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The East of Scotland Golf’s Historic Heartland

2014

The Renaissance Club (East Lothian)


Welcome to the East of Scotland Golf’s Historic Heartland

Drumoig - Carnoustie Country

Craigielaw - East Lothian

There is no better time to visit golf’s historic heartland, where golf has been played for over 600 years. There are many reasons to visit Scotland’s east coast, and not only because we can boast the oldest, the highest, and arguably the toughest, most prestigious and most picturesque courses in Scotland, but with almost 200 courses to choose from we have courses to suit every golfer there is. Favourably located on the sunny east coast of Scotland, our spectacular links and parkland courses stretch from north of Aberdeen and the beautiful surrounding whisky and castle countryside of Speyside and Royal Deeside, home to such stunning courses as Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and the world renowned Trump International, right down to East Lothian, a region synonymous with golf, where The Open was held at Muirfield in 2013 and which is home to some of the finest courses there is including Gullane, North Berwick and Musselburgh, one of the oldest in the world. In between sits Carnoustie Country, famous for its

Kilspindie - East Lothian

Scotscraig - Fife

historical links including Montrose, Panmure and Carnoustie Championship and neighbouring Fife, the most sought after golf destination in the world with St Andrews and the Old Course in its midst. Stepping just a little further inland you will find yourself in beautiful Perthshire and arriving at Gleneagles, venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup. But it’s not only our golf which makes our region special. We have accommodation to suit everyone. Whether opting for one of our world class resorts, homely guest houses or luxury countryside retreats, a warm Scottish welcome awaits. We have a breadth of stay and play options available to suit every budget. And if competitive golf is your bag then we have many friendly tournaments to tempt you.

There is no better time to visit golf’s historic heartland, where golf has been played for over 600 years.

Take a look through our booklet for more information on our historic region.

Lundin Links - Fife


Golf Aberdeen City and Shire www.golfaberdeen.com Photo by Brian Morgan, courtesy of Trump International, Scotland

“As a native of the North East of Scotland I admit to being biased but I truly believe that we have some of the world’s finest and most memorable golf courses in this area – courses which, played once, just have to be played again and again.

Two that are especially close to my heart are the charming riverside course at Banchory on Royal Deeside where I learned my trade as a professional and the magnificent links at Carnoustie venue of my Open Championship success in 1999. The superb new Trump International Links is attracting visitors from all around the world but we also have a marvellous variety of links and parkland layouts all within very easy reach of Aberdeen – the Granite City. I am thrilled to now have my own Golf Centre on the outskirts of the city where

you can learn the game, hone your skills and play the picturesque nine hole layout. If I’m not on tour I might bump into you there! The region is so full of history – great old (and new!) golf courses, ancient castles, malt whisky distilleries and some of the most breath-taking scenery – it is also a very modern area with Aberdeen recognised as the Oil Capital of Europe. It’s a wonderful place to stay and play – come and see it and enjoy it for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed.” Paul Lawrie Former Open Champion & Ryder Cup Player

Cruden Bay


Play in Carnoustie Country Indulge yourself and choose from one of our many stay and play packages and friendly golf tournaments. Live The Dream Carnoustie Country Dream Ticket Live the dream and play on 4 of the world’s classic links courses – Carnoustie Championship, Monifieth, Montrose and Panmure. Only £325 per person. Accommodation packages available.

Monifieth Medal

Carnoustie Country www.carnoustiecountry.com

Stay and Play One round on the Carnoustie Championship Course, enjoy a dram and a 4 course castle dining experience, stay overnight in an executive room in the luxurious Kinnettles Castle Hotel and enjoy a full Scottish breakfast. Prices from £420 based on 2 people sharing. TOURNAMENTS

Carnoustie Country is home to some of the most outstanding links and inland courses in Scotland, and boasts over 30 courses within a 40 minute drive of the famous Carnoustie Championship Course, seven times host of The Open Championship.

After golf, a warm welcome awaits in our many local pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy the delicious home grown produce or partake in a dram of whisky or a local beer. Then relax and unwind in your choice of accommodation ranging from homely B&B’s, spa hotels, luxury self catering lodges or even a castle hotel. And if all of that is not enough we have lots more to see and do. The area boasts stunning countryside which is perfect for walking, mountain biking and fishing. And we have plentiful museums and castles which celebrate our rich heritage. Make Carnoustie Country your next golf holiday destination.

