ADAM STEPHENSON SCOTLAND Golf Tour Proposal

JUNE 14, 2021 - JUNE 21, 2021 | 7 NIGHTS | 9+ ROUNDS | 8 GOLFERS

Epic Golf Travel

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To this end, we spend more hours planning and executing your trip than any other golf tour company in the industry. Because of the time we spend, this sometimes comes at a cost, so working with us may not be for everyone or for every trip. But for those who seek a genuine interest in their golf experience and fanatical attention to detail, we believe you'll appreciate our absolute commitment to you and your golf travel plans.

The attached schedule is based on 8 golfers traveling, including 2 PGA members, and includes 7 nights double accommodations, 9 rounds of golf, a chauffeured coach & driver for the entirety of your trip and a full Scottish breakfast each morning.

Please note that the UK and St Andrews in particular are already extremely busy next year, with much of 2020 being rebooked to 2021 due to the Coronavirus. Once you review your itinerary and approve of it's content, I would suggest we book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Your suggested lodging has you staying in double guest rooms at The Sandman Signature Hotel in the heart of Aberdeen and the Mercure Inverness Hotel in Inverness. Both hotels are located within walking distance of dozens of restaurants and pubs, so there'll be no need to drive at night for any food and beverage or entertainment.

Your suggested golf has you playing 9 rounds on some of the best and most unique links courses in Scotland. I've taken your suggestions and added some of my favorite links courses. Some are fun and unique (Cullen Links and Brora), some are classics (Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen) and some are simply majestic (Carnoustie and Trump International Scotland). You'll enjoy them all. I've also built your initial itinerary so if you're not scheduled to play 36 on a particular day, you'll have the option to do so nearby on another classic but very affordable links course. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

Should this itinerary suit your needs, I suggest you fly into the Aberdeen International Airport, which is the most convenient airport for your itinerary. You could then choose to fly out of the Inverness Airport or out of Aberdeen.

Our prices INCLUDE ALL TAXES AND ANY RESORT OR LODGING FEES, there are no hidden costs of any kind.

Your trip and monies are fully protected from any Coronavirus related closings or delays. 

This trip itinerary is a quotation only and therefore remains subject to availability. I look forward to your thoughts and please reach out if you have any questions or need additional information.

When we've reached the point where you're ready to book, you can simply click on the "Ready to Book" button contained herein and it will walk you through the process of making your deposit and other payments.

Kind regards,

Dave Redmond, Senior Partner
Epic Golf Travel
david@epicgolftravel.com

 

YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: June 14, 2021 - June 21, 2021
# GOLFERS: 8 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
8 Days / 7 Nights / 9 Rounds Included
GOLF: 9 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees. See courses below.
LODGING: 7 nights lodging in double guest rooms at The Sandman Signature Hotel in Aberdeen & The Mercure Inverness Hotel in Inverness
TRANSPORT: Chauffeured Coach & Driver for the entirety of your trip
PRICE: $3,840.00 USD per person
DEPOSIT: $960.00 USD per person
ITINERARY: See below for an initial suggested itinerary
TERMS: Your monies are 100% protected from any Coronavirus related issues. Your trip can be rescheduled with no penalty should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
Full use of all practice facilities at all golf courses
Full Scottish breakfast each morning
Destination Travel Pack with useful information on traveling to the UK and areas visited on your tour
All Lodging and Golf Course Surcharges & All Taxes
Full Services of Epic Golf Travel Personnel before, during and after your trip including a web portal for individual online deposit and balance payments, arranging all golf, room, caddie and dinner reservations, rental car requests & airport transfer requests
Epic Golf Travel 24/7 Golf Concierge
Automatic Membership into our Epic Plus Program
Our Gold Star Service Pledge

This itinerary is subject to availability and is subject to change at any time. In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a 25% deposit reflected above is required, with an additional 25% payment due 120 days prior to travel. The 50% balance is due 60 days prior to travel. Nothing can be held or confirmed until a deposit is received.

This itinerary is subject to availability and is subject to change at any time. In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a 25% deposit reflected above is required, with an additional 25% payment due 120 days prior to travel. The 50% balance is due 60 days prior to travel. Nothing can be held or confirmed until a deposit is received.

YOUR SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Here is an itinerary for your trip that includes all the golf courses you suggested as well as additional links courses we thought you'd thoroughly enjoy.

