The Legendary Scotland/Ireland Golf Getaway
$7,789 per golfer, based on double occupancy (US Dollars)
Price is based on 4 passengers sharing private round transfers in Scotland and in Ireland.
Price is based on current rate of exchange. Subject to change until deposit received.
10 nights’ hotel accommodations
5 rounds of golf
Airport meet & greet service in both Scotland and Ireland
Welcome tour briefing at your hotel on your first night in Scotland
Welcome tour briefing call at your hotel on your first night in Ireland
Private round trip Edinburgh Airport to St. Andrews in a luxury vehicle
Private round trip Dublin Airport in to the city of Dublin in a luxury vehicle.
Private round trip to and from all five golf Links & transfer in a luxury vehicle
Brass plaque of your signed Old Course scorecard (based on ballot outcome)
Sightseeing in Scotland and Ireland.
Temporary membership to the New Club St. Andrews
All applicable taxes
- Golf handicap requirements are 24 or less for men and 36 or less for women. Proof of handicap is required prior to play.
- Play on the Old Course will be attempted via the daily ballot (no guarantee of play).
- Edinburgh Airport to St. Andrews is 1 hour 15 minutes.
- Dublin to Portmarnock is 40 minutes.
- Caddies at the golf courses. Please inquire about requesting caddies in advance.
- Any items not specifically described in the itinerary.
- Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) and fuel for the rental car in Ireland.
- Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, phone calls, etc.
TEE TIMES AT ST. ANDREWS: BALLOT
Unless a tee time has been reserved and announced in advance, tee times at St. Andrews are arranged through “the ballot” two days before play. At that time, a representative will advise you of the status of your tee time. We realize how important playing golf at St. Andrews is to most groups. Over the past few years, tee times have become harder to guarantee on the Old Course, but we feel our success rate is second to none.
Necessary for Booking
When confirming a reservation, the following information is needed:
- Full names of everyone in the party and a rooming list.
- A copy of each golfer’s handicap card.
- Flight information (arrival & departure).
- Simply call, write, or fax us with your inquiry.
- $1900 per person deposit required.
- Hotels, golf courses, and ground transportation confirmed. All courses and hotels based on availability at time of booking.
- Full payment due 60 (sixty) days prior to arrival. Approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your departure you will receive all necessary travel documents.
Method of Payment
Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express
Cancellations after deposit/payment should be made in writing. Cancellation penalties:
- Time reservation made – 60 days prior to departure: Full deposit forfeited.
- 59-28 days prior: 50% of total package price forfeited, plus any non-refundable fees.
- Thereafter: Full payment forfeited.
Tour prices are based on exchange rates effective at time quotation and are subject to change. It may be necessary to add a surcharge to the price of your vacation if fluctuations in the exchange rate deem it necessary. Once deposit payment has been received surcharges may not be levied.
REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR UNUSED PORTIONS OF ANY TOUR
Hotels in Scotland & Ireland
Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews *Five Star
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognized as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, it’s a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.
or…The Fairmont, St. Andrews *Five Star
The 520 acre five star Fairmont St Andrews resort encapsulates luxury, elegance and truly breathtaking surroundings in the ‘Home of Golf’. A truly unique and special venue that makes your visit one to remember, with its lavish and stunning surroundings, peaceful setting and stunning cliff top views of St Andrews and the North Sea. The resort prides itself with an array of fabulous facilities including two championship Golf Courses, The Kittocks and The Torrance, excellent dining experiences for every palette, ranging from our new Italian eatery La Cucina to St Andrews Bar and Grill serving the freshest of Steak and Seafood. All of our 209 luxury guestrooms are spacious and well-proportioned with thoughtful Scottish touches. Our sumptuous Signature Spa offers a range of treatments including locally-themed massages, facial and relaxation therapies using exclusive Aromatherapy Associates products in 12 chic treatment rooms. The spacious swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and relaxation room complete the experience, helping you to relax and unwind. Whatever the occasion, Fairmont St Andrews really is the perfect location to turn your getaway into a treasured memory.
Enjoy luxury accommodation in St Andrews, Scotland, with stunning surroundings and mind blowing views over the North Sea and Tay Estuary.
