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SOLHEIM CUP, GLENEAGLES, EDINBURGH

Kingsbarns, Gleneagles, Dalmahoy, Royal Burgess, Bruntsfield,

2019 sees Gleneagles become the third Scottish venue to host the Solheim Cup in September, joining Dalmahoy (1992) and Loch Lomond (2000). So we thought let’s make this a bit of a carnival. Naturally enough the recepie leant itself to a combination of Solheim Cup, Gleneagles, Edinburgh. Time spent in and around the charismatic Scottish capital should definitely be viewed as a big attraction of this package. You have a dizzying combination of history, culture, sights, shopping, and let’s be honest here, hospitality! Your day divides naturally between golf and whatever it is that appeals to you

Edinburgh is ringed by parkland courses. Naturally we begin at Dalmahoy, a round here becomes almost de rigeur if we’re to maintain the integrity of the Solheim Cup experience. Dalmahoy hosted the 1992 cup, Europe’s first victory, which helped establish the event as a true competition rather than a exhibition. The following day you will play at the exclusive Royal Burgess Club, the oldest golf club in the world, and their adjoining neighbour of nearly three centuries, Bruntsfield. This takes us to the Friday and the beginning of the Solheim Cup. We propose to travel the 45 minutes from Edinburgh to Gleneagles and back each day. This will allow you plenty of social opportunity in one of Europe’s truly great ‘small cities’.

With the cup settled on Sunday, we are conscious that we haven’t let you loose on one of Scotland’s famous links courses. Opportunity knocks on Monday. Kingsbarns, is usually ranked about 50th in the world and probably represents the playing highlight. That’s not all though. An additional massive attraction to Kingsbarns is its proximity to St Andrews (10 minutes). This allows us to roll the ‘home of golf’ up too for a truly memorable day.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we hope to top things off on Tuesday with a round on the Gleneagles Centenary Course (the same one used for the Solheim Cup). This is likely to depend on the course conditions however. In 2014, Faraway Fairways were able to do this successfully for clients in the shadow of the Ryder Cup, but then it didn’t rain! If the course is deemed unfit, we will aim to play either the Kings or the Queens course instead

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GOLF NON-GOLF OVERNIGHT
Wednesday DALMAHOY Edinburgh Castle Dalmahoy or Edinburgh
Thursday ROYAL BURGESS & BRUNTSFIELD Edinburgh Dalmahoy or Edinburgh
Friday SOLHEIM CUP, GLENEAGLES (spectator) Edinburgh Dalmahoy or Edinburgh
Saturday SOLHEIM CUP, GLENEAGLES (spectator) Edinburgh Dalmahoy or Edinburgh
Sunday SOLHEIM CUP, GLENEAGLES (spectator) Stirling & Bannockburn Dalmahoy or Edinburgh
Monday KINGSBARNS St Andrews Dalmahoy or Edinburgh
Tuesday GLENEAGLES Perthshire Dalmahoy or Edinburgh

 

7 Nights Duration
  • Luxury
  • Premier
  • Affordable
  • GOLFERS from approx $442 per day NON-GOLFERS, from approx $304 per day
  • GOLFERS from approx $389 per day NON-GOLFERS, from approx $243 per day
  • GOLFERS from approx $280 per day NON-GOLFERS, from approx $138 per day

SOLHEIM CUP DAYS - The itinerary is built for all three days attendance at the Solheim Cup. You might prefer to reduce this and play an extra round or two of golf? We're flexible to accommodate this. Seemingly viable options would include a day trip from Edinburgh over to Turnberry, the world top-100 course of North Berwick on the Lothian coast, (Friday only) or rolling up some of the links of Fife such as Crail, Elie, or Lundin that have been used for final Open qualifying at St Andrews

GLENEAGLES, SOLHEIM CUP COURSE - In 2014, Faraway Fairways were able to do this successfully for clients in the shadow of the Ryder Cup, but then it didn’t rain! If the course is deemed unfit, we will aim to play either the Kings or the Queens course instead

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.

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

DALMAHOY

Dalmahoy country club, the scene of Europe’s first ever Solheim Cup win in 1992, is just to the south west of Edinburgh. Conveniently located within a few miles of Edinburgh airport, Dalmahoy naturally invites you to snatch a final morning round before departure. Set in its aristocratic estate, this parkland course is a relaxing contrast to the big beasts of the wild seaside links. You do of course have options. If your flight times don’t oblige, simply choose not to play Dalmahoy. The green fee is easily deducted from the price. Alternatively, you might prefer to spend your final few hours in Edinburgh. Again, no problem. Either way, you should be back home early that evening (even if flying the Atlantic against the time zone) to ensure that you can complete this long weekend and begin again on Monday with a smile

Image by Mark Alexander, permission from Dalmahoy.
To view some of Mark’s work [CLICK]

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

GLENEAGLES FRIDAY

From our Edinburgh base we travel 50 minutes to Gleneagles for a full day on Friday

GLENEAGLES SATURDAY

From our Edinburgh base we travel 50 minutes to Gleneagles for a full day on Saturday

GLENEAGLES SUNDAY

From our Edinburgh base we travel 50 minutes to Gleneagles for the final Sunday singles. The later start will enable us to visit the battlefield of Bannockburn first

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

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.

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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