Coast to Coast Tour

The Castle Course, St Andrews
The Castle Course, St Andrews

This is a twin-centre tour, allowing you to experience golf on Scotland’s east and west coastlines. The tour includes:

  • Seven nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation in student residences at the University of Stirling and the University of St. Andrews respectively
  • 18 holes of golf on Open Qualifying venues: Western Gailes, Dundonald Links and Gailes Golf Club
  • 18 holes of golf on St. Andrews venues: The New Course; the Castle Course; the Jubilee Course; Fairmont Torrance; & Fairmont Kittocks
  • Lunch or dinner at the designated golf venues
  • Opportunity to enter the ballot to play the famous Old Course
  • Airport and ground transfers

Prices start at $3,000 per person*. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more

COAST-TO-COAST TOUR

FRIDAY, 21 JUNE
Western Gailes

We’ll meet you at Edinburgh Airport and travel north by coach to Stirling, allowing you to check in to your accommodation on the University of Stirling campus.  The university enjoys an idyllic setting in well-manicured grounds in the shadow of the iconic Wallace Monument.

We then travel to the Ayrshire coast to play Western Gailes, an Open Qualifying venue and former host to the Curtis Cup and the European Amateur Championship.

This glorious layout, squeezed into a superb parcel of linksland between the beach and the Glasgow to Ayr railway line, is a compelling test with terrific views of the mountainous Isle of Arran.

The course design makes fantastic use of natural features such as large sand dunes and burns which snake alongside fairway landing areas and in front of greens. Western Gailes is famed for the speed and purity of its putting surfaces and is always presented in great condition. Dinner is served in the clubhouse after play. Make sure you visit the club’s memorable golf museum located on the top floor of the clubhouse.

Journey time:  Edinburgh Airport – Stirling: 40 mins | Stirling – Western Gailes: 90 mins
Golf course website: www.westerngailes.com
Accommodation website: www.stirlingvenues.com/accommodation/guest-accommodation

SATURDAY, 22 JUNE
Dundonald Links

After breakfast, we return to the Ayrshire coast to tackle a modern classic – Dundonald Links. Opened in 2005, this Kyle Philips-designed layout hosted the 2017 Scottish Open on both the men’s and women’s European Tour.

Europe’s best golfers fell in love with the course, which despite its lack of years plays and feels like an old school links. Expect hard-running fairways, well-protected greens with dramatic run-off areas and penal bunkering. The course measures 7,100 yards from the championship tees and when the wind blows it is one of the toughest tests of golf in the country. Lunch is served in the clubhouse after play.

We return to Stirling in the late afternoon, which allows for plenty of time to explore this attractive town in the long Scottish evenings. Stirling’s Old Town is a jumble of winding streets which lead to the city’s iconic Castle. This ancient home of Scotland’s kings and queens stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city and the Highland countryside beyond and is well worth a visit.

Journey time:  Stirling – Dundonald: 90 mins
Golf course website: www.dundonaldlinks.com
Accommodation website: www.stirlingvenues.com/accommodation/guest-accommodation

SUNDAY, 23 JUNE
Gailes Links

After breakfast on campus, we take you to play Gailes Links on the west coast. This is another Open Qualifying venue and home of the Tennant Cup – the oldest amateur strokeplay event in the world. Gailes also hosted the 2008 Palmer Cup.

You’ll be faced with a different kind of challenge here. Tight fairways, well-placed bunkers, small greens and an abundance of gorse and heather demand accuracy over distance and careful planning from the tee. Lunch is served in the clubhouse after play.

In the afternoon we take the scenic journey across Scotland’s heartlands to St Andrews. Your accommodation is on campus, at the ancient University of St Andrews. This will be your base for the next four nights.

