Golf Vacations Scotland The Links Club

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West Coast Tour

Golf Courses Played: Kintyre, Ailsa Open Championship, Machrahanish, Western Gailes, Royal Troon, Prestwick

Accomodation: 4 Star Hotel B&B Accomodation at The Turnberry Hotel (single occupancy)

Guide Price Self Drive: £2640 (based on 8 golfers)

Guide Price Private Bus: £2958 (based on 8 golfers)

Included: Rental Vehicle/Minibus & Driver, Comprehensive Tour Management Service, 6 nights B&B, 6 Rounds of Golf.

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Day 1

Arrive at Glasgow Airport and be welcomed by a Links Club representative who will assist youwith the rental car and get you to your first destination or introduce you to your driver. Travel to your hotel. You will be staying in one of the Turnberry Lodges. After Lunch you will play the Kintyre Course.

Day 2 

This will be a late tee time on the Ailsa Open Championship course at around 3pm. If you would care to sample some whisky, then a trip just up the road to the Whisky Experience in Kirkoswald is perfect and proving to be a very popular and unique experience with Links Club clients. After you have sampled some quality whisky, lunch followed by a practice session will be in order, leaving you fully prepared for the Ailsa Challenge, one of the Links Clubs favorite courses. Play and return for dinner at your hotel.


Day 3

Travel early in the morning, circa 08.00 to Girvan, and there you will pick up your fast boatconnection to take you over the Firth of Clyde to Campbeltown, to play Machrahanish golf course.When you have finished your round and after lunch then you will return to Girvan and back to your hotel. This is a unique way for golfers to get to Machrahanish golf course, one of the great hidden Gems of the country. The fast boat connection is the Kintyre Express and is time saver in getting clients to the Machrahanish course without flying or taking a 4 hour drive.


Day 4

Travel to Western Gailes and play golf on this great Links Golf Course. The travel time allowedshould be around 55 minutes. Lunch is provided at Western Gailes as part of your golf package. After your round we advise that you travel just down the road to Scotts at the Troon Marina to have dinner. This is always a popular place to eat after your round. On completion of dinner return to your hotel.

Day 5

Travel and play Royal Troon. Travel time is around 50 minutes. Included in your Royal Troon day is asecond round on the Portland golf course, the Clubs other course. Some players choose to save themselves for the championship course but it is a great warm up for the main event. Return to your hotel for dinner.


Day 6

Travel and play Prestwick golf course, at Prestwick. Travel time is similar to that of Royal Troon, and this is a great course to play, heaped in history as the course to hold the first Open Championship event.Travel back to your hotel for your final dinner.

Day 7

Travel back to Glasgow airport for your transfer flight home.

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The Accommodation

Turnberry Hotel and Resort

Fabled white walls rise up to a thousand red tiles. An enchanting hotel, sentinel above historic lands. Here, the views fall away and away towards mystical islands and jagged mountains. This is inspirational. This is Turnberry Resort, Scotland.Turnberry has recently completed a multi-million pound renovation programme focusing on therestoration of the iconic public spaces and 46 of its 150 luxuriously appointed guest rooms. The waves crash. A lighthouse stands guard. Between you and the safety of the fairway lies 200 yards of open water and perilous rock. This is what links golf is all about and why Turnberry has hosted four Open Championships.


Home to the iconic Ailsa, an Open Championship course four times over, Turnberry offers one ofthe world's great golfing experiences. Watson, Norman and Price have all won the famous Claret Jughere. In 2009, Stewart Cink added his name to that exclusive list following his play-off triumphover Tom Watson at the 138th Open - or British Open as our American friends might prefer.

As the sun sinks slowly behind the Ailsa Craig, you fall into a dream of blissful spa treatments,exhilarating outdoor activities and memorable bars and restaurants. In life, in dreams, Turnberry Resort, Scotland is yours to imagine.You will be staying in one of the Lodges which offers the opportunity to have your own exclusivehouse and social areas for the whole group. The hotel is a short walk as is the Course from theLodges.Turnberry Resort, Scotland is a place where land and sea are just waiting to be discovered. Yet, even amid such scenic beauty, we always remember the importance of a great night's sleep. Every room at the Turnberry hotel offers a calming environment in which you can spend hour after hour in perfectharmony with your surroundings. Turnberry Resort, Scotland offers a sparkling choice of rooms,many of which offer similarly illuminating views over the famous links golf courses to the sea beyond. At the Links Club we think that Turnberry has one of the great Open Championship courses, it's history of close and enthralling finishes speaks for its self, who was not rooting for Tom Watson in 2009!!


