STAN STEWART ST ANDREWS Golf Tour Proposal

MAY - SEPTEMBER 2021 | 6 NIGHTS | 5 ROUNDS | 2 GOLFERS

Epic Golf Travel

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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).

At Epic Golf Travel, our motto, "The Best Golf Vacations on the Planet", is our sincere promise to you to deliver an exceptional golf travel experience... every trip you take and every time you take one.

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 2 golfers traveling and includes 6 nights accommodations, 5 rounds of golf, 1 round of golf on The Old Course via the Daily Ballot (greens fee not included in this quote and is paid onsite), your choice of a 5-passenger self-drive automatic vehicle or transfers to and from the airport, golf courses and lodging 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 and pricing, especially with a group of your size, I would suggest we book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Your suggested lodging has you staying in a double guest room at The Ardgowan Hotel in St Andrews. The Ardgowan is in the heart of St Andrews and is a two minute walk down to the 18th green of The Old Course. Additionally, you are able to walk anywhere in and around St Andrews in just minutes, so restaurants, pubs, shopping and sightseeing are all within easy walking distance.

Your suggested golf schedule has you playing The Old Course via the Ballot (more information below and details can be found on our website here), Carnoustie Golf Links, Crail Balcomie Links, Lundin Links, Golf House Club Elie and Scotscraig Golf Club. I have personally played each of these golf courses and they are on my short list of courses I would always play when traveling to St Andrews. More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

I can go into further detail with you regarding tee times at The Old Course and how to acquire them and I am happy to do so. Guaranteed times are very limited, very expensive and are only sold through pre-determined packages offered by golf tour companies such as ourselves. The most cost-effective way to play The Old Course is through their ballot system. There is a ballot in September, one in January and one each day that you would be in St Andrews. You can also walk up on any day to wait in line for a potential tee time. We know the in's and out's of all ballot options and can apply to all of them for you, thus greatly increasing your chances of getting a tee time. Your other option is as a walk-up... you would simply get up early on your chosen day of play and queue up in line at The Old Course Starters Building for available times that day.

There are quite a few things to do after golf for the golfer and non-golfer... walking around St Andrews, playing the 18 hole Himalaya's Putting Course, visiting the British Golf Museum or having a pint at one of the dozens of pubs you're able to walk to from your lodging in St Andrews.

Should this itinerary suit your needs, I suggest you fly into the Edinburgh International Airport, which is the closest international airport to St Andrews, about one hour and 15 minutes by road.

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: May - September 2021
# GOLFERS: 2 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
7 Days / 6 Nights / 5 Rounds plus The Old Course
GOLF: 5 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees & 1 round of golf at The Old Course (via Daily Ballot, greens fee not included & is paid onsite). See courses below.
LODGING: 6 nights lodging in a double guest room at The Ardgowan hotel in the heart of St Andrews
TRANSPORT: Self-drive automatic 5-passenger rental vehicle or transfers to and from the airport, golf courses and lodging
OF INTEREST: Old Town St Andrews, St Anderws Castle, The Himalaya's Putting Course, the British Golf Museum, Old Tom Morris Gift Shop, the Swilken Bridge
PRICE: Self-Drive: $2,370.00 USD per person
Transfers: $2,785.00 USD per person
DEPOSIT: $690.00 USD per person
ITINERARY: We begin to build a final 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.
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
Full use of all practice facilities at all golf courses
Full Scottish breakfast each morning
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.

GOLF COURSES

GOLF COURSES

THE OLD COURSE (BY DAILY BALLOT)

Ranked #5 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Simply put, the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognizable names 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.

Rarely is the Old course ranked outside the top ten in the world, it's a very special links, designed by Mother Nature. It is probable that golf was played here back in the 12th century, what is certain is that the Old Course is one of the oldest golf courses in the world.

It's unlikely that the Old Course will feel familiar when you play it for the first time (except perhaps the 1st, 17th and 18th). Television tend to make the ground look very flat, but the humps, hollows and ripples in the fairways are much deeper when you get out onto the course, as indeed are the pot bunkers.

HOW YOU CAN PLAY THE OLD COURSE

The St Andrews Links Trust (the organization that oversees and operates all St Andrews courses) has very specific ways that you can play The Old Course...

  • Apply for a tee time each September in their Ballot drawing for the following year.
  • Apply in January for any tee times from the September ballot that were not claimed.
  • Book a guaranteed Old Course golf package through a golf tour company such as ourselves. As you may have discovered, they typically cost from $5,000.00 USD to $6,000.00 USD and usually include 5 nights and 5 rounds. They are not customizable.
  • Apply for the Daily Ballot once you are in St Andrews. These ballots are drawn two days in advance...you would apply for a time on a Monday for Wednesday and so on. About 50% of all tee times on The Old Course are allotted to the Daily Ballot.
  • Rise early one morning and queue up at the Starters Building for an open slot on the Old Course that day. We typically advise clients to arrive by 5am (depending on the time of year), but you may ask for advice from the staff at the Starters Building.

There is no other way to play The Old Course other than the options above. The St Andrews Links Trust does not offer tee times on The Old Course to individuals or groups in the traditional manner.

As you can see, it's fairly complicated overall and also expensive if you go the "Guaranteed Tee Time" route. However, we've been helping our clients play The Old Course for decades and we know the in's and out's of all your options. We will help you and your group with the multiple ballot opportunities available and give you the best advice as to how to get a tee time on The Old Course. Feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments and we'll be happy to go into greater detail.

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.

CRAIL BALCOMIE LINKS

Ranked #74 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

One of the world's oldest golf clubs, Crail Golfing Society was founded in February 1786 and initially comprised membership of 11 local golfers. The club's original home was located at Sauchope just outside the picturesque fishing village of Crail and it was not until 1895, with the help of Old Tom Morris did they relocate to their present home at Balcomie Golf Links.

