Links Golf in South West Scotland
Self Drive Tour or Luxury Chauffeured Tour
Play great golf on the stunning west coast of Scotland. Experience the unique character of these south west golf links unlike any others in Scotland.
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South West Links Scotland serves up a feast of Open courses that include the outstanding links of Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick and of course the superlative Western Gailes. The coastal stretch at Turnberry, with its turbulent dunes and rocky crags, represents links golf at its best.
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- Day 1: Arrive in Scotland
- Day 2: Golf at Prestwick Golf Club
- Day 3: Golf at Royal Troon Golf Club
- Day 4: Golf at Western Gailes Golf Club
- Day 5: Golf at Turnberry Golf Club (Kintyre)
- Day 6: Golf Turnberry Golf Club (Ailsa)
- Day 7: Depart Scotland
Included in This Tour
- Meet & Greet on arrival by Destination Golf Representative.
- 5-Rounds on Championship Links Courses.
- Golfers Packing List & recommendations.
- Guaranteed tee-times & greens fees.
- Private Car transfer to your hotel on arrival.
- 6-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations with full breakfast daily.
- Self-Drive rental vehicle with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance. Or upgrade to the services of a Professional Driver Guide.
- Deluxe portfolio of Travel Documents & Personalized Itinerary.
- Discount admissions booklet for area attractions.
Day 1: Arrive in Scotland.
Arrive in Scotland and pick up your rental vehicle or meet your driver guide. Drive to the Marine Hotel for a 4-night stay. Settle in this evening. We’ll provide you with an insider list of recommended restaurants, pubs, and attractions.
Day 2: Golf at Prestwick Golf Club
Birthplace of the British Open in 1860, Prestwick has played host to the championship challenge 24 times. A great test of skill, this historic course still retains seven of its original greens and features several humps and hillocks, blind shots, and deep bunkers. Prestwick was founded in 1851.
Day 3: Golf at Royal Troon Golf Club
With its first British Open in 1923, this course hosted the event again in 1997 and will do so again in 2016. Royal Troon is the home of the longest hole in Open Golf – the 6th at 577 yards – and the shortest, the Postage Stamp 8th that measures only 126 yards. Royal Troon was founded 1878.
Day 4: Golf at Western Gailes Golf Club
One of the finest natural links courses in Western Scotland, Western Gailes possesses the best of golf territory. While the course is rather short in length, its layout is extremely inventive and each of the holes requires a great deal of skill and accuracy. Western Gailes was founded 1897.
Day 5: Golf at Turnberry Golf Club (Kintyre)
Head to the Turnberry Hotel and Resort for a 2-night stay. Play the Kintyre Course at the Turnberry Golf Club. Building on the challenges of the famous old Arran course, the Kintyre is links golf at its best. It features undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes, and stunning views of Kintyre, Arran, and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse. The course has a par of 72 and a length of 6,827 yards.
Day 6: Golf Turnberry Golf Club (Ailsa)
With panoramic views from Turnberry Bay to the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Crag, Turnberry Ailsa is a magnificent Open Championship Course. Designed by Mackenzie Ross in 1950 the Ailsa course’s claim to fame is the head-to-head confrontation between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson that captivated the golfing world during the 1977 Open. Watson also came within a whisker of winning the 2009 Open at age 59. Turnberry is regularly ranked “one of the top 20 courses in the world.” Turnberry was founded in 1950.
Day 7: Depart Scotland
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to the airport and drop off your car or say good bye to your driver before boarding your flight back home.
Turnberry Hotel & Resort, Turnberry, UK
The warmest of welcomes from the kilted doormen , an iconic lighthouse and captivating views of the rugged Ayrshire coastline ; this could only be the inspirational setting of Turnberry . Nestled within 800 acres of estate with views overlooking the Irish Sea and across to the Isle of Arran , Turnberry is the world's original golf resort with over a century of hospitality and tradition . Inspire a new and memorable story with every visit , where championship golf, award winning cuisine , family adventures , a relaxing spa and treasured memories await your discovery .
