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Call the ‘British’ Open, St Andrews Golf Offer, Scotland

St Andrews Old Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, & Castle Course with Carnoustie

At Faraway Fairways we believe we’ve built you a gem with our Call the ‘British’ Open, St Andrews golf offer. If you can predict the winner of the British Open we’ll pretty much pay for your vacation. So why should you seriously be looking towards to taking advantage of this?

In the first case Faraway Fairways have included Scotland’s premier golf course, the world renowned St Andrews ‘Old Course’, famous for the Swilcan Bridge and burn, the 17th Road Hole and bunker of the same name, and the iconic R&A headquarters that over looks the 18th. St Andrews has a number of other courses too. The New course is regarded as the towns people’s favourite. The Jubilee course is often held to be the toughest, and the most recent addition is the stunning cliff top Castle course. It’s not just about the golf though. St Andrews is a legitimate tourist attraction in it’s own right, but it’s inevitably the combination of golf and Fife in the fall that lend this golf break it’s character

Scotland is a landscape, and during the fall months she becomes a perfectly blended tapestry of rich autumnal hues as nature starts to weave a majestic mosaic of splendid colour. There really is something particularly magical about an afternoon round at the home of golf this time of year. For as you start on the back nine and the light begins to fade, the street lamps of the Old town start to call you back in and guide you to safety. It fills you up with an inner warmth. If you believe that a golf course has a soul, then this is a quite intimate experience. Only those who have touched it though can feel it. Faraway Fairways are offering you the chance to do so on a fantastic deal. Call the Open, and win St Andrews! You’ll need to move quickly though in order to cash in the call the Open St Andrews Golf Offer. The decision to run this deal is taken at risk, our exposure to your judgement isn’t inexhaustible!.

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GOLF NON-GOLF OVERNIGHT
Wednesday ST ANDREWS (NEW COURSE) St Andrews St Andrews
Thursday ST ANDREWS (JUBILEE COURSE) Perthshire St Andrews
Friday ST ANDREWS (CASTLE COURSE) Falkland Palace & Fife St Andrews
Saturday ST ANDREWS (OLD COURSE) Scone Palace St Andrews
Sunday CARNOUSTIE Edinburgh Edinburgh

5 Nights
  • Luxury
  • Affordable
  • A 'luxury' option would be feasible. Details on application
  • Golf players £1299 approx $1699 (subject to & settled at current exchange rate)

BASIS OF PRICE - Four golfer's sharing transport, two people sharing a twin room

ST ANDREWS OLD COURSE BALLOT- The intention is to play the Old Course through the ballot. This is paid locally once the result of the draw is known 48 hours before play. Our prospects of succeeding at this time of year would be considered to be 'strong'. A customer who has succeeded on the promotional offer will have this cost paid for them even if they will be the one's handing the money over to the St Andrews. The other green fees will have been secured in advance and the costs already refunded as part of the terms.

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

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!

The Jubilee course, St Andrews's toughest track

The Jubilee in question was that of Queen Victoria, this course dates to 1897. The course plays on a strip of land wedged between the Old and the New courses. It’s a quite typical links for the area, threading its way through low dunes, and without any double greens. The raised tees afford the golfer stunning views across St Andrews Bay and the town beyond. It was only in 1988 that the Jubilee course came of age when Donald Steel was asked to upgrade it though and added not length, interest, and challenge to the layout. Until then it tended to get overlooked on a St Andrews bucket list, but slowly it’s built up a reputation and loyalty. Today many experienced links doyens regard the Jubilee as St Andrews’s most under rated course.

St Andrews Castle Course

‘The Castle’ is the newest addition to the clan St Andrews. Set atop cliffs it’s perhaps more Pebble Beach, than Scotland, yet the course has strangely managed to cultivate something of a links character about it. The elevation provides stunning vistas of the bay and town below, making it one of the most photogenic courses in the country. You won’t the first person to pause and smile as you look down into the town of St Andrews itself with all the historic landmarks on the skyline and simply think Wow! The course is really quite dramatic as the sea can usually be relied on to put up a display of raw energy. The eighth and and the par 3, seventeenth, ‘the Braes’ are particularly awesome.

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, Eden Course

Fulfilling the golfer’s boast to have “played St Andrews” is something we all like to be able to say. Set slightly to the west of the Old Course, the Eden Course invites to lay satisfy the qualification to such a claim. It is more strategic than penal, and only marginally more compassionate then it’s more illustrious cousins. The Eden Course was built in 1914 by Harry S. Colt whose use of natural boundaries, including partially buried field walls and severe bunkers provides a course full of character. The course even contains a water hazard. The greens are probably the most contoured of the St Andrews family, and whereas a low score is possible, the course doesn’t agree to surrender one unless you earn it. Executing a good game plan is essential. It’s a great test and education for what lies ahead

Carnoustie Championship Course

American media commentators wasted no time dubbing the Tayside course ‘Car-Nasty’. Few would deny the claims of Carnoustie to the crown of toughest Open venue of them all. Carnoustie is long, dark, and menacing. It has a number of challenging holes, particularly the par fives. The Spectacles’ (14) and ‘Hogan’s Alley’ (6) are the two toughest assignments on the stroke index. The par 3 sixteenth is another shocker. It’s the enduring image from the 1999 Open of Jean van de Velde paddling about in the Barry Burn however, that cemented Carnoustie’s legend. Sports Illusrated described the course as being “a nasty old antique brought down from the attic by the R&A after 24 years” as scoring soared. Carnoustie revels in such notoriety. If the wind gets up (and surprisingly a lot of people hope it does) you’re unlikely to ever play a tougher assignment

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Qualification requirements for play

Carnoustie operates a handicap threshold of 28 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

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

Fife in the Fall; A St Andrews Odyssey

Awesome St Andrews Golf Offer – The Deal, laid out

This offer applies exclusively to the window Monday October 14th up until Sunday November 3rd, 2019.

All you have to do is the following….

  1. Select who you think will win the 2019 Open Championship
  2. Book this tour with your selections name
  3. Pay your deposit no later than April 15th, 2019
  4. Pay the remaining balance by June 6th, 2019

Should your nominated player win….we’ll pay for (by way of 100% refund) the total cost of your tour to the advertised price.

So where’s the catch? have I read this right?

The offer only extends to paid bookings for the first two weeks of November, 2019, only, based on the result of the 2019 Open Championship. Should your nominated player fail to win, you aren’t required to pay any forfeit for being on the wrong side of the result. The risk is ours. You just take your tour as intended, on a ‘nothing lost’ basis.

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