2013 British Open Golf Voyage ends – Do not miss Next Year’s

PerryGolf’s Founding Director, Colin Dalgleish, has recently returned from the 2013 British Open Golf Voyage.  Below are some of his thoughts July 17 upon embarking on the quest, as well as some of his afterthoughts on July 25.  The golf cruise was to no surprise, another success for both PerryGolf and clients.  Between the five rounds of golf, attending the final round of The Open Championship at Muirfield, cocktail parties and much more fun in the sun, the slideshow below only sheds a mere glimpse into what a luxury golf cruise it really was.  But I bet it’s enough to make you wonder about the 2014 British Open Escorted Tour…Enjoy!

July 17

“As the The Open Championship is shortly about to begin at Muirfield Scotland, the PerryGolf British Open voyage around Ireland and Scotland is now well underway. PerryGolf guests onboard the delightful 700 guest Azamara Quest have already enjoyed a pre-cruise stay at the The Westin Dublin Hotel followed by golf at 2006 Ryder Cup venue the The K Club outside Dublin, the classic links of world top ten Royal County Down Golf Club, and the excellent Carrick overlooking the beautiful Loch Lomond in Scotland. Combined with a great range of sightseeing activities for the non golfing spouses amongst the group, and some outstanding dining, entertainment, and all inclusive drinks onboard, the 100+ PerryGolf guests are having a great time!”

July 25

“PerryGolf’s highly successful 2013 British Open Golf voyage onboard the 700 guest Azamara Quest concluded earlier this week. Since our previous post from the Carrick Loch Lomond, the ship sailed through the western isles and around the north of Scotland before PerryGolf guests had exclusive use of Castle Stuart Golf Links only a few days following the Scottish Open Championship.  She then continued to Scotland’s beautiful capital city of Edinburgh where her central berth afforded guests panoramic views of the city during the two day stay.  After golf at Kingsbarns and attendance at the final days play at The Open Championship (a mere 35 minute transfer from the ship), guests then enjoyed a relaxing day at sea on Monday in perfect weather, the final few miles into the city of Hamburg being accompanied by water cannon spraying tugboat.”

Enjoy the slideshow of pictures taken during the recently concluded 2013 British Open Golf Voyage by PerryGolf.  Watch out for future plans.

Want to attend next years Open Championship?  Click here to learn more about the 2014 British Open Escorted Tour by PerryGolf and be sure to watch the short video below – 2014 Open Championship Tour by PerryGolf – to get a better geographical sense of what’s entailed in next year’s tour!

You can also engage yourself with our fully interactive Google Earth Video of the 2014 British Open Escorted Tour – you’ll be able to pause the video and browse around the area as you please via Google Earth.  Thanks for reading!

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About the Author: Harrison Gould is the Social Media Marketing Manager of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+

Castle Stuart Golf Links and Scottish Open Basics

PerryGolf clients in front of Castle Stuart ClubhouseThere’s a case, often made, that Royal Dornoch alone is worth a journey to the Highlands. It is of course but treasure hunting links golfers will be pleased now to find new loot at Castle Stuart.  Opened for play in July 2009 with instant honors from Golf Magazine as the “Best New International Course” of the year, Castle Stuart is the work of Americans Mark Parsinen (Kingsbarns) and Gil Hanse.

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Watch the Scottish Open on NBC

The 2013 and 2014 Scottish Opens will be televised on NBC, making them the first regular European Tour events televised on a  major United States TV broadcast network.  A two year agreement has been made between the Scottish Open’s title sponsor  Aberdeen Asset Management and NBC  in which NBC will broadcast two and a half hours of live coverage on the final two day’s play from Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2013 and Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, the venue for the 2014 Scottish Open.  This coverage will of course complement that from the Golf Channel, as this year’s Scottish Open starts this Thursday, July 11.

This is a major breakthrough for Aberdeen Asset Management as they, and the Scottish Government – the tournament’s other key supporter – will have the opportunity to promote themselves around the broadcasting.  Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, Martin Gilbert said, “The US is one of our most important markets and therefore we are very supportive of this new agreement with NBC and the Golf Channel.”

