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Authentic Scotland ~ Troon and North Berwick

6 Nights | 5 Rounds including Prestwick, Gullane and North Berwick





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This six-night, five-round package explores some of Scotland's most hidden gems which are sure to offer a heartfelt welcome and memorable Scottish golfing experience. It’s available from April to October. Western Gailes is a hidden gem, presenting a stiff wind-driven challenge along the dunes. Prestwick was host to the first playing of The Open in 1860. Make your way to the 13th oldest club in the game, North Berwick, which dates back to 1632 and where you may recognize the 15th hole Redan green which is often imitated. Continue on Dunbar, which could be called another of the "founding courses of golf," where you'll play this championship links course within yards of waves crashing onto the rocky shore.  Finally, tee it up at Gullane #1, a frequent host to national championships and whose hills deliver outstanding views of the River Forth.  Deluxe accommodations are available at The Marine Hotel Troon and The Marine Hotel & Spa North Berwick.

Sample Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: US Depart
Day 2: The Marine Hotel, Troon
Day 3: Western Gailes
The Marine Hotel, Troon
Day 4: Prestwick
The Marine Hotel, Troon
Day 5: North Berwick
Marine Hotel & Spa
Day 6: Dunbar
Marine Hotel & Spa
Day 7: Gullane No.1
Marine Hotel & Spa
Day 8: UK Depart

<Day 2 3 nights ~ The Marine Hotel, Troon

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Your Itinerary

The 4-star Marine Hotel is a grand building with magnificent views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, overlooking Royal Troon Golf Course. Built-in 1894, The Marine Hotel was designed by notable Glaswegian architects Salmon and Gillespie and is a significant landmark in Troon. Now newly refurbished, it features subtle Scottish themes, fabrics and textures all laced with the history of the building and surrounding area. 

<Day 3 ~ Western Gailes Golf Club

Play today at Western Gailes (tbc).   Western Gailes is rated by many visitors to Scotland as one of its best keep secrets and immensely enjoyable. The course lies between the railway and the sea like many others in Ayrshire. Its only two holes wide, with nine played along the sea and nine played beside the railway.  Variety gives Western its special character.  The seaside holes are routed through classic links land with dunes, high grass and the beach. These are arguably more difficult than the inland holes which are slightly longer with heavier bunkering.  Your caddie here will often be a club member who typically cannot resist sharing the club’s story with visitors. You will enjoy a special day here.

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<Day 4 ~ Prestwick Golf Club

Play today at Prestwick (tbc).   Only the Old Course has hosted The Open more often than Prestwick, the last of 24 played here was in 1925. Eleven of the first twelve Opens were played on Old Tom Morris’ twelve-hole layout beginning in 1860.  Six holes were added in 1883.  One of the club’s great strengths is variety.  There are blind shots.  Uphill holes and those that play downhill and sidehill. Greens in hollows and plateau greens.  Driveable par fours and those you’ll be delighted to reach in two.  Perhaps most famous is “Alps” the 394-yard 17th.  The narrow fairway runs straight up a steep sandhill which hides a generous green guarded in front by the notorious “Sahara” bunker framed with revetted sod and railroad ties interrupted only by wooden steps to allow you in and out. 

WEBCAST - A Greenside Chat: "The Story of the First Club to Host The Open" ~ Prestwick Golf Club

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<Day 5 ~ North Berwick

Play today at North Berwick (tbc). Like St Andrews, this links starts and finishes in town. Golf was played in the area since at least 1672 but the club was formed in 1832 making it the thirteenth oldest in the game.  It came to be in the same way as so many of the early clubs -- in stages.  First it was a 6-hole layout, then a 7, then a 10 which included the famous Redan hole, then in 1877 a full 18.   A renovation lengthened the course in 1895 then again in 1932.  The course is a delight for many reasons not the least of which is how you are challenged by stonewalls, deep bunkers, the usual humps, hollows and burns without having to fight brutal rough.   The course is normally set up to play in around 3 hours so the rough is kept playable.