King Size beds, thick, soft duvet covers and five star amenities will make you melt into relaxation as soon as you arrive at Fairmont St Andrews. Our stunning luxury accommodation boasts a plethora of space and luxury touches. Our Fairmont guestrooms have an option of king or twin room – the twin boasts two queen size beds for ultimate comfort.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a little extra space, our selection of suites are the perfect option with stunning sea views. If you require something truly unforgettable for that special occasion treat yourself to the “Kingdom of Fife” presidential suite. Or if you desire a home away from home our two, four-bedroom Manor Homes allow you the flexibility and convenience of home style comfort with the amenities of the resort at your disposal.
Best Large Hotel of the Year 2015 (Scottish Golf Tourism Awards) and European Golf Resort of the Year 2012 (IAGTO)
The Radisson Blu, Edinburgh
(staying the night before we fly to Dublin)
The Radisson Blu is located on the Royal Mile and directly across the street is the world famous original Royal Mile Tavern.
Stay on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, just a short walk to major city center attractions. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh is within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh’s famous shopping thoroughfare, Princes Street. Our hotel is also within easy reach of Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Park, just adjacent. The park’s highest point is the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Take a short walk to the top and find stunning views of this unique capital city.
Each of our 238 stylish rooms and suites offer modern conveniences such as a pillow menu and free high-speed wireless Internet access. With two on-site restaurants, you won’t have to go far for a delicious meal either—or, if you prefer, just stay in and order room service.
When you’re not out exploring the Gothic architecture and stunning scenery of Scotland’s capital, book a massage or beauty treatment at Melrose Spa. Or work out at our Health Club, enjoying the state of the art gymnasium, heated swimming poll, steam room and sauna.
Ireland Hotel in Dublin
The Fitzwilliam Hotel *Five Star
CITY CENTER LOCATION FOR A FIVE-STAR DUBLIN HOTEL
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin is a top choice for a luxury Dublin hotel. The property offers spacious five-star accommodations, a dedicated staff, on-site spa, and fine dining. Minutes away from the best of the city, from entertainment to shopping to sightseeing, guests will enjoy a total comfortable and welcoming experience. For your next vacation in Dublin, choose a prestigious stay at The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin.
Designed to the highest standards, The Westbury hotel’s 178 Guest Rooms and 27 Suites are furnished with custom-woven Irish wool carpets, soft mohair-covered George Smith chairs and sumptuous silk blackout curtains. Blocks from the Temple Bar entertainment district.
Scotland and Ireland Golf Courses
We will play five of the courses below. We list more than five because of the limited time, space and extreme popularity of these iconic courses. Our first choice and standard selection in Scotland is “The Old Course” (with ballot win), “The New Course”, “The Duke” and the Hotel Fairmont “The Kittocks or Torrance Course” and in Ireland we play the Portmarnock and the Howth Course.
6721 yards, par 72
Follow in the footsteps of legends
The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognized across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.
6759 yards, par 71
The newest addition to St Andrews Links, The Castle Course opened in 2008 becoming the seventh course at the Home of Golf and part of the largest public golfing complex in Europe. Set on a rugged cliff-top with spectacular views over St Andrews, The Castle Course offers a memorable golfing experience.
6625 yards, par 71
The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at the Home of Golf was built by the Keeper of the Green Tom Morris in 1895 and it was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbor. Boasting undulating fairways and challenging greens, the New Course is a classic test of Links golf.
6742 yards, par 72
The third championship course at the Home of Golf, the Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging course on the famous Links. Built in 1897, it was originally intended for use by ladies and beginners; however, after seeing its prime golfing location between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was converted to a championship layout in 1988.
6250 yards, par 70
Only slightly more forgiving than its contemporaries on the seaward side of the Links, the Eden Course was built in 1914 by Harry S. Colt whose use of natural boundaries and severe bunkers provides a course full of character.
With a spectacular setting above St Andrews, the championship course at The Duke’s gives magnificent panoramic views over the surrounding countryside to the sea.
The Duke’s is highly regarded as one of the finest heathland championship courses in the British Isles and a must-play course for any golfer. Its style ranks alongside the great inland challenges, which demand accuracy and inventive play as well as power golf. And with five separate tee positions at every hole, The Duke’s has the flexibility and challenge to appeal to golfers at every level, with the venue being chosen to host the 2014 International European Amateur Championship, one of the four majors in the world of amateur golf.
