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TURNBERRY, TROON, GOLF VACATION, SCOTLAND

Trump Turnberry Ailsa, Royal Troon, Machrihanish, Prestwick, Dundonald, Western Gailes, & Glasgow Gailes

Your Turnberry, Troon, Golf Vacation, features some of Scotland’s most illustrious names. Turnberry itself is the home of the ‘Duel in the Sun’ from 1977, the greatest head to head in golf history, and ranked in the world’s top-20. It’s the most aesthetic links on the Open roster. Royal Troon is another Open course famed for ‘the Postage Stamp’. Prestwick completes the trio of Open venues, having hosted the original event in 1860. Faraway Fairways supplement these Ayrshire jewels with Scotland’s Open Championship qualifying venue, Glasgow Gailes. The quintessential links course of Western Gailes, and Dundonald, host of the 2017 Scottish Open. We even add another top-100 venue to your list by venturing out to the wild west and the windswept links of Machrihanish, famed for possessing what many argue to be the best opening hole in golf.

We’ve also included an option now to engage with the spirit of golf, on the Isle of Arran where you’ll encounter some of the Scotland’s best nine hole courses, and a particularly charismatic 12-hole course at Shiskine. These courses are lovingly maintained, and comparatively inexpensive. In some cases you can pay and play, others just require you leave your green fee in the ‘honesty box’! You get the picture? 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 Turnberry, Troon, Golf Vacation, is very much a nod in this direction


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GOLF NON-GOLF OVERNIGHT
Friday
WESTERN GAILES Troon (luxury) or Glasgow (affordable)
Saturday
DUNDONALD Stirling Troon (luxury) or Glasgow (affordable)
Sunday
GLASGOW GAILES Glasgow Troon (luxury) or Glasgow (affordable)
Monday
ROYAL TROON Culzean Castle Turnberry (luxury) or Girvan (affordable)
Tuesday TURNBERRY (AILSA) or a day on ARRAN Ailsa Craig Turnberry (luxury) or Girvan (affordable)
Wednesday PRESTWICK Tam ‘O’Shanter Trail or The Trossachs Glasgow
Thursday MACHRIHANISH Edinburgh Glasgow

 

7 nights Duration
  • Luxury
  • Affordable
  • GOLFERS from approx £237 = $304 = €268  per day
  • GOLFERS from approx £191 = $247 = €216  per day
  • Luxury price
  • Affordable price
  • NON-GOLFERS, from approx £156 = $200 = €177  per day
  • NON-GOLFERS, from approx £109 = $140 = €123  per day

ROYAL TROON LOW SEASON - Please note that Troon does not permit visitor play in the low season. Instead we will endeavour to switch to playing the Isle of Arran, or the recently refurbished 'King Robert the Bruce' course at Turnberry. This accounts for the fall in price. Also worth noting is that weekend stays in Glasgow during the low season (football matches), can sometimes result in higher price for non-golfers.

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

Western Gailes

Often described as the area’s ‘hidden gem’ the Western Gailes course embodies much that is typical of the Ayrshire links sandwiched as it is between the sea and the ubiquitos railway line. Reading the fickle wind that snaps in off the adjacent Firth of Clyde, is the key. The challenge is compounded by undulating terrain, and finely contoured greens cleverly set in the folds of the sand dunes. The line of dunes runs the coastal stretch from the 5th to the 13th. Another links staple appears at the 14th, an out of bounds wall. Pot bunkers and meandering burns, are also much in evidence, which combine with traditional vegatative defenders, gorse and heather to present ‘the’ archetypal links challenge.

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

Dundonald

Flushed by the success of Kingsbarns, the ambitions of Ayrshire and Kyle Phillips conveniently naturally collided as one wanted something similar, and the other wanted a new project. Phillips set about building another brand new links type course drawing on his observation of tradition through enhancing the existing, rather than manufacturing the phoney. It’s being faithful to this philosophy that leads us to think these courses are much older. Dundonald is starting to gain wider acclaim as it matures. With Gullane 2015 and Castle Stuart 2016, confirmed, the expectation is that Dundonald will get the 2017, Scottish Open, and finally announce its arrival into the family of courses just below ‘Major’ standard

Glasgow Gailes

Gailes Links is owned by Glasgow Golf Club, the 9th oldest Golf Club in the world. Slightly inland from Western Gailes it’s marginally more protected from the wind, but makes up for it instead by supporting the greater variety of vegetation. On the west coast of Scotland that means gorse, and a lost ball. In 2014 the R&A altered the way in which final Open was to be managed. Permanent venues would be used in the UK. Gailes is such a fairly balanced course which combines so many aspects of a links golf in equilibrium, that it was adopted as Scotland’s ‘only’ final qualifying venue

Image with thanks to Glasgow Gailes GC

Royal Troon

The Old course has hosted the Open a total of eight times. Troon is a true links challenge in the finest traditions. The omni-present and spiteful wind is only part of the trial. In addition there is hideously deep rough interspersed with thick gorse and broom. Precision shot making is essential. Make your score out, the return nine into the wind is always a trial. The par 3, eighth, described by Willie Park as “a pitching surface skimmed down to the size of a Postage Stamp” is the signature hole, the name stuck. It’s the par 4, eleventh, ‘the Railway Hole’ is more feared though. Ask Tiger Woods. In 1997 golf’s hottest property carded an eight here. The experience of a young Jack Nicklaus was even more chastening. He returned a ten in 1962. More recently Troon staged the memorable 2016 Championship that saw Henrik Stenson edge Phil Mickelson in one of the most stunning displays of head-to-head Major Championship golf in history. They pulled a remarkable 11 shots clear, both shooting record equalling 63’s en-route

