HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND & THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Highlands of Scotland & The Open Championship
Saturday, July 11th - Saturday, July 18th, 2015
 
Itinerary:
 
July 11:  Upon arrival in Edinburgh , Scotland you will be met by a Premier Golf Representative for a tour briefing Golf: Castle Stuart  Transfer to Kingsclub Hotel, Inverness  
July 12:  Golf: Royal Dornoch
July 13:  Golf: Nairn   Transfer to Malmaison Hotel, Aberdeen
July 14:  Golf: Trump International Scotland
July 15:  Golf: Cruden Bay or Royal Aberdeen  Transfer to Malmaison Hotel, Dundee
July 16:  Attend Open Championship
July 17:  Attend Open Championship. Dinner at the Malmaison Hotel, Dundee
July 18: Depart Edinburgh
 
 
Package Inclusions: 
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at The Kingsclub  Hotel, Inverness
  • 2 nights’  accommodations at Malmaison Hotel, Aberdeen
  • 3 nights' accommodations at Malmaison Hotel, Dundee
  • Full hotel breakfast daily during normal restaurant hours
  • Dinner on the final night at the Malmaison Hotel, Dundee
  • 5 rounds of prepaid golf as outlined (with caddie requests)
  • Tickets to the Open championship on Thursday & Friday
  • 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
  
Package Prices:
  • $ 5,440.00 per golfer, double occupancy
  • $ 4,220.00 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

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Kingsclub, Inverness:Located just outside of the busy downtown area, the 4+ star Kingsmills Hotel has a private Spa Club with just a handful of rooms and private reception desk inside. Small and very select, The Kingsclub Inverness offers a choice of Cocoon or Retreat luxury air-conditioned bedrooms, a beauty spa, mezzanine lounge, business centre, massage suites, relaxation area, nail salon, green space, Inverness GC views, a private bar and breakfast restaurant. The bar is exclusive to guests of The Kingsclub; informal and peaceful it’s the perfect place to have an energizing smoothie mid-morning or a cocktail before dinner. The cooked to order breakfast or ready buffet is fast and efficient. Guests can also use all the facilities, bars and restaurants at the Kingsmills Hotel across the parking lot.  

 
The Malmaison Hotel, Aberdeen: Sister Hotel to the original Malmaison in Glasgow and Leith (Edinburgh), this Malmaison Aberdeen is a new 4 star boutique hotel with sumptuous rooms, a sophisticated brasserie, a diverse spa and endless exquisite designs, style and flair. Formerly the Queen's Hotel, the boutique Malmaison Aberdeen is part new-build, part original façade. Other special features include the gym and the wine-tasting cellar. In addition to the Brasserie with its excellent wines, the Whisky Snug is a cosy corner where you can sip fine whiskies from over-sized tartan armchairs.  
 
The 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

GOLF

Castle Stuart Golf Club, Inverness: The most talked about new course in Scotland, near Inverness, opened in late 2009, and was immediately called “the best new course in the world” by a Golf Magazine representative. The same American owner, Mark Parsinen, who developed Kingsbarns, created this links with Gil Hanse and the result is sensational! Castle Stuart is a true championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth, with views of Inverness, Kessock bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse. Even though it is new, many already think it is among the top 5 courses in all of Scotland … yes it is that good! The course is open and forgiving off the tee but then requires very demanding approach shots. It looks like it has been there 100 years, and is already host of the annual Scottish Open, won in 2013 by Phil Mickelson the week before his Open Championship victory at Muirfield. This course is ranked #56 in The Golf Magazine World Top 100.


Nairn Golf Club, Nairn: One of Scotland’s best kept secrets, until the 1994 British Amateur and the 1999 Walker Cup brought the course more notoriety. Set among great stands of gorse and heather, it provides a magnificent challenge, with wonderful greens, as firm and fast as anywhere. Many think the greens at Nairn are the best in Scotland! Andrew Simpson laid out the original course in 1887, which was then extended by a plan of Old Tom Morris. The present layout owes most to James Braid, who made major improvements, and created a course that now is considered a must for those visiting the Highlands. The course is a par 72, and stretches to 6556 yards. Handicap restrictions are 28 for gents, and 36 for ladies. Carts (here called "caddie cars") are occasionally available for hire, and caddies MUST be booked in advance. Nairn GC is located on Seabank Road in Nairn. (No driving range)


Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dornoch: Far north in the Scottish Highlands is perhaps Scotland's finest links course, at The Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Records have been found that date golf back here to 1616, but the current layout dates back to 1886, in a design by Tom Morris, which was later redesigned by Donald Ross. This would certainly be an Open venue, if it weren't for the lack of accommodations, and the relatively isolated area. The course features huge elevated greens, surrounded by bunkers and ridges, certain to catch a poorly hit ball. It follows the classic links nature, by going out through the gorse and heather, and in along the shore. The 3rd and 4th holes have sloping fairways, that have to be reached diagonally from elevated tees, and the 14th is the most difficult hole at 459 yards and par 4. This is certainly a course to bring your camera, especially when the bright sun accents the deep blue sea, green grass and blooming yellow gorse. On a nice day, there are few courses in the world as scenic, and on a windy or wet Scottish day, there are few courses as difficult. This course is ranked #14 in The Golf Magazine World Top 100. The staff and service in the clubhouse are very welcoming!


Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeen: Opened to much fanfare in 2012, Martin Hawtree’s links course features out-and-back loops of nine holes. Ranked #50 in the Golf Magazine World Top 100 Courses 2013. All 18 holes thread their way through massive dunes, rising to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topography and panoramic views. This is a simply stunning golf course to the eye … photographers love it! Each hole has five separate tees and the course design and infrastructure is capable of hosting a major competition. The course has a Par of 72 and a maximum length of just over 7400 yards. Each hole has six separate tees catering for all classes of golfer. The bunkers are placed to challenge the stronger player and not unduly punish the weaker golfer. All bunkers are turf-revetted in traditional style to combat wind and erosion and sand-blow. Greens have been sighted in natural promontories and valleys and are featured in relation to their setting. (5,215-7,428 yards / 6 sets of tees - Par 72)


Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie Links), Aberdeen: The club was formally set up in 1870, but records of golf on the links in Aberdeen go back to 1589, and there are even hints of the game being played in 1565. The club is the sixth oldest in the world, and there are many historical golfing items preserved in the very classic and traditional “Royal” club house (ask for a tour). Before 1888, the club played on the links in Aberdeen, but after overcrowding became a problem, they moved to Balgownie. The club drew up a set of rules early in the history of the game, and in 1783 they were the first to introduce the 5-minute limit on searching for a ball. Recently, they have been firm in preserving the old ways, particularly of dress, and ladies were excluded from the club until 1970. The club published their bicentennial history in 1980, 200 Years of Golf 1780-1980 Aberdeen. The 6604 yard par 71 has a hidden chasm in front of the first green, which sets the mood of these stern links. The ground is uneven, but the landing areas for drivers are more level. After the 6th, the course closes in, compounding the golfing challenge. The north end of the course touches the Mucar GC links. It is usually more difficult to score on the second nine than the first, although the front nine is considered one of the best in links golf because of the great dunes formations. Little is seen of the sea, though it is very close, as is the tradition on the east coast links. Site of the 2005 British Senior Open won by Tom Watson! (no practice facility on site) (6,604 yards - par 71)


Cruden Bay Golf Club, Aberdeenshire: Often a favourite of visitors because of the dramatic ocean front holes, Cruden Bay requires all clubs in the bag (Golf Magazine ranked #79 in the world). Opened in 1926, Cruden Bay Golf Club lies 24 miles up the north coast from Aberdeen. The golf course is an unspoiled par-70 links par excellence, and a secluded sanctuary in the true Scottish tradition. The view from the new clubhouse is stunning; most of the holes are visible from this high vantage point, winding in and out of formidable dunes along the spectacular coastline; and between the course and the sparkling blue sea are the famous sands of Cruden Bay itself, which are allegedly as "smooth and firm as the floor of a cathedral". The course has all the requirements needed to assume cult status. Some holes are, granted, a little on the tricky side. The par-five 13th demands a blind pitch for the third shot, the 14th measures 372 yards and presents almost no view of the fairway from the tee, and absolutely no sight of the green from the fairway. This golf course epitomizes the old-fashioned style of links golf. From the course one can see the castle which Bram Stoker used as inspiration for “Dracula”. By all means, don’t forget your camera!

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