Golf courses in Scotland are among the best in the world and Fairmont St Andrews, situated in the “Home of Golf”, is proud to be recognized as one of the top golf resorts – voted 18th in “The World’s Top Golf Resorts” by Conde Nast Traveler reader’s poll & ranked number 22 in “The World’s Best Golf Hotels” by Golf Digest.
Fairmont St Andrews has also been awarded IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year 2012 and Resort Hotel of The Year at The Golf Tourism Scotland Awards – The fourth time in five years! With our two superb golf courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks, you can elevate your game just by stepping on the course.
The Torrance Course
Par 72 and 7230 yards
Designed by Sam Torrance, this course has classic Scottish revetted bunkers and large greens
Scottish links style design
Rated number 26th in Golf Weekly ratings 2013
Open Championship qualifying course for the 2010 Open Championship
Home to The Scottish Seniors Open between 2009 and 2014 on The European Seniors Tour.
The Kittocks Course
Par 72 and 7192 yards
Original designer Bruce Devlin with assistance from Gene Sarazen
Some of the most beautiful holes in Scottish golf with unparalleled vistas as the course hugs the dramatic Fife coastline
Rated number 37th in Golf Weekly ratings 2013
Awarded Golf Club & Course Experience of the Year 2013 – Golf Tourism Scotland
Ireland Golf Courses
Portmarnock Golf Club
The championship course at Portmarnock Golf Club is, without question, one of the finest links layouts in the world, which is interesting as there is no famous architect name tied to this course. Opened in December 1894 as a 9-hole course, then extended in 1896 and 1971, it is classic links golf at its best and only gets better with time. The course hosted the Walker Cup in 1991, the first year it was televised. Voted as one of the best by the European PGA Tour players, Portmarnock Golf Club is located only 10 miles to the north of Dublin on Ireland’s east coast. Portmarnock Golf Club sits majestically on a narrow tongue of shallow dune land. And as a measure of its enduring quality, it remains one of the most respected venues in world golf. No other Irish course has been graced by so many distinguished players in a rich history encompassing a broad sweep of significant events. It is where Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead successfully followed its serpentine route through classic link land on their way to victory in the 1960 Canada Cup. These events, along with 19 staging’s of the European Tour’s Irish Open Championship, reflect the quality of a searching examination across the link’s twenty-seven holes. We look forward to warmly welcoming you to play our Championship links, which are rated consistently at the top of national polls, including the Golf Digest rankings.
Howth Golf Club
Situated in one of the most idyllic and unique settings amidst the Hill of Howth – Dublin, Howth Golf Club offers spectacular views over Dublin Bay, South towards Wicklow and North over the islands of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay as far as the Cooley and Mourne Mountains. The golf course is just 40 minutes away from Dublin city center by car. Howth is a true Heathland Course situated a stone’s throw away from Dublin city.
Founded in Dublin circa 1916 the heath land links style course was designed by the renowned golfer and course architect James Braid, a 5 times winner of “The Open” Golf Championship who can count the design of the prestigious Kings and Queens Courses at Gleneagles amongst his greatest achievements. James was well known for including dog leg design golf holes in his course designs and the 5th hole in particular is an excellent example of how he blended a great golf hole into the unique Howth Heathers. The exceptional views from the 16th tee are worthy of mention in any golf guide.
Howth Golf Club – Dublin is the perfect blend of old and new. Traditional and modern trends have helped maintain the character of the golf course originally envisaged by James Braid, a special place to play golf we are sure he would be proud of today.
(10 days of unbelievable Golf and tour)
Day 1 Leave home, fly into Edinburgh, Scotland
Day 2 Arrive Edinburgh early morning, drive to St. Andrews.
Day 3 Day of Golf in and around St. Andrews.
Day 4 Day of Golf in and around St. Andrews.
Day 5 Day of Golf in and around St. Andrews.
Day 6 Drive to Edinburgh/Stirling for a full day of sightseeing.
Day 7 Fly from Edinburgh to Dublin
Day 8 Day of Golf in and around Dublin,
Day 9 Day of Golf in and around Dublin, Temple Bar
Day 10 Full day of sightseeing in and around Dublin.
Day 11 Fly back home out of Dublin, Ireland.
Detailed Daily Itinerary
Based on 4 golfers for 10 nights & 5 rounds along with private round trip transfers where needed in Scotland and Ireland…the tour rate is based on a ballot/lottery chance for the Old Course at St. Andrews. Five Star, Hotel Fairmont or the Five Star, Old Course Hotel or the Four Star Hotel du Vin in St. Andrews as the accommodations and another Five Star, Hotel Fitzwilliam or Westbury Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.