Carnoustie Country Classic 10-14 May 2015 An annual 5 night/4 rounds stableford competition staying in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and playing 4 rounds including the Carnoustie Championship Course for £749.

Carnoustie Golf Hotel

For more information on all our stay and play offers visit www.carnoustiecountry.com

The Doubletree Dundee Classic 19-22 May 2015 Stay at the Doubletree Dundee and play Downfield, Scotscraig, Alyth and ForGleneagles. more information on all our Prices stay from and £299play for offers a 2 night visit package. www.carnoustiecountry.com


Elie - Fife

Fife

PACKAGES/OFFERS

www.visitfifegolf.com

Teeing off in Fife, the Home of Golf, allows you to follow in the footsteps of golfing legends and immerse yourself in the true history of the game.

Fife is the perfect destination to play golf. Voted by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) European Golf Destination of the Year 2012, it is known the world over for its iconic golf courses, incredible scenery and charming restaurants and pubs. The region also enjoys the gentle east coast climate that provides some of the lowest rainfall statistics in the UK.

Fife is home to the world renowned Old Course at St Andrews and 49 other excellent courses. These include a fantastic variety of historic links, classic heathland and traditional parkland that suit all golfing tastes and budgets.

Stay and play in Fife and you can be sure of the warmest of welcomes and an experience that will live in the memory for a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you.

First in Fife Golf www.firstinfifegolf.com Plan your golf trip and book up to 6 rounds on different dates and courses. Lowest prices guaranteed at time of booking with no commission or added costs. Scotscraig

Links with History www.linkswithhistory.com Play four of Scotland’s leading and historic clubs. The Golf Pass allows you to play Crail Golfing Society, Ladybank Golf Club, Lundin Links Golf Club and Ladybank Golf Club.

Ladybank

All the courses provide a truly exceptional golfing experience and are located near St Andrews, The Home of Golf.


Scotland’s Golf Coast Tee Time Booking App Having been voted the number one golf destination by National Club Golfer we are always looking at ways to improve the experience for our visitors. To do this we have introduced our unique tee-time booking app, which lets you arrange your trip to Scotland’s Golf Coast with ease from your mobile phone. Available from Google Play and the App Store on iTunes, download it to now and beginning planning your perfect trip to Scotland’s Golf Coast.

East Lothian: Scotland’s Golf Coast www.golfeastlothian.com Gullane No 2

Download the app for free using one of the QR Codes and receive £5 off your first booking.

Known as Scotland’s Golf Coast, East Lothian is a jewel in Scotland’s crown as the Home of Golf. Just a short drive from Edinburgh, this 40 miles stretch of stunning coastline, golden beaches and rolling countryside, is known as the sunniest and driest part of Scotland. Nowhere in the world can compete with the depth, variety and quality of golf courses along this idyllic stretch of coast. Ranging from Musselburgh Links, the oldest continuously played course in the world, where Mary Queen of Scots once played, to the famous home of the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

The area features many familiar names including Gullane and North Berwick Golf Club, who often host major international championships. Stunning vistas along the coastline greet the thousands of happy golfers we welcome each year and no better an example is found than on the seventh tee of Gullane’s No 1 course, where you will find a 360-degree panorama described as ‘the best view in golf’. The beautiful coastal surroundings also feature when playing Longniddry, Kilspindie, Luffness, Whitekirk and The Glen, whose elevated location offers wonderful views of the Bass Rock. This rich wealth of historic courses is also complemented by a collection of recent additions. Craigielaw, which opened in

2001 boast more spectacular sea views and has already hosted many prestigious events. Located between Gullane and Direlton, within Archerfield Estate, are east Lothian’s newest gems. The private clubs at Archerfield Links and The Renaissance Club offer world-class havens for members and their guests. Our 22 must-play courses are complimented by a fantastic range of accommodation, excellent food and drink and award-winning attractions, creating a location of pure perfection to suit all standards, individual tastes and budgets. Voted as number one for golf short-breaks by National Club Golfer, East Lothian is the dream destination for visiting golfers.

