Edgehill House

Here at Fairways Scotland, we like to offer our clients wonderful golfing experiences in Scotland which are unique to them. Edgehill House certainly ticks all those boxes for a golfing party looking for that extra special something for their golfing trip to Scotland!

Edgehill House Window

Golfer’s paradise on ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’

Edgehill House, is a recently redeveloped property by award-wining designers, available for private rental. Set within its own terraced gardens and located alongside the 1st fairway of Gullane Golf Club’s No.1 Course it truly is a golfer’s paradise in ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’.


Edgehill House – property details

The stunning 4 story house boasts 7 luxury bedrooms. They can either be set as double or twin rooms depending on the requirements of your group. 2 of the bedrooms feature balconies. Along with the 7 bedrooms Edgehill House has 5 immaculate bathrooms; including a huge master bathroom which definitely has the wow factor!!

There is also an elegant dining room and two beautiful large lounge areas. Perfect for your group to relax together in the evening.

On the lowest floor in Edgehill House, there is a gym and your very own cinema room; if you wish to take a break from golfing. There is also a bar & wine cellar which you can keep stocked to save you going back upstairs to the kitchen 🙂

Or perhaps you would rather relax in your 15m private pool, with doors opening out onto the patio and garden area. Located beside the pool there is also a steam room, showers and separate WC.

Walking through Edgehill House you will also find some incredible memorabilia from the golfing world to film and American politics. We thoroughly recommend taking your time to look around this fantastic property.


Food & dining at Edgehill House

Edgehill House is completely self-catering therefore there is a top of the range, fully fitted kitchen with all the essentials. However, we can arrange for your group to have your very own private chef; from a cooked breakfast in the morning to providing all meals throughout your stay. In addition, we can arrange for specialists from local gin or whisky distilleries to provide private tastings – perfect for a celebration 🙂

Alternatively if your group wish to dine out, Edgehill House is close to renowned restaurants and pubs. Including La Potinière, British restaurant owned by award winning chefs and Tom Kitchen’s newly opened Bonnie Badger.


Perfect for both golfers & non-golfers

As the house is located at Gullane Golf Club, there are 3 wonderful courses right on your doorstep – Gullane No. 1, Gullane No.2 & Gullane No.3. However, there are also an abundant of top golf courses within 15 miles of Edgehill House including North Berwick, Archerfield and Muirfield to name a few!

For those that don’t golf, Scotland’s magnificent capital Edinburgh is only 20 miles away from Edgehill House. Therefore, any non-golfers in your group can spend some time in Edinburgh and explore the sights of the city! Pamper treatments in the house or spa days at Fletcher’s cottage spa at Archerfield can also be arranged for both the non-golfers and golfers in the group 🙂


Want to stay at Edgehill House?

Edgehill certainly provides everything you need and more for your group trip to Scotland! For an example of the type of tour we can offer you please have a look at our Edgehill House Golf Tour Package. Alternatively, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss options with you and put together a customised tour package staying at the stunning Edgehill House.


2019 Solheim Cup Packages

With only 4 months to go until The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, we only have a few remaining packages. Please contact us today to book now!

Visit Scotland - Solheim Cup 2019

The Solheim Cup 2019, Gleneagles

Experience the highest level in Women’s Golf in Scotland this year. The 16th edition of The Solheim Cup will take place at Gleneagles from 9th to 15th September 2019 and will be battled out over the PGA Centenary Course. Want to be there? Check out our remaining 2019 Solheim Cup Packages still available…


Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff

  • 5 nights at 4 star Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff
  • Breakfast included each morning
  • Season Pass for Solheim Cup at Gleneagles (valid Mon-Sun)
  • Reserved seat for Opening Ceremony on Thursday
  • Airport and Solheim Cup transfers
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival
  • Welcome Pack including welcome gift, itinerary, maps & guidebooks
  • 24hr support from Fairways Scotland

PRICE £1555pp
based on 2 people sharing
ONE DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM REMAINING


