BRITAIN: British Open Golf Tour 2018 - 14 days
10th - 23rd July 2018
Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Edinburgh - St Andrews
Number of Days: 14 days / 13 nights
Accommodation: Luxury Boutique Hotel
Leaders: Australian Tour Manager and professional expert guide
Tour Concludes In: Aberdeen
Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfasts; 13: Dinners; 2:
Transportation: Luxury chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Experience the best of golf in Scotland and the thrill of the final two days at the 2018 Open Championship
at Carnoustie. Combining golf on the best courses in Scotland (including Ballot tee times on the Old Course at St Andrews) the trip promises to be highly memorable.
The trip commences in the historic town of St Andrews where you will stay for 4 nights (less than 200 metres from the first tee of the Old course) and experience all that this famous region has to offer. The first 3 days of golf provide a 'wow' factor like no other - St Andrews New Course, St Andrews Old Course (ballot) and the spectacular Kingsbarns. Apart from the world-class golf, the charm of St Andrews cannot be underestimated and you will find yourself immersed in the history of golf from over the last 700 years.
From St Andrews, we will head north to the charming town of Inverness for 4 nights, with its breathtaking scenery and famous lochs. Golf in the Scottish Highlands is an incredible experience, and you will be dazzled by the links at Nairn, Castle Stuart and the highly regarded and very popular Royal Dornoch.
Following your time in Inverness, you head back towards the North Sea to the township of Aberdeen, which will be our base for the final 5 nights. Golf at Trump International, Royal Aberdeen and the magnificent Cruden Bay will set you up for the last two days of the Open Championship at Carnoustie where the winner will receive the famous Claret Jug.
Carnoustie is widely regarded as one of the toughest courses on The Open Rota. Most golfers will recall Jean van de Velde's epic loss of the 1999 Open, where he famously took on the 'Barry Burn', capitulating with a triple bogey 7 on the 72nd hole to scrape his way into a play-off, won by Paul Lawrie. The 2018 Open is sure to provide its fair share of thrills.
This memorable trip finishes with a farewell dinner in Aberdeen where we will recount stories of "what could have been", "what was" and "what will be" and departure is on the morning on July 23, 2018. Of course you may choose to extend your trip beyond this time where we can certainly organise further golf and accommodation arrangements on your behalf.
Non Golfing partners are very welcome to join this tour. At each location we visit during this tour, we provide a good range of sightseeing options for non-golfing partners. There are a range of local walking trails, shopping tours, local cooking classes, Castle tours, Distillery tours and many more attractions to keep non golfers entertained during this fantastic tour.
Play Golf at:
- St. Andrews Links (New & Old Course)
- Kingsbarns Golf Course – St Andrews
- Castle Stuart
- Royal Dornach
- Trump International
- Roayl Aberdeen
- Cruden Bay
- Carnoustie – Attend the final two days of Open Championship
- All group transfers as listed in coach transport and driver including aiport and golf transfers as a group
- 4 Nights in St Andrews (Standard Room)
- 4 nights in Inverness (Standard Room)
- 5 nights in Inverness (Standard Room)
- Daily Breakfast
- Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- 13 Nights
- 9 golf games
- Tickets for two days (Saturday & Sunday) at the Open Championship at Carnoustie including return train tickets to/from Aberdeen
- Gift Pack (includes T-shirt)
- Full back up facilities with 24 hour on call support
Twin Golfer: £8,495.00 per person
Single Golfer: £9,950.00 per person
Non Golfer (sharing with golfer) £6,800.00 per person
· Day 1: Tuesday 10th July 2018: Arrive St Andrews
· Day 2: Wednesday 11th July 2018: St Andrews:
· Day 3: Thursday 12th July 2018: St Andrews:
· Day 4: Friday 13th July 2018: St Andrews:
· Day 5: Saturday 14th July 2018: St Andrews – Inverness:
· Day 6: Sunday 15th July 2018: Inverness:
· Day 7: Tuesday 18th July 2017: Turnberry:
· Day 8: Wednesday 19th July 2017: Turnberry – Liverpool:
· Day 9: Thursday 20th July 2017: Liverpool:
· Day 10: Friday 21st July 2017: Liverpool:
· Day 11: Saturday 22nd July 2017: Liverpool:
· Day 12: Sunday 23rd July 2017: Liverpool:
· Day 13: Monday 24 July 2017: Depart Liverpool - Manchester:
Day 1: Tuesday 10th July 2018: Arrive St Andrews: (D)
Welcome to our British Open Tour. On arrival in Edinburgh you will meet the team from GOLFSelect. There will be a group transfer to Hotel du Vin, St Andrews.
