The Ailsa Course, Turnberry

The Ailsa Course, Turnberry

The Kings Course, Gleneagles

The Kings Course, Gleneagles

Carnoustie Championship Course

Carnoustie Championship Course

Machrihanish Dunes

Machrihanish Dunes

Muirfield

Muirfield

Prestwick Golf Club

Prestwick Golf Club

Royal Dornoch

Royal Dornoch

Western Gailes Golf Club

Western Gailes Golf Club

Useful Information - Scotland

How Do I Make A Reservation?

  1. Browse the site using it as a guide to decide on any particular golf courses, hotels and transport you wish included in your golf tour.
  2. a) Go to "Start Building My Golf Tour" and send us your requirements. OR b) Send an email outlining your golf tour requirements (e.g. number of golfers/non-golfers, specific golf courses, preferred hotel grade, mode of transport, etc.). OR c) Call our office and speak to one of our Golf Travel Consultants on + 44 (0)1334 478639.
  3. We will respond with a personalised itinerary and quotation. This will include, where necessary, any adjustments and suggestions we have to make your tour complete.
  4. Once you have decided on your travel dates and are satisfied with your itinerary, we will request a deposit of 30% of your tour cost. The balance of your tour is payable 60 days prior to arrival.

Hotels

In Scotland, many of the fine hotels are period buildings and therefore have several different types of room. We strongly recommend booking larger rooms and those with better views, which will unquestionably add to your experience.

Transport

We offer a range of vehicles, both self-drive and with driver. For groups of 8 or more, we strongly recommend that you consider hiring one of our customised luxury motor coaches for your tour. These vehicles have been designed and built specifically to suit the needs of golfing groups. For smaller groups (up to 4 people) also wishing to have a driver, we operate a fleet of Mercedes Viano people carriers, specially designed with golf travel in mind.

Luggage

All the vehicles we provide are spacious and have ample room for luggage. For those in self-drive vehicles, we recommend you limit yourself, where possible, to 1 suitcase, golf clubs in a soft case and hand luggage.

Special Note:
Over the years there has been an increase in airlines losing luggage in transit. It is therefore advisable to make provision for this i.e. travel with a small carry-on suitcase with essentials, including any medication. Lost luggage should be reported to the airline at the airport where you will be issued with a tracking code/ reference number. In these unfortunate circumstances, it is important that you continue with your travel plans and enjoy your vacation. Therefore our office is always happy to assist in tracing and retrieving your missing items.

Tee Times

Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf tour.

With regard to the Old Course in St Andrews, Links Golf St Andrews is one of very few tour operators who have an allocation of tee times. These are strictly allocated on a first come first serve basis. Click Here to view our latest Old Course tee time availability. Those golfers who are not allocated an advanced Old Course tee time will have the option of being entered in the ballot for a tee time. Click Here for more information regarding the St Andrews Old Course Ballot.

Golf Clubhouses

Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes. We would, however, always recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not training shoes) as you may be refused entry to all or part of the clubhouse without them. The green fees at some golf courses include lunch and we will advise you of this prior to travel.

Caddies and Carts

The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses. When requested, we will book caddies and buggies in advance however this does not guarantee availability. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis. Caddy fees at the below courses, inclusive of tip, range from 50 - 70 Pounds (approximately).

For those golfers who do not wish to have a caddie, the option of pull carts is widely available. Some, but not all, links courses permit limited use of golf carts where age and disability restrictions apply. At the larger golf resorts, golf carts are in greater supply and will be booked in advance on request.

Golf Clubs

It is increasingly common for golfers to ship their clubs in advance and we are happy to take delivery at our office or at the most appropriate location prior to your arrival.

Rental sets are readily available and can be reserved in advance for those not wishing to bring their own golf clubs.

Handicap Limits

Golf Course Handicap Limit
Old Course Men 24 Ladies 36
New Course N/A
Jubilee Course N/A
Castle Course N/A
Eden Course N/A
Kingsbarns Golf Links Handicap Certificate Required
Carnoustie Men 28 Ladies 36
The Torrance Course Handicap Certificate Required
The Kittocks Course Handicap Certificate Required
The Duke's Course Men 28 Ladies 36
Scotscraig N/A
Lundin Links Handicap Certificate Required
Elie N/A
Crail N/A
Gleneagles Kings Course N/A
Gleneagles Queens Course N/A
Gleneagles  PGA Centenary N/A
Royal Dornoch N/A
Castle Stuart N/A
Nairn Men 28 Ladies 36
Tain N/A
Brora N/A
Moray N/A
Royal Aberdeen Men 24 Ladies 24
Cruden Bay Handicap Certificate Required
Trump International Scotland N/A
Murcar Men 28 Ladies 36
Turnberry Ailsa Course Handicap Certificate Required
Turnberry Kintyre Course Handicap Certificate Required
Royal Troon Men 20 Ladies 30
Prestwick Men 24 Ladies 28
Western Gailes  Handicap Certificate Required
Dundonald Men 28 Ladies 34
Machrihanish  N/A
Machrihanish Dunes  N/A
The Carrick  N/A
Muirfield Men 18 Ladies 18
North Berwick Men 24 Ladies 34
Gullane Men 24 Ladies 30
   

Notes: Handicap certificates should be carried when playing at all golf courses. Play may be denied for non-production.

The Season

The weather in this part of the world is better than people have been led to believe. It can, however, be unpredictable. They say this is very much part of the charm of the destination and every golfer should experience the challenging weather at least once during their stay.

We're often asked when the best time of year for golf tours is. Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. This is when we hold the annual St Andrews Golf Week, which attracts golfers from every corner of the world. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours; towards the end of June it is possible to play until 11pm in Scotland!

If the Old Course in St Andrews is a must-play, you'll need to avoid the middle two weeks in September, as the course is closed to visitors for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club's Autumn Meeting. At the end of October, a number of the Championship courses close and others move to their winter set-up. This is when local golfers take to the links and a 3-hour round is the norm.

Travel Insurance

Links Golf St Andrews strongly recommend that their clients arrange their own individual travel insurance before they travel. Click here for more information.

Terms and Conditions

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