Scotland Golf Trip Advice for Your Great Experience

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If you looking for Scotland golf trip advice, may this article useful for you. We share about optimizing your time and money in planning, booking, and experiencing golf trip to Scotland. The key to have successful golf trip to Scotland is information. Whether you book the trip through a tour company, use the Scottish golf trip consulting option, or simply search online on internet. You will be shocked when you first realized how far in advance you need to plan your trip, but it’ll be worthwhile.

Scotland Golf Trip Planning Advice

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Plan It Yourself or With Tour Company

It depends on the amount of free time you have and the size of your budget. In most cases you provide basic information to the companies and they return with an estimate for the trip. Keep in mind you are paying a premium with this option. Tour companies can also be a good way to snag guaranteed tee times on the Old Course, but that is where things start to get pricey. Tour companies can be pricey, but they offer a very easy way to book your trip.

If you don’t have the time to plan out an entire trip but want a customized itinerary should think about newer options like the golf trip consulting option on this site. You can fill out a questionnaire and I provide an itinerary custom tailored to your interests both on and off the course that is extremely easy to book yourself.

Planning and booking a trip completely by yourself is a great option for those with time and some patience to do the research. There are some great resources out there to help, and I believe you’ll save money by doing all your bookings yourself.

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Fix Your Budget

Your budget is largely a personal choice, but there are great ways to maximize the money you plan on spending. Choosing a B&B over a pricier hotel, setting up base in one area and making day trips from there, or splitting some of the fixed costs among a larger group are all great methods for saving money. You’ll have caddies that can be found there. In summary, a caddie can add greatly to a round of golf on a course you have never seen. That is especially true on some Scottish links with lots of blind shots. If caddies aren’t in the budget, consider splitting a forecaddie within the group.

Choose The Place to Play

Playing all over the country is exhausting, expensive, and doesn’t maximize your time. If you don’t have enough information, you can do a lot of the tee time research online, just go to each course’s website. For the Old Course in St Andrews, you apply for advance reservations in September for the following year, so you’re out of luck that way, but you might be able to get a confirmed time through a tour packager. You’ll pay through the nose for that. You can still apply through the daily ballot. That’s all explained at the St Andrews Trust website, and in a number of threads here. Muirfield shows no availability at all in August. Carnoustie does show some opportunities for a two-ball to join other players. Royal Dornoch is showing some availability, although there’s a solid week with nothing, probably a competition going on.

When you apply for the advanced reservations in St. Andrews, you’ll need to pick a second course. We played the New Course last year, it’s a really good golf course, a tough test. In a couple of weeks we’ll be playing the Jubilee, and I’ve read that its equally good, and maybe even more difficult. I also recommend Kingsbarns, its a lovely, interesting, and fair golf course, only about 15 minutes drive from St. Andrews. The only down side, its really expensive. For good, moderately priced golf, I can recommend Lundin Links, to the southwest, and Panmure, to the north, both within an hours drive. I’ll play Carnoustie in a couple of weeks, and I know it will be a great golf course. I’ve always done my planning after hearing from the St. Andrews Trust, which puts it into late October or early November, and not had a problem making arrangements.

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If you go Turnberry then I’d recommend Royal Troon, Western Gailes, Glasgow Gailes, Prestwick. You may get better deals on places like Irvine Bogside, Dundonald. If you go East Lothian then as others have said there’s Gullane 1/2/3 (they may do a Multi round rate) and the likes of Luffness, Dunbar, Craigielaw, Kilspindie, The Glen North Berwick nearby but a trip to that part of Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a round at the North Berwick West, it’s a must! Muirfield don’t take single bookings so you’ll struggle there. All within a quick taxi ride and trainable from Edinburgh. Shameless plug for my mates cab firm in North Berwick a2b taxis.

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Choose Where to Stay

It depends on your budget in many cases. IF you staying in B&Bs, you will feel much more attached to the community. The proprietors are almost always friendly locals who can offer great advice and tips about the area. They are also almost always less expensive than a chain hotel. The included Scottish fry-up breakfast you’ll receive at most B&Bs. Home rental or hotels can initially seem like an expensive option, but if you’re traveling in a large group, it can actually be very cost effective.

Transportation

An important thing on your trip is transportation. Renting a car is a viable option. Keep in mind you’ll need a driver who is comfortable driving on the left side of the road in what will likely be a manual car. If you find yourself in a typical European car it will be extremely difficult to fit all of your bags and clubs, let alone the golfers.

For larger groups, a transportation service or driver can be incredibly nice. Everyone can relax, have a pint after the round, and not have to stress about navigating in a new country or avoiding drunk driving laws. The cost of this option when split among a larger group can make a lot of sense.

Another way to avoid driving yourself is public transportation. It’s not the easiest or most convenient option, but it is relaxing. If you want to look into train travel, I suggest visiting Scottish Golf By Train to help sort everything out.

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Having Tee Times

Getting tee times at most courses isn’t a problem, given you’re booking enough time in advance. Other courses like Muirfield and Renaissance Club have limited guest play, so you’ll want to get on those really early. The Old Course is a different tee time beast, and I’ve written an entire article on that here.

If you really want to play muirfield, check the online tee sheet everyday. there’s cancellations every so often. when you see the tee time available and it’s for a day you can do, take it fast cause it probably won’t be open for long. general consensus among my golf buddies about muirfield is the course is ok but you go for the experience (play morning 18, go in for lunch in the clubhouse in suit and tie, play best ball after lunch).

Definitely, drive yourself and get a europe-enabled garmin to be safe. Check your car insurance and credit card company which rental insurance option you should choose. You can try tipping the old course starter in your Scotland golf trip for a tee time if you don’t get in via lottery. as a 2-ball and with some flexibility, you can probably still put together a good schedule for August.

If you know you’ll want to play a course twice, it is worth asking about their replay rate. Some courses offer great deals if you play again that day or even within that week. An example is the very pricey Kingsbarns Golf Links that offers 50% off if you play again within one week of that first round.