Chief Executive of The European Tour, George O’Grady went on, ““Following the vision and leadership of the Golf Channel, we are delighted to enter into this historic new agreement with NBC for live coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the next two years. It speaks volumes for the quality of the European Tour product, and specifically the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, that one of our most prestigious championships will be shown to a new audience on one of the prime TV networks in the United States in conjunction with our already outstanding coverage on the Golf Channel.”

U.S. Television Coverage for the 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open:

Thursday, July 11: Golf Channel – First Round Coverage

Friday, July 12: Golf Channel – Second Round Coverage

Saturday, July 13: Golf Channel – Lead-in Third Round Coverage Golf Channel on NBC – Third Round Coverage

Sunday, July 14: Golf Channel – Lead-in Final Round Coverage

Golf Channel on NBC – Final Round Coverage

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About the Author: Harrison Gould is the Social Media Marketing Manager of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+

The Highlands of Scotland for Golf – Far more than a One Trick Pony

The 2013 Scottish Open at Castle Stuart shall enjoy one enviable footnote; it is the first regular European Tour event to be broadcasted on network television in the USA (on NBC). Doubtless this shall introduce many more golf fans to the wonderfully designed Castle Stuart which was opened in 2009. Castle Stuart is the creation of Mark Parsinen (who created Kingsbarns) and Gil Hanse (of Olympic Golf Course notoriety).

It has added yet another dimension to a region of Scotland that was historically famous for Royal Dornoch, the course where Donald Ross served his apprenticeship as a greens keeper. Ross subsequently emigrated to the USA and built an untold number of courses using the same style he had seen at Dornoch with pushed up greens. Beyond these two fine links courses you will enjoy Nairn (venue for the 1999 Walker Cup Matches) and a myriad of classic, small town links golf that includes Tain, Brora, Nairn Dunbar & Lossiemouth. This is a region of Scotland that is rich and understated, yet thoroughly enjoyable links golf in it’s purest form.

This Google Earth Video Tour below gives some sense of the logistics of the area, with a range of accommodations options including the recently completed Quarryfield House which serves as an ideal base for groups in which to remain in one location and enjoy an exclusive-use facility.

In the last year or two, Trump International, about a 2 hour 15 min drive to the east, has enjoyed much deserved attention. It is a fine, modern style links course and with another course having been announced, it will add yet another arrow in a full quiver of exceptional golf experiences. Aberdeen serves as the host city to the oil & gas industry which works in the deep and challenging waters of the North Sea.  It has also been home for many years to three great links courses: Royal Aberdeen (venue for the 2014 Scottish Open), Cruden Bay & Marcar. Each of these courses is a treat to play and another reason to extend your stay in the Highlands of Scotland.

Quality accommodations and restaurants abound in both Inverness & Aberdeen, which despite their northerly location in the British Isles, have become quite chic and sophisticated for visitors to enjoy.

While all of the “name” golf courses in Scotland that are associated with hosting the Open Championship are in the Lowlands, there are plenty of reasons to find the time to enjoy the Highlands. One visit and glimpse of the scenery and you will clearly understand why each region has it’s respective moniker.
 

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+

Quarryfield House – a gem for golf groups in the Highlands

PerryGolf has long prided itself on discovering and creating unique golf travel experiences which we believe enhance the underlying golf trip to make it truly special. Over the years we have introduced VIP Golf Coaches, the PerryGolf Lodges at Turnberry and many other innovative programs that thousands of clients have come to expect as part and parcel of the PerryGolf service ethos.

In the same vein, we are delighted to introduce Quarryfield House in the Highlands of Scotland. Quarryfield is ideally located for a group of golfers who desire an exclusive use facility that is centrally located for all of the world class golf courses in the region. The house has 8 bedrooms, of which 7 have en suite bathroom and all are a good size and modern.

Located just off the A9 to the north of Inverness, it’s rural setting combined with ample amenities make it a terrific venue to spend your time when not on the golf course or sightseeing. To add to the fun and uniqueness is a local pub, the Allangrange Arms in Munlochy, reopened recently as gastro pub.

The house provides three main public spaces ; a large lounge with fireplace and dining table, south facing conservatory and snooker/tv room with TV and sky channels. For the more energetic there is also a table tennis table and an all weather tennis court to the rear of the building.

Breakfast is provided daily by the staff and dinner can be scheduled in advance. For a group of golfers seeking to get away from the crowds, play some, tell some tall tales, eat & drink well…then we think this is an ideal venue to consider.
 

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+