Friars Wynd Hotel, Stirling

  • 5 nights at 3 star Friars Wynd Hotel, Stirling
  • Breakfast included each morning
  • Season Pass for Solheim Cup at Gleneagles (valid Mon-Sun)
  • Reserved seat for Opening Ceremony on Thursday
  • Airport and Solheim Cup transfers
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival
  • Welcome Pack including welcome gift, itinerary, maps & guidebooks
  • 24hr support from Fairways Scotland

PRICE £1105pp
based on 2 people sharing
ONE DOUBLE ROOM REMAINING


Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan

  • 5 nights at 3 star Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan
  • Breakfast included each morning
  • Season Pass for Solheim Cup at Gleneagles (valid Mon-Sun)
  • Reserved seat for Opening Ceremony on Thursday
  • Car park pass included for each day (Thu-Sun)
  • Self-drive automatic rental vehicle with GPS included
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival
  • Welcome Pack including welcome gift, itinerary, maps & guidebooks
  • 24hr support from Fairways Scotland

PRICE £945pp
based on 2 people sharing
ONE DOUBLE ROOM REMAINING


Attend The Solheim Cup 2019

For further details on each package please visit our 2019 Solheim Cup Package page. Alternatively contact us directly to speak with our Team and we will be delighted to assist with your your travel plans or answer any questions you may have.

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Solheim Cup 2019 Gleneagles

Trump International Aberdeen

Trump International Aberdeen is one of the most spectacular courses and now is your chance to play it with one of our stay and play packages at the stunning 5 star MacLeod House and Lodge.

Trump Aberdeen 8 - aerial view

Stay and play packages – October 2019

Trump International Aberdeen is one of the latest courses to open in Scotland in 2012. Designed by the respected Dr Martin Hawtree, Trump International Links is certainly one of the most visually impressive golf courses. Standing on every tee you feel like pulling out your camera to take a snap! The par 72, plays out to almost 7500 yards off the championship tees. Each hole takes you through a series of elevations from teeing areas into deep fairways. In addition, many holes are surrounded by the towering sand dunes stretching along the North Sea coastline. Without a doubt, Trump International Aberdeen is one of the most spectacular courses and now is your chance to play it with one of our stay and play packages at the stunning 5 star MacLeod House and Lodge.

MacLeod House & Lodge, is set within the stunning Trump International Estate. Along with the magnificent Trump International golf course on site, there are many other fantastic courses within 15 miles including Cruden Bay, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links. The luxurious Scottish mansion contains beautifully appointed guestrooms, dining facilities and an intimate bar. The whisky snug and traditional log fires throughout are also ideal for those colder Scottish nights! MacLeod House offers golfers true luxury within a stunning, peaceful setting.

Along with your round at Trump International Aberdeen you will also have the opportunity to play some other fantastic golf courses, previously mentioned, in the Aberdeen area.

All airport and golf transfers by an executive Mercedes Vito are also included.


2 night package at Trump International

  • 2 nights B&B accommodation in Superior Room at 5 star MacLeod House & Lodge
  • One course dinner at The Dunes Restaurant & Bar on arrival night
  • 1 round at Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeen
  • 1 round at Cruden Bay Golf Club
  • Airport transfers (to and from Aberdeen Airport)
  • Return transfer to Cruden Bay Golf Club
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival
  • Welcome Pack including itinerary, maps & guidebooks

PRICE FROM £665pp (based on 2 people sharing 1 double/ twin room)

£150 single occupancy supplement


3 night package at Trump International

  • 3 nights B&B accommodation in Superior Room at 5 star MacLeod House & Lodge
  • One course dinner at The Dunes Restaurant & Bar on arrival night
  • 1 round at Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeen
  • 1 round at Cruden Bay Golf Club & Murcar Links Golf Club
  • Airport transfers (to and from Aberdeen Airport)
  • Return transfer to Cruden Bay Golf Club & Murcar Links
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival
  • Welcome Pack including itinerary, maps & guidebooks

PRICE FROM £950pp (based on 2 people sharing 1 double/ twin room)

£240 single occupancy supplement


Prices stated above are for travel in October 2019. If you wish to stay at another time please contact us for more details and prices.

