The Open Championship, Gleneagles & St. Andrews Saturday, July 18th - Saturday, July 25th, 2015
July 18: Upon arrival in Edinburgh, Scotland you will be met by a Premier Golf Representative for a tour briefing. Attend The Open Championship, Transfer to Malmaison Hotel, Dundee. Welcome dinner at your hotel July 19: Attend final day of The Open Championship July 20: Golf: PGA Centenary Course. Transfer to Gleneagles Hotel & Resort July 21: Golf: Carnoustie July 22: Golf: St. Andrews New Course or Old Course via daily ballot. Transfer to Hotel Du Vin, St. Andrews July 23: Golf: Kingsbarns or Old Course via daily ballot July 24: Golf: Crail or Old Course via daily ballot July 25:Depart Edinburgh
2 nights’ accommodations at Malmaison Hotel, Dundee
2 nights’ accommodations at Gleneagles Hotel & Resort
3 nights' accommodations at Hotel Du Vin, St. Andrews
Full hotel breakfast daily during normal restaurant hours
Dinner on arrival night at the Malmaison Hotel Dunee
5 rounds of prepaid golf as outlined (with caddie requests)
Open Championship tickets Saturday & Sunday
Ground transportation throughout by VIP motor coach with driver-guide
Airport meet and greet
Travel documents and bag tags
Welcome tour briefing by your Premier Golf Tour Manager
On call assistance of your Premier Golf Tour Manager
All taxes, VAT and hotel service charges
$ 5,785.00 per golfer, double occupancy
$ 4,450.00 per non-golfer, double occupancy
Prices are based on a minimum of 12 passengers and current exchange rates which are subject to change/currency fluctuation until a deposit has been received. Premier Golf, LLC reserves the right to change golf courses due to maintenance, competition or other factors that may prevent the course from being available on the day scheduled.
Malmaison Hotel, Dundee: Dundee is known to have many poets, architects, and inventors walk through its streets. The stylish Malmaison hotel located on the waterfront fits in perfectly with this cultural scene. Construction on the new hotel will be finished September 2013. It will include a brasserie, where guest can enjoy delicious smoked meats. Also, the Malbar is the perfect place to relax and sip on a smooth single malt whisky or a James bond style martini. The hotel will have 91 beautifully furnished rooms all equipped with the modern amenities.
Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder: Set within its own 830 acre estate amidst the breathtaking Perthshire scenery, Gleneagles is considered one of the world's most coveted 5 star resorts. Owned by Diageo Plc, this prestigious 5 star hotel lives up to its reputation. In 2005 it accommodated our world leaders at the G8 economic summit and will host the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary Course designed by Jack Nicklaus (although the Kings is normally considered their best traditional course). The hotel has 232 spacious guest bedrooms, including a variety of luxury suites to suit all needs, tastes and desires. Guests staying at the hotel can take advantage of the wide range of experiences around the resort. There’s plenty to do, browse the selection of shops on property or relieve some stress at the leisure club, swimming pools, and tennis courts. The resort also has a number of schools where guest can learn falconry, archery, shooting, gundog training, and off road 4x4 driving. Gleneagles has an international reputation for excellent cuisine and fine dining. The Michelin star “Andrew Fairlie” restaurant is a magnificent dining experience. Gleneagles hotel is truly a world class destination.
Hotel Du Vin, St. Andrews: This beautifully restored 4-star Victorian boutique hotel sits on the cliffs overlooking St. Andrews Bay and Links. The 22 bedrooms are attractively furnished; many overlook the coastline and golf course. About 12 new rooms are scheduled for completion in 2014. Located just two hundred meters from the first tee of the Old Course, this hotel is the perfect spot to soak up the atmosphere in golf’s most iconic town. Guests will enjoy relaxing on a single malt whisky in the No. 40 cocktail bar. For elegant cuisine made with local ingredients, the Number 40 Restaurant is the perfect fine dining experience. Ma Bells, a very famous pub/lounge is located right next to the Golf Hotel and is a great place to hang out with the locals.
