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Golf Experiences

No visit to Scotland is complete without walking her fairways. She is, after all, the Home of Golf and the proud keeper of the oldest, finest and most renowned courses in the world including, of course, the most famous of them all, The Old Course, St Andrews.

From the oldest course in the world to the host of the world’s first ever Major Championship and from hidden gems which offer golf at it’s purest to Ryder Cup venues, Scotland is blessed with opportunity to both test your game and to experience Scotland at her most beautiful, majestic and, sometimes, wild

The Carlowrie Club has curated a number of Golfing Experiences for our guests, each of them providing unforgettable experiences and creating wonderful memories and stories. Experiences are elevated in ways only the Carlowrie Club can deliver, from creating an on-site Driving Range just for you to transfers by Range Rover or Helicopter and taking care of almost all your golfing gear needs – you just need to bring your clubs, shoes and trousers. You are assured of a VIP welcome by our partner clubs and courses, as well as the warmth of Scottish hospitality and authenticity.

All Carlowrie Club Golfing Experiences are elevated beyond purely golf by unique and exclusive post-golf activities and evening experiences. Contact your approved travel agent to find out more.

Experiences can be further elevated by options of tuition from a PGA Professional Golf Coach and playing alongside legends of the game (subject to availability and additional charges – POA). Golfing Experiences can be added to other experiences as part of a longer vacation. Ask your approved travel agent to customise your Carlowrie Club Golfing Experience.


Icons Experience (5 Night/4 Course)

For the avid Golfing aficionado there can be no more thrilling experience than to play not simply the finest courses but those courses whose mystique and allure have been created by countless hours of viewing the biggest championships on television for many years.

With 5 courses currently on The Open Championship rota, a regional rotation and alumni of Scottish Open courses, a triumvirate of Dunhill Links Championship courses and a Ryder Cup venue Scotland has more than its fair share of televisual icons. We have selected the four best for your enjoyment.

The King’s Course, Gleneagles
Home of The Scottish Open between 1986 and 1994, The King’s Course is a masterpiece of design and has tested the aristocracy of golf, both professional and amateur since 1919. James Braid designed The King’s Course specifically to test shot-making skills.

SShhhhhhh! This Club is so Exclusive we have to keep it Secret**.

The Carlowrie Club are privileged to enjoy relationships with Members of Scotland’s most exclusive Golf Clubs, where not only have the finest players in the game strode the fairways but they and some of the most influential people in the world are Members.  Such Clubs are not available to the public and both entry into the Club and play on the course are contingent upon introduction by a Member.  One of these courses is a true icon and favourite of some of the biggest names in the game.  The other is young but no less exclusive or prestigious, becoming an icon in its own right with every passing year and tournament.  In each case it is strictly forbidden to publicise opportunities to play and these courses can only be named in conversation.  Please speak with your Approved Agent for full information.  In the unlikely that the former is unavailable, play will take place on the latter course.

The Old Course, St Andrews
Not just an icon of Scottish golf, The Old Course is the most iconic course in the game, being the oldest course in the world and the spiritual home of the world’s oldest and most important Major, The Open Championship,  which it hosts for the 30thtime in 2021, the 150thedition of golf’s greatest tournament.  The Old Course also played host to one of golf’s most fun events, the team based Alfred Dunhill Cup where nations competed in teams of three, between 1985 and 2000 and is also the primary course played in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s richest tournaments.  It’s pro-am format brings a plethora of A Listers to compete in the tourney which has been contested every year since 2001.

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PGA Centenary, Gleneagles
This modern classic, designed by Jack Nicklaus, first came to prominence as the venue for the Scottish PGA Championship, hosted between 1999 and 2003 and won by Paul Casey in 2001, which was rebranded to become the Johnnie Walker Championship, which was held every year until 2013 and was won by names such as Adam Scott, Casey (second win), Edoardo Molinari, Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie and Tommy Fleetwood.  The courses defining event, however, was the 2014 Ryder Cup which saw golf’s biggest event return to Scotland for the first time in more than 40 years and resulted in Europe’s third consecutive victory as Paul McGinlay led his team to a 16.5 points to 11.5 victory over Tom Watson’s USA team.

