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The most concentrated collection of Open venues is actually in Scotland’s southwest, including the championship’s first host Prestwick, as well as its most sumptuous, Turnberry. We recommend spending several days experiencing the history of Ayrshire before journeying to the somewhat remote peninsula of Kintyre, where a magical golfing adventure awaits.
Turnberry-AilsaCompared to some of the other courses on the Open Rota, the Ailsa turns it up a notch in terms of scenery. The dazzling stretch of holes around the turn is iconic, with the signature lighthouse and distant Ailsa Craig headlining the show. Guests will notice a theme throughout the resort: Tom Watson, who battled to victory against Jack in the 1977 "Duel in the Sun" and then almost triumphed again in 2009 at age 59.
Royal Troon-OldEssentially a stepchild of neighboring Prestwick in its beginning, its Royal Troon's Old Course that casts a shadow these days. The eight-time Open host is especially memorable (and tough!) around the turn. After you try to hit the "Postage Stamp" green at the 8th and attempt to find the fairway on the "Railway" 11th, you will wonder how its possible that Henrik Stenson shot 20 under at the 2016 Open.
PrestwickPrestwick lacks the seaside vistas of some of its famous neighbors but the 24-time Open Championship host more than makes up for it with its history. The clubhouse is filled with relics from the club's significant past, and the course itself is a vestige of a bygone era that elicits curiosity throughout.
Western GailesThe genius of Western Gailes is in its simplicity. The circular layout is squeezed into a narrow strip of land between Irvine Bay and the coastal railway line, which significantly gave Glasgow-based members easy access to the club in its early days. It feels like the perfect amalgam of a bona fide traditional Scottish member's club and a gorgeous seaside links.
MachrihanishGetting to the village of Machrihanish on the remote Kintyre Peninsula takes some effort but oh is it worth it. The opening hole at the "Old Course" has been called the best in the world by the Golden Bear himself and the experience will heighten your senses throughout. Its quaint, natural, quirky, secluded and just pure magic.
Machrihanish DunesTo be frank, its a little tough to stomach the trip across to the Mull of Kintyre for just one world-class course, so the addition of Mach Dunes in 2009 was crucial. Since the course sits on a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Designer David McLay Kidd simply laid the holes over the natural terrain as he found it and wandering sheep are an integral part of the course maintenance crew. Its a golfing adventure unlike anywhere else.
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5 Nights, 4 Rounds
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Only Ayrshire can claim three Open Championship host courses within 25 miles (Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick), so that lays the foundation for this great trip. There are several other worthy options to fill out a four-round itinerary based in Troon, but we prefer the classic layout at Western Gailes. If you find yourself wanting a 36-hole day: Dundonald Links, Turnberry’s Robert the Bruce Course, and Glasgow’s Gailes Links are all nearby and worthy additions to your itinerary.
7 Nights, 6 Rounds
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We think the perfect golf trip offers variety and that’s why this somewhat unique itinerary is one of our favorites. You will start in the well-traveled Ayrshire, with the likes of Troon and Turnberry, but then we recommend a detour across to the Kintyre Peninsula with a few nights in Campbeltown. You will fill a bit detached from the world at Machrihanish and Mach Dunes, and that’s why you’ll love it!
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*Prices are based on 8 participants staying in shared 4-star accommodations and using the service of a dedicated vehicle and driver for point-to-point transfers. Prices are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations.
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