THE BEST GOLF VACATIONS ON THE PLANET™

Your PGA Golf Specialist: David Redmond
david@epicgolftravel.com

THE BEST GOLF VACATIONS ON THE PLANET™

Your PGA Golf Specialist: David Redmond
david@epicgolftravel.com

RUSS CROCKETT SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS GOLF TOUR

AUGUST 2021 | 8 NIGHTS | 4 ROUNDS | 2 GOLFERS

RUSS CROCKETT SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS GOLF TOUR

AUGUST 2021 | 8 NIGHTS | 4 ROUNDS | 2 GOLFERS

Epic Golf Travel

August 20, 2020

Hi Russ,

Many thanks for your inquiry, we would love to be your resource for all your golf travel needs!

Epic Golf Travel was founded over 25 years ago and our company partners are PGA Professionals who have over 75 years of golf industry and travel experience. We are members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the leading international golf tourism organization, as well as the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). Our commitment is to deliver an exceptional golf travel experience... every client, every trip, every time.

Our approach is based on three guiding principles... exceptional service, unprecedented value for your dollar and a fantastic golf travel experience.

The attached schedule is based on 2 golfers traveling and includes 8 nights accommodations, 4 rounds of golf, a self-drive automatic rental vehicle and breakfast daily. For the sake of this quote, I will assume you'll be flying into the Inverness Airport. Additionally, I have quoted your trip with a self-drive vehicle. Using a coach and driver for your 9 days in Scotland would have added approximately $1,500.00 USD per person to your trip cost. I can always update your quote if that is what you prefer.

Your suggested lodging has you staying in double guest rooms at The Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness and The Royal Hotel in Dornoch. Both are 4 Star hotels and are excellent choices for your visit. The Kingsmills is about a 10 minute walk from center city and The Royal Hotel sits on the first tee of Royal Dornoch Golf Club. I am suggesting you stay in two separate hotels to make travel to your golf courses easier and to see more of Scotland and it's countryside.

Your suggested golf schedule has you playing four outstanding links courses... Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Brora Golf Club and Moray Golf Club (Old). I've played ever one and they are among the best links that The Highlands has to offer. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

Additionally, there are quite a few things to do after golf... sightseeing in the amazing Scottish Highlands with their lochs, rugged mountains and complete isolation, visiting Loch Ness, Donan Castle, Inverness Castle, whisky distilleries, Fort George and there are some fantastic day trips out of Inverness as well. You'll find more details on things to do below.

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

Your monies are fully 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.

Once you've had a chance to review your itinerary and quoted price for inclusions, please reach out with any questions or comments. If you're ready to book after review, you can simply click on the "Ready to Book" button and it will walk you through the process.

Thanks again!

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

YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
TOUR PRICING: $2,635.00 USD per person
DATES: August 2021
# GOLFERS: 2 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
9 Days / 8 Nights / 4 Rounds
YOUR GOLF: 4 rounds of golf with prepaid greens. See courses below.
YOUR LODGING: 5 nights lodging in Inverness & 3 nights lodging in Dornoch
TRANSPORT: Self-drive automatic rental vehicle
ITINERARY: We begin to build a tour itinerary for you after we've had the opportunity to fully understand your trip expectations. It honestly can't happen any other way if the trip is to be yours, not ours. We work closely with you to create a final itinerary based on your style, pace & tour wishes.
SIGHTSEEING: The Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, Donan Castle, Inverness Castle, Fort George, Whisky Distilleries, Urqhuart Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle & Gardens, Loch Maree, The Clo Mor Cliffs, Cape Wrath, Dunrobin Castle, the Orkney Isles, the Shetland Islands
DEPOSIT: $875.00 USD per person
TERMS: Your monies are fully 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
5 nights lodging in a Deluxe Double Guest Room at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness & 3 nights lodging in a Classic Double Guest Room at The Royal Hotel in Dornoch
4 rounds of golf with prepaid greens. See courses below.
Self-drive automatic rental vehicle
Full Scottish breakfast each morning
Assistance of Epic Golf Travel's local partners at your UK destination
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
Unlimited consultation and the full Services of Epic Golf Travel Personnel before, during and after your trip. This includes any questions at any time relating to your golf tour, sightseeing opportunities, dinner recommendations, a group web portal for online deposit and balance payments, arranging all golf, room, caddie and dinner reservations, rental car requests & airport transfer requests.
Epic Golf Travel 24/7 Emergency Phone Number
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% non-refundable 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% non-refundable 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.