Journey time:  Stirling – Gailes Links: 90 mins | Gailes Links – St Andrews: 2hrs
Golf course website: www.gaileslinks.com
Accommodation website: https://ace.st-andrews.ac.uk/accommodation/agnes-blackadder-hall

MONDAY, 24 JUNE
Jubilee Course, St Andrews

Today is spent on the St Andrews links. After breakfast, you make the short journey by foot down Grannie Clark’s Wynd, crossing the 1stand 18thfairways of the Old Course, to take on the Jubilee Course.

Created on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the New Course, the raised tees provide great views but also expose golfers to prevalent winds that sweep in from the bay.

Although it shares the same stretch of links as the Old and New Courses, the Jubilee is slightly different in character, with more clearly defined landing areas for tee shots and more clearly defined green complexes. Many St Andrews locals cite it as their preferred course to play regularly. Lunch is served in the New Clubhouse.

Journey time:  University accommodation – Jubilee Course: 10 minute walk
Golf course website: www.standrews.com
Accommodation website: https://ace.st-andrews.ac.uk/accommodation/agnes-blackadder-hall

TUESDAY, 25 JUNE
New Course, St Andrews

After breakfast, you make the short walk to the St Andrews links. The New Course is only 125 years old has been a regular venue for Open Championship final qualifying. It’s a devilish challenge from the tee – undulating fairways and penal gorse abound.

The New Course shares many characteristics with its Older brother. It’s a nine-holes-out, nine-holes-back links, the bunkering ranges from massive expanses of sand to tiny little pots barely big enough for “an angry golfer and his club” and the greens are full of subtle slopes and borrows which require a keen eye and a skilful touch. Lunch is served overlooking the links in the New Clubhouse.

You may want to consider visiting the St Andrews Golf Company, the world’s oldest club-makers, after your round. Here you will see how clubs have been made for over 200 years, and get the chance to test some hickory clubs used by the founding fathers of the modern game.

Journey time:  University accommodation – New Course: 10 minute walk
Golf course website: www.standrews.com
Accommodation website: https://ace.st-andrews.ac.uk/accommodation/agnes-blackadder-hall

WEDNESDAY, 26 JUNE
Castle Course, St Andrews

Today we take a short journey along the coast to the newest – and easily the toughest – of the courses owned by the St Andrews Links Trust. The Castle Course sits on high ground to the south of the town and offers outstanding views of the town, its beaches and the sea.

Designed by David McLay Kidd, who practised by creating the acclaimed Bandon Dunes course in Oregon, its hallmarks are generous fairways, penal bunkers and heavily undulating greens which can shred nerves, particularly when the wind is blowing.

After lunch in the spectacular clubhouse, overlooking the shore, the rest of the day is yours to spend in St Andrews, which gives you time to pick up a souvenir or two and explore a bit more of the Home of Golf.

Journey time:  University accommodation – Castle Course: 10 minutes
Golf course website: www.standrews.com
Accommodation website: https://ace.st-andrews.ac.uk/accommodation/agnes-blackadder-hall

THURSDAY, 27 JUNE
Torrance and Kittocks Courses, Fairmont St Andrews

The Fairmont St Andrews resort on the outskirts of the town is home to two stunning cliff-top links and today you’ll have a chance to play them both with lunch in between at the clubhouse.

Opinions vary as to which Fairmont layout is better. The Torrance Course is the longer of the two and boasts spectacular views over the town of St Andrews. The Kittocks Course has the more spectacular setting on the edge of the cliffs and finishes with a memorable sequence of shoreline holes.

After a long but hopefully enjoyable days golf, we’ll return one last time to your University accommodation.

Journey time:  University accommodation – Fairmont resort: 10 minutes
Golf course website: www.fairmont.com/st-andrews-scotland/golf
Accommodation website: https://ace.st-andrews.ac.uk/accommodation/agnes-blackadder-hall

FRIDAY, 28 JUNE
Homeward bound

After breakfast we wish you a fond farewell as we take you back to the airport for your return journey home.

Prices start at $3,000 per person*. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more

 

 

* Dollar prices are for indication only. All College Links Golf fees are paid in pounds sterling.