£POA.  To find out more about the Icons Experience, its extra experiences or to customise this experience please contact your nearest approved travel agent, consultant or lifestyle manager.

Prices include all transfers (by Range Rover of Helicopter), golf apparel (except trousers and shoes), balls and accessories, caddie and cart (where permitted), food, drink and on course refreshments.
*subject to change.  In the case of weather preventing transfer or play an alternative course or activity will be arranged.
**Club rules forbid the publication of opportunities to play this exclusive course, which is not available for the public to play. Please speak with your Approved Agent to find out more about this course..
***The Carlowrie Club are able to offer a number of guaranteed tee-times throughout the calendar year to play The Old Course through our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach and their partnership with Authorised Providers. In the event that these tee-times are already allocated or do not align with the date of your Carlowrie Club Vacation Experience applications to play can be made. Applications to play The Old Course between March and November must be made during a two-week period at the end of August/beginning of September, with successful applications advised in mid-October. Play in January, February and December may be possible on a case by case basis. Alternatively tee-times are allocated by the Old Course Ballot, which is drawn 48 hours in advance of play. If unsuccessful in the Ballot and suitable alternative will be arranged

 

 


Scotland’s Gems Experience

The purest form of golf, and it’s truest test, is to play as the game was intended to be played – along the undulating and often windswept links of Scotland’s coast.  Links golf is sports greatest leveller.  A super shot can take a wicked bounce into the dense gorse.

A wayward shot can bounce back into play, whilst a straight drive down a rock hard fairway can run a mile.  Each shot is different and it’s result unpredictable.  Mastering Links golf demands creativity and patience and learning, with courses playing differently each day, sometimes altering from morning to afternoon, thanks to Scotland’s changeable weather.  Joyous and frustrating in equal measure, Links golf is the most fun and rewarding way to play the game and Scotland is blessed with the most famous Links courses in the world, from The Old Course to Carnoustie and Muirfield to Turnberry.  But some of the best are less well known and whilst they may not host The Open, we’ve selected 4 which are just as good as, if not better than, the icons.

The Machrie (Islay, by Helicopter)
Ranked the 19th best course in Scotland (which is no mean feat when you consider Scotland has 14 courses which have hosted either The Open Championship, The Scottish Open, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship or The Ryder Cup over the last 25 years), The Machrie is a stunning links located on the beautiful island of Islay. Designed by Will Campbell and opened in 1891, the premium has always been placed on thought, imagination and creativity.

Machrihanish Golf Club (Mull of Kintyre, by Helicopter)
Ranked slightly higher in the rankings, and featuring at 91 in Golf Digest’s World 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2019, this stunning course on the Mull of Kintyre, starts with a tee shot on the first which has to carry the Atlantic!  Authenticity is what you can expect in the Clubhouse, with the warmth of Scottish hospitality and the atmosphere of a club steeped in history since 1876.

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Cruden Bay Golf Club (Aberdeenshire, by Helicopter)
Scotland’s 11th best golf course is spectacular and was rated as high as number 52 in the world by Golf Magazine in 2015.  Designed by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews and opened in 1899 it has a storied history of tournaments featuring major champions such as Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. This is old fashioned links golf at it’s best, providing unique challenges which demand the skills of power, placement and fine judgement from the discerning golfer.

North Berwick Golf Club
The 6th best course in Scotland and 50th best in the world in 2019 according to Golf Digest has seen golf played on its historic West Links since the 17th Century and is the 9th oldest Club in the world.  Home to honorary Members, Women’s British Open champion and 2019 Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew, the course is a true test which demands imagination and is one of the most fun experiences one can enjoy.

£POA. To find out more about the Scotland’s Gems Experience, its extra experiences or to customise this experience please contact your nearest approved travel agent, consultant or lifestyle manager.