If you also wish to extend your stay in Scotland and play more of the wonderful courses on offer please let us know and we will be happy to discuss all tour options with you.

2020 Golf Trip

With the new golfing season well under way, many people are talking about playing various golfing destinations in Scotland. In order to play these illustrious and historical golf courses on everyone’s bucket list we recommend planning for your 2020 golf trip to Scotland now.

Hole 1 Royal Troon

Plan your 2020 Golf trip today with Fairways Scotland

Tens of thousands of golfers look to play these top golf courses in Scotland year on year; and with so limited tee times available, it is important to plan your 2020 golf trip to Scotland well in advance. Anywhere from 12-24 months out in some instances, to ensure you can play those courses you have always dreamed of playing.

Were going to give you a brief insight into the booking parameters for each of the Open Championship venues in Scotland, past and present to provide food for thought when planning your Scottish Golf Trip with us in 2020 or even, 2021.


Prestwick Old Course, Ayrshire

Prestwick Golf Trip 2020

Prestwick Old Course, The Birthplace of the 1st Open Championship in 1860. Today is still classed as a wonderful test of links golf. Visitors are allowed to play this famous links weekday mornings and afternoons. Play between 8am and 9am is limited to 2-ball play. 4-ball play is however allowed during this time if playing as part of the Prestwick Experience Package. In addition to a round of golf at the club the experience also includes a 3-course lunch (excluding drinks) in the Dining Room.

No play is allowed before 10:15am on Thursdays and no visitors are allowed on Saturdays. However, there are limited tee times available on Sundays. Handicap limits also apply with a requirement of 24 for men and 28 for ladies.


Royal Troon Golf Club, Championship Course, Ayrshire

Hole 6 Royal Troon

Located on the west coast close to Prestwick, Royal Troon has played host to The Open Championship 9 times. Most recently in 2016 when Henrik Stenson won. Royal Troon allow visitor play from mid April, through early October on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Furthermore the tee times on these days are allocated between 9:00am and 10:30am and 2:30 and 4pm. Handicap limits also apply here with a requirement of 20 for gents and 30 for ladies.

As you can see with these limited times, planning your trip well in advance is very important. Therefore, if you wish to play Royal Troon as part of your golf trip in 2020, we recommend securing your tee times as early as possible.


Trump Turnberry, Ailsa Course, Ayrshire

Trump Turnberry Lighthouse

The Ailsa Course has hosted The Open Championship on 4 occasions. Most famously featuring Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in the ‘Duel in the Sun’. There are no restrictions in play days here for visitors. However residents of the hotel do receive a favourable discount on their green fees.

With advanced reservations available we find that tee times are snapped up very quickly by hotel residents and corporate outings, so yet again tee time requests must be done well in advance.


Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus

Carnoustie 2020 Golf Trip

Carnoustie Golf Links is one of the most famous courses in the world. Known for its 9 Open Championships but also how tough this links course can play. Visitors are allowed to play here 7 days a week, however there are a number of local golf clubs as well as the hotel that have access to tee times for their own members/guests. Therefore times can be hard to come by if you are not prepared. Handicap limits of 24 for men and 36 for ladies are also enforced here.

There seems to be an ever increasing demand to play at Carnoustie, especially after the most recent Open here in 2018. Therefore once again to guarantee your tee time for your 2020 golf trip, advanced booking is essential.


Muirfield, East Lothian

Muirfield, Golf Trip Scotland

An incredible test of golf located 30 minutes from Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh. Muirfield is consistently ranked as one of the worlds greatest courses and has hosted The Open Championship 16 times. Visitors have access to play here every Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Play is 4-balls between 8:50am and 9:50am playing from a 2 tee start of the 1st and 10th. There are also times available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to play an additional round but this must be played under Foursome (alternate shot) format. Strict handicap restrictions also apply of 18 for ladies and gents.

Muirfield are already taking bookings for 2020 and some days over the busy summer months are nearly booked out already. Therefore, if Muirfield is on your list for your 2020 golf trip, we suggest booking now!