Gleneagles PGA Centenary Golf Club, Auchterarder (site of the 2014 Ryder Cup): When Jack Nicklaus was asked to design the third major course at Gleneagles Hotel, it continued a tradition of champions. James Braid, who created the King's and the Queen's, was the first golfer to win the Open Championship five times. Nicklaus is universally acknowledged as the greatest champion the game has ever produced. So here, in this spectacular Perthshire glen, the three Gleneagles courses now offer an accumulation of golfing acumen spanning more generations than perhaps any other on earth. Even for a champion and acclaimed golf architect like Nicklaus, the PGA Course was a challenge. It had to be unique, a course in the modern design ethos that at its fullest stretch tests the greatest players, while, in the immortal phrase of Bobby Jones, "offering problems a man may attempt according to his ability... never hopeless for the lesser player nor failing to concern and interest the expert." From the back tees, the PGA measures 7,081 yards - the longest inland course in Scotland. However, the tees are graded at each hole in five stages, including a challenging 6,551 yards from the white markers down to 5,065 from the red. The putting surfaces are and among the best and fastest in Scotland. (PGA Centenary offers the use of carts or “buggies” – the other Gleneagles courses do not) (An excellent practice facility is available at the resort, but not adjacent to the golf course).
Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie: Another city managed municipal course, like The Old Course in St. Andrews, Carnoustie is one of the most difficult golf courses in the world. The course dates back to the 1500's, but was most recently redesigned by Old Tom Morris and James Braid. Frequently called "evil", "monstrous" and "brutal", Carnoustie was the site of Ben Hogan's only Open appearance and victory, and the first of Tom Watson's five Open victories. The 1999 Open staged the famed “les miserables” by Jean Van de Velde, and a victory by local player Paul Lawrie. The 2007 Open Championship was won by Padraig Harrington in a playoff over Sergio Garcia, and is known for hard fairways and unusually fast greens. This course is most evil when the wind picks up, and the distances to the many creeks (burn's) are hard to judge. Holes 15 through 18 are perhaps the toughest finishing holes in the world, with the Barry Burn crossing the fairways enough to catch at least one of your shots. When these links are in good condition, there is an endless array of shots required to tame the "beast". If there was ever a course that requires a caddie, this is it! There is no practice range but the new Welcome Center with Pro Shop and small café is quite functional, as is the pub next door in the hotel. The course is located on Links Parade along the beach in Carnoustie, about 45 minutes north of St. Andrews (if not delayed by traffic or the rail line – so allow an hour drive). This course is ranked #23 in The Golf Magazine World Top 100. (6,941 yards – par 72)
St. Andrews New Course, St. Andrews: The New Course is thought by many to be a tougher test of golf than The Old and was laid out in 1894 by legendary Tom Morris. The New Course lies in position, age and character between the Old Course and the Jubilee. Laid out, rather than constructed, to the seaward side of the Old, its fairways, which were given form by the newer dunes which have been little smoothed by the plough, have a less tamed feel. The humps and hollows are more numerous than the Old, and the terrain more varied. The course is divided into three parts. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd, after the fashion of the Old, share common fairways with the 18th, 17th and 16th. On these early holes, passing the incoming players gives a stimulating sense of departing on a journey, similar to that which one experiences at a seaport or rail station. The nature of the course changes abruptly after the shared 3rd green. The 4th, 5th and 6th are characterized by the tight fairways, hemmed in by dense gorse and heather, giving a sense of privacy and enclosure. From the 7th the course opens up, ranging over a wilder and more unkempt landscape, somewhat similar to the Jubilee, before returning to more civilized conditions at the shared 15th green. In its variety, the New Course represents the traditional link between the unique layout of the Old Course, and that of the Eden and Jubilee Courses, both remodeled in part during 1989, after almost 100 years in their previous forms. No place else in the world can one, on a single links course and in the space of a few rounds, journey back half a millennium in the history and practice of golf. Were it not for the proximity of its more illustrious and ancient neighbor, there is no doubt that many Open Championships and other major events would have been fought out over the testing and demanding terrain of the oldest New Course in the world. Some carts available. (Practice facility is near the Eden Clubhouse – not near the 1st tee!) (6,604 yards - par 72)