Prices include all transfers (by Range Rover of Helicopter), golf apparel (except trousers and shoes), balls and accessories, caddie and cart (where permitted), food, drink and on course refreshments.
Helicopter use subject to change.  In the case of weather preventing transfer or play an alternative course or activity will be arranged.

Open Championship Experience (7 Night/5 Course)

Golf’s oldest and most important tournament originated in Scotland in 1860 and today Scotland provides half (5) of the modern Open Championship rota.  Each course has its own unique heritage, and each provides one of the finest and fairest tests of the game.

The Open Experience provides a chance to enjoy each one of them over the course of one week with all the luxury and VIP trappings of the Carlowrie Club Vacation Experience, as well as an additional day where you can relax in the luxurious and secluded surroundings of the castle, practice on your very own driving range, spend the day in our beautiful and historic capital city, Edinburgh or partake of one of the options available from our Bespoke Experience menu.

Muirfield
Arguably the best course on The Open Championship rota, Muirfield is also probably the fairest test in Major Championship golf.  If a course’s legacy is qualified by the quality of its Champions, then Muirfield’s roll of honour certainly justifies belief that it is the finest of all Open Championship courses, counting Vardon, Braid, Hagen, Cotton, Player, Nicklaus, Trevino, Watson, Faldo (twice), Els and Mickelson as victors.  So enamoured was Nicklaus with the course where he secured his aiden Open Championship that he designed a course in its honour, Muirfield Village, host of The Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour. Opened for play in 1891 Muirfield’s heritage is over a century older, with the resident Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers established in 1744.  It is famed for its traditions and honouring the rule book established at the outset and to this day play must follow the tradition of fourball in the morning and foursomes (alternate shot) in the afternoon.   The course is indeed a fair test, with even high handicappers feeling that they can make a score, however one does not need to be too far off line for Muirfield to bare her teeth.  The quality and thrill of playing Muirfield is more than matched by it’s legendary hospitality.

Carnoustie Links (Championship)
Golf has been played in Carnoustie for nearly 500 years, with Parish records of the game of ‘gowff’ mentioned as far back as 1560, the Carnoustie Golf Club was formed in 1839, however, making it the oldest artisan club in the world.  It is famed for its Ambassadors, with several natives winning Open Championships of many countries.  Willie and Alex Smith won three US Opens between them, with Willie’s 1899 11-shot winning margin not surpassed until Tiger Woods 15 shot victory at Pebble Beach in 2000.  Another local, Stewart Maiden, is renowned as the teacher of the great Bobby Jones. Designed initially by Allan Robertson and modified by Old Tom Morris, The Championship course as we know it today was created in 1926 by James Braid and hosted its first Open Championship 5 years later.   A stunning links challenge, it is generally reckoned to be not only the toughest course on the Open Championship rota but to have the hardest finishing stretch in golf, with the daunting 18tha particular nerve-shredder, as evidenced by Jean Van de Velde’s 1999 final hole capitulation.  As with Muirfield, Carnoustie’s legacy is guaranteed by it’s roll of honour, its 8 Champions being Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington and Francesco Molinari.

Royal Troon Golf Club
A 9 time host of golfs greatest Championship, Royal Troon Golf Club was formed in 1878 and it soon outgrew its local reputation.  It hosted its first Open Championship in 1923 and its Champions includes Palmer, Weiskopf, Watson, Calcavecchia, Leonard and, in 2016, Henrik Stenson.  It’s inward 9 is regarded as one of the most demanding inward halves in golf, however it is most famous for its 8thhole, aptly nicknamed the ‘Postage Stamp’ on account of its exceptionally small putting surface.  Although it is the shortest hold in Open Championship golf it is a daunting prospect. The tee is set on high ground, with a dropping shot over a gully to a long but extremely narrow green set into the side of a large sandhill.  It has been the ruin of many top players.  Royal Troon is the home course of legendary Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie.