Perhaps spend the afternoon exploring the historic township of St Andrews. Similarly, golf can be included for you on this day, by prior arrangement. Please organise at time of Booking Tour.
With stylish rooms, Hotel du Vin & Bistro is a perfect size for the discerning guest. A boutique hotel that provides excellent service and hospitality and attention to detail.
Enjoy your first night in St Andrews as we will celebrate the commencement of the Tour at our Welcome Dinner. There is always great anticipation and vibrant discussion about the Tour ahead, and it is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know everyone a little better.
Day 2: Wednesday 11th July 2018: St Andrews: (B)
GOLF : St Andrews Links - New Course
Following breakfast at the Hotel du Vin, prepare for a morning of golf at the iconic, St Andrews Links. Now over 100 years old, the New Course at St Andrews is probably the oldest "new" course in the world. Opened in April 1895, the course was built in response to increasing demand for golf at St Andrews, both from locals and visitors.
Tours for Non Golfers today TBC
Day 3: Thursday 12th July 2018: St Andrews: (B)
GOLF : Kingsbarns Golf Links. Rated 65 in the World – GOLF Mag USA
Upon opening in 2000, Kingsbarns Golf Links immediately established itself as one of the worlds must-play links courses. Since 2001, Kingsbarns has co-hosted the annual European Tour’s elite Dunhill Links Championship along with the Old Course and Carnoustie.
Its impressive reputation is based on a combination of playability, dramatic seaside location, classic links turf and staff dedicated to personal service. Sir Michael Bonallack, Past Captain of the R&A said of Kingbarns, "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". Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Day 4: Friday 13th July 2018: St Andrews: (B)
GOLF : The Old Course St Andrews. Rated 3 in the World – GOLF Mag USA
TEE TIMES ON THE OLD COURSE ARE BY BALLOT, NOT GUARANTEED. IF UNSUCCESSFUL, ALTERNATIVE GOLF WILL BE ARRANGED ON A QUALITY COURSE IN THE ST ANDREWS.
The Old Course at St Andrews is the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world – and a must for all avid golfers. It is a destination like no other and the pilgrimage should be made at least once in a golfer’s lifetime. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognized across the globe. This is where it all started and it is undoubtedly the Home of Golf.
The layout of the Old Course is unique and challenging and the sense of history is overwhelming. To tread the turf of St Andrews, where in the 13th century shepherds played a form of golf, is a marvellous experience. The course is known for its 112 bunkers including one of the most famous in golf, the Road Hole bunker at the 17th hole. A peculiar feature of the layout of the Old Course is the double greens where the outward and inward holes are cut on the same putting surface. These large greens can mean that golfers may be faced with putts of almost 100 yards. To play a round of golf here is an unbelievably special and something you will remember for a lifetime. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Day 5: Saturday 14th July 2018: St Andrews – Inverness: (B)
This morning after breakfast check out of our hotel and we transfer to Inverness. Our hotel and conference centre dates back to 1786 and is situated on 4 acres of grounds and is less than 1 mile from Inverness Castle and 9.4 miles from Inverness airport. Modern rooms feature flat-screen TVs with premium channels, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making equipment. A leisure club includes an indoor pool and a hot tub, a fitness room, a sauna, a steam room and a spa (surcharge). There's a refined restaurant overlooking spacious gardens, as well as an intimate eatery specializing in Scottish and international cuisines. There's also a whisky bar, and conference space for up to 480 people. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Optional golf or sightseeing can be arranged on request at the time of Booking.
Day 6: Sunday 15th July 2018: Inverness: (B)
GOLF : Nairn Golf Course. Ranked number 11 in the list of Top 100 Courses in Scotland 2015. (Golf World Magazine)
This Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather, and tests the talents of professional and amateur alike. Founded in 1887, it is now one of the best courses in Scotland, and has hosted a large number of important championships. Set on the Moray Firth coast in the a Highlands of Scotland, Nairn represents traditional Scottish links golf at its very best. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Day 7: Monday 16th July 2018: Inverness: (B)
GOLF : Castle Stuart Golf Links. Rated 69 in the World – GOLF Mag USA
History and diversity make Scottish golf courses famous. The centrepiece for this Scottish destination golf resort is Castle Stuart Golf Links, a championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle – Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse perhaps the most notable.
