THE ULTIMATE SCOTTISH GOLF GIFT

St Andrews Old Course, (x2) North Berwick, & Gleneagles (choice of courses).

Early Christmas gift or late Valentines

In search of the ultimate Scottish golf gift ? An early Christmas present perhaps? or a slightly late Valentines gift? it might equally be that you’re a frustrated weather bound golfer from the northern states for whom the Scottish climate is relatively mild? You could always be the a golfing thrill seeker who really wants to test their game having perhaps had enough of Floirda? Whoever you are, Faraway Fairways believe you’ll be hard pressed to better the ultimate Scottish golf gift. Don’t just give it, play it.

Make no mistake, the courses on the ultimate Scottish golf gift are world class. This is most definitely not a case of cobbling together some off-season courses that no one wants to play. The three of the four courses we’ve selected are rated by Golf Digest to be inside the world’s top-50, one of which regularly holds down a top-10 spot. Are we speaking about St Andrews you perhaps hope? Yes we are. St Andrews, is the ‘home of golf’ and a dream bucket list course for any golfer. Indeed, a round on the Old Course would probably be gift enough in it’s own right, but Faraway Fairways have gone further. In the winter months the Links Trust won’t normally fill their tee-sheet. How about playing twice? I mean, if you really got greedy, you might even consider playing a third round. Yes, it’s quite feasible but it might be starting to become a little bit repetitive by then

Faraway Fairways have gone little bit further therefore. Gleneagles is arguably Scotland’s finest inland courses, a mixture of heathland and moorland with stunning views across the Perthshire countryside. Most recently Gleneagles hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup, so why not replay the same course. Finally, North Berwick #50, is all charm and quirky eccentricity. This is a seaside links that is full of character and personality with just about every traditional hazard known needing to be skilfully negotiated. Since we have Edinburgh in the programme as a point of arrival and departure, we perhaps need something close by. Muirfield is another top-10 perennial but requires mandatory four-ball play. It needn’t always be easy for you to meet this. Instead we’ve gone for the great old West Links of North Berwick, which occupies a healthy world top-40 ranking in its own right and is fast threatening to eclipse Carnoustie

There is an upside for the calculating non golfer too. Faraway Fairways’ the ultimate Scottish golf gift bases you in Edinburgh and St Andrews. This ensures that you get the benefit of a Scottish vacation too (shush!), and we’ve even included two nights in an authentic Scottish castle to help set the romantic atmosphere for you (should it be necessary)

 
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GOLF NON-GOLF OVERNIGHT
Wednesday Edinburgh City (non golf) Edinburgh Melville Castle or The Gyle, Edinburgh
Thursday NORTH BERWICK Edinburgh Melville Castle or or The Gyle, Edinburgh
Friday ST ANDREWS (OLD COURSE) St Andrews St Andrews
Saturday ST ANDREWS (OLD COURSE) East Neuk of Fife St Andrews
Sunday GLENEAGLES Stirling Castle & Bannockburn Gleneagles or Stirling


 
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Ultimate Scottish Golf Gift Ultimate Scottish Golf Gift
ST ANDREWS OLD COURSE
NORTH BERWICK
GLENEAGLES

5 Nights - Self Drive
  • Luxury
  • Affordable

AVAILABILITY- This tour is ideal for a Christmas present or Valentines Gift. It is exclusively available from mid November to early December, and again from early January to mid March. It can also be taken from the period mid December to the second week in January, but will generate a different price that reflects the festive period. Please enquire accordingly

ST ANDREWS OLD COURSE BALLOT- Anyone intending to play the Old Course through the ballot should make contingency to add £88. 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 (New or Jubilee Course). Your prospects of success are normally very high this time of year

ADVERSE WEATHER - We don't normally advise customers to pay cancellation protection premiums on hotel accommodation, but the low season classic tour is definitely one you might like to consider doing so for. The prices quoted DO NOT have this level of protection built in. To do so will incur an additional variable charge levied by the hotel. We would advise you to budget for an additional £180 on the Luxury hotels, and £70 for the affordable catgeory hotels

NON GOLF ACTIVITY - The scope for Non-golfers is reduced this time of year due to daylight restrictions. 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 some activity. 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

WECLOME TO EDINBURGH

If you’re arriving in the winter months, then yes, your scope for playing golf on your opening is limited. Dashing off to make a tee-time on an east Lothian links is possible, but in truth you won’t lose anything by simply getting acclimatised and concentrating instead on the Scottish capital. We’re lucky perhaps that our point of arrival also happens to be Scotland’s premier visitor attraction destination, so let’s get to know Edinburgh instead

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

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.


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 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!

More information

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!

Gleneagles

The Gleneagles resort is closer in ambience to an aristocratic hunting estate with deep forest green pine trees, and rounded hills that stop just short of being called mountains. In autumn, the purple heathers and russet bracken blend seamlessly into a patchwork of golfing green, and give this place it’s hues. The yellows of the long rough introduce further colouration into the landscape. It would be categorised as a moorland course. A credible body of opinion regards the Gleneagles Kings course as the finest of its type in the world. In 2014 Gleneagles added the Ryder Cup to its portfolio when the Centenary course’ became only the second Scottish venue to host. The aesthetic Queens course is the shortest and completes the trinity of options.

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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