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Turnberry Golf Club (by Helicopter)
Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Turnberry was initially designed as a 13 hole course by 1883 Open Champion Willie Fernie and opened in 1899 however the club and its hotel were operated as an airbase during both World Wars.  The course was rebuilt and open for play between both conflicts however it wasn’t until the course was rebuilt by architect Mackenzie Ross and re-opened in 1951 that the original high quality was re-established and it became Championship worthy.  It was in 1977 that Turnberry became famous.  Hosting its first Open Championship it would provide the track and the backdrop for golf’s greatest Major Championship battle, the famous ‘Duel in the Sun’ between jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.  Watson triumphed that day and Turnberry’s three subsequent Opens have been won by Greg Norman, Nick Price – both the best player in the world at the time – and Stewart Cink who, in 2009, denied what would have been arguably the greatest and most emotional moment in sport by pipping a then 59 year old Tom Watson to what would have been a fairytale victory.

The Old Course, St Andrew**.
A course that needs virtually no introduction, The Old Course is, quite simply, the most famous golf course in the world.  The Home of Golf, the game was first played on the links in the early 15thcentury and the world’s first golfing society, The Society of St Andrews Golfers was established in 1754 and would later become the Royal and Ancient, governing body for golf everywhere outside of the United States and Mexico. The Old Course has evolved through the centuries, with notable contributions made by Old Tom Morris, who designed the 1stand iconic 18thholes.  Like Muirfield, The Old Course is a fair test of golf and can excite even high handicappers into believing a good score is possible, it’s undulations, often aided by the weather, on hand to punish anything remotely wayward.  Whilst the entire course is renowned – Jack Nicklaus famously stated “I fell in love with it the first day I played it.  There’s just no other golf course that is even remotely close” – its most famous holes are the punishing 17th, which tees off over the Old Course Hotel and plays into a sliver of a green, and the iconic 18th, the short par 4 which features the Swilcan Burn and Bridge and plays back toward that other icon, the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse. The home of The Open Championship, it has hosted 29 editions with legendary Champions such as Taylor (2), Braid (2), Jones, Snead, Thomson, Locke, Nicklaus (2), Ballesteros, Faldo and Woods (2).  For all is heritage and grandeur The Old Course remains a public course.

£POA.  To find out more about the Open Championship Experience, its extra experiences or to customise this experience please contact your nearest approved travel agent, consultant or lifestyle manager.

Prices include all transfers (by Range Rover of Helicopter), golf apparel (except trousers and shoes), balls and accessories, caddie and cart (where permitted), food, drink and on course refreshments.
*subject to change.  In the case of weather preventing transfer or play an alternative course or activity will be arranged.
**The Carlowrie Club are able to offer a number of guaranteed tee-times throughout the calendar year to play The Old Course through our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach and their partnership with Authorised Providers. In the event that these tee-times are already allocated or do not align with the date of your Carlowrie Club Vacation Experience applications to play can be made. Applications to play The Old Course between March and November must be made during a two-week period at the end of August/beginning of September, with successful applications advised in mid-October. Play in January, February and December may be possible on a case by case basis. Alternatively tee-times are allocated by the Old Course Ballot, which is drawn 48 hours in advance of play. If unsuccessful in the Ballot and suitable alternative will be arranged.

Famous New Links Experience

If links golf is the game at it’s purest and most fun, then the finest way to enjoy this form of the game is to put it to practice on the finest and most famous links courses the country has to offer.  Although Scotland has many more coastal courses it has 92 ‘true’ links courses – about 17% of all courses in the country.

Indeed, according to The Links Association, there are only 246 true links courses across the world, with the definition of a links course being “a stretch of land near the coast characterised by undulating terrain, often associated with dunes, infertile sandy soil and indigenous grasses such as marram, sea lyme and the fescues and bents which, when properly managed, produce the fine textured, tight turf for which links are famed.”  For the Legendary Links Experience we have selected 5 of the greatest and most famous in the land, all of which have achieved great acclaim despite being young courses.

