Join Bill Condaxis, PGA Professional and an Extraordinary Golf coach, along with your Shivas Irons Society host for a truly unique golf experience at some of the best links courses in Scotland from June 24th through July 3rd.
This year, we’ll spend 7 days on Scotland’s Golf Coast, the golf rich area of East Lothian. One of the sunniest and driest parts of Scotland, East Lothian is a short drive from Edinburgh and is set along its 30 miles of coastline are some of the greatest championships links courses in the world.
While in East Lothian we’ll have a very special event when we spend an evening and enjoy a gourmet dinner at Gosford House. The Gosford House is home to the largest private art collection in all of Scotland and between dinner and the private tour we’ll enjoy of the estate, the home and the art collection, this is sure be an unforgettable experience.
From East Lothian, we’ll head to the west coast of Scotland to the Turnberry Resort which is one of the world’s greatest 5 star golf resorts. During our stay at Turnberry, we’ll play Western Gailes and the two courses at Turnberry, Kintyre and the world renowned Ailsa Course, which has 4 of the most dramatic Open Championships ever contested, including the historic “Duel in the Sun” in 1977, the classic showdown with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. We’ll wind up our Tour of Scotland with a gourmet dining experience at the dramatic and elegant 1906 restaurant at Turnberry.
Double occupancy - $7460 per person
Single occupancy - $8460 per person
Non-golfing companion (Double occupancy) - $6460 per person
Monday June 24-Arrival Day
Tuesday June 25
- Golf at Gullane #1
- Welcome to Scotland Dinner-Craigielaw Golf Club
Wednesday June 26
Today is a “Free Day” and there are multiple options as there are 22 courses in the East Lothian area and its 30 miles of coastline. One suggestion to consider would be hosting the group at Musselburgh Golf Club, the world’s oldest golf course, where they could play 9 holes with original hickory shaft golf clubs.
Thursday June 27
Friday June 28
Saturday June 29
Sunday June 30
Monday July 1
Tuesday July 2
Wednesday July 3
- Check out and departure from Turnberry Resort
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THE LODGE AT CRAIGIELAW
The Lodge at Craigielaw is a fantastic base to enjoy the wonderful facilities at Craigielaw Golf Club as well as exploring the golfing county of East Lothian and all the attractions of Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. Attached to the clubhouse, the lodge boasts 25 well appointed rooms which can be set up on a double or twin format. 13 rooms enjoy views across the course to the River Forth, Gullane Golf Courses and the kingdom of Fife, whilst 12 rooms enjoy the quiet and secluded view across a decorative courtyard.
With an 18 hole championship links course, fantastic practice facilities, bar and restaurant with stunning views of the course you may never need to venture from Craigielaw, but if you do want to the Lodge is within easy access to many great golf courses such as Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick. The county also has many great attractions and wonderful beaches and woodlands to explore. Edinburgh is a mere 20 minutes drive or train journey and for those looking for all the buzz and excitement of the city but the relaxed pace of the country, the Lodge at Craigielaw is ideal.
Nestled within 800 acres of estate with views overlooking the Irish Sea and across to the Isle of Arran, Turnberry is the world’s original golf resort with over a century of hospitality and tradition. One of the most magnificent destinations for golf breaks in Scotland, Turnberry is home to the iconic Ailsa: an Open Championship course four times over and consistently voted as one of the world’s best. Undulating greens, ocean-hugging holes; this is truly world class links golf. Turnberry’s six restaurants and bars each provide unique memorable dining experiences. Enjoy exquisite Afternoon Tea, savour French Escoffier inspired dishes in 1906, or embark on a culinary journey at the Chef’s Table.
SPECIAL EVENT AT GOSFORD HOUSE
Gosford Estate, the seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March, is set in 5,000 acres of combined coast and parkland in East Lothian on the south side of the Firth of Forth and close to the celebrated golf courses of Muirfield, Gullane and Craigielaw. The property is dominated by Gosford House, an imposing neo-classical mansion which was one of the last great architectural commissions of the celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam. Constructed for the seventh Earl of Wemyss, the building was completed in 1800 - eight years after the architect's death - and is recognised as an outstanding example of the later period of his work.
Designed to be visible from Edinburgh, neo-classical mansion Gosford House is a 200-year-old country pile set in 5,000 acres of coast and parkland. The two-tier Marble Hall, which boasts an imposing double staircase, is the standout space, housing one of the greatest private art collections in Scotland.
The eighteen holes of Gullane No.1 Course were established in 1884. The well maintained greens, links grasses, numerous bunkers and sea breezes make a unique challenge for the serious golfer.
The 3rd hole was recently voted one of the top 500 holes in the world by Golf Magazine (USA). The world famous view from the highest point of the Course on the 7th tee across the course and over to Edinburgh, Fife and way beyond is worth the green fee alone.