The new course changes have been well received and whilst it is a hard course to play it also can offergreat scoring opportunities, especially on the front nine. The Hotel looks down on the course from aheight and in the late summer with the sun setting form over the sea and the courses it is aspectacular place to stay after a great round on one of the great courses.

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The Courses

Ailsa Championship Course

The Ailsa Course at Turnberry is a very popular and scenic Open Championship golf course.  It was established in 1902 with the Turnberry hotel opening in 1906.  The course, on 2 occasions, was threatened by the two world wars.  During the Second World War, several holes were turned into concrete runways.  The then owners commissioned Philip Mackenzie Ross to return the flattened land back to its former glory.  After two years of exceptional work in 1951 it reopened.  The Ailsa Course hosted the Open Championship for the first time in 1977 and was famous for the dual between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.  After this exceptional finish to an Open, the 18th hole has been renames “The Duel in the Sun.”  Ironically, at the age of 59, in 2009, Tom Watson once again required a par 4 on the 72nd hole to win the Open but sadly missed and lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink.  The Ailsa Course is an out and back layout with the prevailing wind at your back for the outward nine and against you for the inward nine.  It is one of the Open Championship courses which receives the most plaudits and at The Links Club we think it is one of the best Championship Courses.


In 1876 the Kintyre Golf Glub was founded and in 1879 Old Tom Mortis designed the course.  In 1888, the name of the course was changed to Machrahanish.  This links course on the Kintrye peninsula must be one of the most enjoyable places to play golf.  Spectacular sunsets, its exciting first hole and seriously large sand dunes, make for an exceptional first nine holes.  The greens are usually very fast and true, with blind shots, raised greens and punch bowl greens, the entire experience of playing golf at Machrahanish is exceptional.  It is sometimes awkward to get to Machrahanish but we can offer several options that are cost effective.


Prestwick Golf Club was the first course to host the British Open Championship in 1860.  The Open has been hosted at Prestwick 24 times, the most recent of which was in 1925.  St Andrews is the only other venue to have hosted more Opens than Prestwick.  Prestwick is the place where the Open history began and holds that places firmly in history. The Claret Jug, the famous silver jug handed over as the prize for winning the Open was purchased for £30 and offered for the annual competition in 1972. The course itself is a traditional links course, out and back with several blind holes and the original cavernous sleepered bunkers with wooden steps to take you down to the bottom.  Fast and hard greens make for a challenging round of golf.  There is great variety in all the holes.  

It is important that if you have any regard for the history of Open Championship golf that you visit and play this course.  At The Links Club we say that it is a must play venue for the history is unique.  It is a real gentleman’s golf club.

Royal Troon

Troon was founded in 1878.  Willie Fernie and James Braid modified and extended the layout and in 1923 Royal Troon hosted its first Open.  In 1978, Troon’s centenary year, royal patronage was bestowed on the club and the course.  Royal Troon Golf Club remains the first and last club in great Britain to have been granted royal status under Queen Elizabeth the Second.  Royal Troon is a traditional out and back links course and on the front nine, the 8th, the world famous "postage stamp", is the shortest par 3 on the circuit at 123 yards.  Gene Sarazen, in the 1973 Troon Open, holed out in one at the "postage stamp".  Royal Troon is a great open Championship course and is an excellent choice to start your Open Championship rota.

Western Gailes

Western Gailes is a course founded in 1897.  Four Glaswegians founded the club and asked a Mr. F Morris to layout the course on the land belonging to the Duke of Portland.  The original course remained in place until the revision of a number of holes in 1970.  Western Gailes is an unusual layout with four holes heading away from the clubhouse and with nine holes heading straight back along the coastline and then finishing with five holes heading back towards the clubhouse.  Each hole is varied with classic links fairways, some three burns that dissect this thin strip of land, with the greens cleverly located in or around the sand dunes.  This is an excellent test of golf for the low handicapper and has been host to a number of important events and is used for final qualifying when the Open is played at Troon or Turnberry.

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