Kingsbarns Golf Links
Ranked the 8thbest in Scotland, and 69thin the world, by Golf Digest for 2019, Kingsbarns is a young course, debuting at the dawn of the 21stCentury. Just 10km south of St Andrews it was the first course built on links land in more than 70 years.  The Kingsbarns Golfing Society, however, was formed in the eight decade of the 18thCentury, at the same time as the Thirteen States were declaring independence and the Constitution of the Unites States was written, and golf was played on the links between 1793 and 1850 until the Cambo Estate tenant farmer ploughed up the links, deeming the land more valuable for farming than golfing.  For all its youth Kingsbarns lacks nothing in maturity and character and almost upon opening it was tipped to be a future host of The Open Championship.  For the time being its reputation is enhanced as one of the three courses, alongside The Old Course and Carnoustie, to stage The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which it has done since 2001m when the course was barely a year old.

Castle Stuart Golf Club (by Helicopter/Jet)
Another young upstart, Castle Stuart opened as recently as 2009, the work of American designers Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse. Nestling along the shores of the Moray Firth near Inverness, the designers intentionally composed the holes to place notable landmarks into the player’s perspective.  Like Kingsbarns, its quality was obvious from day one and within two years of opening it hosted one of the European Tour’s most prestigious tournaments, The Scottish Open.  That it was selected to be the first course to host the tournament after the iconic Loch Lomond, host for the previous 15 years, speaks volumes about Castle Stuart, as does it’s winners list, which includes Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson and Ryder Cup star Alex Noren amongst its four winners.

SShhhhhhh! This Club is so Exclusive we have to keep it Secret**

One of Scotland’s most exclusive clubs, in a little over ten years since opening, this course has established a reputation for both its quality and its reputation.  Located just a short drive from The Carlowrie Club, this course has been recognised as tournament worthy.  It’s exclusivity, with golfing greats and high profile business leaders as Members, is exemplified by a membership bond north of $125,000 and annual fees of more than $80,000, and with a one-time experience policy and a spectacular clubhouse and lodgings, the club is so exclusive that the number players on course will likely be lower than your handicap and order of play simply does not apply.  Club policy forbids us from publicising this opportunity to play.  Please speak to your Approved Agent for full information. For all its exclusivity however, this course is simply a superb golf course which blends linksland with imposing pines.

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Trump International Golf Links (by Helicopter/Jet)
The youngest course on any experience, Trump International Golf Links was opened in 2012, some 6 years after the current President of The United States promised to create the greatest golf course in the world.  Whilst controversy has never been far from the project, before, during or after construction one thing has remained constant – the view that a truly spectacular course has been created.  And its little wonder.  Set amidst the ‘Great Dunes of Scotland’ on the Aberdeenshire coastline, the course was designed by Dr Martin Hawtree whose pedigree is second to none.  His father and grandfather designed renowned courses such as Ballybunion, Portmarnock, Royal Birkdale and Sunningdale, whilst Dr Hawtree himself is tasked every year by the R&A with the design modifications at all Open Chamipnship venues in advance of each tournament.  Following a classic pattern of two out-and-back loops, all 18 holes thread their way through the spectacular dunes and into secluded valleys.  It may not yet be the greatest golf course in the world but this young upstart is ranked y Golf Digest as the 54thbest in the world for 2019.

Dundonald Links
The sister course of Loch Lomond GC, golf has been played on the site since the early 1900, however the original course was transformed into a military station where the D-Day landings were rehearsed during the Second World War.  Originally known as Southern Gailes, as aprt of a golf and residential project which failed to come to fruition, 2003 Loch Lomond GC purchased the land and commission Kyle Phillips to put the finishing touches to the design of a course which would provide a traditional links challenge to the global Loch Lomond Membership.  What is now known as Dundonald was opened in 2005 and the world took notice.  Chosen as a venue for the European Tour Qualifying School as early as 2008 the course was awarded The Scottish Open in 2017, which was won by 2016 Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

£POA.  To find out more about the Famous New Links Experience, its extra experiences or to customise this experience please contact your nearest approved travel agent, consultant or lifestyle manager.