North Berwick Golf Club, Scotland by LINKS Magazine

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<Day 5 3 nights ~ Marine Hotel & Spa

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Your Itinerary

The Marine Hotel & Spa is a delightful Victorian turreted mansion, which proudly stands 'chateau-like', overlooking the 16th green of the magnificent North Berwick, West links Golf Course. It commands superb views past the sandy beaches of the firth of Forth to the distant shores of the golfing kingdom of Fife obster boats and yachts sail past, making their way to and from the picturesque sandstone harbor of North Berwick. Under new ownership the hotel is due for an extensive refurbishment ready for the 2021 summer season.

<Day 6 ~ Dunbar Golf Club

Play at Dunbar (tbc). Dunbar is another of what could be called the “founding courses of golf”.  The game appeared here in the early 17th century but it wasn’t until 1856 that the club was formed with 15 holes.  Version two was extended to 18 holes in 1880 before Old Tom Morris modified it in 1894 which James Braid and Ben Sayers embellished with additional length and sixty-one new bunkers in 1923. Dunbar East Links is a traditional ''out and back'' layout squeezed into a narrow stretch of rocky coastline along the North Sea. Well defined narrow fairways are tucked between the unforgiving coastline and the old sandstone deer park wall. Careful club selection and precise shot making are keys to taming a layout revered by generations of the game’s legends. The club has hosted many Scottish amateur and professional events. Please note a very limited supply of golf carts are available for hire. Certain restrictions may apply, please advise your Golf Travel Specialist.

Dunbar Golf Club, Scotland by LINKS Magazine

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<Day 7 ~ Gullane Golf Club

Play Gullane #1 (tbc), a regular host to major championships and rated alongside Scotland's more famous championship courses. Gullane #1 is unusually hilly for an east of Scotland links. Once you reach the top of Gullane Hill, you have great views over the River Forth. The Scottish Open, won by Rickie Fowler, was played over this historic links in 2015. Please note a very limited supply of golf carts are available for hire. Certain restrictions may apply, please advise your Golf Travel Specialist.

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Sample Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

This evening depart the United States.

Day 2:

On arrival at the Airport you will be met by PerryGolf personnel who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to your transportation.

Your preferred arrival & departure airport options are dependent on your personal preferences. The closest airport to your first hotel/golf course is listed first. Some airports have direct transatlantic flights from US cities while others only offer service with connections through European hub cities. Our air department is available to talk through your air travel options.

OVERNIGHT: The Marine Hotel, Troon - Standard Room

Day 3: Western Gailes image

Play today at Western Gailes (tbc).   Western Gailes is rated by many visitors to Scotland as one of its best keep secrets and immensely enjoyable. The course lies between the railway and the sea like many others in Ayrshire. Its only two holes wide, with nine played along the sea and nine played beside the railway.  Variety gives Western its special character.  The seaside holes are routed through classic links land with dunes, high grass and the beach. These are arguably more difficult than the inland holes which are slightly longer with heavier bunkering.  Your caddie here will often be a club member who typically cannot resist sharing the club’s story with visitors. You will enjoy a special day here.

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

OVERNIGHT: The Marine Hotel, Troon - Standard Room

Day 4: Prestwick image

Play today at Prestwick (tbc).   Only the Old Course has hosted The Open more often than Prestwick, the last of 24 played here was in 1925. Eleven of the first twelve Opens were played on Old Tom Morris’ twelve-hole layout beginning in 1860.  Six holes were added in 1883.  One of the club’s great strengths is variety.  There are blind shots.  Uphill holes and those that play downhill and sidehill. Greens in hollows and plateau greens.  Driveable par fours and those you’ll be delighted to reach in two.  Perhaps most famous is “Alps” the 394-yard 17th.  The narrow fairway runs straight up a steep sandhill which hides a generous green guarded in front by the notorious “Sahara” bunker framed with revetted sod and railroad ties interrupted only by wooden steps to allow you in and out. 