For the Old Course at St. Andrews, unless a tee time has been reserved and announced in advance, tee times at St. Andrews are arranged through “the ballot” two days before play. If unsuccessful on the 1stattempt, a 2nd attempt will be made (and so forth). Old & New Courses at St. Andrews…if the ballot is successful, we will pay the green fee direct on your behalf. If the ballot is not successful, alternate golf will be booked and paid direct on your behalf. The advantage of being in St. Andrews for the duration is that you will have multiple attempts at the ballot (our office will take care of the procedures).
2. Golfers handicaps & home golf clubs
3. Mailing address / email / telephone
4. $1900 per person deposit to secure the space
2018 – Four Golfers
Sunday – Depart USA
Monday – Arrive Edinburgh, Fairmont Hotel or Old Course Hotel or Hotel du Vin, St. Andrews – Superior Town View Rooms (x2)
Tuesday – Play at Old Course, St. Andrews (ballot) or play alternative back up course if not chosen via ballot.
Wednesday – Play at New Course, St. Andrews (tba)
Thursday – Play at The Duke’s Course, St. Andrews (tba)
Friday – Drive to Edinburgh for a full day of sightseeing on your own, Radisson Blu Hotel on the famous Royal Mile-Deluxe Room (X2)
Saturday – Fly from Edinburgh to Dublin, Ireland (morning)
Sunday – Play Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland, Hotel Fitzwilliam or The Westbury (both Five Star) – Deluxe Rooms (x2)
Monday – Play Howth Golf Club, Dublin
Tuesday – Full day of Sightseeing on your own in and around Dublin
Wednesday – Depart for Home
SIGHTSEEING: Falkland Palace
The Royal Palace of Falkland was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots. Built between 1502 and 1541, it is a prime example of Renaissance architecture. The Royal Tennis Court, reputably the world’s oldest, is still in use today. Located near St. Andrews.
SIGHTSEEING: St. Andrews Castle and St. Andrews Cathedral
Visit two of the most important symbols of St. Andrews’ past. The Castle of the Archbishop of St. Andrews offers a fascinating look at the history of the castle, with its fascination mine and counter-mine, rate examples of mediaeval siege techniques, and the bottle dungeon hollowed out of solid rock from which death was the only release. The remains of the Cathedral are nearby and give a vivid impression of what was once the largest cathedral in Scotland. Visitors are encouraged to climb St. Rule’s Tower for a unmatched view of the town.
SIGHTSEEING: St. Andrews University
The University is the oldest in Scotland and belongs to the era when Europe had many important centers of learning. It was founded in 1410 by Scottish academics who had studied abroad and received papal authorization in 1414. You can visit the quads of two of the colleges – St. Salvator’s and St. Mary’s. Many of the original university buildings have been replaced and many more have been added, but a thorn tree planted by Mary Queen of Scots still survives in St. Mary’s quad.
SIGHTSEEING: Glamis Castle
Travel to the country town of Forfar to visit Glamis Castle. Glamis has been a royal residence since 1372 and was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother. It was also claimed by Shakespeare for the legendary setting of Macbeth. The Castle is now open to the public and four 17th-century cottages have been turned into the Angus Folk Museum. The museum describes the nature of domestic and agricultural life over the past 200 years. Located near St. Andrews.
Attractions include magnificent Edinburgh Castle (only a couple blocks away from our hotel and perched high on a craggy cliff overlooking the city), Holyrood Palace, The Royal Mile, and Princes Street.
Walk threw one of the most famous castles in all of Europe, Stirling Castle made famous by the movie Braveheart, where William Wallace fought with Robert the Bruce. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most historically important sites and was once a favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.
Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. It was a favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations.
Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honor and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments.
Explore the city of Dublin. Dublin is one of Europe’s smallest capital cities and all the important sights are within walking distance. The major sights: Trinity College Library and the ‘Book of Kells’; the National Gallery of Ireland; Dublin Castle; Christ Church Cathedral and the Guinness Brewery. In addition, Grafton Street offers shops galore and the Temple Bar area is the place to be for exciting nightlife.
