritage, and enjoys the advantage of being smack in the heart of Scotland’s capital and so allows you to spend the evening like many traveller before you has

St Andrews Old Course

St Andrews, the home of golf, needs little introduction nor hype from us. The first surviving record of the game being played here dates to 1522. The town oozes atmosphere and the course is soaked in heritage. The view from the iconic Swilcan Bridge on eighteen, looking back up the final fairway to the magnificent R&A headquarters, flanked by the red bricked Hamilton Hall is one of the most instantly recognisable in world sport, never mind golf. The Road Hole 17th, is another signature assignment, as are the unique and massive double greens. The secret? don’t be over-awed. Keep out the 112 bunkers, especially so ‘Hell Bunker’ at the 14th. Then attack the course! St Andrews is actually one of the more obliging links, so don’t leave wondering what might have been. It can be tamed!

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Qualification requirements for play

“A current official handicap card (Golf Club affiliated to a Golf Union/Association) record or certificate must be presented to the starter prior to play. Maximum handicaps – 24 Men, 36 Ladies. St Andrews will not accept letters of introduction from a local Club Professional”. Players who are unable to meet this standard are invited to tackle the alternatives we’ve nominated instead

The Ballot

One of the most remarkable things about St Andrews is that it’s actually a public course. Luckily the Scot’s also have a tradition of egalitarianism and although golf has often taken on an exclusive aura in many countries, the Scot’s have guarded a sense of open access quite preciously.This means that the Old Course is subject to a public ballot drawn 48 hours before play. It’s important that we stress that we rely on this method. The ballot does NOT guarantee you a tee-time.

We’re often asked ‘what are the chances of success on the ballot’?. The time of year is an important factor. Applications that avoid July, August & September are more likely to succeed. We also make more than one application using the different days available to us. Thursdays and Saturdays have the most ballot times available. It also depends on how flexible you’re prepared to be, regarding days of the week, times of the day, and group size. We’re normally confident for April, May, June, October & November. We’re more cautious regarding the summer months, but more people who set out to play the Old Course succeed than fail. This guidance stops short of being a guarantee though.

Guaranteed tee-times

There is a price premium to guarantee a tee-time. This involves a minimum hotel stay in St Andrews of three nights, and playing additional St Andrews courses. If you’re playing the Old Course as part of a wider ranging tour across Scotland or Ireland however, then you won’t always have the luxury of being able to spend three days here. In this case you either have to extend your stay, or take your chance through the ballot or the ‘walk up’ rule.


St Andrews New Course

“New” in the context of St Andrews means 1895! The course is often said to be the town’s favourite. It’s a tighter and more defined course than its regal neighbour, and aided by the yellow peril of gorse bushes, it tends to be more aesthetic too. The ‘New’ runs adjacent to the Old course and as a consequence has similar characteristics. The fairways are undulating but not as dipped as the Old course, leading to fewer hanging lies. A traditional out and back nine, only the 3rd and 15th share a green. The burn wends its way through a low dune system and features some particularly charismatic holes. The 464yd tenth is often cited as the pick. Think about it logically. It’s likely that the newer course that was designed for purpose, would be the better golf course than the ancient artefact. The good folk of St Andrews know!

Time to say Goodbye

Time, as they say, waits for no man, and sadly we’re no exception. Today it’s time to bid you farewell, hope you enjoyed your stay, and will consider returning soon. Better still, the return match awaits. We’ll ensure you get to your airport for a safe, and comfortable return across the Atlantic, where the benefits of flying east to west will now become apparent, as you land a mere two hours after you took off! Don’t forget to stay in touch through our blog, email, or the social networks, as we update information. Once again, thank you

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