2020 Open - The Open & St Andrews - Premier Golf

The Open 2020 - The Open & St Andrews

8 Nights / 5 Rounds of Golf / 4 Days at The Open

Tuesday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

You’ll watch the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s in 2020 then travel to St Andrews to play golf and watch the final day in a cozy, friendly Scottish pub. It’s the perfect blend of seeing golf at its highest level and playing golf at renowned courses like the Old Course, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.  Enhancing the Open Package for 2020 are superb hotels in Folkestone and St Andrews located near beaches, shopping and dining. You will be inspired and challenged by five rounds of championship golf in Scotland and tickets to The Open.

The Open & St Andrews

Package includes:

  • 5 rounds of championship golf: Fairmont Torrance, Kingsbarns, Dumbarnie Links & Carnoustie & Old Course (via the ballot, not guaranteed)
  • 2 days tickets to The 149th Open at Royal St Georges (Wednesday & Thursday)
  • 3 nights at the Best Western Clifton Hotel, Folkestone
  • 5 nights at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Luxury coach transportation throughout
  • Group arrival transfer - London Gatwick Airport
  • Group departure transfer - Edinburgh Airport
  • Fully hosted by a Premier Golf representative
  • Premier Golf on-site representative
  • All taxes

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights from London Gatwick to Edinburgh
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specified
  • Caddie fees and gratuity
  • Driver gratuity - recommended at £75 pp

Prices:

$4,815.00 per person Twin/sharing golfer
$6,415.00 per person Single golfer

*$1,500 deposit required.

Accommodations

Best Western Clifton Hotel

Best Western Clifton Hotel, Folkestone

The Best Western Clifton Hotel in Folkestone is perched on the famous Leas, with views across the Channel to France. Celebrated as a Folkestone landmark, the hotel is fabulously situated only fifty yards from the Leas Cliff Hall Conference and Entertainment Centre. The majestic sands of the East Cliff Beach are a pleasant stroll away whilst the town center and harbor are mere minutes away. This charming hotel near the heart of Folkestone dates back to the 1864 and here you will enjoy the Victorian character as well as modern convenience during your stay.

Fairmont St Andrews Hotel

Fairmont St Andrews Hotel

Formerly the St Andrews Bay Resort & Spa, this is the newest golf resort in St Andrews, located just 3 miles from the Old Course overlooking St Andrews and the Scottish coastline to the north. Many liken it to a “mini-Gleneagles”.  All 209 bedrooms feature modern amenities consistent with a new five star hotel.  The suites are large and luxurious and have great views of the ocean. It’s generally acknowledged that The Fairmont has the best rooms on the East Coast of Scotland, and is the best 5-star value in the area.  The tradeoff is that you must either drive, taxi or use the free hotel shuttle into the town center.  The hotel sits on a 520-acre estate and offers an excellent spa, 2 championship golf courses, and 3 elegant restaurants. Celtic lore is the theme at The Fairmont Spa which offers 12 treatment rooms that have a wide-range of relaxation therapies, a large gym and spa / pool facilities. The Torrance GC and The Kittocks GC are two beautiful 18-hole golf courses overlooking the ocean and town of St. Andrews (Kittocks allows carts).  Tip: Prior to travel remember to go online and sign up for Fairmont Presidents Club rewards program and maybe get a complimentary upgrade or other added value amenities!

Premier Golf Rating: A

Golf Courses

Fairmont Torrance GC

Fairmont Torrance GC
7,230 yards | par 72

This spectacular course incorporates cliff-edge holes and stunning views over the North Sea and the medieval skyline of historic St Andrews. The course was designed by the famous Scottish golfer of the same name, Sam Torrance, 2002 Ryder Cup captain for the European team. Whereas the first 6 holes are nothing more than a good warmup, the final 12 are excellent and the final stretch of four holes are both the most memorable and challenging as you will find in Scotland. The 15th is a 210 yard - par 3 with the green’s edge cut along the coastal bluffs; the 16th is a 455 yard par 4 monster usually playing in a strong cross-wind; the 17th (“Sams Favourite”) is a beautiful par 4 with the seaside cliffs providing a natural hazard for any balls headed right, and the finishing hole a brilliant par 5 of over 573 yards in length. Needless to say, you will have earned the right to head to the 19th hole and recount the day’s best shots when you are finished with this final stretch. No carts are allowed here, but caddies can be arranged (or pull carts). (Excellent practice facility on site)  

Practice Facilities: all-grass driving range, an extensive short game area and a large putting green, you will certainly be ready for your round. Practice balls are available at £5.00 per bucket of 50 Balls. 