Travel south of Dublin to Wicklow and explore the beautiful and ancient Glendalough, St. Kevin’s monastery and enjoy the famous gardens of Powerscourt estate. Wicklow is known as ‘The Garden of Ireland.’
Dates and Rates
Dates & Rates (10 day Golf & Tour)
Sunday June 3rd – Tuesday 12th $7,789
Sunday June 17th – Tuesday 26th $7,789
Sunday July 1st – Tuesday 10th $7,789
Sunday July 8th – Tuesday 17th $7,789
Sunday July 22nd – Tuesday 31st $7,789
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Michael DeVolder. I am the owner and founder of Legendary Golf Getaways.
I will be your personal Tour Director. I have been in the tourism industry for over 30 years and pride myself on making sure my guests leave with a smile and that they experience the trip of a lifetime. I truly never underestimate the time and expense you put into selecting a destination or tour. You pour countless hours researching where you want to go and once there, what you want to see and do. All I strive to do is make sure to keep you safe and show you an experience that exceeds your expectations beyond your wildest imaginations. I am a graduate of the prestigious International Guide Academy. Last year alone, I’ve spent over 90 days in Italy by myself and lead tours to France, Ireland, Scotland, the UK, NYC and DC, and in and around Florida where I live. I am 59 years old and I have traveled the world extensively. I have a zest for life and love to have fun and be with people.
I’m extraordinary when it comes to leading a tour. It’s a gift that I have enjoyed perusing and crafting over the years. Also, what sets me apart from other Tour Directors is that I can anticipate well in advance when a situation is going to need quick special attention.
In addition to running my travel company, I started a non-profit company “Break the Cycle of Hunger” and have traveled to Kenya and Tanzania many times, drilling deep fresh water wells and distributing tens of thousands of mosquito nets. My hobbies have included racing open wheel formula type cars, running marathons, long distance biking, parachuting and climbing mountains. As part of my bucket list, I plan to run with the bulls in Spain. I think life is an adventure!
Frequently asked Questions
Q. How does the booking process begin?
First, get in touch with us with email or by calling. We will discuss what you would like to get from a golf trip to St Andrews, Scotland and Ireland. We’ll put together an itinerary just for you and the cost of your package.
Once your itinerary has been agreed, we’ll send an invoice for the total cost. Booking will be confirmed once we verified your deposit payment. Please read also Terms and Conditions for more detail.
Q. How far ahead should I plan my trip?
The more time we have the better. Ideally from 12 to 18 months in advance to ensure the best deal to play on the Old Course. However we will always be able to help you out what ever time of year.
Q. How does daily Ballot work to play the Old Course?
This is where we assist you to enter names in a ballot 48 hours before the day of play. At 4 o’clock pm the same day of entering we will find out if you were successful. There are no guarantees of success however over 50% of tee times are allocated by this way. Changes to itinerary might be made if a tee time has been allocated.
Note- single golfers cannot enter the ballot.
Each player will be required to provide the following information to enter the ballot-
Names, Handicaps and Home clubs of all golfers.
Single golfers – Single golfers who wish to play the Old Course without a tee time should check in at the Old Pavilion on the day of play. Early check in advised. The Starters will do their best for you to join a two or three ball group. Most golfers are welcome to single golfers joining them however there are no guarantee.
Q. How do we play the Old Course at St Andrews?
There is hardly a golfer anywhere in the world who doesn’t dream of playing where most historians agree the game was born over 600 years ago. There are five (5) ways for visiting golfers to play the Old Course. The process is very precise. In any planning, know that the Old Course is used by several different member clubs in St. Andrews, hosts several competitions, and is normally closed on Sundays. Tee times for visitors are quite limited and usually sell out quickly. Handicap limit for men is 24, for women it is 36.
For an advance guaranteed tee time, there are 3 ways to success —
We make application for you. We make application to St. Andrews, on your behalf, for a preferred tee times package. As above, names, home clubs and proofs of handicaps to necessary to apply.
Our several established accommodation relationships. Tee times through guest houses and hotels we work with. Dates and availability are limited, and names, home clubs and proofs of handicaps are necessary.
The one that most golfers hear about — the daily Lottery or Ballot. This is the way most available tee times are allocated. The Ballot process provides tee times about 24 hours prior to play, for groups of 2-4. We enter your names into the daily Old Course Ballot, on the day prior to the desired day of play (Monday for Tuesday play, etc.). If successfully drawn, greens fees are paid directly to the Starter at the first tee. There is no limit to the number of days a group can enter the Ballot. As above, handicap restrictions apply and St. Andrews requires names, home clubs and proofs of handicaps to enter the Ballot.
