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Keep checking our Blog for all the latest news and updates which may be valuable in planning your Golf Vacation to Scotland, Golf Vacation to Ireland or for any other news that may be of interest in planning your trip.

St Andrews Old Course – Course Record


Tyrrell Hatton winning the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews Old Course

English  golfer, Tyrrell Hatton defended his title at the Dunhill Links Championship which was held over the championship courses at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews Old Course. English compatriot Ross Fisher came second after setting a new course record of 61 at the Old Course

Fisher recorded a score of 11-under par, 61 at The Old Course, having missed the chance to eagle the last hole for a score of 59.

The winner, Hatton, from Buckinghamshire, missed the cut in all four majors this season, however he did tie for third at the European Masters and was eighth in the British Masters.


St Andrews Rusacks Hotel plans

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Macdonald hotels who own the Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews, which overlooks the 1st and 18th fairways of St Andrews Old Course have applied for planning permission for a five storey extension which would see the opening of a new glass fronted restaurant overlooking the famous Links. The restaurant is planned to be on the upper floor and would give some outstanding views over the course and coastline.

Fife council planners will discuss the application, but there are objections from certain parties about the design and scale of the development which may not complement the existing architecture.

Ultimate Golfing Experience

Ultimate Golfing Experience in ScotlandScottish Whisky distillers, Glenmorangie are running a competition offering a prize of the ‘Ultimate Golfing Experience’

Glenmorangie make some of the most popular single malt Scotch whiskies in the world. They are based on the outskirts of Tain in the area of Ross and Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands.

Their competition invites golfers to nominate and vote for the world’s most ‘Unnecessarily well made’ golf holes making up a full 18 holes of the finest golf holes in the world.

Their prize is an all-expenses trip to the Home of golf and also a trip to Glenmorangie. They are also offering monthly prizes.

Glenmorangie is in an area that is abundant with excellent Links venues such as Royal Dornoch, Brora and Golspie to the north and castle Stuart, Nairn and Lossiemouth to the south and East. Not to forget Tain Golf Links which, of course, is on the doorstep.

This is one of the great areas for Links golf and players will certainly find it much less expensive for accommodations and golf, than some of the more famous  places like St Andrews, Turnberry and Muirfield.

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An Irishman for Augusta?

Graeme McDowell Augusta 2014With the Masters Tournament looming, it is evident, certainly within golfing circles in Ireland, that an Irishman has never won the esteemed Green Jacket. Augusta, which is

arguably the most exclusive golf club in the world has never seen a golfer from the Emerald Isle succeed (which would be befitting taking into account the colour of the jacket)

There have been a few Irish members of the exclusive club but the professionals competing from Ireland such as Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington, all of whom are Major Championship winners, have all failed to make their mark. McIlroy was the closest in 2011 but made a hash of the last round, literally throwing away his chances of becoming the first Irishman to succeed.

Augusta needs a player who drives the ball long and who can putt well. A draw shot is also beneficial. McDowell has all of these traits and can do well there. Just watch this space.

St Andrews – The Royal & Ancient Golf Club

St Andrew - The R&A

Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, exclusively for men since it was founded 260 years ago, will vote in September on whether women can join the club.

A statement from club said that all committees were “strongly in favour of the rule change” and asked members to go along. The move was greeted by British sports minister Helen Grant, who was hopeful a favorable vote would encourage other single-sex golf clubs to follow suit.

A Statement from The R & A said the vote would have no bearing on whether the British Open is played on links courses that exclude women as members, such as Royal St. George’s, Royal Troon and Muirfield. The Open returns to Troon in 2016.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has about 2,400 members from around the world and dates to 1754. The clubhouse is among the most famous buildings in golf, overlooking the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Even though Augusta National in the USA, went 80 years without a female member, it had no policy that barred women from joining. The R&A had such a policy, and that’s what will be voted on in September. The R&A have stated they feel no pressure from any of its corporate sponsors, who were subjected to the debate at the British Open. The 2,400-member club and the group that runs The Open are separate entities.

For years, the men-only Royal & Ancient was in charge of the Rules of Golf for every country in the world except for the United States and Mexico, which are governed by the USGA. And it operated the British Open, the oldest championship in golf. Ten years ago, the administrative duties were split off into a corporate structure that is called “The R&A”. That’s the group in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing The Open and other R&A championships.

Credit for story goes to Contra Costa Times

Golf Vacations UK host the Premier League Managers

LMA at Hamilton GrandGolf Vacations UK hosted an event at St Andrews Old Course for the Premier League Managers Association.

