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Golf Vacation: Highlights of Scotland

9 days Golf Vacations
There’s no room for dispute—Scotland is the golfer’s mecca. Touted as the birthplace of modern golf, the country is home to some of the finest (and oldest) traditional links courses in the world. From famed St Andrews to historic Turnberry, you’ll experience a style of play unlike anything in North America, as well as legendary landscapes that challenge even the most thoughtful golfer.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

You should know: Motorized carts are unavailable at some of the courses on this itinerary. See course-by-course details in the above Course Details tab.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights at handpicked hotels

  • Buffet breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Green fees at 6+ included courses

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Edinburgh2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Edinburgh Castle

St Andrews3 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Glasgow2 nights Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

How's the weather?

  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • St Andrews, Scotland
  • Glasgow, Scotland
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Pace of Play in Scotland

The Scots play the game a bit more quickly than most visitors are used to, so be prepared to keep pace with the locals. Match play is the standard in Scotland, so consider playing a hole-by-hole match against your friends rather than counting each shot as in stroke play.

Handicap cards

Your USGA Handicap Card is your passport to the courses on this tour. If you’re unable to provide your card, please bring a letter from your local pro providing your on-course proficiency.

Caddies & carts

Motorized golf carts are referred to as “buggies” in Scotland; “carts” refer to pull-carts. Both caddies and pull-carts are available at all courses for an additional fee. Motorized carts are available at some courses for an additional fee and require a note from your healthcare provider. If you need a motorized cart for medical reasons, please call Go Ahead Golf prior to departure, so we can accommodate your medical needs.

Baggage allowance & club transport

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage, and some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. The cost of checking your golf bag is additional, and is not included in your final invoice. You should expect to pay an additional fee at the airport. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage and golf bag transport policies. Airlines do permit one carry-on bag, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height), as well as one personal item such as a purse. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on baggage. The porterage provided on your tour includes one suitcase and one golf bag per person. Please note, however, that there may be times when you’ll have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight baggage provides a distinct advantage.

Dress Code & etiquette

You should pack:

  • Soft spikes—These will be required at all the courses on your itinerary.
  • Extra balls—Buying these abroad tends to be more expensive.
  • Collared golf shirts
  • Tailored pants or Bermuda shorts
  • Sports jacket—Jackets are required in most clubhouse rooms and in Turnberry’s restaurant.
  • Raincoat—Scotland’s weather is unpredictable and a waterproof jacket, pants and shoes are essential.

You should know:

  • Certain courses don’t allow clothing featuring logos. Hats can feature golf-related logos, but shouldn’t be worn in Royal Troon’s clubhouse.
  • Cargo pants and jeans are not allowed on the courses or in the clubhouses.
  • Cellphone use may be prohibited or discouraged at some courses.
  • Most dress codes require that ladies wear shirts with modest necklines and either collars or sleeves.

Passport

In order to enter Scotland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Scotland. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Electricity

Scotland operates on 240 volts.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Edinburgh and depart from Glasgow. Included transportation is by private motor coach. All of the cities and towns on this itinerary are accessible on foot, but you may want to break up periods of walking by using public transportation.

Time zones

Scotland, as part of Britain, falls on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Edinburgh.

Currency

You’ll use the British pound on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Scotland, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards to use at ATMs. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping. Additionally, if you take a caddie, plan to tip at least the equivalent of $25 per round (more if the caddie’s done an outstanding job or saved you strokes).

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great Golf, Just Not Enough Of It

While the golf couse selection was excellent this was not solely a "golfers tour" as too much time was spent on tours of castles and museums for the non-golfers in our group in my opinion. If you are a golfer who is looking for a trip that requires activities for your non-golfing spouse this is a perfect trip for you. If all you want is great golf and a lot of it, this tour leaves you a bit unfullfilled. There were great golf courses on the trip and a great Tour Director in David but we should have spent more time golfing or at the courses. All too often we were rushing back to the hotel after golf to meet up with non-golfers or arriving later than I would have liked at the course due to scheduled activities. If you want to play great courses and see as much of Scotland as can be expected with a full schedule of golf this is the tour for you. If all you want is to play and soak in the historic golf course atmospher as much as possible you may find another tour more to your liking. All-in-all it was a very positive experience, thanks in large part to the extremely knowledgeable golfing tour directors, David (and Paddy). Some of the hotels were substandard but I don't like my money spent on non-golfing facilities so it was tolerable. I really don't know how the "spouses" viewed some of the accommodations. I know my spouse would not have approved; especially the hotel in Glasgow.