If these advance options fail, the last option is to approach the Starter very early or very late on the day of play to be slotted in. This is typically the only way for a single golfer to play, and certainly an option for a party of two if the Ballot is unsuccessful. (It is highly unlikely that a group of 3 or 4 golfers will have success this way.) Greens fees are paid directly to the Starter.
NOTE: Occasionally we do have a 2-ball or 3-ball party with advance guaranteed tee times that seek an additional player — so ask us.
Q. Is there a handicap restriction on the Old Course?
To play the Old Course you must possess a valid handicap certificate. Maximum handicap of 24 for Gents and 36 for Ladies.
Q. What group size do you cater for?
Whether you are a single golfer or a small group we will cater for you.
Q. Not all play golf; what can non-golfers do in the Scotland, England and Ireland?
We know that not every spouse or traveling companion is a golfer. We believe there is no reason for a non-golfer to stay behind at home or be bored! We can arrange for exciting tours or simply offer suggestions on activities for a non-golfer to do. These tours might include castles, historic sites and museums, galleries and gardens, scenic tours and shopping, crafts and antiques.
Q. How can I make payments?
Payments can be made with credit card.
Q. What is the best time of year to play golf in Scotland?
The best time of year to visit is from March to October. However, there is no guarantee of perfect conditions during that time. Golf can be enjoyed all year round on Links course as fairways and greens remain firm normally. As long as you have the correct clothing, winter golf can be as much fun as the summer. On Links trust courses including The Old Course, mats are used during the winter.
Q. What is the weather like in Scotland and Ireland?
With sea on three sides in Scotland and all around Ireland, the weather is very varied. When on the coasts, rain and sea breezes are a probability. Inland, there is less wind. Golf courses and sightseeing attractions rarely close due to bad weather.
Come prepared for all sorts of possible weather: bring a sweater, good quality rain gear and accessories, shorts, golf shirts and sunscreen.
Q. Will my cell phone work in the UK?
Please check with your carrier for international calls. If required we will assist in getting you a local cell phone and get you connected.
Q. Can you organize tours outside Scotland?
YES!, upon request, we will arrange any golf tours outside Scotland within the UK and Ireland. We have extensive experience with golf in the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Q. What is the best airport for me to arrive into?
From the U.S. fly in to Edinburgh. Dundee and Inverness airports have also direct flights from London.
Q. What is the difference between parkland and links golf?
Traditional Links Golf Courses sit on land that is adjacent to the sea. The ground is normally much firmer than parkland and is mainly sand based due to the course position. Links courses are normally laid out using natural terrain utilizing the natural humps, bumps and sand dunes. Bunkers are usually deeper than Parkland courses and the sand is much coarser. Bunkers are usually smaller, deeper and riveted. Links courses do not normally feature trees but are more likely to have whin and gorse bushes and are more likely to be wind affected than the parkland courses.
Q. What clothing should I bring?
Weather in the UK and Ireland can be unpredictable and we advise clients to bring suitable clothing to cater for inclement weather. It is not likely to be extremely cold during the months that we advise for travel; however, a waterproof rain suit is a must, just in case it should rain on the golf course, which of course “it never does”
Q. How far in advance should I book a trip to ensure best availability?
Our best advice is to decide on your preferred trip and confirm the dates as soon as possible, for everything is a component of availability. If you are traveling during high season, the golf courses can have significant demand and sooner we are able to submit your groups request for tee times and similarly to the hotels, the likelihood of securing your exact, preferred schedule is enhanced.
Q. What is the optimum size of a group?
Every group has different dynamics but we believe that groups of 8 travelers are more preferred, for two reasons; (1) a group of 8 people remains small enough that everyone can interact with each other easily and (2) in terms of access to golf tee times and hotel arrangements we have found this size of group to be the easiest to accommodate. Of course, we are delighted to assist with groups of 2 to 150 travelers..
Q. What is the minimum length of a Legendary Golf Getaways trip?
Seven nights at the destination.
Q. Are golf carts available?
Most of the time, they are not. But they are available at certain golf courses and we provide this information in your day by day schedule.