WHAT WE DO FOR YOU

We realize you want your next golf vacation to be your best ever, and we won't rest until we've created that trip for you. To that end, we truly take the time to research and build your trip the right way... we don't do "instant quotes" and we don't use software to build your trip. We do it the old-fashioned way... with pencil, paper, a phone and a wealth of knowledge and experience.

We also realize that price is a part of every decision-making process. However, our 98% plus client satisfaction rating is built on much more than simply price. Once you review What We Do For You, we believe you'll agree you receive the most value for your dollar when you vacation with us. In the end, it's not always how much you spend on your golf vacation that's important, but HOW you spend your golf vacation that really counts.

Click the link below to see all the things we do as part of our Gold Star Service to you. We are truly committed to giving you "The Best Golf Vacation on the Planet".

GOLF COURSES

GOLF COURSES

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.

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.

MORAY GOLF CLUB (OLD)

This truly thrilling golf course designed by Old Tom Morris himself more than 100 years ago is absolutely stunning. From the moment you tee off next to Moray's pro shop until you putt out on the elevated final green in front of the clubhouse, you can't fail but fall under the magical spell of what is indisputably one of the world's finest links golf courses that bears comparison with any on the British Open roster.

Keeping it on the straight and narrow isn't terribly easy on this classic links course, as the wind invariably whistles in across the adjacent Moray Firth. Compared to the gorse, the revetted bunkers look almost appealing despite the fact that they are much deeper than your average bunker. And whether you call them nasty yellow bushes, gorse, or by their Scottish name of whins, they are, despite being very pretty in the early summer, best avoided. However, that isn't very easy on the Old Course at Moray, as they seemingly lurk alongside every hole and greedily grab whatever golf ball comes their way.

 

 

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.

LODGING

LODGING

KINGSMILLS HOTEL & SPA

The Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous 4-star luxury hotel nestled in the beautiful Scottish Highlands in Inverness. It's history dates back to the 18th century and had it's beginnings as a Lords mansion.

The Kingsmills Hotel rooms are all elegantly furnished to provide a luxury getaway while on vacation in The Highlands. Each spacious hotel room boasts charming décor and modern amenities, including complimentary mineral water, coffee and tea, free wifi, satellite tv and patios.

You can rest and relax in the rejuvenating spa facilities, with specially trained therapists and masseuses ensuring your health and well-being. There's an indoor pool at hand as well as a fully equipped gym.

 

ROYAL GOLF HOTEL

Located on Royal Dornoch's first tee, The Royal Golf Hotel is a Scottish golfers' paradise providing a traditional Highland welcome.

Many of the 22 en-suite four star and individually styled bedrooms overlook both the golf course and Dornoch Firth beyond. The Royal Golf Hotel was awarded 'Scottish Golf Hotel of the year 2011' awarded at The Scottish Hotel Awards Ceremony. Interestingly the distance from the hotel reception to the first tee is probably the shortest walk in the world from a hotel to a nearby golf club.

The Royal Golf Hotel is an ideal base in the Highlands with 20 golf courses within an hours drive. Superfast WiFi broadband connection is available free of charge throughout the hotel including guest bedrooms.

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.

 

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.

 

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?

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.

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.

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.

 

SHETLAND ISLANDS

Lying roughly 100 miles off the north east coast of Scotland, the Shetland Islands are the northern-most tip of Scotland. The islands separate the Atlantic Ocean, on the west, from the North Sea on the east. The islands are made up of around 100 different islands.

The islands have some of the most incredible landscapes in the UK and a Viking heritage second to none. Shetland was awarded Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2019 as one of Europe's top destinations.

You can explore Shetland's beautiful capital, Lerwick, and wander around the towns quirky lanes made famous in the BBC Shetland TV series.

Explore the seaside and enjoy miles of breathtaking coastline, fringed by towering clifftops, pristine beaches and crystal-clear blue shores. You can also experience spectacular wildlife, including seabirds, seals, otters, orcas and the famous Shetland ponies.

 

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BOOKING PROCESS

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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PRICE:

$2,635.00 USD per person

BOOKING PROCESS

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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PRICE:

$2,635.00 USD per person

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