The Open Rota
The Open Rota Scotland & England There are currently 9 links courses in Scotland and England that are part of the Open Rota. These are the famous golfing arenas where history has been made. Imagine battling the classic links for a chance to win the Claret Jug! (or our version thereof). You too can tread in the footsteps of the golfing legends! Our unique tournament will encompass all of the Open courses. The Open Courses have limited access at the same time hence this tour has very limited availability. The Open Rota Courses •The Old Course St Andrews •Royal Liverpool •Royal St Georges •Royal Birkdale •Royal Lytham & St Annes •Turnberry (Ailsa) •Royal Troon •Muirfield •Carnoustie
Itinerary England Day 1 Arrival into London Heathrow/Gatwick Airport Transfer to golf (optional depending on time) or hotel Accommodation The Bell Hotel, Sandwich for 2 nights Day 2 Golf at Royal St. Georges Day 3 Golf at Royal Birkdale and transfer to Southport Accommodation Vincent Hotel, Southport for 3 nights Day 4 Golf at Royal Lytham & St. Anneâ€™s Day 5 Golf at Royal Liverpool
Ayrshire & Arran Day 6 Transfer to Turnberry with sightseeing along the way Golf at Turnberry Arran or Kintyre (optional depending on time) Accommodation Turnberry Hotel, Turnberry for 2 nights Day 7 Golf at Turnberry Ailsa Course Day 8 Golf at Royal Troon and transfer to North Berwick Accommodation Marine Hotel, North Berwick for 2 nights
Edinburgh & Tayside Day 9 Golf at Muirfield Day 10 Golf at Carnoustie and transfer to St Andrews Accommodation Rusacks Hotel, St. Andrewâ€™s for 3 nights
The Kingdom of Fife Day 11 *Guaranteed starting tee-time on the Old Course St Andrew for either day 11 or 12. Golf at the Old Course St. Andrew’s Or New/Jubilee/Castle Course St. Andrew’s Day 12 Golf at the Old Course St. Andrew’s Or New/Jubilee/Castle Course St. Andrew’s Day 13 Departure from Edinburgh Airport
Golf Clubs & Course Overview Royal and Ancient St Andrews Old Course St Andrews is unquestionably the birthplace of the modern game. The town's famous Old Course, the oldest continuous golfing field in existence, has been in action since at least 1457 when the game was banned from its common ground by King James II.
Carnoustie Situated along the North Sea, across the Bay from St Andrews, lies the resort town of Carnoustie. Its spacious sandy links-land have been a venue for golf since the 1500's, though its current links were not formalized until 1842. Initially a ten-hole layout designed by Allan Robertson, the final eight holes were later completed by Old Tom Morris but revised substantially by James Braid in 1926.
Turnberry Golf Club Ailsa Course This par-70, 7,211-yard championship course is one of golf's storied places. Itâ€™s first three holes pose a fairly tough opening, particularly when the wind blows from the direction of its namesake, the brooding isle of Ailsa Craig, 11 miles out to sea. From the 4th to the 11th, the coastal scenery is magnificent and the course is demanding.
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers Muirfield Links The oldest golf club in existence, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers was formed in 1744 and golfed in both Leith and Musselburgh prior to moving to the messy medium-sized dunes of Muirfield in Gullane in 1891. Overlooking the Firth of Forth, the Muirfield links was first designed by Old Tom Morris but altered substantially in 1928 when the club purchased additional land and employed Harry Colt to rearrange the links into its current form.
Golf Clubs & Course Overview Royal St Georges Golf Club Dr Laidlaw Purves of the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, designed and established the Club in 1887. The Club was intended to serve the needs of London golfers who were only able to play their golf on often crowded and unkept courses in the area. Named St George's, it was to become the English rival to Scotland's St. Andrew's. Royal status was bestowed on the Club by King Edward VII in May 1902.
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake Royal Liverpool invites you to come and play the historic links at Hoylake. The Club enjoys sharing their great course and Clubhouse with golfers from home and abroad, and promises that your trip to Royal Liverpool will be everything you wish for and more. You will receive the warmest of welcomes and fine hospitality, while the Clubhouse provides first rate facilities and a chance to see what is arguably the best collection of golf memorabilia outside St Andrews.
Royal Birkdale Golf Course First established in 1889, the Royal Birkdale Golf Club moved to the magnificent sand-hills of Southport five years later where its George Low designed links managed to exist in relative obscurity for more than thirty years. That was until its site was sold in 1931 to the Southport Corporation who wanted Birkdale to become a championship venue and gave the club a ninety-nine year lease and the encouragement to undertake a grand remodelling of itâ€™s links.
Royal Troon Old Course The Royal Troon Golf Club was formed in 1878 on a five-hole links created by the head green keeper at the neighbouring Prestwick Golf Club. This initial layout was extended to eighteen holes within a few years by club professional George Strath and then altered by his successor, Willie Fernie, and again by James Braid prior to the 1923 Open Championship.
