Scotland’s Classic East Coast
Without doubt the east coast of Scotland is the most popular golfing region with visiting golfers. The courses are neatly clustered together so that you spend more time playing golf and relaxing afterward and less time on the road.
Based in St. Andrews you can easily play Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and all the St. Andrews Courses, including. Old, New, Jubilee and Castle. Down the coast about 40-minuites from St. Andrews Crail, Leven, Lundin Links and Elie await. Just east of Edinburgh we can add Muirfield, Gullane, North Berwick and Dunbar! No wonder the Scottish east coast is the place to be for golf.
Day 1: Arrive Scotland & St. Andrews
Pick up your rental car/van or meet your driver/guide. Drive to St. Andrews for a 5-night stay at Rusacks Hotel Marine Hotel. The Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St. Andrews overlooks the first and 18th holes of the world-renowned Old Course. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in and around St. Andrews. Stop at Falkland Palace and Gardens, connected with Scottish kings since the 14th century. See Holy Trinity Church, St. Andrews Cathedral and Priory, founded in 1160 and the Castle of St. Andrews dating back to the 13th century.
Day 2: Golf at St. Andrews New Course
Founded in 1895 and designed by Tom Morris, the New Course is played on the same stretch of revered links-land as the famed Old Course. A bit longer and requiring slightly more precision, it is rightly considered the equal of the Old Course and a great challenge.
Day 3: Golf at Carnoustie
Carnoustie, thought Walter Hagen, is the greatest course in the British Isles and one having the toughest finish in golf. I’m sure Padraig Harrington would agree! The unfriendly burns (known as streams through-out most of the English- speaking world), the relentless winds, and the sheer length of the course test the abilities of all golfers. Founded 1842.
Day 4: Golf at St. Andrews Old Course
Long considered the home of golf. All the Greats have competed on this hallowed turf, where golf has been played for over 400 years. It is every golfers dream to stand on the first tee at St. Andrews Old Course at least once! Founded in the 16th century.
Day 5: Golf at Kingsbarns
Located directly on the North Sea coast only six miles from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns is without a doubt one of the most breathtaking links courses ever developed. The significance of the development was highlighted by Sir Michael Bonallack, winner of five British Amateur Titles and captain of the R & A when he indicated that “Kingsbarns might well be one of the last true seaside links sites capable of development in Scotland”. The links boasts spacious fairways, which roll and twist through majestic dune ridges and hollows, as sea figures prominently on every hole.
Day 6: Golf at North Berwick
A Destinations Golf favourite. There is probably more that is traditional in golf at North Berwick than any other course in Scotland. You will be treated to exhilarating shot opportunities along the ocean, over stone walls and some very interesting blind shots. An experience not to be missed. After a fine day of golf, check in to The Marine Hotel where you will be spending 3 nights overlooking North Berwick’s championship links, enjoying a wealth of comforts in the well-equipped leisure centre.
Day 7: Golf at Gullane #1
Gullane is noted for fast greens and high rough, it is an Open qualifier that tests one’s skills in winds that fly in from all directions. The dazzling 7th green is set amidst the Firth of Forth and the hills of Fife and offers breath-taking scenery. With its choice turf and brilliant greens, this course has often been compared to the famous Muirfield.
Day 8: Golf at Muirfield
Muirfield is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers whose records date back to 1744 when the Club wrote the original 13 Rules of Golf for the first competition played for the Silver Club. Muirfield is the only course to have hosted the Open (15 times, the most recent in 2002), the Amateur, the Mid Amateur, the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup.
Day 9: Depart Scotland
Transfer to Edinburgh Airport, drop off your car rental and board your flight back to the U.S.
Driver guide: Private Driver/guide and coach includes unlimited mileage, gas and drivers’ expenses. Call a Destinations Golf Specialist for your complimentary customized quote.
Self Drive: Self Drive includes unlimited mileage, taxes and CDW Insurance. Call a Destinations Golf Specialist for your complimentary customized quote.
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