Prices include all transfers (by Range Rover of Helicopter), golf apparel (except trousers and shoes), balls and accessories, caddie and cart (where permitted), food, drink and on course refreshments.
*subject to change.  In the case of weather preventing transfer or play an alternative course or activity will be arranged.
**Club rules forbid the publication of opportunities to play this exclusive course, which is not available for the public to play. Please speak with your Approved Agent to find out more about this course

Scotland’s Top 5 Experience

There are many ways to enjoy Scotland’s 500+ golf courses and all of our Experiences afford you the opportunity to enjoy the best of them in relation to appealing themes, however there is no finer way to enjoy Scotland’s golfing nirvana than by embarking on a luxurious and exclusive experience of the country’s 5 finest course, as ranked by Gold Digest ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses’.

Starting in reverse order, Scotland’s Top 5 Experience is:

Carnoustie Links (Championship) #5 in Scotland, #21 in the world
Golf has been played in Carnoustie for nearly 500 years, with Parish records of the game of ‘gowff’ mentioned as far back as 1560, the Carnoustie Golf Club was formed in 1839, however, making it the oldest artisan club in the world.  It is famed for its Ambassadors, with several natives winning Open Championships of many countries.  Willie and Alex Smith won three US Opens between them, with Willie’s 1899 11-shot winning margin not surpassed until Tiger Woods 15 shot victory at Pebble Beach in 2000.  Another local, Stewart Maiden, is renowned as the teacher of the great Bobby Jones. Designed initially by Allan Robertson and modified by Old Tom Morris, The Championship course as we know it today was created in 1926 by James Braid and hosted its first Open Championship 5 years later.   A stunning links challenge, it is generally reckoned to be not only the toughest course on the Open Championship rota but to have the hardest finishing stretch in golf, with the daunting 18tha particular nerve-shredder, as evidenced by Jean Van de Velde’s 1999 final hole capitulation.  As with Muirfield, Carnoustie’s legacy is guaranteed by it’s roll of honour, its 8 Champions being Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington and Francesco Molinari.

Turnberry Golf Club #4 in Scotland, #10 in the world (by Helicopter)
Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Turnberrywas initially designed as a 13 hole course by 1883 Open Champion Willie Fernie and opened in 1899 however the club and its hotel were operated as an airbase during both World Wars.  The course was rebuilt and open for play between both conflicts however it wasn’t until the course was rebuilt by architect Mackenzie Ross and re-opened in 1951 that the original high quality was re-established and it became Championship worthy.  It was in 1977 that Turnberry became famous.  Hosting its first Open Championship it would provide the track and the backdrop for golf’s greatest Major Championship battle, the famous ‘Duel in the Sun’ between jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.  Watson triumphed that day and Turnberry’s three subsequent Opens have been won by Greg Norman, Nick Price – both the best player in the world at the time – and Stewart Cink who, in 2009, denied what would have been arguably the greatest and most emotional moment in sport by pipping a then 59 year old Tom Watson to what would have been a fairytale victory.

The Old Course, St Andrews #3 in Scotland, #5 in the world
A course that needs virtually no introduction, The Old Course is, quite simply, the most famous golf course in the world.  The Home of Golf, the game was first played on the links in the early 15thcentury and the world’s first golfing society, The Society of St Andrews Golfers was established in 1754 and would later become the Royal and Ancient, governing body for golf everywhere outside of the United States and Mexico. The Old Course has evolved through the centuries, with notable contributions made by Old Tom Morris, who designed the 1stand iconic 18thholes.  Like Muirfield, The Old Course is a fair test of golf and can excite even high handicappers into believing a good score is possible, it’s undulations, often aided by the weather, on hand to punish anything remotely wayward.  Whilst the entire course is renowned – Jack Nicklaus famously stated “I fell in love with it the first day I played it.  There’s just no other golf course that is even remotely close” – its most famous holes are the punishing 17th, which tees off over the Old Course Hotel and plays into a sliver of a green, and the iconic 18th, the short par 4 which features the Swilcan Burn and Bridge and plays back toward that other icon, the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse. The home of The Open Championship, it has hosted 29 editions with legendary Champions such as Taylor (2), Braid (2), Jones, Snead, Thomson, Locke, Nicklaus (2), Ballesteros, Faldo and Woods (2).  For all is heritage and grandeur The Old Course remains a public course.