NORTH BERWICK GOLF CLUB
Even in the glittering array of Scotland’s seaside golf courses, North Berwick’s West Links stands out as a rare gem. Over the years, the Club has hosted several championships including some legendary challenge matches in the late 1800's. To this day it remains a true championship course . The West Links offers a unique golfing experience, and poses a true challenge for even the most proficient golfer. It is a true links course – steeped in history – and complete with traditional revetted bunkers, blind holes, drives over walls and burns together with magnificent views towards the sea.
DUNBAR GOLF CLUB
In the words of one international golf reviewer, a visit to play golf at Dunbar provides 'just about everything you can ask for'. That is certainly true if a challenging links course, stunning scenery and a friendly clubhouse are the elements you think make up the perfect golfing experience. To play this Open qualifying championship links is to play within yards of waves as they crash onto the rocky shore. It is to pit yourself against a course made by nature and then man's best efforts over 150 years. It is to walk in the footsteps of some of the greatest golfers in the world.
CRAIGIELAW GOLF CLUB
Inspired by the great links courses of Britain, particularly those on land which are less dominated by dunes, Craigielaw is equal to many of the finest examples of such courses; some of which are conveniently located nearby in the East Lothian area. Designed by Donald Steel & Co. the course opened in 2001 and in this short period has been host to many national events, including the 2006 Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship and was a qualifying course for the 2007 British Seniors Open at Muirfield. With challenging greens, cavernous bunkers and spectacular views over the Firth of Forth, Gullane Hill and out towards Edinburgh and Fife, Craigielaw Golf Club is an experience not to be missed.
This natural links course offers undulating fairways, occasionally interupted by three meandering burns. Greens that are cleverly located in naturally folded ground, some protected by burns whilst others guarded by sand dunes. The course is highly rated and is 35th in the Top 100 courses of the British Isles. The course is used for final qualifying when the Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon, and also as a final qualifying venue for the Seniors Open. In June 1903 the great Harry Vardon arrived at Western celebrating his fourth Open victory to win the first professional championship held and promoted by the Club. In 1923 its attractions were being lauded by the then US Open Champion Gene Sarazen who played the course with three other outstanding professionals of the day.
A climb up to the 10th puts players at the highest point of the course, and in the way of any weather in the vicinity. After the myriad tests posed by the back nine, to escape the closing hole and its 11 bunkers without using a sand wedge is an accomplishment in itself. In 2004, the Kintyre hosted the Open Championship Final Qualifying round.
The par-72 Kintyre, called so after the long, narrow peninsula lying beyond the Isle of Arran in the Irish Sea, is another exhilarating championship course. Noted English architect Donald Steel has revised the old Arran course, originally constructed in 1909, into a 6,921-yard course that incorporates a set of turbulent swells in elevation. As it rises up from the 7th green, the sweeping panorama from the brow of Bain's Hill gives way to brilliant fairways and majestic ocean holes. These range from a delicate pitch in a rocky dell on the 8th to a thrilling second along the shoreline of the 9th. Earlier holes like Leerie Licht, the short 3rd may seem benign, but each brings its own trials. On this one, it's the play into the prevailing wind and the green that is just 23 yards deep.The 8th is Kintyre's signature hole, and it involves a drive from an elevated tee towards the sea and an unforgettable blind second shot. Utterly hidden by a narrow ridge, the green is set in a cove that seems to merge with the rugged beach beyond. On the 9th, an invigorating drive offers the choice between adventure and caution, and glimpses of two of Turnberry's charms: Ailsa Craig and the lighthouse.
Possibly the crown jewel of the crown that is the 2013 Kingdom Tour of Scotland, the Turnberry Ailsa Course is hallowed ground to golfers from around the world. Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-70, 7,211-yard championship course is one of golf's storied places. Home to four Open Championships, Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament's history.
Its first three holes pose a fairly tough opening, particularly when the wind blows from the direction of its namesake, the brooding isle of Ailsa Craig, 11 miles out to sea. From the 4th to the 11th, the coastal scenery is magnificent and the course is demanding. Commanding a passage of stout hitting throughout, the 5th to the 8th holes are framed by sandy hillocks, while the 9th, 10th and 11th are flanked by craggy rocks.
On its stony ridge on the edge of the sea, the 9th hole is Turnberry's trademark. The landmark lighthouse casts shadows over the 13th century ruins of Bruce's Castle, the reputed birthplace of Scotland's hero king Robert the Bruce, and the narrow path to the tee and the drive across the corner of the bay fills players with trepidation.
The 17th, named Lang Whang, is the only par 5 on the course. A short but challenging hole, its subtle contours slightly obstruct each shot-characteristic of the trickery of Turnberry. On the 18th, with the red-roofed hotel in sight to distract, gorse running down the right side and small dunes peeking up just enough to block your view of the landing zone, finding the fairway is even more difficult.
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