For Golfers Dreaming of a 2016 trip to Scotland, Now is the Time
Many Americans are letting Golfbreaks.com plan their getaway.
By Brad King
Your links golf appetite was sufficiently whetted following a PGA Tour season that included a trio of links-style golf courses among 2015's four major championships. Now it's time to visit the birthplace of the game to fully experience the joys and wonder of links golf with friends and family.
Often demand outstrips supply, and this is particularly true in the year following a St Andrews Open Championship, so it is never too early to begin planning the golf vacation of a lifetime to Scotland - which is why September is the perfect time for American golfers to get the ball rolling for their 2016 golf trip across the pond.
Golfbreaks.com, widely regarded as the experts in UK and Ireland golf travel, are here to save you time and money when it comes to organising your trip. They can take care of everything - from tee times and hotel rooms to flights and ground transportation - while guaranteeing you the best price. Better than if you tried to put the trip together yourself, and better than the competitors!
For most American golfers, the main draw is the birthplace of golf, St Andrews, site of the 2015 Open Championship. Naturally, Golfbreaks.com has access to a number of guaranteed Old Course tee times. However, there are an abundance of other wonderful links golf courses around St. Andrews, making this area an essential pilgrimage for golfers.
For instance, Kingsbarns - widely considered one of the best golf courses to open in Scotland in the last 50 years - and Carnoustie, which along with The Old make up the legendary trio of courses that play annual host to worldwide celebrities and the Dunhill Links Trophy. Indeed, no trip to Scotland is complete without coming "home."
St Andrews Old Course Package - from $5,985pp
* 7 nights bed & breakfast at the Old Course Hotel
* 5 rounds of golf (St Andrews Old, St Andrews New, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, Gleneagles PGA Centenary)
* Lunches in clubhouse when playing Old, New & Kingsbarns courses
* 3-course dinner at Old Course Hotel one night
* Chauffeur driven ground transportation for duration
Or for those that want to go experience St Andrews but are following a strict budget, both the St Andrews New and Jubilee courses are not to be sniffed at.
Opened in the 1890s and adjacent to The Old on the same strip of land, some would say they are a sterner test than their more famous father. Close by there is Crail and Elie, two of the oldest golf clubs in the world, and in Carnoustie you have the Burnside course, which rather like the New and Jubilee in St Andrews, would have far greater acknowledgement if it didn't sit alongside the iconic Championship course.
With a range of different hotel options to choose from in the St Andrews area, it is easier than you would think to put together a budget golf vacation, playing some of these lesser known courses and yet still being able to soak up the history and atmosphere of this golfing mecca. Having said that, it is best to book now in order to get the best tee times and reserve your hotel rooms - St Andrews is a small town and accommodation is limited.
St Andrews Budget Package - from $1,555pp
* 7 nights bed & breakfast at Ardgowan Hotel (3*)
* 5 rounds of golf (St Andrews Jubilee, Crail Balcomie, Scottscraig, Elie, Carnoustie Burnside)
* Car rental (self-drive)
Or you might build your trip around next year's 2016 Open Championship, which returns to Scotland's Ayrshire coast at Royal Troon. American golfers can now experience the magic of The Open, with Golfbreaks.com packages that guarantee access to watch the action, the possibility to play on some of the finest links courses - including Prestwick and Turnberry - and a stay in 4-star comfort in the vibrant city of Glasgow. All you need to do is let Golfbreaks.com know your requirements and they will design the perfect experience for you.
Royal Troon 2016 Open Championship Package - from $3,485pp
* 7 nights bed & breakfast in a 4-star Glasgow hotel
* Official tickets for all 4 days of the Open Championship (Thurs - Sun)
* Transport to and from Royal Troon
* 3 rounds of golf (could include Turnberry, Prestwick, Dundonald & more)
Golfbreaks.com sends each individual trip organizer a detailed survey regarding their experience and the Golfbreaks.com service. More than 98 percent return with a very good/excellent rating of the overall service - and say they would book with Golfbreaks.com again.
Learn more about Scotland golf breaks at (855) 699-5853.
Revised: 09/28/2015 - Article Viewed 18,448 Times
Written By: Brad King
Writer, editor and media relations specialist Brad King is a former Atlanta sports writer and editor of LINKS Magazine - The Best of Golf. After founding Brad King Communications in 2002, Brad penned the golf column for Hilton Head's Island Packet newspaper and his writing continues to be published regularly. Brad has edited and contributed to numerous book projects, He has teamed with the Southern Pines Pilot to produce award-winning coverage of the 2005 U.S. Open, 2007 U.S. Women's Open and the 2014 U.S. Open and Women's U.S. Open.
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