Also check out our Golf Coast Swing package which features great golf in East Lothian including Muirfield.


The Old Course, St Andrews

OLD COURSE St Andrews

Having hosted The Open 29 times, it is without a doubt the most famous of all Open Championship venues, if not courses in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people apply to play here on a yearly basis.  The Old Course is open for play Monday to Saturday and is closed every Sunday. Similar to Carnoustie, the links has a number of clubs who use the course for competitions for members and guests. Therefore tee times are limited. There are a number of ways to play The Old Course. These include; an advanced application process through Fairways Scotland, guaranteed tee time packages & entering into the ballot made 48 hours prior to play. We have full information on of all of these processes. Please click here for further details.

The Old Course has handicap requirements of 24 for gents and 36 for ladies and like all the other Championship venues, handicap certificates must also be shown at time of check in.

Fairways Scotland will have access to guaranteed Old Course packages for 2020 soon, therefore please contact us today if you wish to play The Old Course as part of your golf tour next year.


Contact us today

We hope this blog has given you an insight into what’s involved to secure tee times at these venues. Fairways Scotland can assist to make this all happen for you in a memorable 2020 golf trip. Contact us today to start planning….

Top 5 Golf Tour picks for 2019

Scotland provides an amazing amount of different options to choose from when it comes to organising a golf tour in Scotland. However here are our top 5 picks for 2019 to help you get started….

Golfer Tees off in Scotland

Accommodation

The Old Course Hotel

The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews is one of the most famous hotels in the world amongst golfers. Due to this, it is one of most popular hotels to stay at during a golf trip to Scotland. Located alongside the iconic ‘Road Hole’ 17th, the hotel boasts spectacular views across the links towards the beach and the ‘Auld Grey Toun’. This 5 star hotel has over 140 rooms, 35 of which are suites, many of which overlook The Old Course. Whether you are looking for fine dining in the Road Hole Restaurant or casual pub grub in The jigger Inn, the hotel can cater for all. In addition private dining can be arranged for that extra special occasion.

Old Course Hotel

A favourite pass time for many is to enjoy a beverage at the Road Hole Bar watching golfers pass below them. Located on the top level, there is also a large outside decking area to enjoy those summer sunsets.

Away from the golf, guests can enjoy The Kohler Waters Spa, the first of its kind out with the USA. A whole host of treatments are available along with the use of pool, sauna and steam room facilities. The hotel is only a 5-minute walk from the centre of town. It is also just a 5-minute walk from The St Andrews Links driving range for those looking to work on their golf game. The Old Course Hotel is consistently ranked amongst the top leisure resorts in the country. It is a must stay if you are looking for luxury throughout your 2019 golf trip to St Andrews.

Edgehill House, Gullane

Edgehill House is a new property that has become available as a private let property. Therefore we are very excited to offer this to golfers planning a 2019 golf trip. The house is located in East Lothian and is set alongside the 1st fairway of the No.1 Course at Gullane. This stunning house boasts 7 luxury bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, cinema room and a swimming pool. A home from home, ideal for those larger groups or families. Edgehill House also offers the opportunity for you to have your own private chef to create a memorable dinner experience for your group. Alternatively, if you would prefer, specialists from local gin or whisky distilleries can provide private tastings.

Edgehill House

Edgehill House is only a few minutes travel from the famous Muirfield and North Berwick Links. The city of Edinburgh is also just a 30min journey away. Edgehill House is the perfect property for those looking for something extra special for that once in a lifetime golf trip – our top pic for exclusive venue this year!!


Golf

Scotscraig Golf Club

Located 12 miles from St Andrews, Scotscraig is the 13th oldest golf club in the world. The club was founded by members of the St Andrews Society of Golfers; later to become the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Justin Rose was awarded honorary membership in July last year, 23 years on from when he tried to win his way through final qualifying for the 1995 St Andrews Open as a 14-year-old.