Castle Stuart’s goal is to add to the rich fabric of golf in the Scottish Highlands – a fabric made rich by Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Brora, and many other fine Scottish golf clubs.
Day 8: Tuesday 17th July 2018: Inverness: (B)
GOLF : Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Rated 14 in the World – GOLF Mag USA
Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives. It is often quoted as one of the must-play courses. It's the timeless setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasing place to play golf. It's wild, isolated and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful.
Formed in 1877, Royal Dornoch means exceptional standards and always aim to exceed the expectations of frequent visitors and loyal members. It is not just the Championship course that presents golfers with the challenges of links-land. The second 18 hole course, the Struie, is enjoyable and entertaining for the whole family at a modest green fee, and it can also test the lower handicap player. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Day 9: Wednesday 18th July 2018: Inverness - Aberdeen: (B)
This morning after breakfast, check out of our accommodation and we transfer to Aberdeen (2.5hrs)
GOLF : Trump International Golf Links. Rated 48 in the World – GOLF Mag USA
The championship golf course is a classical Scottish links. The course has a Par of 72 and a maximum length of just over 6767 meters. The golf course follows a classical pattern of two out- and-back loops of nine holes.
All 18 holes thread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topography, landscape, alternating spaciousness and enclosure, panoramic views, a rich texture of vegetation and wildlife habitats surrounding the golf holes.
Check in to your accommodation at Chester Hotel, Aberdeen after golf.
The Chester Hotel is a luxury hotel on Aberdeen's Queens Road, located just a 20-minute walk from the city centre. A 19th century listed building with upscale, contemporary rooms. All rooms feature luxurious rainfall showers, deluxe Egyptian cotton bed linens and Apple TVs. Executive Chef Kevin Dalgleish oversees the award-winning fine dining IX Restaurant. There is a stylish bar, a fully equipped gym, and beauty and nail treatment rooms for guests and non-residents. The Chester Hotel provides the ultimate luxury Aberdeen hotel.
Day 10: Thursday 19th July 2018: Aberdeen: (B)
GOLF : Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
In the league table of golf course antiquity, the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club stands at number six. Here, at the Balgownie links only a mile from the centre of the city of Aberdeen, is a club founded as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen in 1780 and one of the most testing and spectacular of all the great links course of Scotland. Today’s spectacular layout is largely from the imagination and genius of James Braid. Royal Aberdeen has several claims to fame not the least of them that it was here, in 1783, that the rule which allows only five minutes to look for a lost golf ball was established.
Day 11: Friday 20th July 2018: Aberdeen: (B)
GOLF : Cruden Bay Golf Club. Rated 77 in the World – GOLF Mag USA
Cruden Bay is an inspirational golf course, regarded by some as quirky and considered by others as a masterpiece. Either way, this is a thrilling place to play golf because the designers used the original lie of the land to fantastic effect.
Rugged linksland, pebble-dashed with sand dunes as high as three-storey buildings. Elevated tees cut high into the dunes, humped and hollowed fairways bumping their way along to punchbowl greens, nesting in attractive dells. All set against the backdrop of the steely North Sea.
Day 12: Saturday 21st July 2018: Aberdeen: (B/D)
The next two days are the jewel in the crown of the Tour – the 147th Open Championship. Golf has been played at Carnoustie since the early 16th century, and in that time, the links have earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the toughest golf destinations in the world.
GOLF : Attend Day 3 of The Open at Carnoustie Golf Links
Carnoustie has previously hosted The Open on seven occasions. It’s not just the strong winds which blow along this exposed stretch of the Angus coast; nor the bunkering, which is perfectly positioned to capture anything less than a top- quality shot; but it is also a very long, narrow golf course that, at 7,421 yards, is the longest of any of the Open venues.
As Sir Michael Bonallack put it, “When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest golf course in Britain. And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest.”
Be thrilled by the boundless talent of the world’s best players. Be mesmerized by all on offer at golf’s most celebrated ‘major’!
NOTES : Return transfer by train to Carnoustie.
Day 13: Sunday 22nd July 2018: Aberdeen: (B)
GOLF : Attend Day 4 – the final day of The Open at Carnoustie Golf Links.
After breakfast transfer by train to the final day.
This evening attend our Farewell Dinner celebrations.
Day 14: Monday 23rd July 2018: Depart Aberdeen: (B)
After breakfast, check-out of Hotel for you onward or homebound journey.