Glen 13th Hole


championship courses. The Rosemount was originally laid out by Alister MacKenzie – the man behind Augusta National – and later re-designed by Braid. The Lansdowne was designed by Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas in the 1970s. Kinross has two excellent parkland courses - The Montgomery and The Bruce both overlook Loch Leven. The Murrayshall Estate near Perth is home to the Murrayshall and Lynedoch courses. Both have hosted PGA events and the tall Scots Pine trees are a tremendous sight. Pitlochry is another exceptional course with sweeping views of the Tummel Valley.

Perthshire www.golfperthshire.com

With its glorious scenery, proud golfing history and location in the heart of Scotland, Perthshire is ideal for a golf break. It is where the Highlands and the Lowlands meet and golf flourishes in this lush region. Golf has been played in Perthshire since the 15th century. King James IV learned to play on public parklands by the River Tay in Perth. The city’s South Inch may have been the site of the world’s first golf course and the Royal Perth Golfing

PGA Centenary Course, Gleneagles

Society was the first club to receive a royal charter. Any fan of golf has heard of Gleneagles and this prestigious venue boasts three championship courses: the King’s, the Queen’s and the PGA Centenary. The Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course is the stage for The 2014 Ryder Cup. It will be the first time in more than 40 years that Scotland has hosted the tournament. Besides Gleneagles, Perthshire has many other courses deserving of your attention. Crieff Ferntower is one of Scotland’s finest inland courses and was designed by James Braid. The creator of the King’s and Queen’s at Gleneagles produced some of his finest work in Perthshire. Blairgowrie has two

The city of Perth itself has a great golf offering. Craigie Hill’s 5th hole – an uphill par 4 – is considered to be one of the hardest holes in Britain. The King James VI course is a novelty in that it is the only self-contained river island golf course in Britain, only reachable via a walkway on the railway bridge that spans the Tay. Perthshire has some charming 9-hole courses that are ideal for families or those short of time. Open and Masters champion Sandy Lyle considers St Fillans his ‘favourite inland course in Scotland’ while Muthill is a delightful parkland course with views of the

Strathearn Valley. Comrie is a picturesque course founded in the late 19th century and Killin features one of the most scenic finishing holes in the country. Dalmunzie, in the north of Perthshire, is one of Britain’s highest courses and throws in a castle for good measure. Even Blairgowrie has a 9-hole option, fittingly called the Wee Course.

St Fillans

New Golf Perthshire Passes You can make real savings with one of the region’s two great value golf passes. The new Golf Perthshire 18-hole pass offers cut-price golf on 22 superb 18hole courses with the option of 3 rounds for £85, 5 rounds for £135 and 7 rounds for £185. Alternatively, the Golf Perthshire 9-hole pass encourages visitors to explore some of the region’s 9-hole courses. The options available are a 3-day pass for £45 and the 5-day pass for £70.

Pitlochry

Both passes have the added benefit of discounted admission to four of the region’s whisky distilleries as well as reduced entry to selected race meetings at Perth Racecourse.


Welcome home

How to get there

THE 2014 RYDER CUP

Scotland is ready!Are you?

1 Aberdeen

2 1 2 3 4 5

Aberdeen City and Shire Carnoustie Country Perthshire Fife East Lothian

3 Dundee

4 Edinburgh

A little over 90 years ago 20 men assembled at Gleneagles in the heartland of Scotland for an international challenge match between Great Britain and the United States. Among them were golfing greats such as Harry Vardon, J.H. Taylor and Walter Hagen. The 1921 match had no name, no real fanfare and no trophy to play for - but it whetted the appetite and eventually gave rise to the phenomenon of The Ryder Cup, first officially played six years later. Scotland, the Home of Golf looks forward to welcoming the world in 2014.

TRAVEL Road The East of Scotland has an excellent road network and is easily accessible by car. Travel time between Edinburgh and Aberdeen is only 2½ hours. Visit www.theaa.com for up to date travel information and route planners.

For travel ideas, great offers and much more, visit www.visitscotland.com/golf to start planning your trip.

Air The area is conveniently served by two international airports, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, which offer extensive services across mainland Europe. Dundee airport offers a daily London service right into the heart of the city of Dundee.

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East of Scotland Golf Booklet 2014