The Marine Hotel, North Berwick, UK
The Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick is renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and glorious 19th century Victorian architecture . This North Berwick hotel is also home to the award-winning John Paul at the Marine restaurant , where you can enjoy the finest Scottish cuisine in a very Scottish setting , with views of the Firth of Forth . The Marine Hotel & Spa has been chosen by The R&A as its Headquarters for the 2013 Open Championship. The Marine Hotel offers a luxurious experience in a beautiful coastal setting.
Travel Tips & FAQs
Passports & Visas
To enter Scotland (Great Britain), you need a valid passport. Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Scotland.
If only one parent is traveling with a child under 17 year of age and that child’s last name differs from the parent, a signed notarised letter from the parent with the same last name as the child’s authorizing permission to allow that child to travel.
For more passport information contact the U.S. Department of State (877/487–2778).
What to Pack
Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes. And if you are planing to do a lot of walking, comfortable walking shoes. Travel light and save yourself the burden of handling large and heavy luggage. In Scotland wearing casual clothes is acceptable with less emphasis on formal dress codes.
The climate in Scotland is moderate with rarely extremes in temperature.
January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of 42.8°F.
July and August are the warmest months with an average temperature of 66.2°F.
There are variations from region to region. for example the Western Highlands experience some of the wettest weather in Europe due to the prevailing wind coming in from the Atlantic. In contrast, the Eastern part of Scotland has far less rainfall.
In Scotland the official currency is the pound sterling(£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.
Gratuities and tips are lower in Scotland than in the United States and some restaurants include these as a service charge on the bill. When tipping in restaurants you should pay 10 to 15 % and similarly with taxis, hairdressers and barbers.
Police, Fire, Ambulance: Telephone: 999
24 hour medical treatment is available in UK hospitals under the National Health service and you should expect to be billed but it is nowhere as expensive as it is in the United States.
The electrical current in Great Britain is 220–240 volts and the plugs are three-pronged. Adapters are widely available and it is a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.
Traveline provides information on all public transportation in Scotland including timetables.
Most stations and bus terminals in Scotland will accept credit and debit cards for payment of tickets and other services.
The train service in Scotland is efficient, clean and comfortable with long distance journeys including buffet and refreshment cars. First Class, as well as standard class coaches are available on most scheduled services, with wider seats. Fares are much higher in First Class but on weekends you can upgrade for as little as £10 in some cases. Reserving tickets in advance is recommended.
Save online with The Trainline.
Travelling by Taxi
You can hail the typical black hackney taxis, like those in London on the street or book by phone with an additional 80p charge. Private taxi hire is with regular cars but all taxis must display the taxi license and a driver ID and are metered. Metering starts at £2 with increased intervals charged at 25p.
Scotland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1. For example, New York is Greenwich Mean Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Greenwich Mean Time -8 hours.
English is commonly used throughout Scotland but in parts of the Outer Hebrides and Scottish Highlands Scots Gaelic may be spoken. Expect to see signposting in both English and Gaelic.
You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit (IDP). You can acquire an IDP from the American Automobile Association or from Automobile Association or Royal Automobile Club in the UK. IDPs are only valid with your regular driver’s licence. They are not mandatory but having one can prevent issues when dealing with local authorities.
Cars in Scotland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts will be presented with place names in English and Scots Gaelic.
You will pay a lot more for gasoline (petrol) in the UK, about £4 per gallon. The imperial gallon is 20% more in volume than the US Gallon and is dispensed at the pump by the litre (4.5 litres to the gallon).
On street parking is available in most urban areas in Scotland. It costs around £1 per hour where fees apply. Pay and display machines, which dispense tickets, are marked with a large P. Tickets should be placed on your dashboard for viewing by traffic wardens who inspect paid-for-parking zones regularly. Parking regulations are enforced with fines of £25 for cars parked illegally.
You will also find privately run parking lots.
There are no vaccinations required to visit Scotland.
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