St. Andrews Old Course, St. Andrews: Though it cannot be proven, St. Andrews is thought to be the Home of Golf (the Dutch claim otherwise), and is home of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, the regulating body for most of the golfing world. The Old Course dates back before 1457, when King James II of Scotland banned the game because it was gaining popularity over archery, and thus threatened the security of Scotland. The course has been the site of many Open Championships, including the historic 2000 and 2005 tournaments won by Tiger Woods. The layout of The Old Course requires study, with its classic "out" and "in" design, and the seven huge double greens which have often allowed for the course being played backwards (even in the 1882 Open). The highlights of the course are the Swilcan Burn (a creek) meandering through the first and 18th holes (with the stone bridge crossing it), The Hell Bunker, the Valley of Sin, and famous 17th Road Hole, where you actually tee off over the “maintenance sheds” of the Old Course Hotel. Perhaps the largest obstacle to overcome is the obvious nervousness on the first tee as the tourists, caddies and R&A members watch as you hit! Tips On Playing The Old Course: 90% of all trouble on the Old Course is to the right. Keep the ball left unless your caddie tells you otherwise. If you catch a deep sod-faced bunker, the smart play is to get out sideways or backwards and play for a bogey. All Old Course starting times are usually allocated a year in advance, and most people have to place their names in the "ballot", where they are granted the unused tee times that are reserved for the locals. There are a lot of caddies here, and the professionals expect a total of £55-60 pounds including tip (the most expensive in Scotland). Whether you call it "the home of golf" or "a historic cow pasture", usually depending on your performance, nobody can dispute the importance of The Old Course in the golfing world. Currently ranked #3 in the world by Golf Magazine. (Practice facility is near the Eden Clubhouse – not near the 1st tee!) Note: A handicap card is required by the starter (they will check!), and you must be a member of a golf club with gents having a handicap no higher than 24, and 36 for ladies. (6,721 yards men par 72 / 6032 yards ladies par 76)
Kingsbarns Golf Links: Opened in 2000, and only six miles south-east from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns Golf Links was developed by two Californians (Mark Parsinen and Art Dunkley), and designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the top new architects in the business. The course was carved from farmland that sweeps majestically along the sea, between the villages of Kingsbarns and Crail. The sea figures prominently on every hole at Kingsbarns and the course (four sets of tees range from 5142-7126 yards) looks like it has been there for 200 years, although it only opened in July 2000 (there was an older 9 hole course on the site from 1793-1939). On more than half the holes, the sea is directly in the golfer’s active frame of play, so bring a camera because this is one of the most scenic courses in the world. Sir Michael Bonallack, Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club (the R&A bought part of the course!) says, “Kingsbarns might well be one of the last true seaside links sites capable of development in Scotland. Mere words cannot convey just how extraordinary the place is … it must be seen to be believed … and once seen it will never be forgotten.” Many people remark that it is their favorite, and often voted the most beautiful links course in Scotland. Come early, the complimentary practice range and putting green are among the best practice facilities in Scotland. The course is ranked #55 in The Golf Magazine World Top 100.
Crail Golf Club, Crail: Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest club in the world, with the distinction of possessing a full set of minutes from its institution in 1786. Originally designed by the legendary Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews, this delightful par 68 classic links and parkland is situated at Fifeness, the most easterly point of the East Neuk of Fife. Unusual, in that each hole is within sight of the sea, Crail offers a testing to golfers of all standards, and “purists” the world over treasure these links as “original” and a testament to the orgins of golf. Crail also goes by the name of the Crail Golfing Society, and golfing legend Old Tom Morris laid out the original nine holes at Balcomie in 1895. Situated 11 miles from the famous St Andrews golf courses, The Balcomie Links is relatively short at 5720 yards but its imaginative and tricky layout mean that it's no pushover. Crail golf course tempts the golfer with difficult but rewarding shots including the 5th hole, known as "Hell's Hole", where a successful shortcut across the shoreline can prove either a round-winner or a disastrous mistake. This course is one of the “sleepers” that most miss, but have so much character that it is perfect for a second round after a more difficult morning course! Crail is situated 10 miles SE of St. Andrews and 2 miles east of Crail. (small practice facility on site)