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7th - 20th July 2023

2023 Scotland Rota Golf Tour with Old Course

Generally regarded as the home of golf, Scotland has a number of classic courses that are suitable for all skill levels. You really are spoiled for choice in this fascinating destination. In Teed Up’s opinion, this tour encompasses the very best that Scotland can offer, both in terms of golf and sightseeing.

Join Sandy as you play The Old Course at St Andrews, Turnberry, Carnoustie, Royal Troon….the great Open Championship golf venues of Scotland simply roll off the tongue and make for the quintessential golf tour of Scotland. The spirit of golf is equally captured along the Whisky Trail in the Highlands, anchored by the hauntingly beautiful Royal Dornoch Golf Club, where Donald Ross learned his craft. It may be Scotland’s finest golf course.

(NOTE: Guaranteed game at Old Course is limited to the first 24 golfers who book)

This tour is timed to end just before the start of the 2023 Open at Royal Liverpool and our Scottish partners will have some optional Open packages for you to choose from. These will be available from May 2022.

10 Rounds of Golf (Rankings from Golf Digest’s Top 50 Scottish Golf Courses):

  • Nairn GC—#22
  • Castle Stuart G. Links—#13
  • Royal Dornoch GC—#2
  • Trump Turnberry Ailsa—#4
  • Royal Troon GC—#10
  • Prestwick GC—#15
  • St Andrews Links New Course—#26 or Jubilee GC
  • St Andrews Links Old Course—#3
  • Carnoustie G Links—#5
  • Kingsbarns G Links—#6

13 Nights Accomodation including:

  • 4 Nights—4* Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
  • 4 Nights—5* Trump Turnberry, Turnberry
  • 5 Nights—5* Old Course Hotel, Edinburgh

Other Inclusions:

  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner and drinks
  • Clubhouse lunches on four days in St Andrews
  • Welcome Reception and Dinner at Old Course Hotel
  • Presentation Dinner and drinks in Tom Morris Bar and Grill, Links Clubhouse
  • Whisky Distillery Tour and Tasting at Glenmorangie
  • Executive Coach and Driver for your exclusive use for 14 days for all transfers, including Driver Gratuities
  • Souvenir Photo Book of golfers playing Old Course
  • Gifts & Prizes
  • Non-Golfer tour includes 2 hour spa package at Turnbery Hotel and 3 sightseeing tours
  • Hosted by Teed Up’s Sandy Baltussen

Itinerary

Friday
7th July 2023

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT EDINBURGH AIRPORT & TRANSFER TO INVERNESS

2.00pm Group Transfer to Inverness—180 mins travel time (or make your own way to the hotel)

Check In: 4* Kingsmills Hotel , Inverness

The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury Scottish hotel in Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Originally built in 1785, the historic hotel in Scotland retains its traditional 18th century features, while introducing a range of state of the art facilities, offering sumptuous rooms and fine dining.

There are two restaurants at The Kingsmills. The light and airy Conservatory Restaurant serves a daily menu of exquisite Scottish cuisine overlooking the beautiful hotel gardens. The Inglis Restaurant is a cosy, welcoming setting for a romantic two or three course meal or catch up with friends.

Based in Inverness, you will enjoy a countryside feel in the hotel. Most of the bedrooms overlook the landscaped gardens and the Inverness golf course. 

Evening: 8.00pm—Tonight Sandy will host Welcome Drinks and Dinner

Saturday
8th July 2023

DAY 2: GOLF AT NAIRN GOLF COURSE

Breakfast at your hotel

Nairn Golf Club is located on an elevated, rumpled piece of linksland on the Moray Firth coastline, close to the historic fishing port. It’s one of Scotland’s lesser-known gems.

One of the most spectacular seaside courses in Scotland, Nairn boasts sea views from every hole. If you are a right-hander and you’ve got a slicing problem, you could find the beach from your very first tee shot. The sea is in play on six of the first seven holes; make sure you’ve got an adequate supply of balls.

It’s a delightful links with fast, firm but narrow fairways, a number of which are framed by gorse bushed and heather, heaping a further pressure onto a nervous drive. The greens are sited in the trickiest places—some are raised and others are nestled in hollows. Most are well protected, either by bunkers or natural hazards, and all of the greens are fast and true, a Nairn trademark.

Nairn is a very long way north. However, you may be surprised to hear that despite Nairn’s Highland latitude, it is located in one of the driest places in Britain.

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Sunday
9th July 2023

DAY 3: GOLF AT CASTLE STUART GOLF LINKS

Breakfast at your Hotel

All in all Castle Stuart can be described as a throwback to golf as it once was—a simple walk through pleasing natural surrounds with some companionable and competitive rules attached to it.

Surrounding the golfer is a rugged and natural landscape comprised of vast expanses of gorse, broom, heather and sea marram. This mosaic often tightly frames the vistas beyond and combines an immediacy of natural surrounds with a grand sense of distant vistas. Enjoying the visual experience on any given hole is a private pleasure as other holes and conflicting inland views are out of sight.