Premier Golf Rating: A-

St Andrews Old Course

St Andrews Old Course
6,721 yards | par 72

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 (Currently ranked #3 in the world by Golf Magazine) 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 2010 by Louis Oosthuizen, and the 2015 by Zach Johnson. Normally the Open is staged here every 5 years, but will be delayed until 2021 to celebrate the 150th Open Championship. 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. Therefore, 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. Caddies are recommended here to enhance your experience, and they now expect a minimum of £80 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. (Practice facility is near the Eden Clubhouse – not near the 1st tee!)  Note: proof of handicap is required by the starter (keep your handicap card in your golf bag - 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. Permission must be granted from the starter to play the 6,721-yard par 72 white tees, or else visitors will play the 6387-yard par 72 yellow tees. Ladies normally play the red 6032 yards tees at par 76.  

Caddy Fees £55 + £20  -£25 gratuity - paid in cash at the end of the round
Practice Facilities: The St. Andrews Links Golf Academy near the Eden Clubhouse

Premier Golf Rating: A

Kingsbarns Golf Links
7,227 yards | par 72

Located only six miles south-east from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns Golf Links was developed by two Californians (Mark Parsinen and Art Dunkley), and designed by a third, Kyle Phillips. The course (ranked #64 in the 2017 Golf Magazine World Top 100) was carved from farmland that sweeps along the sea between the villages of Kingsbarns and Crail, and hosted the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open. The sea figures prominently on every hole at Kingsbarns and the course (five sets of tees range from 5238 to 7227 yards and par 72) 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 of 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, Former Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club (the R&A bought part of the course) said, “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 Premier Golf travelers remark that Kingsbarns is their favorite links course in Scotland and the best overall experience. Come early because the complimentary range and putting green are among the best practice facilities in Scotland, and stay after, as the clubhouse offers great food and drink overlooking the 18th and North Sea.

Caddy Fees £55 + £20 - £25 gratuity - paid in cash at the end of the round

Practice Facilities: situated just a short walk from the 1st tee it allows golfers to practice their short and long game and bunker shots prior to teeing up on the course itself.  Complimentary balls are at hand for those playing that day and a member of staff is at hand to attend golfers’ needs.

Premier Golf Rating: A+

Carnoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie Golf Links
6,941 yards | par 72

Another city managed municipal course, like The Old Course in St. Andrews, Carnoustie is one of the most difficult golf courses in the world, hence, the nickname “Carnastie”. The course dates back to the 1500's, but was redesigned by Old Tom Morris during the US civil war and James Braid at the turn of the century. 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 the 2018 Open won by Italy’s Francesco Molinari. This course is most evil when the wind picks up, and the distances to the many creeks (burns) 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. 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. 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 #28 in the 2017 Golf Magazine World Top 100.

Caddy Fees £55 + £20 - £25 gratuity - paid in cash at the end of the round
Practice Facilities: 8 Simulators and putting green

Premier Golf Rating: A+

Dumbarnie Links

Dumbarnie Links
Scotland's newest golf course

Other than Pebble Beach, there are few world-class courses able to offer such an expanse of beach and water frontage as that we have been blessed with at Dumbarnie Links. Of the 34,000 golf courses, currently in play around the world, only 246 of them are authentic links courses. Of these, only around 40 are internationally recognized 5 Star links, and yet over thirty of these appear in The World’s Top 100 Golf Courses. The most famous is the Old Course at St Andrews on the shores of Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. Premier links are very rare and have great cache` value.

The aim of our partnership is to produce a world-class, prestigious daily fee golf course on a site of genuine links land that is only minutes away from St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” This rare piece of land has a mile and a half of sea frontage with panoramic views over the Firth of Forth.

At first glance Dumbarnie Links may have the appearance of the style of the classic links courses where The Open Championship has been played since 1860.  However, the extensive 345-acre site at Dumbarnie is particularly special.  Its dual elevations, which are connected by a flowing escarpment, have provided the opportunity to create a number of elevated tees where holes play directly towards panoramic views of the expansive Firth of Forth.  A further outstanding feature is that a number of tees and greens are in close proximity to the water. In fact, fourteen of the holes have views of the Bay and the Firth of Forth.

The design incorporates three potentially drivable Par-4s and features several holes that engender ‘risk and reward’. This course is designed to inspire rather than intimidate golfers.  Total yardage for the golf course varies from 5,300 to 6,900 yards. However, there is a special set of professional tees positioned such that should an event be held at Dumbarnie sometime in the future, there are 12 extra tees whereby the course can measure up to 7,600 yards. 

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