This itinerary has you flying into Aberdeen, Scotland where you'll stay and play for 4 days. You'll then head up to Inverness where you'll stay and play for an additional 3 days.

Your last morning you'll head back down to Aberdeen to fly home (or you can schedule your flight so you fly into Aberdeen and fly out of Inverness, saving yourself the 2 hour drive).

Anything in this itinerary can be adjusted to fit your specific trip wishes.

GOLF COURSES

GOLF COURSES

CRUDEN BAY GOLF CLUB

Ranked #71 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Cruden Bay is a spectacular links course but tends to get overshadowed by its' Aberdeen neighbours Trump International and Royal Aberdeen, but even so it is undoubtedly a spectacular links in a glorious natural setting with towering sand dunes dominating the early play and holes.

Ask any golf course designer to talk of their inspirations and the chances are the name of Cruden Bay will crop up within a matter of seconds. Nothing unusual there, it's a spectacular course in a glorious natural location.

Blind shots, driveable par 4s, monster par 3s, 90˚ doglegs, hidden bunkers, raised greens, plunging tee shots, treacherous burns... the course is a constant source of surprise and wonder and has encouraged generations of architects to seek out the unusual and unique features of a site. For that alone we should all be thankful. But this is no freak show or curiosity. It's just one of the most memorable and enjoyable links courses you'll ever have the chance to play.

MURCAR GOLF LINKS

Ranked #38 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

18 holes, 71 par, 6,516 yards

Established in 1909, Murcar Links was originally designed by Archie Simpson, with later refinements made in the 1930′s by James Braid. The course has recently undergone alterations and improvements that are sympathetic to what Simpson and Braid set out to achieve.

The course is situated on the coast of Aberdeenshire, 10 minutes from Aberdeen city centre, and enjoys unrivaled views across the North Sea. Additionally, Murcar Links is a European Tour venue, having hosted the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2015.

Murcar Links has risen to No 35 in the Golf World Magazine ranking of the Top 100 Courses in Scotland. The judging panel highlighted 'some great holes, scenically and strategically', while the overall Golf World verdict was "enjoyable whether in the dune valleys or near the sea". Playing Murcar Links is a truly memorable and rewarding experience where each hole offers its own challenge.

ROYAL ABERDEEN GOLF CLUB

Ranked #57 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

18 holes, 72 par, 6,774 yards.

The 6th oldest golf course in the world and ranked in Scotland's Top 10 and the world's Top 100 golf courses, the Balgownie at Royal Aberdeen is a superb links challenge and a must play when in Scotland.

The course runs out and back along the North Sea. The outward nine (which is acknowledged as one of the finest in links golf anywhere in the world) cuts its way through some wonderful dune formations. The inland nine returns south over the flatter plateau.

A traditional old Scottish links, it is well-bunkered with undulating fairways. It has an excellent balance of holes, strong par 4's, tricky par 3's and two classic par 5's, with the 8th (signature hole) protected by nine bunkers. The ever-changing wind, tight-protected greens and a magnificent finish makes Balgownie a test for the very best.

CARNOUSTIE GOLF LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE

Ranked #26 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

The Championship Course at Carnoustie has hosted The Open Championship no less than six times and is a superb example of traditional links golf. It is widely recognized as one of the best seaside links golf courses in the world and many professionals have declared it as one of the toughest.

The original 18 hole course was designed by Old Tom Morris in 1857, but was revisited by James Braid in 1926 and has been hardly altered since.

With sloping fairways, fast greens and a selection of the most formidable bunkers in links golf, the Championship Course at Carnoustie certainly guarantees visitors an enjoyable but testing round on a memorable golf course.

TRUMP INTERNATIONAL GOLF LINKS

Ranked #60 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Trump International architect, Dr. Martin Hawtree's father and grandfather before him designed and laid out many courses worldwide but are perhaps best known for the Open Championship course, Royal Birkdale.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews task Dr. Hawtree each year with the design modifications at all their Open Championship venues before each tournament. Dr. Hawtree's fierce adherence to working with the natural environment has allowed him to create the most natural links golf course possible on this wonderful seaside property.

The golf course follows a classic pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All 18 holes thread their way through the dunes, rising here to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging there into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topographies, landscapes, alternating between spaciousness and enclosure, then panoramic view, and the whole time a rich texture of vegetation and wildlife habitats surrounding the golf holes.

