Scotland's Classic Southwest
Scotland's Classic Southwest 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, intermingling turbulent dunes and rocky crags, represents links golf at its best. Royal Troon is a classic links course in every respect, as the golfer is eased into the challenge with each hole appearing to get progressively tougher, the greens requiring touch and imagination. Western Gailes’ narrow fairways demand accurate tee shots and with so many greens tucked away in little hollows or dells, the course presents an excellent test of skill, patience and concentration. Prestwick boasts a unique array of holes, which can be forgiving on calm days, but when the wind rolls in from the Firth of Clyde it’s a tough test.
Day 1: Arrive in Scotland
Arrive in Scotland and pick up your rental car/van or meet your driver/guide. Drive to the Marine Hotel for a 4-night stay. The Marine Hotel represents an unparalleled base from which to explore Scotland’s finest links. Dating back to 1897, the combination of a warm welcome, excellent facilities and superb service ensures a comfortable stay. Nearby attractions include Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, and the Isle of Arran.
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. Founded 1851.
Day 3: Golf at Royal Troon Golf Club
Host to its first British Open in 1923, this course hosted the event again in 1997. Royal Troon is the home of both the longest hole in Open Golf – the 6th at 577 yards and the shortest – the Postage Stamp 8th which measures only 126 yards. Founded 1878.
Day 4: Golf at Western Gailes Golf Club
One of the finest natural links courses in Western Scotland, Western Gailes can be said to have most of the good things of golf. While the course is rather short in length, its layout is extremely inventive and the novelty of each of the holes requires a great deal of skill and accuracy. Founded 1897.
Day 5: Golf at Turnberry Golf Club (Kintyre)
Head to the Turnberry Hotel and Resort for a 2-night stay. One of Scotland’s premier hotels, the Turnberry Hotel and Resort is located in over 800 acres of stunning countryside and offers spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde to Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and Ailsa Craig. Untamed landscape and unspoiled coastline conspire with luxurious surroundings, superb service and excellent facilities to ensure that any stay here is a memorable one. Play the Kintyre Course at the Turnberry Golf Club.
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 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.” Founded 1950.
Day 7: Depart Scotland
Transfer to the airport and drop off your car or say good bye to your driver and board your flight back home.
Driver guide: Private Driver/guide and coach includes unlimited mileage, gas and drivers’ expenses. Call a Destination Golf Specialist for your complimentary customized quote.
Self Drive: Self Drive includes unlimited mileage, taxes and CDW Insurance. Call a Destination Golf Specialist for your complimentary customized quote.