The Balcomie Links at Crail, though not particularly long, is a truly beautiful venue with superb views of the North Sea from every tee. Far removed from the bustle of everyday life, many holes climb and tumble alongside the water's edge and the rocky outcrops of the Forth shore. A truly memorable round and one not to miss.

LUNDIN LINKS GOLF CLUB

18 holes, 71 par, 6,371 yards

The Lundin Golf Club was founded in May of 1868.

The course remains largely as it was some 100 years ago. The first five holes are in classic links tradition playing from the Clubhouse to the Mile Dyke. Players then cross the now extinct railway line and play the nine 'new' holes on what one might describe as a cross between links and parkland turf. Then back across the railway, the last four holes revert to the genuine links tradition.

Today Lundin Golf Club offers some of the finest examples of links holes in Scotland and for many years has been a worthy participant in the Final Qualifying stages of The Open prior to its staging at St. Andrews.

GOLF HOUSE CLUB ELIE

Ranked #43 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

Elie is one of the most highly regarded courses in Scotland and the historic links terrain effortlessly combines undulating fairways with large, fast and firm greens.

It also has some sensational views for golfers to enjoy and these play an important part in creating what is one of the most wonderful golfing experiences not just in Fife, but also in Scotland.

At 6,273 yards the course is not long, but its network of bunkers are beautifully placed to catch those that stray offline or misjudge their distances. This can be all too easy to do, especially as the prevailing south westerly breeze slackens or stiffens during the course of a round.

Elie's quick and contoured greens add a further layer of protection and the manicured putting surfaces rank comfortably alongside the best in the country.

The course has hosted the British Seniors Championship, the Scottish Professionals Championship, the Scottish Ladies Championship and qualifying rounds for the Open Championship.

SCOTSCRAIG GOLF CLUB

Ranked #53 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

Scotscraig Golf Club was founded in 1817 by some members of the St. Andrews Society of Golfers (later to become the Royal and Ancient Golf Club) who wished to play more golf than the Society's occasional meetings afforded them.

It is the 13th oldest golf club in the world and was designed by two of the greatest Scottish course architects ever, Old Tom Morris and James Braid. It is a unique mix of heathland and links golf and is a 6 time Open Championship Qualifying Venue.

It has held the Scottish Seniors Championship, the Scottish Boys and Girls Amateur Championships and the Scottish Seniors Masters Championship.

Playing here gives you the unique opportunity to experience multiple styles of Scottish golf... the typical links style we love so much, as well as heathland, which is best described as an inland links course with gorse and heather and most likely with some trees dotted throughout the landscape.

LODGING

LODGING

THE ARDGOWAN HOTEL

A wonderful family owned hotel, restaurant and bar located less than a two minute walk from The Old Course 18th green.

A 3 star Scottish Tourist Board accommodation, the Ardgowan Hotel is also within walking distance of the University of St Andrews, the Castle, dozens of restaurants and all shopping in St Andrews.

The hotel was designed by the famous Scottish architect, George Rae, and was built in 1847. It comprises 29 comfortable en suite bedrooms across the two adjoining Georgian town houses. The Pilmour Hotel, located just next door, dates from 1820 and has an additional 7 en suite bedrooms.

The restaurant is set back from North Street by its' own stone terrace, where you can enjoy outdoor food and drink during the warmer months.

THINGS TO DO

THINGS TO DO

THE HIMALAYA'S PUTTING COURSE (ST ANDREWS LADIES' PUTTING CLUB)

A private club founded in 1867, the St Andrews Ladies' Putting Club course is open to the public daily from April to September (and in March and October, weather permitting).

Before 1860 the caddies of St Andrews had laid out a small putting area near where Rusacks Hotel now stands. They would play to pass the time while waiting for a bag. When the course was quiet a few young ladies would play.

There was some tension between the caddies and the ladies, so much so that it was decided a piece of ground be found where the ladies could play away from the caddies. There was an unused piece of ground to the north of the Swilcan Burn. The ground was rough with whins which were used by local washerwomen to dry clothes, and pitted with rabbit holes. A nine hole course was laid out by Old Tom Morris, requiring a cleek and a putter, and so the St Andrews Ladies' Golf Club was formed in 1867.

The Himalayas lie between the famous Old Course and the spectacular West Sands, only a ten minute walk from the center of  St Andrews.

THE BRITISH GOLF MUSEUM

From the 16th century to the present day, the whole history of the great game is explored at The British Golf Museum. Discover the equipment, personalities and prizes of our much loved sport. Brought to life with hands on activities, interactives and modern interpretation, this is a must see attraction.

Visit their new flagship exhibition space, 'The Open Gallery', exploring the rich history of golf's oldest Major. Also in the Museum there are two exciting temporary exhibitions on golfing greats Sir Henry Cotton and Freddie Tait. Please visit throughout the year for their program of weekly events and lecture series.

The museum is a 5 minute walk from the town centre and is situated directly opposite The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. There is a large car park behind the museum, operated by Fife Council and a coach drop off point.

PART DAY & FULL DAY EXCURSIONS FROM ST ANDREWS

There are any number of fascinating and historic tours of Scotland, Fife, Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside that depart from St Andrews. Tours lasting from just a few hours to full day tours are available.

Some of the options are listed below:

  • Historic St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of East Neuk
  • Royal Palaces and Ancient Burghs
  • Scotland's Historic Castles
  • The Capital City of Edinburgh, including the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Balmoral Castle, the summer home of The Queen
  • The Lochs and Mountains of Scotland
  • Lunch and Falconry at Gleneagles Resort

There are many other excursions and tours, depending on the time of year, please check with us as your trip dates get closer.

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.

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