CULLEN LINKS GOLF CLUB

Designed by the legendary Old Tom Morris and opened in 1870, the front nine at Cullen Golf Club take you next to the cliffs overlooking the Moray Firth Coast, while the back nine leads you back to beach level, making an 18-hole round at Cullen Golf Club a scenic delight that will have golfers gasping in awe at its spectacular beauty. And while the scenery is indeed stunning, the level of play also stands out.

As one of the world's 264 true links courses, Cullen is known as the shortest of all these. While the course may be short, it packs a plentiful punch with an exciting mix of straightforward and challenging holes that are both fun and memorable.

What makes the course even more unique are the 80 foot high rock formations you play amongst for the entire back nine. Some call it quirky, we call it genuine links golf...

ROYAL DORNOCH GOLF CLUB (CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE)

Formed in 1877, Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives. It is a must play and is currently ranked number 2 in the world by both Golf and Golf Digest Magazines.

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 color in early summer when the gorse is in bloom. The white sandy beach divides the links from the Dornoch Firth and it all feels very humbling.

You can expect the experience at Royal Dornoch to be relaxed and informal, with an emphasis on traditional highland hospitality.

BRORA GOLF CLUB

18 holes, 70 par, 6,211 yds

Brora Golf Club lies 20 miles north of Dornoch and it's one of the most delightful short road journeys imaginable. Brora is probably the least well known links course in Scotland but really does deserve to be discovered. Brora Golf Club was founded in 1891 and in 1923, James Braid was commissioned to work several redesigns of the course, and little has changed since.

It's a traditional out and back layout with the opening nine holes hugging the North Sea coastline. We can think of no other course in Scotland which has so many holes playing so close to the sea, especially ones with no dunescapes to hide the view. The ground undulates gently and you can expect to encounter the occasional burn and a series of electric fences, which do a fine job of keeping the sheep off the fast Brora greens.

Measuring 6,211 yards from the back tees, Brora is not of championship length, but the great late Peter Thomson, winner of Five Open Championships, proclaimed Brora to be his favorite golf course in the world.

CASTLE STUART GOLF LINKS

Castle Stuart Golf Links is a championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle - Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse being the most notable.

Surrounding the golfer is a rugged and natural landscape with vast expanses of gorse, broom, heather, and sea marram. The bunkering is characterized 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 1930s style white 'Art Deco'  clubhouse can be seen sitting prominently atop its viewing perch.

All in all Castle Stuart can be described as a throwback to golf as it once was - a simple walk through pleasing natural surroundings with both friends and amazing views to accompany you.

OPTIONAL GOLF

OPTIONAL GOLF

CARNOUSTIE GOLF LINKS BURNSIDE COURSE

The Burnside course at Carnoustie has been used in the past for qualifying when the Open has been held on the Championship course and no less than Ben Hogan entered the tournament this way for the 1953 Open before going on to lift the old claret jug later the same week.

What it lacks in its 6,028-yard length is more than made up for by tight fairways, heather, whins, pot bunkers and, as the name suggests, the Barry Burn which wanders through part of the course and features at several of the demanding par three holes. Greens are small, contoured and hard to hold, especially in dry summer conditions or when the wind gets up.

Burnside has its own character and charm and is a fine test of golf in its own right - the par of 68 and a Standard Scratch Score of 70 tells you the Burnside is no pushover.

STONEHAVEN GOLF CLUB

Stonehaven Golf Club was founded in April of 1888 and is one of the most impressive and picturesque golf courses in Aberdeenshire. It overlooks the North Sea and the harbour town of Stonehaven, which is only a short drive to Royal Deeside, one of the most popular tourist areas in Scotland. Picturesque, short and very much fun, Stonehaven is a welcome addition to any golf trip in the area.

The legendary James Braid played a challenge match here on August 18, 1906 , against his nephew and twice Open Championship runner-up  Archie Simpson. Afterwards, the famous architectural duo sat and planned upgrades and improvements to the course which were later implemented.

The original clubhouse chimney from 1889 still rests on a more modern club house, where you can enjoy a pint while watching players tee off at the 15th tee. Keep an eye out for the iconic bunker known as 'Hitler's Bunker' which was formed when a German aircraft dropped a bomb on the course only a hundred yards from the clubhouse.

 

SPEY BAY GOLF CLUB

Spey Bay is located at the mouth of the River Spey on the stunning Moray Firth coastline, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Designed by the legendary Ben Sayers, the course was opened in 1907.