Castle Stuart’s presentation of its manicured playing surface within its rugged natural beauty harkens back to a simpler era of golf, the “transitional period” 1890 t0 1935. Wayward shots and thin wispy fescue and pockets of bare sand where balls are easily found and recoveries manageable. The bunkering is characterised more by open sandy areas with pockets of light vegetation than by formally revetted (stacked sod or turf) manicured bunkers. And from some tees and greens, the 1930’s style white ‘Art Deco” clubhouse can be seen sitting prominently atop its viewing perch.

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Monday
10th July 2023

DAY 4: GOLF AT ROYAL DORNOCH GOLF CLUB

Breakfast at your Hotel

Royal Dornoch is spellbinding . It seems to mesmerise amateur and professional golfers from all over the world and many make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives.

It’s the timeless setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasing place to play golf. It’s wild, isolated and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful; there’s the blaze of colour in early summer when the gorse is in flower. The pure white sandy beach divides the links from the Dornoch Firth and it all feels very humbling.

The course itself is pretty straightforward: it’s an our-and-back layout. Many of the greens, though, are built on natural raised plateaux making approach play especially challenging. It’s the raised domed greens that became the trademark of Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross—he emigrated to the States and became one of the greatest golf course architects of all time. Many of his designs, most notable Pinehurst No2, bear the hallmark of Royal Dornoch’s greens.

The holes are unique and fun, it’s got more history than just about any other course you’ll play, and the scenery makes it all that much better.

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Tuesday
11th July 2023

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO TURNBERRY

Breakfast at your hotel

After breakfast transfer to Trump Turnberry Hotel (270 mins travel time)

Check In: 5* Trump Turnberry

Enchanting and exceptional in every way, Trump Turnberry has long been an iconic landmark on the spectacular Ayrshire coastline and most recently named Best Hotels in Europe” Gold Badge Winner 2021, (U.S. News & World Report).

Immediately upon arrival, experience warm Scottish hospitality as the attentive and friendly staff welcome you through the legendary doors of this luxury hotel in the UK. With the stunning coastal views, distinct dining options, indulgent spa treatments, exhilarating outdoor pursuits, and championship golf, this ensures that your time at this luxury hotel in Ayrshire will be truly memorable in every way.

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Wednesday
12th July 2023

DAY 6: GOLF AT TRUMP TURNBERRY AILSA GOLF COURSE

Breakfast at your hotel

The Ailsa course at the Turnberry Resort is probably the most scenic Open Championship golf course.  Turnberry was the last venue to be added to the Open Championship rotation. It may have hosted only four Opens but it has become a firm favourite.

Situated on a craggy headland overlooking the small granite island of Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde, with superb views across to the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran, the course is located in an ideal spot for playing golf. 

Essentially, the Ailsa’s an out-and-back layout with the prevailing wind usually at your back for the outward nine. The stretch of holes from the 4th to the 11th is thrilling and the scenery breathtaking. The par three 9th begins a genuinely world-class sequence of three holes laid out along the water’s edge where the tee shot at #9 plays across the bay at Turnberry Point to a green beside the lighthouse which serves as a fabulous halfway house grill.

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Thursday
13th July 2023

DAY 7: GOLF AT ROYAL TROON GOLF COURSE

Breakfast at your hotel

 Royal Troon is a traditional out-and-back links course. The opening few holes are relatively gentle, with a series of short par fours running along the Firth of Clyde. It’s from these early holes that you get the chance to soak up the views. On a clear day, you can see the distant Ailsa Craig in the south, and to the west, the majestic mountains on the Isle of Arran.

The course measures 7,208 yards from the championship tips but line is more important than distance from the tee. Bunkers are everywhere, the majority of which are not visible from the tees. There’s plenty of deep rough and a smattering of gorse and broom to punish the wayward shot. Make your score on the outward nine holes; the inward holes are severe, often playing into the prevailing north westerly wind. The stretch of holes from the 7th to the 13th provides an interesting and varied challenge.

The Open Championship returns to Royal Troon in 2024.

 Evening: By Own Arrangements

Friday
14th July 2023

DAY 8: GOLF AT PRESTWICK GOLF COURSE

Breakfast at your hotel

The course is a traditional monument, an authentic affair with a layout of holes that snake to and fro through rugged dunes and rippled fairways. There are numerous blind holed and cavernous sleepered bunkers with wooden steps to take you down to the bottom. The greens are notoriously firm and fast—some are hidden in hollows whilst others are perched on raised plateaux. The majority are quite small and all of them have wicked borrows to negotiate.

One of Prestwick’s great strengths is the quality and variety of holes. The 1st is one of the most intimidating holes in golf, a par four called “Railway”…..There are so many great things to say about Prestwick. The best thing to do is to play the course and judge it for yourself.

