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2019: FIFE – THE HOME OF SCOTTISH GOLF


Carnoustie
St. Andrews – The Jubilee and Castle Courses
Elie

Old Manor Hotel

We will be based at the newly refurbished Old Manor Hotel with sea-view rooms overlooking the Firth of Forth.

Royal Dornoch
Old Manor Hotel

Carnoustie 

# 5 – Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland 

# 21 - Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 

Carnoustie is one of the 10 oldest golf clubs in the world and home of The Open Championship in 2018.  Carnoustie has hosted this event 8 times since 1931 along with the Ladies British Open and two Senior Opens, and is one of the three courses played in the annual Dunhill Links.

From ‘Golf Digest’: Though Allan Robertson is credited with the first layout at Carnoustie around 1842, golf in this area dates back to the sixteenth century, so it's not farfetched to consider golf has been played on the ground of Carnoustie for 500 or so years. That's serious history. Like most Scottish courses, Old Tom Morris is part of Carnoustie's history. The legendary groundskeeper and course designer extended the original 10-hole layout to 18 holes in 1867. Prominent tournaments were held here in subsequent years, though it wasn't until five-time Open winner James Braid came to Carnoustie in 1926 to make some updates. Five years later, Carnoustie hosted its first Open Championship.

You might know Ben Hogan won the 1953 Open here, in what's considered to be one of the best years in major championship history (he won three majors, and all five tournaments he entered). But the early major history is impressive—Tommy Armour in 1931, Henry Cotton in 1937, Hogan in 1953, Gary Player in 1968 and Tom Watson in 1975.

From ‘The New York Times’:  In its serpentine manner, the Barry Burn crosses the 18th fairway three times, the 17th fairway twice. But the charm of Carnoustie also includes its history. In golf's formative years, more than 100 lads emigrated to the United States as instant pros from the tiny bleak Scottish town near the North Sea with its one small street of small stone houses, its railroad tracks and the flat, barren public links where the British Open is being conducted. But in a real sense, the development of Jack Nicklaus is rooted there. One of the Carnoustie missionaries was Stewart Maiden, who inspired Bobby Jones, and who inspired Jack Nicklaus.

Watch the Video of the Carnoustie Course

Royal Dornoch
Carnoustie


St. Andrews – The Castle Course

# 22 - Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

On June 28, 2008, the newest chapter of golf history in the Auld Grey Toon was penned when The Castle Course opened to the world.

The 6,759-yard David McLay Kidd design is an intriguing and - dare it be said -a sexy addition to the six existing courses administered by The Links Trust. The golf course will leave many golfers utterly gob-smacked, whether it is by the panoramic cliff top views over St. Andrews, or the breathtaking vistas out over St. Andrews Bay, or, perhaps, by the vertigo-inducing greens.

One thing is certain: There is nothing like The Castle Course in all of the Kingdom of Fife. McLay Kidd's routing exploited the panoramic views of St. Andrews and the coastline to their full extent. You can see St. Andrews Bay from every hole, and the city from most greens and/or tees.

Architect and native Scot David McLay Kidd, creator of famed Bandon Dunes in Oregon, called in hundreds of loads of earth to create the effect of dune-swept linksland. In this respect, The Castle Course is very similar to Pete Dye's Straits Course at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

Watch the Video of the St. Andrews Course

Castle Stuart
St. Andrews – The Castle Course


St. Andrews - Jubilee

#50 – Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

"The Home of Golf" at St. Andrews is the only venue in Britain that can lay claim to having seven courses in its portfolio and the Jubilee, the third oldest course at St. Andrews, is perhaps the most underrated of them all.

June 22, 1897 was a public holiday to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and on this day, a rudimentary 12-hole course was ready for play. In commemoration, it was called the Jubilee. At the turn of the century, the course was extended to 18 holes. In 1988, Donald Steel gave the Jubilee a complete overhaul and upgraded the links to championship standard. The course now measures at 6800 yards.

The Jubilee plays on a narrow strip of links land, wedged between the New course and St. Andrews Bay. Some of the holes thread their way through low sand dunes. It's a much more 'normal' layout than the Old and the New. The Jubilee has no double greens or shared fairways, but it does play in the same out-and-back fashion. The Jubilee's raised tees provide unparalleled views across St. Andrews Bay to the east and the fluttering flags on the other St. Andrews courses to the west.

It would be fair to say that the Jubilee was an ordinary course before Donald Steel got his hands on it, but it's now full of variety and character with a very strong collection of par threes. So it's no surprise that since Steel's changes, the Jubilee has already played host to a number of important amateur championships.

Castle Stuart
St. Andrews - Jubilee


Elie

#43 - Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

Elie Golf Club, also known as Earlsferry Links Golf Course, is a coastal links golf club about ten miles from the "spiritual home of golf" at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. O St Andrews. Golf has been played here since at least 1589, when a royal charter was passed granting villagers permission to use the links.

The formal club, the Elie and Earlsferry Golf Club, dates to 1832 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in the United Kingdom. This is a gem of a course that not only challenges players in the best possible way, but offers beautiful views of the Firth of Forth and the raw landscape nestled against it.

The current course, a par 70 6251-yard course, was largely designed by Old Tom Morris and James Braid in 1895.

An unusual feature is the periscope from the Royal Navy submarine HMS Excalibur that was launched in 1955 and scrapped in 1968. The periscope is installed in the starter's hut where players can view the landing of their tee-shot from the blind first tee.

Nairn
Ellie

The cost is £2395 and includes:

  • All golf - 4 rounds and pull trolleys
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Program events
  • Seven nights shared accommodations
  • £200 single supplement if you would like your own room
Please book early as the group will be limited to a maximum size of 20.
Places will be given on a first-come / first-serve basis.


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We can't wait to go back . . . and hope you will be by our side. We hope to hear from you soon! Joan, Vin and John

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