WEBCAST - A Greenside Chat: "The Story of the First Club to Host The Open" ~ Prestwick Golf Club

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

OVERNIGHT: The Marine Hotel, Troon - Standard Room

Day 5: North Berwick image

Play today at North Berwick (tbc). Like St Andrews, this links starts and finishes in town. Golf was played in the area since at least 1672 but the club was formed in 1832 making it the thirteenth oldest in the game.  It came to be in the same way as so many of the early clubs -- in stages.  First it was a 6-hole layout, then a 7, then a 10 which included the famous Redan hole, then in 1877 a full 18.   A renovation lengthened the course in 1895 then again in 1932.  The course is a delight for many reasons not the least of which is how you are challenged by stonewalls, deep bunkers, the usual humps, hollows and burns without having to fight brutal rough.   The course is normally set up to play in around 3 hours so the rough is kept playable.

North Berwick Golf Club, Scotland by LINKS Magazine

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

OVERNIGHT: Marine Hotel & Spa - Standard Room

Day 6: Dunbar image

Play at Dunbar (tbc). Dunbar is another of what could be called the “founding courses of golf”.  The game appeared here in the early 17th century but it wasn’t until 1856 that the club was formed with 15 holes.  Version two was extended to 18 holes in 1880 before Old Tom Morris modified it in 1894 which James Braid and Ben Sayers embellished with additional length and sixty-one new bunkers in 1923. Dunbar East Links is a traditional ''out and back'' layout squeezed into a narrow stretch of rocky coastline along the North Sea. Well defined narrow fairways are tucked between the unforgiving coastline and the old sandstone deer park wall. Careful club selection and precise shot making are keys to taming a layout revered by generations of the game’s legends. The club has hosted many Scottish amateur and professional events. Please note a very limited supply of golf carts are available for hire. Certain restrictions may apply, please advise your Golf Travel Specialist.

Dunbar Golf Club, Scotland by LINKS Magazine

OVERNIGHT: Marine Hotel & Spa - Standard Room

Day 7: Gullane No.1 image

Play Gullane #1 (tbc), a regular host to major championships and rated alongside Scotland's more famous championship courses. Gullane #1 is unusually hilly for an east of Scotland links. Once you reach the top of Gullane Hill, you have great views over the River Forth. The Scottish Open, won by Rickie Fowler, was played over this historic links in 2015. Please note a very limited supply of golf carts are available for hire. Certain restrictions may apply, please advise your Golf Travel Specialist.

OVERNIGHT: Marine Hotel & Spa - Standard Room

Day 8:

Depart the United Kingdom from Airport.



Golf Schedule

Western Gailes image

Western Gailes is rated by many visitors to Scotland as one of its best keep secrets and immensely enjoyable. The course lies between the railway and the sea like many others in Ayrshire. Its only two holes wide, with nine played along the sea and nine played beside the railway.  Variety gives Western its special character.  The seaside holes are routed through classic links land with dunes, high grass and the beach. These are arguably more difficult than the inland holes which are slightly longer with heavier bunkering.  Your caddie here will often be a club member who typically cannot resist sharing the club’s story with visitors. You will enjoy a special day here.

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY


Prestwick image

Only the Old Course has hosted The Open more often than Prestwick, the last of 24 played here was in 1925. Eleven of the first twelve Opens were played on Old Tom Morris’ twelve-hole layout beginning in 1860.  Six holes were added in 1883.  One of the club’s great strengths is variety.  There are blind shots.  Uphill holes and those that play downhill and sidehill. Greens in hollows and plateau greens.  Driveable par fours and those you’ll be delighted to reach in two.  Perhaps most famous is “Alps” the 394-yard 17th.  The narrow fairway runs straight up a steep sandhill which hides a generous green guarded in front by the notorious “Sahara” bunker framed with revetted sod and railroad ties interrupted only by wooden steps to allow you in and out.

