Famous New Links Experience
Famous New Links Experience: £POA*
Prices include all transfers (by Range Rover of Helicopter), experiences and food and drink requirements during activities/experiences
*subject to change. In the case of weather preventing transfer by Helicopter, or because of third party issues, a commensurate alternative activity will be provided.
Upon arrival at The Carlowrie Club, your Best of Scotland Experience begins as you are piped into the castle to be met with your favourite drink and a selection of Scottish sweet treats.
After time to settle in you will have the opportunity to get into the ‘swing’ of things on a specially created Driving Range on the Carlowrie Club grounds, with tuition from a PGA Professional available**
In the evening you will enjoy an 8 course Taste of Scotland sampling menu, curated especially for you by our award-winning Head Chef Iain MacDonald and his team. Each dish will be paired with a fine wine or prestige whisky, the selection curated and explained by our partners, Master of Wine Rose Murray-Brown and Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige and fourth generation member of the Gordon & MacPhail family, the world’s foremost authority on Single Malt Scotch Whisky***.
Following dinner, Stephen will lead you in a very special sampling of some of the rarest and most prestigious Single Malt Whiskies in the world, worth several thousands of pounds.
Especially for you and your party, each whisky has been selected to commemorate a year which is memorable to you, perhaps the year of your marriage, of your first born or when you stated your business. Stephen will regale you with anecdotes about not only why these years were so significant to each whisky, but with the events which shaped the whiskies, the world and you. To commemorate this evening, Stephen will also provide you with a keepsake to commemorate your Gordon & MacPhail ‘birthday’ and will offer his services as your personal ‘whisky concierge’ should you ever wish to track down and purchase a rare and prestige Single Malt Whisky.
**Tuition by the PGA Professional must be confirmed on or before the balance payment of your vacation experience.
***The specially curated Gordon & MacPhail Experience and Whisky Concierge service is available to guests of The Carlowrie Club through our association with Alba | Ás-Dùnach, the only Partner in Gordon & MacPhail’s more than 120-year history.
Kingsbarns Golf Links* (No Handicap Requirement)
A spectacular day of golf on one of the host courses of the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Kingsbarns Golf Links, commences your golfing adventure. An afternoon round, you will enjoy a leisurely light breakfast first thing and the opportunity to relax or make use of the on-site Driving Range before a hearty brunch to send you on your way by Range Rover.
On arrival to Kingsbarns you will be afforded a very special VIP Experience* which starts with a warm welcome and a private reception with the CEO and the PGA Professional, where you will enjoy teas, coffees, treats and a dram, as well as a unique and exclusive gift before a private ‘links masterclass’ under the tuition of the Professional ahead of play.
After your round you will return to the clubhouse for a quick drink and a chance to freshen up and change before being transferred a few miles round the coast to the Kingsbarns Distillery**, where you will meet with the rest of your party***for a wonderful evening of fine dining, gin and whisky.
At this fabulous new facility, where gin and Wemyss Malt whiskies are produced, you will be met by brother and sister owners William and Isabella Wemyss, who will guide you around the distillery, telling the story of the Kingsbarns Distillery, including the very first distillery built on Wemyss land at the turn of the 19thcentury, when John Haig, founder of Haig’s – today made famous by the Single Grain Whisky ‘Haig Club’ and endorsed by David Beckham – built on the land.
Your VIP tour includes sampling and the opportunity to make your very own gin. You will then sit down to a sumptuous dinner with paired gins, engaging conversation and fabulous views.
*The Kingsbarns Links VIP Experience is available exclusively to guests of The Carlowrie Club and Members of our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach
** The Kingsbarns Distillery experience is available to guests of The Carlowrie Club and Members of our Associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach
*** Non-Golfers in your party who have not selected an alternative experience will have the opportunity to spend the day enjoying St Andrews, including the opportunity to make use of the Spa facilities of the iconic Old Course Hotel and enjoy a VIP Afternoon Tea.
Castle Stuart Golf Links (Handicap Required: Black Tees – on approval. White Tees – 9 or below. Green Tees – 10 or above. Red Tees- Seniors & Ladies)
The helicopter(s) awaits as you fly up to the Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, to play the incredible Castle Stuart Golf Links. You will be met by highly regarded golf coach Gillian Stewart, a former Curtis Cup player and four-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, and a member of the senior management team and enjoy a VIP reception, with a special welcome gift bag, teas, coffees and pastries. Gillian will then join you on the fairways, for an equal number of holes for each group, for an on-course lesson, helping you with shot selection and ‘one method around the green’ as well as the invisible skills of perception, the ‘magic question’ you should be asking yourself before each shot and the skills which form mental toughness on the course.
After your round Gillian will join you for a clubhouse lunch and some Reserve wines before your return flight.
On return to The Carlowrie Club your dining experience for the evening is called your ‘MacFavourite Meal’. Our Head Chef will prepare three courses of your favourite dishes, whether they are your home-made family classics or from your favourite restaurant, each using the finest Scottish ingredients and with a uniquely Scottish twist. Your evening continues withan evening of fun and laughter as you and your party try your hand at a series of inventive bar golf games, including pressure putt contest and glow in the dark indoor golf – prizes will be up for grabs and live music will provide the soundtrack to a memorable evening.