Q. How do I reserve a caddie and what is the cost?
As part of the booking process, you select whether you wish a caddie and that requests is entered into our system and we shall follow through on your behalf. Caddies shall generally be approximately 40 pounds sterling or 50 euros in Scotland & Ireland.
Q. Are caddies required for Scotland and Ireland golf vacation packages?
No. However, both countries are lands of walkers and on most of the courses golf carts (buggies) are not available. Pull carts (trolleys) are generally available. In any event, plan on walking the links!
Q. What kind of transportation is available for my group?
We offer trips either with a Concierge Driver or on a self-drive basis in rental cars and mini vans
Q. We have others interested in joining us on our vacation; can they be added after we book?
Yes, subject of course to availability at the golf courses and hotel.
Q. What are the trip booking requirements?
For Legendary Golf Getaways to book your trip, we require the golf arrangements, hotel accommodations and land transportation. This ensures that we are fully and completely responsible for your vacation. Airfare will be your responsibility.
Q. I want to book. What do you now need from all tour participants to put into place?
We require a complete reservations form for each traveler
Q. I do not know all the participant’s names at this time. Can we still book and the names be provided at a later stage?
Yes, but we still require a deposit for each traveler, regardless of whether we have their name. Be aware some golf clubs require the names of all players at time of booking
Q. When will all arrangements be confirmed?
All arrangements shall be confirmed as soon as the last golf club confirms your exact tee time back to Legendary Golf Getaways. Depending on the destination and time period, this will generally be 7 – 10 months prior to departure. Of course, at any time, we will be delighted to provide you with the tee times currently confirmed. If you are booking your trip at a time when all of the facilities are confirming reservations immediately for the upcoming season, we ordinarily confirm your arrangements back to you the next business day after receipt of your reservations forms.
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express
Q. What if I have to cancel my trip?
]Our cancellations policies are clearly defined on our reservations form and we would encourage you to read them in advance of booking your trip. We do permit name changes as described in the terms & conditions of the reservations form.
Q. Can we make any amendments to our schedule once the booking is confirmed?
Yes. There is a nominal administrative fee but changes can be made up to 2 months of travel.
Q. When will I receive final travel information?
We ordinarily distribute final travel information approximately 40 to 30 days in advance of departure. This includes all hotel contact details for your trip along with other pertinent information.
Q. What travel documents do I need to provide?
A valid passport and driver’s license (if driving car).
Q. What is best way to transport my clubs?
While some golfers like to utilize hard side golf bag carriers, we have found them to be very awkward once you arrive at the destination. Without doubt they provide excellent protection from the airlines, but they do not store well in your hotel, coach or rental car as they are quite bulky. We would suggest a travel bag like Club Glove or similar which provides significant protection but also collapses for storage.
Q. Can I ship my golf clubs ahead of me to my destination?
Yes, we highly suggest doing that. We would recommend Sports Express (www.ShipSticks.com) One piece of advice if you decide to ship ahead…only pack your basic golf equipment. Customs officials do not like to see sweaters and other clothing in these bags…not even your laundry on the way home!
Q. What cash should I take to the destination?
Most items can be paid via a credit card at the destination, e.g. restaurants, hotel extra accounts, etc. You will require cash for caddies and we suggest using your ATM card to secure local currency, once you arrive at your destination.
Q. Will anyone from Legendary Golf Getaways be visible during our golf outing?
Upon arrival at your final destination (not connecting airport) a Legendary Golf Getaways representative shall be in the arrivals hall with a Legendary Golf Getaways sign with your group leaders name on it. Our personnel shall be wearing a Legendary Golf Getaways sweater or shirt and shall remain with you throughout the arrival process, until you are either safely into your coach or your rental car with directions.
Q. Will I need a coat and tie?
A few golf clubs and hotels require this for complete access to their facilities. If you are in doubt, please ask your golf travel specialist who can assist, relative to your trip.
Q. What can I expect from my Concierge Driver and what level of gratuity is expected?
On tours with our Concierge Driver you should expect him to “manage” your experience. He will remain with you throughout, from your arrival at the airport until departure. His duties are far more than driving you, but rather he will pro-actively anticipate your needs, assist with dinner reservations, check in and out of hotels and golf courses and generally be a trusted travel manager. In your final travel package, we provide guidelines for gratuities.
