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TURNBERRY WEEKEND BREAK

Turnberry Ailsa Course & the King Robert 'the Bruce' 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 Turnberry weekend break, one of four options we’re excited to offer.

The Turnberry 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 Turnberry weekend break isn’t exactly a new concept you might suggest? True, we’ll give you that ‘short putt’! But most of these weekend golf packages tend to be resort first and golf second. Faraway Fairways’ 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 sure it’s probably not completely unfair to think that this type of Scottish weekend golf break is more likely to appeal to those of you who have fast moving lifestyles and a bit of ‘go’ about you, but this needn’t be an exclusive requirement. Ultimately the world is becoming a smaller a place, and it’s becoming increasingly possible to pull off these types of long-distance weekend golf breaks. 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 Turnberry, Scotland. And you?”

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GOLF NON-GOLF OVERNIGHT
Friday
Not applicable Not applicable Flight to Scotland – arrive following morning
Saturday
TURNBERRY (AILSA COURSE) Culzean Castle Turnberry (luxury)
Sunday
TURNBERRY (KING ROBERT THE BRUCE COURSE) Ailsa Craig Flight home
Monday
Back at work Not Applicable Not Applicable

 

AILSA COURSE
KING ROBERT THE BRUCE 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 Glasgow

Turnberry 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

Turnberry gives priority to hotel residents for the more sought after morning tee-times. This can create a little bit of bottleneck in the afternoon, albeit we would still expect to benefit from being a hotel guest.

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.

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

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’

Turnberry

Turnberry is the world’s first golf ‘resort’ and the magnificent white stone, red roofed hotel that sits atop a hill with commanding views out across the estate, the sea, and the Isle of Arran beyond is one of the most instantly recognisable in golf. Previously the hotel had been used as a training facility for the Royal Flying Corps in the first world war (shrewd strategic choice doubtless!). Today it has been the subject of major refurbishment and re-established itself firmly in the major league of luxury. Non-golfer’s are particularly well catered for with a variety of rest and relaxation options available to you

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

TURNBERRY

  • 1 night – Turnberry Resort Hotel – 5 star
    – includes breakfast
    – deluxe twin with sea view or Junior twin suite
  • Up to two rounds of golf with green fees for:
    – Turnberry Ailsa course
    – Turnberry King Robert the Bruce course
  • Chauffeur driven vehicle
    – MPV people carrier, typically Mercedes Viano
  • Includes vehicle fuel, breakdown and insurance.
  • Inbound and outbound transfers from Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Alternative golf course if appropriate (Prestwick, St Nicholas)
  • 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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