Golf Clubs & Course Overview Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club A much respected championship venue, the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club was formed in 1886 when a Scottish schoolmaster, who had relocated to golf deprived North Lancashire, managed to convince the local gentry of St Annes to establish their own course. As interest in the game started increasing so too did the surrounding township and the club’s first links was repossessed for a housing development. An alternate site was found on the inland side of the town’s railway line in 1898 which became the current course.
Prestwick Golf Club (additional cost option) Founded in 1851, Prestwick Golf Club's superb golf course was the host venue for the first ever British Open Championship in 1860 and has gone on to host this world-renowned event on 24 occasions. Its clubhouse is a shrine to the history of this wonderful club. Located south west of Glasgow, the course forms part of Scotland's golfing coast, along with another famous club, Turnberry.
Kingsbarn (additional cost option) The moment you arrive at Kingsbarns, you know you’re somewhere special. The relaxed clubhouse, broad smile from each member of staff and hearty handshake of the starter – all combine to ensure that your trip to play golf in Scotland includes what has been called the warmest welcome in golf.
Royal Cinque Ports (additional cost option) The Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club is a Members' Club with an 18 hole Championship Links golf course, regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. The Club also has excellent practice facilities, including a driving range, putting green, chipping green and pitching greens. The Club has been the scene of many Championships, including two Open Championships in 1909 and 1920.
Accommodation Overview Bell Hotel, Sandwich From the moment you step through the Edwardian revolving doors at The Bell in Sandwich, a delightfully traditional hotel greets you, brimming with character and a touch of chic, modern magic. Overlooking the River Stour, The Bell has been welcoming guests to Kent since Tudor times. Having undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years, the hotel is now very much part of the 21st century whilst retaining many of its charming period features. The result is the perfect, relaxing break that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Vincent Hotel, Southport The Vincent Hotel, Southport is a unique lifestyle hotel for the North West of England. Situated on Lord Street, Southportâ€™s Parisienne Boulevard, the Vincent takes comfort and personal service to new heights â€“ all within a fresh, stylish and contemporary interior.
Turnberry Hotel, Turnberry Turnberry is a Luxury Collection Resort, located on the stunning Ayrshire coast in Scotland, offers elevated views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and mountains of Arran and Kintyre. First opened in 1906 as the world's first golf resort, the Turnberry hotel quickly established itself as the premier destination for social and sporting events.
Accommodation Overview Marine Hotel, North Berwick The Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick is renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and glorious 19th century Victorian architecture. Situated on the East Coast of Scotland, our North Berwick Hotel has 83 unique bedrooms to choose from - a world of four star luxury.
Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews St Andrews is a must-visit destination: whether it be as a Scottish setting for Royal romance, or for itâ€™s vast beach, Cathedral, Aquarium, Stanza Poetry Festival or boutiques shopping... Oh, and did we mention golf? MacDonald Rusacks Hotel is within a sand wedge of the 18th hole of the Old Course. Stylishly remodelled on a golfing theme, MacDonald Rusacks Hotel offers luxurious accommodation which has been occupied by some of the great names in the game's history.
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Notes *PLEASE BE AWARE THERE ARE HANDICAP RESTRICTIONS AT SOME COURSES AND PLAYERS SHOULD ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH PROOF OF HANDICAP AND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PRODUCE THESE IF YOU ARE PLAYING, ST. ANDREWS, MUIRFIELD, ROYAL TROON, ROYAL DORNOCH AND CARNOUSTIE. These courses are recommended and could be added to this itinerary; •Royal Cinque Ports •Hillside •Formby •Prestwick •Kingsbarns Notes Green Fees at Royal Troon include a second round on the Portland Course and also lunch in the Clubhouse A complimentary round of golf on the Kintyre Course at Turnberry is included for all TTG customers staying at the Turnberry Hotel Muirfield also allows you to have lunch in the clubhouse (£ 24.00 for the 2013 season) and also you can play a second round played as ‘foursomes’ in the afternoon (£ 55.00 green fee for the 2013 season) Green Fees for the Old Course St Andrews also include a second round on either the New, Jubilee or Castle Courses This quotation is based on Guaranteed starting tee times on the Old Course St Andrews
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12 Nights deluxe accommodation with full English/Scottish breakfast included – 2 Nights at the Bell Hotel, Sandwich – 3 Nights at the Vincent Hotel, Southport – 2 Nights at the Turnberry Hotel, Turnberry – 2 Nights at the Marine Hotel, North Berwick – 3 Nights at the Rusacks Hotel, St. Andrew’s 10 (12) Rounds championship golf Deluxe VIP coach transport for the duration of the tour to include all motoring and drivers expenses. (Airport and golf transfers are based on group transfers only and any extra vehicles required will be charged accordingly) ‘Meet and Greet’ by Travelling the Fairways representative at arrival airport Full back up facilities of our St Andrews based offices All local tax and service charges
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