Q. If my departure is delayed from the U.S., who should I call?
Call Legendary Golf Getaways immediately you know of a delay in your arrival so that we may try to re-schedule your golf and alert other travelers in your group. (no guarantee we can)
Q. Can you assist with dinner suggestions?
YES…If you would like to make dinner reservations in advance of departure we can gladly share this information with you before departure. Please advise your golf travel specialist.
Q. Can you assist with sightseeing suggestions?
Legendary Golf Getaways provides sightseeing suggestions for self drive travelers at your destination. Your Concierge Driver can provide sightseeing options on escorted tours.
Q. Can we book additional golf while at our destination?
Q. What local assistance do you provide on self drive tours?
We provide a 24 hour emergency number which will provide assistance throughout your stay.
Q. Will my automobile and medical insurance be valid?
Please ask your local insurance agent. Legendary Golf Getaways includes insurance with each self drive program, the exact inclusions vary by destination and we strongly encourage you to be familiar with the terms of the coverage.
Q. What is the electricity supply?
We suggest you travel with an adapter which is designed for your destination.
Q. Should I take my laptop to check my email or will the hotels have internet access?
This varies by hotel and we provide this information prior to departure.
Q. Can we customize our itinerary?
Yes! While we offer several outstanding golf vacation package itineraries to domestic and international destinations, like Scotland, England and Ireland, we will work closely with you to meet your objectives and make your vision of a particular golf getaway a reality, all at a price that is easy to take. For groups of one to twenty – and more! – we will arrange a trip from your list of courses, or originate a customized itinerary to meet your needs.
Q. Can we play Muirfield?
Muirfield — known officially as The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers — is one of the most difficult courses for visitors to play. It is by invitation only from the Club Secretary. Visitors are welcome for a very limited number of tee times, available on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Handicap limits are 18 for men and 24 for women, and in even number parties of two, four, six or eight golfers. Securing a tee time is through an application process to the Secretary, which we make on your behalf. The bulk of allocations are made in May for the following year. An application requires names, home clubs and proofs of handicaps.
Q. Do we need travel insurance?
YES! YES! YES! Penalties charged by accommodations, golf courses, rental car companies or other suppliers for cancellation, interruption or delays during your vacation are often expensive. Refunds are usually not possible. We strongly recommend purchase of travel insurance to protect you financially for unforeseen circumstances or medical emergency, and for baggage loss or damage. Cost of the insurance is minimal in comparison to the peace of mind it delivers.
Q. Are Scottish golf clubs exclusive and formal?
Clubs run the gamut in terms of formality but you’d be surprised at how casual some are, especially the courses at St. Andrews and in the Highlands. Royal Troon and Muirfield have somewhat high-falutin’ reps, but many of the Scotland’s best-loved and most historic courses, including Royal Dornoch and Prestwick, are exceedingly open and welcoming. Just about every club however does expect you to take your cap off when you’re in the clubhouse.
Q. How different is golfing on links compared to inland courses in America and Europe?
Quite different. The sandy soil on the Scottish coast is often fast and firm. Greens are usually very quick and very large (in the case of the Old Course at St. Andrews, massive). If you watch the pros on TV in Scotland, you’ll see they seldom use backspin. You have to run shots up from 20 to 30 years in front of the green. Wind can also significantly affect your putts, so be cautious.
Q. How is Scottish cuisine?
Scottish food has come a long way, though traditional battered fish and chips still reigns on every block in every pub. Trendier restaurants offering a multitude of world flavors sprung up all over the country in recent years. Dinners are still usually on the heavy side.[/show_more]
Q. Can I golf year-round in Scotland?
Pretty much, although the winter months can be dicey. The Highlands can get quite cold, and fierce coastal winds make for tough play in the Aberdeen area. Green fees are quite cheap this time of year, but sunlight also runs out by about 4 p.m., so your window for 18 is small. Certain areas of Scotland usually receive several snowfalls during the winter, but on calm, sunny day’s winter golf here can be quite pleasant.
Q. I’m looking for good nightlife as well as golf. Where should I stay?
St. Andrews was a college town long before it became the world’s most famous golf retreat; accordingly, it has a slew of fun bars that stay open relatively late. There are also lots of golf-themed bars near the Old Course that draw locals as well as tourists. And Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, pulses with great nightspots, from low-key traditional pubs to trendy new cocktail bars.
Q. What currency does Scotland use?
Scotland uses the British pound, which at this writing is very strong against the U.S. dollar.