Turnberry Resort and 2014 Ryder Cup
Prominently overlooking the Isle of Arran, Mull of Kintyre & Ailsa Craig, the Turnberry Resort & Spa is the focal point for accommodations and golf on the West Coast of Scotland. Turnberry is home to the famous 'Ailsa Course, which has hosted many an Open Championships and was the site of the 'duel in the sun', the classic match between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at the 1977 British Open. This tour provides the opportunity to play three Open Championship courses, plus golf on day of arrival, before attending the most exciting event on the golfing calendar.
Package Inclusions (September 21-29, 2014)
Price: $7,900 per golfer, double occupancy $6,400 non-golfer
*Please note that until tee times have been confirmed, Premier Golf has the right to substitute golf courses
**Departure Airport transfers not included.
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
This impressive Edwardian hotel with its whitewashed facade and distinctive gabled terracotta roof is renowned throughout the world and enjoys views over to the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre, and also Ailsa Craig. The hotel boasts two championship golf courses, Kintyre and Ailsa, which has hosted the Open Championship on several occasions. New for 2001 is the excellent Colin Montgomerie Golf Academy and accommodation in the new lodges. The hotel's leisure complex is reputed to be one of the best in Europe. Spacious bedrooms and suites in the main hotel are equipped to high standards. Comfortable public areas include an elegant drawing room, writing room and the Ailsa Lounge. The main restaurant offers classical cuisine in a traditional setting whilst the brasserie has a modern more informal style; light meals are also served in the Golf Club house.
Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh
Centrally located in the city center, the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa is the premier location to stay during your visit to Scotland over the Ryder Cup. Just a few steps from many of Edinburgh’s attractions, like Edinburgh’s financial district and Princes Street, the city’s famous shopping thoroughfare, there is something for everyone. All guest rooms feature the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper (SM) beds with many overlooking Edinburgh Castle. The hotel is home to One Spa, a city center spa with swimming pool and spa treatments as well as One Square, a restaurant and bar with a relaxed atmosphere.
Turnberry – Ailsa Course
One of the best of the Open venues, it was here in 1977 that the famous Duel in the Sun occurred between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, who was pipped by a single stroke. More recently Greg Norman triumphed in 1986, and in 1994 Nick Price pulled out the victory. This is seaside golf at its best. No one forgets the first time driving off the 9th tee (Bruce’s Castle) towards the famous lighthouse.
Turnberry - Kintyre Course
The Kintyre was redesigned by Donald Steele and reopened to much acclaim in 2003 and has a little bit of everything: inland parkland holes, Dornoch-style fairways cut through thick stands of gorse, and stunning coastal links. The Kintyre Course uses some of the features of the original Arran layout. It opens with a lovely par-five, wide enough to get players into the rhythm of the game, but still playing its cards and showing a taste of what's to come: there's a burn to negotiate on the second shot, deep fairway bunkers, and a green tucked up against the penal gorse forest. After this, a series of tight fairways lined with gorse put a premium on keeping the ball in play, or bringing a lot of balls, Some carts are available.
This course was the site of the 1989 British Open Championship, when Mark Calcavecchia triumphed over Greg Norman and Wayne Grady in the most exciting finale in years. The forbidding appearance is mellowed by such delights as the 126-yard 8th hole, The Postage Stamp, which is the shortest hole in Open golf.
Western Gailes, founded in 1897, is unquestionably one of the finest courses in Scotland. The course has played host to the Curtis Cup, PGA Championship, Seniors and prestigious Scottish Amateur Championship. It is also one of the final qualifying courses when The Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon.
Prestwick Golf Course
Founded in 1851, Prestwick was the original home of the Open Championship (the first 12 British Opens were played here, and 24 in their history). Championship golf here dates back to when American Generals Lee and Jackson were preparing for the imminent Civil War in 1860. Every challenge you could wish to meet is here at Prestwick, along with the first hole band, its railroad tracks, the Cardinal Bunker on the 3rd, and the blind shot on the "Himalayas". The layout is characteristically a true links with hallowed links turf. Some say that Prestwick is proof that Pete Dye was alive in the 1800's! Prestwick is always a pleasure to play, as it was for Tom Morris in the mid 1800's in one of his Open championship victories (he once made a 3 on the 578 yard par 5... with a hickory shaft and a "feathery").