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Golfers play championship golf while non-golfers enjoy a full sightseeing program on this deluxe Open tour.
The 2016 British Open Bobby Locke Tour
4 Time British Open Champion – 1949, 1950, 1952, 1957
Arrive Scotland July 11, 2016 / Depart July 18, 2016
Package Price (Land Only) based on double occupancy:
Standard Rooms at Culzean Castle: From $8,035 per Golfer / $6,930 per Non-Golfer (TOUR CLOSED)
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Arrive Edinburgh Airport
Morning courtesy transfer to the deluxe Culloden House Hotel for a 3 night stay – A most impressive country house hotel, used by Bonnie Prince Charlie as his lodging and headquarters prior to the fateful Battle of Culloden in 1746. Stunning architecture, open fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and antique furnishings evoke the elegance of an age gone by. Don’t miss the award winning restaurant, the best in the Highlands. Luxury and Scottish style on the grandest scale.
Monday, July 11
Golfers: Play Nairn Championship – This links championship course with its gorse and whin-lined fairways provides a testing challenge for golfers of all abilities. Inaugurated in 1899 as a 9 hole course it was extended in 1924 to its current championship layout.
Non-Golfers: Take a cruise down Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle magnificently sited on a rocky promontory on the north shore of Loch Ness, the Castle is one of the largest in Scotland with a long and colourful history. For Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts Nessie has evidently been sighted from a place close to the Castle.
Tuesday, July 12
Golfers: Play Royal Dornoch – One of the great natural links courses in the world. According to Herbert Warren Wind, “a thoroughly modern old links with that rare equipoise of charm and character that only great courses possess”. There is plenty of room off the tee but where to place your drive depends on the wind and the pin positions. If you think out your shot, you will be rewarded.
Non-Golfers: Visit Dunrobin Castle a glowing white stone Castle overlooking the sea and the home of the Earl of Sutherland, Dunrobin can truly be described as one of the Great Houses of Scotland.
Wednesday, July 13
Morning: Sightseeing coach transfer to the very special Eisenhower Apartment at Culzean Castle for a 5 night stay – Dating from 1777, Culzean Castle is an architectural marvel situated on cliff tops, with spectacular views of the Firth of Clyde. In the very top of the castle, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s holiday home now provides accommodations in its six bedrooms. This is perhaps the most exclusive place to stay anywhere in Scotland.
Evening: Welcome to Southwest Scotland Dinner
Thursday, July 14
Golfers: Play Turnberry Ailsa – Ranked as the best in all of Britain and Ireland and among the world’s top dozen courses, Ailsa made it’s reputation at the 1977 British Open when it was the scene of the famous “Duel in the Sun” between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus and again in 2009 between Tom Watson and Stewart Cink, on the fourth occasion this remarkable layout has hosted The Open. Sophisticated, handsome and presenting a challenge of the first order, this stunning combination of nature and golf is one of a kind, providing a round of golf that will live in every player’s memory for years to come. Links golf simply gets no better.
Non-Golfers: Visit Burns National Heritage Park, birthplace of Scotland’s National poet, Robert Burns. The traditional seaside resort of Ayr is famous for its associations with Robert Burns. His birthplace, now Burns Cottage and Museum, is nearby at Alloway, as is the Land o’ Burns Center and, close by, the picturesque old Brig o’ Doon, made famous in Burns’ poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ – recited by Scots the world over. Ayr is the starting point of the Burns Heritage Trail, which traces the life of the poet from his birthplace south to Dumfries.
Friday, July 15
Golfers: Play Prestwick Old Course – Founded in 1851, a full 27 years before its neighbor, Royal Troon Golf Club, Prestwick is a microcosm of golf’s history, not to be missed by even those with only a passing interest in all that has occurred in the 600 year since golf came to be. The very first Open Championship was held here in 1860, and Prestwick Old Course went on to host the event for each of the next 11 years. Best described as a traditional, classic links, the course has secured an ominous reputation for its blind holes, humps, hillocks and greens that may appear to be quirkily contoured. No less a shock to the first time visitor are the steep faced, pot bunkers, some of which are well over 6 feet deep.
Non-Golfers: Visit Glasgow, a punchy, vibrant 20th-century city humming with enterprise and vitality. Charles Dickens said of his visit in 1847, “I have never been more heartily received anywhere, or enjoyed myself more completely”. Attractions include the Burrell Collection and Pollack Park, a modern gallery built to house the eclectic acquisitions of Sir William Burrell. Predominantly medieval works on show, amongst the 8,500 items to be seen are artifacts from the Roman Empire to Rodin. The building itself integrates old doorways and whole rooms reconstructed from Hutton Castle. Pollok House & Gardens are located further into the park and are well worth a detour. The Macintoch Trail comprises of works by the great Scottish architect and designer at Glasgow School of Art and Macintoch House.
Saturday, July 16
Transfer to Royal Troon Old Course, home of the 2016 British Open, to witness the third round of the Open Championship returning to Ayr after the close of play.
Sunday, July 17
Transfer to Royal Troon Old Course, for the exciting final round of the 2016 British Open
Return to the hotel 30 minutes following the awards ceremony
Evening: Farewell Dinner
Monday, July 18
Depart Scotland, Glasgow Airport
From $8,035 per Golfer / $6,930 per Non-Golfer
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