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Muirfield #3 in Scotland, #4 in the world
Arguably the best course on The Open Championship rota, Muirfield is also probably the fairest test in Major Championship golf.  If a course’s legacy is qualified by the quality of its Champions, then Muirfield’s roll of honour certainly justifies belief that it is the finest of all Open Championship courses, counting Vardon, Braid, Hagen, Cotton, Player, Nicklaus, Trevino, Watson, Faldo (twice), Els and Mickelson as victors.  So enamoured was Nicklaus with the course where he secured his aiden Open Championship that he designed a course in its honour, Muirfield Village, host of The Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour. Opened for play in 1891 Muirfield’s heritage is over a century older, with the resident Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers established in 1744.  It is famed for its traditions and honouring the rule book established at the outset and to this day play must follow the tradition of fourball in the morning and foursomes (alternate shot) in the afternoon.   The course is indeed a fair test, with even high handicappers feeling that they can make a score, however one does not need to be too far off line for Muirfield to bare her teeth.  The quality and thrill of playing Muirfield is more than matched by it’s legendary hospitality.

Royal Dornoch Golf Club #1 in Scotland, #2 in the world (by Helicopter)
Golf can be traced back to 1616 on the wonderful linksland of Dornoch and in 1877 citizens of the Royal Burgh of Dornoch came together to form the Dornoch Golf Club.  At the time the course was only 9 holes long but in 1886 the club invited Old Tom Morris to survey the links and lay out a more fully planned course with the ethos of creating a course of first class quality in keeping with the abundant natural resources already provided.  In 1901 Mr Andrew Carnegie presented a silver shield for open competition, with the trophy and its benefactor being a major draw for prominent golfers far and wide.  To this day the Dornoch Carnegie Shield has a magnetic appeal.  The club was granted ‘Royal’ status in 1906.  The course itself is an absolute treat.  Herbert Warren Wind called it ‘the most natural course in the world’, whilst none other than Tom Watson labelled it ‘the most fun he’d had playing golf’.  Tucked in amongst an arc of dunes, the course sits along the North Sea Shoreline, with greens sitting mostly on plateaus which don’t favour the traditional links method of ‘chip and run’ golf.  Landing safely on those greens in the Dornoch wind is a challenge indeed.  The course has and out-and-back layout  and is wild, isolated and beautiful.  It is a golfing experience not to be missed and never to be left too late, as Golf Writer Bernard Darwin – grandson of Charles Darwin – lamented “And then, alas! – worst of all the deficiencies in my education – there is Dornoch.  I never seem yet to have enough time or enough money to get so far north.”  A lament you most certainly will not be making at the culmination of your Scotland’s Top 5 Experience.

£POA.  To find out more about the Scotland’s Top 5 Experience, its extra experiences or to customise this experience please contact your nearest approved travel agent, consultant or lifestyle manager.

*subject to change.  In the case of weather preventing transfer or play an alternative course or activity will be arranged.
**The Carlowrie Club are able to offer a number of guaranteed tee-times throughout the calendar year to play The Old Course through our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach and their partnership with Authorised Providers. In the event that these tee-times are already allocated or do not align with the date of your Carlowrie Club Vacation Experience applications to play can be made. Applications to play The Old Course between March and November must be made during a two-week period at the end of August/beginning of September, with successful applications advised in mid-October. Play in January, February and December may be possible on a case by case basis. Alternatively tee-times are allocated by the Old Course Ballot, which is drawn 48 hours in advance of play. If unsuccessful in the Ballot and suitable alternative will be arranged.

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