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Saturday
15th July 2023

DAY 9: TRANSFER TO ST ANDREWS

Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer to Old Course Hotel, St Andrews—180 mins travel time

Renowned as Scotland’s home of golf, the historic hotel is set on the most iconic golf course in the world – The Old Course – overlooking the 17th Road Hole and next to golf’s most famous bridge, Swilcan Bridge. The Old Course Hotel St Andrews has the Kohler Waters Spa, which offers luxury spa treatments, a relaxation area and a rooftop hot tub. There is also a 20 m swimming pool and fitness centre.

The refurbished bedrooms at Old Course have sumptuous décor and modern bathrooms with designer toiletries. With original character, rooms also feature flat-screen TVs and fluffy bathrobes. Free Wi-Fi is included.

With 3 AA-Rosettes, Road Hole Restaurant offers fine dining and over 200 whiskies. Sands Grill serves fresh seafood in informal surroundings, and there is also a traditional pub and bar. Situated in scenic St Andrews, Old Course Hotel is just metres from the rugged Scottish coastline and North Sea.

Evening: Welcome Reception and Dinner in Old Course Hotel

Sunday
16th July 2023

DAY 10: GOLF AT ST ANDREWS LINKS NEW COURSE OR JUBILEE COURSE

Breakfast at your hotel

The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at the Home of Golf was built by the Keeper of the Green, Tom Morris in 1895 and it was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbour. Boasting undulating fairways and challenging greens, the New Course is a classic test of links golf.

The third championship course at the Home of Golf, the Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging course on the famous Links. Built in 1897, it was originally intended for use by ladies and beginners; however, after seeing its prime golfing location between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was converted to a championship layout in 1988.

“The Home of Golf” at St Andrews is the only venue in Britain that can lay claim to having seven courses in its portfolio and the Jubilee, the 3rd oldest course at St Andrews, is perhaps the most underrated of them all.

Course allocation will be confirmed prior to day of play.

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Monday
17th July 2023

DAY 11: GOLF AT ST ANDREWS LINKS “OLD COURSE”

Breakfast at your hotel

The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.

It goes without saying that every golfer should play this course at least once, preferably multiple times. It sends shivers down the spine when the starter announces your name, setting those first nerves jangling. Oozing familiarity with names like the Swilcan Burn, the bridge over the burn —thought to have been built by the Romans — and the Valley of the Sin.

There are many memorable holes on the Old Course, but one in particular, the 17th, the Road Hole, is probably the most famous hole in the world! You will definitely remember the Old Course experience for the rest of your life.

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Tuesday
18th July 2023

DAY 12: GOLF AT CARNOUSTIE GOLF COURSE

Breakfast at your hotel

Carnoustie’s Championship is one of the courses that every golfer in the world wants to play. Voted the World’s Best Golf Course in 2019, venue for eight Open Championships and two Women’s Opens, Carnoustie is undoubtedly one of, if not the most, memorable golf courses that you’ll ever play, not just in Scotland but in all of golf.

This bucket list venue, also known as the toughest venue on The Open rota, is a course that challenges each person who visits and is rightly known as Golf’s Greatest Test. It will make you think on every shot, there’s no escaping the course once you’ve started, one of the beauties of Carnoustie is the way in which it grabs hold of you, immerses you in the landscape and takes you on a journey. That deep breath that’s taken on the first just before teeing off is only exhaled on stepping off at the 18th .

As you journey around the course, you will understand its charm as a golfing venue, vistas from the tees and fairways which confound, temp and please you. Culminating in the last four holes better known as the finest finish in golf anywhere in the world. This is Scottish links golf at its absolute best!

Evening: By Own Arrangements

Wednesday
19th July 2023

DAY 13: GOLF AT KINGSBARNS GOLF COURSE

Breakfast at your hotel

Return transfers to Kingsbarns Golf Course

Our passion is to host you for a memorable round of traditional Scottish links golf. “Embracing the Sea” is the course motto, and indeed Kingsbarns Golf Links is also unrivaled for beauty not just in Scotland but anywhere, as each and every hole at Kingsbarns is in sight of the North Sea.  What’s more it has its own burn (the Cambo), which was uncovered during all the earth moving.

The terrain is perfect for golf, rippling fairways, humps and hollows. Kingsbarns Golf Links offers dramatic drives over spectacular corners of the sea with quintessential Scottish bunkers guarding the fairways and fantastically undulating greens offering a last line of defense. 

Rarely does a golf course debut in the world top-100 rankings, and rarer still does one open up in the top 50! But this is exactly what has happened at Kingsbarns Golf Links, a modern classic built by Kyle Phillips. It’s one of only a few true links courses to be built recently along Scotland’s coastline, so it is just as well that this course is a cracker and deserves its status as one of the greatest links courses in the world!

Evening: Presentation Dinner and Drinks in Tom Morris Bar and Grill

Thursday
20th July 2023

DAY 14: TRANSFER TO EDINBURGH AIRPORT—TOUR OVER

Breakfast at your hotel & Check Out of Hotel. 

9am— Group Transfer to Edinburgh International Airport. 

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– TOUR ENDS –