Your fourth day affords you a break from the golf, with a chance to relax within the Castle and Grounds of The Carlowrie Club or to practice on the driving range. Late morning you will be chauffeured into the Port of Leith, on Edinburgh’s shore, where you will enjoy a ‘behind the ropes’ Private VIP experience aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia. Your VIP visit will commence with a red-carpet arrival and boarding via the Royal Brow, the entrance previously reserved for Her Majesty The Queen, where you will be met by RYB executives for a Champagne Reception before embarking on a private tour. You will have the opportunity to step inside the Admiral’s Cabin and discover the beautiful State Apartments, as seen in the popular Netflix series ‘The Crown’. Following your tour, you will enjoy a private Champagne lunch before disembarking and moving into the city centre where you can enjoy your choice of activities.
Your afternoon experience offers three options*. You are welcome to choose either an afternoon of VIP shopping and cocktails, with an array of our luxury brand Partners to choose from, many offering exclusive privileges**, a private VIP Tour of Edinburgh Castle or a private VIP Tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s Official Residence in Scotland.
You will return to The Carlowrie Club late afternoon to freshen up and return to the city for an exceptional VIP private dining experience at The Kitchin***, one of Edinburgh’s finest Michelin-Starred restaurants. You will enjoy an exquisite 6 course tasting menu, prepared by celebrity Chef Patron Tom Kitchin, who will invite you, in small groups, to join him in the kitchen to see the action first hand, before joining you for a chat over coffees, liqueurs and home-made millionaire shortbread.
You will then be given the opportunity to Edinburgh’s vibrant nightlife, to see the city by night from the comfort of your vehicle or return to The Carlowrie Club to relax, unwind or partake in more golf-themed bar games.
*You must choose your afternoon experience at time of booking. Any alterations closer to your Carlowrie Club Vacation Experience may not be deliverable.
**Please liaise with your Agent to find out what luxury brands are available in Edinburgh. Some brands are partners of our Associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach and offer exclusive privileges to Members of Alba | are partners of our Associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach and guests of The Carlowrie Club.
***The Kitchin Experience is exclusively available to guests and Members of our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach, a Partner of The Kitchin.
Trump International Golf Links (No Handicap Requirement)
Once again travelling by Helicopter(s), you will depart after breakfast to Aberdeenshire and a course as renowned as it is infamous, Trump International Golf Links.
On arrival you will enjoy a private VIP Reception in the North View Room, with stunning views across the Great Dunes. Refreshed and after a chance to warm up you will play these incredible links before returning to the North View Room for a private three course lunch, with a selection of beers, wines and whiskies to enjoy.
On return to The Carlowrie Club you will have some time to relax and refresh before our Head Chef and his team deliver a dinner to a theme of your choosing, selecting from:
- BBQ / Traditional Pub Food / Surf & Turf / Steak Night / Curry Night / Any other theme of your choosing
The Renaissance Club* (No Handicap Requirement)
One of the most exclusive clubs in the world, you will travel to the site of the 2019 Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club in East Lothian – ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ – for a very exclusive VIP Golf experience. On arrival you will be met by one of the Directors of The Renaissance Club, the PGA Professional and our good friend and Member Malcolm Duck, our host for the day’s golf, lunch and fun and friend of The Renaissance Club owner Jerry Sarvadi. After some delicious treats, a refreshing tea, coffee, glass of champagne or dram you will head to the first tee, where you will be one of very few on the course.
Accompanied by Malcolm, you will enjoy his ‘local knowledge’ of the course, his bonhomie and anecdotes of his frequent interactions with golfing legends and celebrities, both on the course and in his legendary nearby restaurant with rooms.
On completion of your golf, Malcolm will host you for a truly fabulous and no doubt boozy lunch at his renowned hotel and restaurant, Duck’s Inn in nearby Aberlady. Delightful food, free-flowing wines, beers and drams, pub golf games, anecdotes and laughter will ensure this experience lives long in the memory.
You will return to The Carlowrie Club at a time of your choosing. Malcolm’s hospitality is legendary, often continuing ‘til the wee small hours and you are welcome to enjoy it for as long as you like, or rather until you accept that you have more golf in the morning. Should you choose to remain, Malcolm and his team will rustle up some more outstanding food. If you opt to return Head Chef Iain will prepare a dinner commensurate with the time of your return and the level of appetite you retain.
*The Renaissance Club Experience, including Duck’s Experience, is exclusively available to guests of The Carlowrie Club and Members of our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach.
Departing after a breakfast, you will be transferred by Range Rover to the west coast of Scotland to the superb Dundonald Links, where you will enjoy a VIP welcome reception by PGA Professional Stephen Wilson, with teas, coffees, treats and a dram to ready for your round on the host course of the 2017 Scottish Open. Stephen will then lead you in a putting masterclass ahead of play.
Returning to the clubhouse for lunch and drinks, you will take a slight diversion on your return to The Carlowrie Club to Cumnock to visit the Lost Distillery Company Whisky Lounge, where the artisanal whiskies of yesteryear are reimagined for today by uniquely and expertly blending single malt whiskies together to recreate the notes, flavours and expressions of those lost whiskies. Co-Founder Scott Watson will meet you to explain the processes, the stories of the lost distilleries and to offer you the chance to sample these incredible interpretations.
Upon return to The Carlowrie Club your final evening blends inimitable Scottish hospitality with yet more incredible Scottish food and drink by way of a delicious 4 course Scottish Banquet, with matched wines and whiskies. You will be piped in for dinner and the music will continue post dinner as you make your way to the Orangery to complete your ‘Icons Experience’ with the frenetic energy and inimitable family fun of a traditional Scottish Ceilidh**, with a live band performing tradition ceilidh music followed by traditional folk songs, once the dancing has finished. As is tradition, a midnight feast of traditional Scottish ceilidh delicacies, such as Stovies, will be served.