12 league managers were present for the tournament, including Gus Poyet, Glen Hoddle, Sean Dyche, Gary McAllister and David O’Leary.

The event was held over 3 days on the St Andrews Old Course, The St Andrews New Course and the Dukes. The players were hosted by the Old Course Hotel St Andrews.

Ryder Cup 2014 & Scotland Golf Package

Gleneagles PGA CentenaryVisitScotland are promoting the Ryder Cup and other events for 2014 with Captain Paul McGinley playing a major part in their multi million pound campaign. Diverse locations such as Speyside, Gleneagles and Glasgow are used as a backdrop for individuals reading a speacially written poem.

Paul McGinley said: “It is a privilege to be Ryder Cup captain anywhere in the world but to do so in Scotland, the Home of Golf, makes it that little bit more special and I was delighted to appear in this advert to represent The Ryder Cup among the other great events taking place in 2014.

The Ryder Cup will certainly provide exposure for individuals wishing to take a Scotland Golf Package or Vacation and Gleneagles will figure highly together with the St Andrews Old Course in VisitScotlands promotions for 2014.

Trump International Golf Links

Trump International Golf Links

Trump International - scotland golf tripA dramatic golf destination will soon grace the North Coast of Scotland. Trump  International Golf Links will rest upon 1,400 acres of sand dunes and rolling bluffs, and is set to become one of the finest golf destinations in Europe. Two championship golf courses will be backed by a state-of-the-art golf academy and a distinctive five-star hotel. The property also offers three miles of sparkling, white sand beaches.

During 2012 tee times are made available during limited dates only from July 15th to October 31st. There is tremendous interest already and the aim with 2012 is to give the public a unique chance to try the fabulous Links at a very preferential introductory Green Fee rate as the rate is set to rise for the following season.


Ireland to host European Amateur 2012

Montgomerie Course at Carton House

The Montgomerie Course at Carton House will be hosting the worlds foremost amateur stroke play event, the European Amateur Championship from August 8th to 11th 2012. It is the first time in the 25 year history of the event that Ireland have been the hosts. Previous well known winners have been Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.




Fife – Golf Destination of the year

Fife has been named as the “Golf Destination of the Year – Europe, 2012” at The International Association of Golf Tour Operators Awards 

The Awards recognize exceptional contributions to the world of golf travel.

Stephen Owen General Manager of Rufflets, St Andrews  said, ”This
is a prestigious award for Fife”

The area which contains St Andrews is widely recognized as the
‘Home of Golf’ with St Andrews now having seven golf courses administered by the
Links Trust. The Courses are St Andrews Old Course, St Andrews New Course, St
Andrews Jubilee Course, St Andrews Eden Course and St Andrews Castle Course
together with the Starthtyrum and Balgove.

The Fairmont St Andrews received the award for best golf resort for
Europe – the resort is the home to the Torranvce and Kittocks

St Andrews Old Course Tee Times

Scotland, the home of golf attracts golfers from all over the world.  Old Course St Andrews is the golf course that all golfers wish to play during their lifetime. It is situated in the stunning medieval city, internationally known and accepted as the home of golf and one of Scotland’s finest coastal towns. To golf St Andrews is the ambition of every golfer who has ever picked up a golf club.

The town is home to the University of St Andrews, which was attended by HRH Prince William and his wife Kate. The University is an integral part of the burgh, and many students are players on the Old Course St Andrews. The students make up approximately one third of the town’s population and to play St Andrews for them is relatively inexpensive as the green fees cater to the needs of locals and students alike.

The British Open Championship is held at St Andrews every 5 years and the course and town are the home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club which govern the laws of the game. The Old Course St Andrews is actually a municipal course which is owned by the town itself and the Links Trust governs the use and maintenance of the course.

To golf St Andrews players must have a current handicap certificate and be a member of a club. The handicap restrictions are 24 for men and 36 for ladies. The Old Course is one of seven courses which are owned by the town and operated by the St Andrews Links Trust

The Old Course St Andrews is the most frequent host for the British Open Championship which is the oldest of the four major golf championships. Visitors travel to St Andrews in great numbers as the courses there are ranked amongst the top courses in the world and the beaches are long and sandy. The film Chariots of Fire was filmed on the beach at St Andrews.

According to the earliest surviving document from 1552 regarding playing the Old Course, Archbishop Hamilton granted permission for players to golf St Andrews on the links adjacent to the “water of eden”. The course was purchased by the town council in 1894. St Andrews Old Course dates back to medieval times and the course was pivotal to the structure and development of the game and how it is played today.

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