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Qualification requirements for play

Royal Troon applies a handicap threshold of 20 for gentlemnen, and 30 for ladies to both the Championship and Portland courses respectively. Players who are unable to meet this standard are invited to tackle the alternative courses nominated instead


King Robert the Bruce Course

Since it first opened in 2001, the old Kintyre course was very much Turnberry’s ‘other course’, good enough to host Open qualifying, but that was probably the ceiling on its ambition. Now having been redesigned in 2017 the renamed, King Robert the Bruce course has moved it into the next league. The middle section is still the most charismatic run of holes, but the redesign makes full use of Bains Hill and has successfully squeezed four new stunning holes out of landscape, making for a massive cumulative net gain. Other major alterations to the personality of the course have seen the removal of gorse bushes and introduction of waste areas to very much more encourage shot making and recovery rather than simply writing off an old ball! The bunkering is also a significant improvement. The Bruce course could easily find itself bettered only by the St Andrews New Course in the rankings of ‘second courses’

Trump Turnberry

With the iconic Stevenson lighthouse sitting on its craggy headland amongst the ruins of Turnberry castle, recognisable views of Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran out to sea, plus a tendancy to put on spectacular sunsets, Turnberry is the most aesthetic of all the Open venues. In modern golfing legend though Turnberry is forever etched in the pages of history as the location for the most absorbing head-to-head in recent Open history; the renowned ‘duel in the sun’ from 1977 when Tom Watson narrowly prevailed over Jack Nicklaus with the rest, nowhere. Myths are made in moments, but legends last a lifetime. In 2016 the course finished it’s stunning redevelopment. Be amongst the first to tackle the new holes 9-11, which look set to become the signature stretch. Not so mmuch Amen Corner, as perhaps a Rocky Horror! The fifth is the hardest on the course and been toughened up further, and 14, an infinity hole out to sea might become the most awe inspiring


A Day on Arran

The Isle of Arran can’t match Turnberry for golfing heritage or spectacle (few places can) it does however offer you a ‘fun’ alternative and should be considered in this light. It is different rather than being an equal.

We sail to Arran (55 minutes from Ardrossan) where we explore some of Scotland’s best nine hole courses. We roll these up into a full day that involves playing Shiskine, Corrie, Machrie Bay and provided we get enough time, Lochranza or Brodick. There are a plethora of par 3’s (which let’s be honest, everyone loves) played in a variety of landscapes due to a geological quirk that bisects the island

Prestwick

The answer is Prestwick 1860, but what is the question? Prestwick is the home of the first ever Open Championship of Golf, and therefore the genesis of all such modern variants played since. This is your chance to tackle the original ‘Open’ undulations, the narrowest fairway in Europe, and the continents ‘biggest bunker’. Today’s course remains surprisingly faithful. Unreasonable undulations with all the associated ricohets, and a plethora of ‘blind shots’ abound. Six of the original greens played from 1860 are still in use. A number of holes, including the famous par 5, ‘Cardinal’ have only received the absolute minimal alteration over the decades. The opening ‘Railway hole’ is another timeless links classic. Prestwick’s quirky and charismatic. To play here, really is to step back in time. No where is quite like it, nor can it be either.

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Qualification requirements for play

Prestwick applies a handicap threshold of 24 for gentlemnen, and 28 for ladies respectively. Players who are unable to meet this standard are invited to tackle the shorter, but strategically stimulating old course of Prestwick, St Nicholas, instead

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


King Robert the Bruce Course

Since it first opened in 2001, the old Kintyre course was very much Turnberry’s ‘other course’, good enough to host Open qualifying, but that was probably the ceiling on its ambition. Now having been redesigned in 2017 the renamed, King Robert the Bruce course has moved it into the next league. The middle section is still the most charismatic run of holes, but the redesign makes full use of Bains Hill and has successfully squeezed four new stunning holes out of landscape, making for a massive cumulative net gain. Other major alterations to the personality of the course have seen the removal of gorse bushes and introduction of waste areas to very much more encourage shot making and recovery rather than simply writing off an old ball! The bunkering is also a significant improvement. The Bruce course could easily find itself bettered only by the St Andrews New Course in the rankings of ‘second courses’

Machrihanish

Perched on the western most tip of the Kintyre Peninsula, Machrihanish is wild, remote, windswept and very, beautiful. As you might expect being just 12 miles from North Ireland, the coast shares some Irish traits, notably dramatic high dune systems, whereas the subtle undulations in the fairways are more Scottish. This is pure links theatre. Golf Digest rate Machrihanish the 57th best course in the world. It’s top drawer. It also possesses what many regard as the finest opening tee shot on the planet played over the beach onto the fairway beyond, and daring you to carve off more and more until you perish. It sets the tone for an exhilarating round


Machrihanish Dunes

Scotland is the home of golf (you’ll hear this a few times) but in terms of finding a course that most faithfully observes this heritage we have to turn to something surprisingly modern. If you want to experience a links challenge similar to that which the games pioneers faced, then ‘Mach Dunes’ is it. This is the perfect symbosis of natural landscape and hazard in harmony. The pioneers who took to the links land didn’t have mechanical earth moving machinary. They looked into the landscape, worked with it, and went about conceiving their own challenges, which in time gave way to courses as consensus emerged. Of its 270 acres only 7 have been subject to earth working. The rough is managed by two flocks of roaming sheep with grazing rights, and bunkers are developments of burrowing animals! This is authentic links, and actually genuine.

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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