This is a visually pleasing undulating links course with a long beach on one side. Measuring 5,726 yards from the tips, Spey Bay Golf Club is a par 70.

Gorse and heather line the fairways here, and the beach creates a natural border on some holes - though it won't come into play unless you're completely wild off the tee. A true "Hidden Gem", Spay Bay is a treat to play and a true links classic.

FORTROSE & ROSEMARKIE GOLF LINKS

18 holes, 71 par, 6,085 yds

There is reference to golf being played at Fortrose & Rosemarkie as far back as 1702, though it was not until 1889 that a formal golf club was. The course was extended to 18 holes by 1924 but it was ten years later before James Braid shaped the links to its current design and Sir Hector Monro opened the revamped course 1935.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie lies on a narrow peninsula jutting out into Rosemarkie Bay and protects the entrance to the Moray Firth. A lighthouse stands at the point, and the road there divides the course in two. There is just enough land either side to accommodate this shortish but testing links course.

What Fortrose & Rosemarkie lacks in yardage is more than made up for with its small, subtle greens, strategic bunkering, dense island gorse, blind approaches and the proximity of the sea at nearly half the holes. And the club has recently proudly hosted two national competitions, the first time the club has ever attracted such prestigious events to the Black Isle.

LODGING

LODGING

SANDMAN SIGNATURE HOTEL

Located in one of Aberdeen's historic buildings at the heart of the city, Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel provides luxurious accommodations steps away from key attractions in the Granite City.

The Hotel itself is situated in the former Robert Gordon University St Andrews Street campus with 218 guest rooms, including corporate, king, kitchenette, and executive suites.

Located 5 minutes from the hotel are numerous attractions, stadiums and shopping centers... Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatics, Beach Boulevard Retail Park, Chris Anderson Stadium, Union Square Shopping Centre, the University of Aberdeen, and Westburn Park. There are also dozens of restaurants and pubs located within a 10 minute walk of the hotel.

The rooms include free WiFi, refrigerator, microwave, spa-like bathrooms, coffee, tea and biscuits.

MERCURE INVERNESS HOTEL

Situated in the heart of Inverness' vibrant City Centre, Mercure Inverness Hotel boasts a dramatic Highlands backdrop overlooking the peaceful River Ness. This newly refurbished, modern 4-star hotel with its locally inspired interior, is just six miles from world famous Loch Ness, 10 miles from Inverness Airport and only 200 meters from Inverness railway station, making it the perfect base-camp for guests looking to immerse themselves in Scottish culture.

Pull open the curtains of your guest room and you're greeted with views of the River Ness or the picturesque Old Town. All bedrooms feature HD LED TV and complimentary high speed WiFi. In privilege and superior rooms you'll enjoy a Nespresso coffee machine, newspaper, robe and slippers.

 

VIP CLASSIC COACH & DRIVER

Fully chauffeured VIP coach & driver is included in this trip through St Andrews Executive Travel. You will ride comfortably with plenty of room in a Mercedes Touring Sprinter.

The bus includes leather reclining seats, 2 tables, radio, DVD, CD, 2 TV screens, refrigerator & ice container, ample luggage space and a knowledgable local driver.

The local Scottish driver will help with luggage and golf clubs and be available to answer any questions regarding local sights, food and beverage, pubs, etc.

THINGS TO DO

THINGS TO DO

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

By far the largest region in Scotland, the Highlands covers nearly 10,000 sq miles in northern Scotland. The region is home to stunning scenery, including the legendary Loch Ness.

Sporting some the world's most stunning scenery, the region has one of the oldest and most fascinating histories on earth. The Cairngorms National Park lies at the heart of this region, offering everything from stunning hiking routes to ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding and much more.

To the west you will find the magical Isle of Skye, teeming with incredible outdoor spots to explore, including the famous 'fairy pools', the Cuillin mountain range and the 'Old Man of Storr'. The vast landscape has an undulating coastline, wild expanses, rugged mountains and islands, rushing rivers, and conifer-rich woodlands - what more do you need.

The Highlands also feature legendary battlefields, museums packed with rich local history and breath-taking geological wonders, not to mention many famous distilleries and breweries.

 

CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, has everything from castles and distilleries to family attractions and endless outdoor fun. The UK's largest National Park offers masses of things to do including watersports, snowsports, wildlife watching, and some incredible high and low level walking and cycling routes.

