Your Itinerary

Open Championship Experience

Open Championship Experience (7 Night/5 Course): £POA*

Prices include all transfers (by Range Rover or 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.

Day 1
Carlowrie Club

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.

Day 2
Muirfield Golf Club* (Handicap Required: Men – 18, Ladies – 36, Min Age: 16)

Muirfield GC plays a format of Fourballs in the morning and Foursomes (Alternate Shot) in the afternoon. You will have your choice of format, dependent on availability.  Please advise at time of booking.  Your choice of format will determine the itinerary of your day.

Fourball
After a hearty breakfast you will be transferred by Range Rover to ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ – East Lothian – for an incredible experience at arguably the best of all Open Championship courses.  Beginning with a chance to warm up on the practice range you will play Muirfield’s majestic links in Fourball format.

Following your morning round, you will enjoy golf’s best lunch in the historic and recently improved Clubhouse.  A traditional three course lunch with carvery, the Muirfield lunch is a traditionally boozy affair with diners sat along two long tables.  A Kummel in the lounge to round the experience off is a prerequisite. *

Foursomes
Your day starts in more leisurely fashion with a chance to practice on The Carlowrie Club’s on-site range or relax in the Castle and its grounds before the journey to Muirfield in time for the famous Muirfield lunch.  There is no need to worry about the consumption of wine and Kummels at lunch prior to play, it is, indeed, common practice.  You will then play the traditional afternoon Foursomes (Alternate Shot).

Following your Muirfield Experience you will be transferred the short journey through North Berwick to the NB Distillery, producers of the 2015 Best London Dry Gin in the world, rumoured favourite of Her Majesty The Queen, the only alcoholic beverage served during Her Majesty’s 90thBirthday Celebrations and also served at the 2018 Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

 

Here you will meet the rest of your party** and enjoy a truly exclusive, VIP experience.  Met by owners Viv and Steve Muir, you will be greeted with a gin on arrival as you slip off your shoes and slip into slippers and robes for a relaxed and leisurely late afternoon or evening***. Steve and Viv will give you a private tour of the distillery, which now also produces vodka and rum and will soon distil Single Malt Whisky and will tell you of the history of NB Gin – named by Rolls Royce as one of the op 100 luxury brands in the world – and some royal anecdotes.  You will then enjoy a fabulous fine dining dinner, paired with a selection of NB beverages.

After lunch NB Distillery’s expert mixologist will teach you how to make a selection of delicious Gin cocktails, with the vibe very much being cocktail party.  Of course, an opportunity to shop will be made available, as will a truly exclusive opportunity, available only to The Carlowrie Club and members of our friends and  associates at Alba | Ás-Dùnach (official Partner of NB Distillery), to be the first to buy the extremely limited production of NB Single Malt Whisky, which will not be available for public purchase, either in cask or bottle form.  This prestigious opportunity will allow you to distil your very own cask, branded however you like it, and includes 10 years’ worth of incredible, money can’t buy experiences plus bottling and labelling (in your own branding).  To find out more about this opportunity please contact our associate Ross Hardie at ross@as-dunach.com.

*Muirfield GC enforces a strict Dress Code in the Clubhouse and Public Areas.  After 10 am Men must wear a jacket and tie, whilst Ladies must be dressed smart-casual.  Prior to 10am or on arrival to the Locker Room but without access to the Public Areas golf apparel may be worn.
**Non-Golfers in your party who have not selected an alternative experience will have the opportunity to spend the day in Edinburgh, enjoying exclusive VIP experiences, or a relaxing Spa Day at nearby Archerfield.
***Timing dependent on Morning or Afternoon Golf.

Day 3
Carnoustie (Handicap Required: Men – 28, Ladies – 36)

Transferred by Helicopter, you will arrive at the fabulous new Links House to enjoy a VIP Reception in the Private Dining Room in The Rookery, the Clubhouse’s dining operation.

With panoramic views of the course and a private balcony, this is the perfect way to start your Carnoustie experience before some time to warm up ahead of your round on this toughest of Open Championship courses.

Post-round you will return to the Private Dining Room for an exquisite champagne lunch prepared by Chris Hazelton, a Master Chef of Great Britain, and the chance to relax over a few more glasses before your return flight to The Carlowrie Club.

Your dinner 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.

Day 4
Edinburgh

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 be taken to the Royal Deck for another Champagne before disembarking and making the short journey along the shore to the Michelin-Starred restaurant, The Kitchin* for a private lunch and fine wines experience which includes an invitation by celebrity chef proprietor Tom Kitchin, in small groups, into the kitchen to see him and his team at work.  Tom will then join you for coffee, petit fours and conversation.

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.

On return to The Carlowrie Club in the early evening, you will enjoy a relaxed evening of light bites and the comfort of our bar and lounge.

*The Kitchin Experience is exclusively available to guests and Members of our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach, a Partner of The Kitchin.
**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.

Day 5
Royal Troon (Handicap Required: Men – 20, Ladies – 30, Min Age: 16)

Departing after breakfast by Range Rover, you will head west to Ayrshire to play fabulous Royal Troon, where Captain Alasdair Cameron and PGA Professional Kieron G Stevenson will offer you a warm welcome in the Ailsa Room, with teas, coffees and pastries, and possibly a dram, to refresh you after your journey.  Alasdair will lead your through this magnificent 19thCentury clubhouse, regaling you with stories of historic encounters and legends whilst showing a plethora of golfing memorabilia and history.  Kieron will then provide a group ‘links masterclass’ before play.