WEBCAST - A Greenside Chat: "The Story of the First Club to Host The Open" ~ Prestwick Golf Club

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY


North Berwick image

Like St Andrews, this links starts and finishes in town. Golf was played in the area since at least 1672 but the club was formed in 1832 making it the thirteenth oldest in the game.  It came to be in the same way as so many of the early clubs -- in stages.  First it was a 6-hole layout, then a 7, then a 10 which included the famous Redan hole, then in 1877 a full 18.   A renovation lengthened the course in 1895 then again in 1932.  The course is a delight for many reasons not the least of which is how you are challenged by stonewalls, deep bunkers, the usual humps, hollows and burns without having to fight brutal rough.   The course is normally set up to play in around 3 hours so the rough is kept playable.

North Berwick Golf Club, Scotland by LINKS Magazine

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY


Dunbar image

Dunbar is another of what could be called the “founding courses of golf”.  The game appeared here in the early 17th century but it wasn’t until 1856 that the club was formed with 15 holes.  Version two was extended to 18 holes in 1880 before Old Tom Morris modified it in 1894 which James Braid and Ben Sayers embellished with additional length and sixty-one new bunkers in 1923. Dunbar East Links is a traditional ''out and back'' layout squeezed into a narrow stretch of rocky coastline along the North Sea. Well defined narrow fairways are tucked between the unforgiving coastline and the old sandstone deer park wall. Careful club selection and precise shot making are keys to taming a layout revered by generations of the game’s legends. The club has hosted many Scottish amateur and professional events.

Dunbar Golf Club, Scotland by LINKS Magazine


Gullane No.1 image

A frequent host to important national championships and regularly rated alongside Scotland's more famous courses, Gullane No. 1 is unusually hilly for an east of Scotland links thanks to Gullane Hill.  Once you reach the 7th tee and the 200-foot summit, you have spectacular views in every direction including Edinburgh over the Firth of Forth. The designer remains unknown, but you will immediately recognize a classic links with pot bunkers, fast running fairways and smooth greens courtesy of some of the most exquisite, year-round turf in Scotland.




Accommodations

The Marine Hotel, Troon image

The 4-star Marine Hotel is a grand building with magnificent views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, overlooking Royal Troon Golf Course. Built-in 1894, The Marine Hotel was designed by notable Glaswegian architects Salmon and Gillespie and is a significant landmark in Troon. Now newly refurbished, it features subtle Scottish themes, fabrics and textures all laced with the history of the building and surrounding area. 


Marine Hotel & Spa image

The Marine Hotel & Spa is a delightful Victorian turreted mansion, which proudly stands 'chateau-like', overlooking the 16th green of the magnificent North Berwick, West links Golf Course. It commands superb views past the sandy beaches of the firth of Forth to the distant shores of the golfing kingdom of Fife obster boats and yachts sail past, making their way to and from the picturesque sandstone harbor of North Berwick. Under new ownership the hotel is due for an extensive refurbishment ready for the 2021 summer season.




Ground Transportation

Self Drive - Ford Galaxy automatic (4 persons)

SELF DRIVE BASIS - THE FOLLOWING RENTAL VEHICLE IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR COSTING

Europcar: Ford Galaxy with automatic transmission or similar. Includes Unlimited Mileage, Damage Liability Waiver and Full Insurance Cover, with no excess applicable should your vehicle sustain damage or loss.



Troon Marine - exterior
Western Gailes Golf ClubWestern Gailes Golf Club
Western Gailes Golf Club
Prestwick Golf Club
Prestwick Golf ClubPrestwick Golf Club
Prestwick Golf Club
North Berwick by Gary Lisbon
North Berwick by Gary LisbonNorth Berwick by Gary Lisbon
North Berwick by Gary Lisbon
Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa - Exterior
Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa - Exterior


 

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