Experience some of the world's most unique and rare wildlife and landscapes with a visit to one or more of the nine National Nature Reserves in the Park. There are hundreds of miles of paths and trails to explore throughout the park. Five of the UK's six highest mountains lie inside the park, along with the 3,000 ft. Munros  mountains, which can be found here too. There are huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls, and more wildlife than you can image.

You can also enjoy some downtime amid the glorious scenery. Why not browse the bookshops and bars in Aviemore or make your way along the Malt Whisky Trail?

DUNNOTTAR CASTLE, ABERDEEN

If you had to pick just one castle in all of Scotland to trust with your life in a time of great danger then it would without any doubt be Dunnottar Castle. No other Scottish castle comes close in terms of a sense of sheer brooding impregnability. This is a castle which looks across to the nearby coastal cliffs and sea and whose presence, even today, conveys a very simply message: "You are not welcome."

The outcrop of rock on which Dunnottar Castle stands might have been designed specifically to permit the building of the most impregnable fortress in Scotland. Sheer cliffs 160ft high almost completely surround a flat area over three acres in size. The rock was once joined by a narrow fin to the mainland, but even this was carved away to ensure access along it was not possible.

LOCH NESS & URQHUART CASTLE

Located an easy (and scenic) 30-minute drive southeast of Inverness city center, Loch Ness is must-visit when exploring the Scottish Highlands. Famous the world over as the home of the Loch Ness Monster, this picture-perfect freshwater lake is also home to one of the country's most iconic fortresses: Urquhart Castle. Although now just ruins, it's easy to picture just how magnificent this castle once was.

In addition to superb exhibits dealing with the castle's rich history, the site also boasts a great café with stunning views over Loch Ness. For more on the mythical beast that inhabits the lake, visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, with its fascinating displays relating to the monster and the surrounding area.

 

CLO MOR CLIFFS & CAPE WRATH

The Clo Mor Cliffs are one of the highest cliffs in Great Britain. From sweeping panoramic views of Scotland's mainland and tumultuous seas to puffins, kittiwakes, and fulmars flying about, standing atop this natural work of art is impressive. The cliffs drop almost 1,000 feet to the beach and the magical Smoo cave... an impressive sea cave guarded by a wondrous waterfall.

Cape Wrath offers remarkable views over the North Atlantic toward the Orkney Isles. It's also one of the wildest parts of the Highlands, full of wondrous geological features and steeped in maritime history. One of the few man-made structures in the area is the lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson in 1827 on the spectacular Clo Mor Cliffs. The area is also popular among bird-watchers, and for hikers, numerous trails crisscross the area, including some leading to lovely Loch Nevis.

FORT GEORGE

Fort George was completed in 1769 and is perhaps the strongest fortification ever built in the UK.

Conceived in the immediate aftermath of the 1745 uprising and the Battle of Culloden that concluded it, Fort George was intended to be a once and for all solution to the threat posed by the Highlands to the Crown.

But although the need for it may have gone by the time it was finished, Fort George continues in use and is still operational as an army barracks today, though the Ministry of Defence has announced plans to close it by 2032.

The huge fort covers 42 acres, and was designed to provide all the facilities of a small town. There was a bake house, brew house and chapel, a provisions store, powder magazine and ordnance store.

But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Fort George is just how little it has changed since its completion in 1769. What remains today is exactly what was existing over 200 years ago.

 

DUNROBIN CASTLE

Just an hour north of Inverness and on your way to Royal Dornoch stands the imposing Dunrobin Castle. The castle was the seat of the influential counts and dukes of Sutherland who, by the end of the 19th century, owned more land than any other landowner in Europe.

The castle, which resembles a French château and was begun in 1275, has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed London's Houses of Parliament, and Scotland's own Sir Robert Lorimer. The castle was used as a naval hospital during the First World War and as a boys' boarding school from 1965 to 1972.

The extensive Italian-style gardens are ideal for a stroll and also offer fine views over the Dornoch Firth. If there's time, you should stay for one of the castle's regular falconry shows. There's also a first-rate tea shop on-site serving traditional high tea.

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In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a 25% deposit reflected above is required, with an additional 25% payment due 120 days prior to travel. The 50% balance is due 60 days prior to travel.

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$3,840.00 USD per person