On completion of your day’s golf you will enjoy a splendid private lunch in the Craigend Room as well as the chance to soak in the panoramic view of the course in either the Bar, Smoke Room or Ailsa Room, and the chance to freshen up for the rest of your day’s activities.

 

Upon leaving Royal Troon you will take a slight diversion 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.

Your evening continues as you meet the rest of your party at Braidwoods Restaurant in Dalry, Ayrshire.  Braidwoods has been awarded a Michelin Star for 20 consecutive years and is the longest running Michelin Star holder in Scotland.  Husband and wife owners Keith and Nicole Braidwood will personally welcome you to Braidwoods with a champagne reception before you enjoy a wonderful four-course dining experience, with paired wines.

Day 6
Turnberry (No Handicap Requirement)

A return to Ayrshire, this time farther south and by Helicopter to the scene of the most famous golfing duel in history, the 1977 Duel in the Sun between Jack Nicklaus and eventual Champion Tom Watson.

Director of Golf Ricky Hall will be on hand to offer you a VIP Welcome* in the fabulous Tom Watson Boardroom in the Clubhouse, with teas, coffees, champagne, drams and treats on offer to start your experience. Ricky will guide you around the magnificent clubhouse, providing a history lesson of the game and Open Championships at Turnberry, as well as anecdotes about the legends who have played there and the priceless artefacts on display.  Ricky will then provide some short-game tips on the putting course before play.

 

Upon completion of your round you will move to The Champions Suite to enjoy lunch before drinks in The Duel In The Sun bar ahead of return to The Carlowrie Club where you will enjoy dinner before a chance to unwind in our bar and lounge or be chauffeured into Edinburgh to experience its vibrant nightlife.

*The VIP Welcome Experience is exclusively available to guests of The Carlowrie Club and Members of our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach, a partner of Turnberry Golf Club.

Day 7
The Old Course, St Andrews* (Handicap Required: Men – 24, Ladies – 36)

Your final day of your Open Championship Experience will see you play the most famous Open Championship Course of them all, The Old Course.

On arrival at St Andrews you will be met by PGA Professional Alistair Love, a partner of our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach, for a Private VIP Reception** in ‘Sands Private’ at The Old Course Hotel, a partner of our associates Alba | Ás-Dùnach.

After your reception Alistair will accompany you to the practice putting green ahead of tee-off, offering the opportunity for some putting tips, before joining around the Old Course, playing an equal number of holes alongside each group and providing real time practical advice on how to play this most mystical of courses.

You will have the opportunity to be photographed as you tee-off on the First hole, as you cross the Swilcan Bridge and upon completion of your round outside the iconic R&A Clubhouse before returning to ‘Sands Private’ for a private lunch and opportunity to relax and enjoy a few drinks as you reminisce about your incredible week of Golf on Scotland’s Open Championship courses.

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.

*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-Dùnachand 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
**The Private VIP Reception with the PGA Professional in ‘Sands Private’, tuition and play with the Professional is exclusively available to Carlowrie Club guests and Members of our associates Alba |Ás-Dùnach.
**Kilt Hire available upon request.  Please contact your Approved Agent for more information.  Kilt Hire must be confirmed no later than at time of balance payment.  Kilt Hire fees will be applied.
Where multiple experiences are selected, evening dining experiences may be subject to change to accommodate the group dining together.
Whatever your chosen Golf Experience the following will be provided**:
• A luxury Carlowrie Club golf shirt to commemorate each course played during your experience
• A luxury Carlowrie golf sweater to commemorate each course played during your experience
• One Carlowrie Club windcheater
• One set of Carlowrie Club waterproofs
• Your choice of Carlowrie Club cap or visor (Bobble hat in winter months)
• One Carlowrie Club golf glove for each round
• 12 of your preferred golf balls for each round
• Carlowrie Club Tees for each round
• One Carlowrie Club Pitchmark Repair and Marker
• One Carlowrie Club Scorecard Holder and pencils
• One Carlowrie Club Towel
• One Carlowrie club Umbrella
• All in-round bottled water, fruit and snacks
• All halfway refreshments, including hot and cold food, fruit, confectionary, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
• All contest requirements and prizes (e.g. longest drive, closest to the hole)
• Full use of locker room, shower and spa facilities where applicable
• Use of Caddies
Where possible the tee-time immediately before and after your party will be blocked to assure you of a comfortable pace of play. ***
Most courses in Scotland require official handicaps. This varies with each course however typically handicaps of 24 or lower are acceptable***
Play will be in whatever format chosen by you.
The majority of Scotland’s courses are walking courses and a valid medical exemption certificate will be require for the use of electric carts.
* subject to change. Play and timings are subject to tee-time availability. In the unlikely event of unavailability, or in the case of weather preventing transfer or play, an alternative course or activity will be arranged
**All gender and sizes of apparel and preferred golf balls to be confirmed no later than at time of balance payment.
***Proof of Handicaps of all Guests must be provided within 14 days of booking your Vacation Experience with deposit.

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