For your 2019 golf trip we would particularly recommend the Scotscraig Experience. The experience offers golfer’s a full day package, playing the championship course, learning the history of the club and indulging in some Scottish cuisine. The day starts with a meet & greet at the clubhouse by an ambassador from the club. Coffee, breakfast or soup & sandwiches are provided depending on arrival time. Golfer’s then enjoy a tour of the 120-year clubhouse followed by a course preview. There is then some time to warm up with teaching staff before heading out onto the course.

Scotscraig GC clubhouse

After the round, a traditional three-course Scottish meal is served featuring specifically selected local produce. A fantastic day is then finished with a whisky or gin tasting! – a perfect day for any golfer visiting Fife and amazing value for money!

Cruden Bay Golf Club

Cruden Bay Golf is located in Scotland’s North East approximately 30 minutes north of Aberdeen. Designed in 1899 by Tom Morris of St Andrews this traditional links course requires ability, creativity and imagination. Cruden Bay has a mixture of long demanding holes, picturesque par 3’s and a few short quirky par 4’s. As well as a few blind shots thrown in for good measures. It’s one of the few courses that you’ll likely play where you will use every club in your bag. Cruden Bay also has a 9-hole layout, the St Olaf Course, which is complimentary for any golfer playing the main course. A great experience for those up there for the day playing 27 holes and enjoying some wonderful food in the clubhouse.

Cruden Bay Golf Club 8th

Cruden Bay is consistently ranked amongst the top 100 courses in the world. It is a must play for any golfer visiting the northeast and one of our top picks for a 2019 golf trip. Check out our Northern Links Tour which features Cruden Bay.


Transportation

E-City Chauffeur

So you have an itinerary packed with great golf and staying in some wonderful accommodation. Now how do you navigate your way throughout the tour? Why not try something totally unique and new to the industry with a chauffeur driven experience in a luxury Tesla electric car. Whether its point to point transfers, full driver services throughout your tour or an excursion for the day, you will enjoy travelling in style with zero emissions. Your Fairways Scotland representative will welcome you on arrival accompanied by your E-City Chauffeur to see you on your way.

E City Chauffeur Drive

Contact us

Make your Golf Trip to Scotland extra special this year. Contact us for more information and to start planning your 2019 golf trip!

Solheim Cup 2019….Year to go!

With only 1 year to go until the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles we are officially in countdown mode! #itallleadstothismoment

Inkster USA Solheim Cup captain 2019

Year to Go Celebrations

The Year to Go celebrations were kicked off on Monday 6th August at Catriona Matthew’s home town of North Berwick. The European Solheim Cup Captain hosted a chipping clinic and a Q&A session at North Berwick Golf Club. Afterwards there was a walking Trophy Tour of North Berwick.

The following day saw Catriona visiting Gleneagles to officially open The Solheim Cup Short Course. Catriona hit the first tee shot on the par 3 pitch & putt course.

Over the subsequent weeks, Year to Go roadshow events were held across Scotland in Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh & also Perth; leading up to the official ‘Year to Go Week’ this week!


The countdown is on…

This coming week marks a year until the start of the 16th Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland. It’s the first time the event has returned to Scotland since it was hosted at Loch Lomond in 2000. Europe came out on top 14.5 – 11.5 winners over their American rivals.

Since then, the women’s game has increased in stature and in popularity with huge prize funds available at tour events. As well as increased spectators at the course and through TV coverage. With European and American golfers winning Tour Events and Major Championships on both sides of the pond; the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles is teeing itself up to be one of the most fascinating matches in the history of the event.

PGA Centenary Course, Gleneagles

What is the Solheim Cup?

The Solheim Cup is a biennial team event that is contested by 12 of the best players from Europe and 12 of the best players from the United States of America for the beautiful, Crystal Solheim Cup. The event alternates between each continent every event. It was first staged in 1990 at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Florida. It was also named after Karsten Solheim, the owner of golf club manufacturer PING, who played an integral part of creating the event. The event consists of 3 days of competition Match Play golf:

The Solheim Cup Trophy

Day 1 – Friday 

  • 4 x Morning Foursomes Matches(where teams of 2 play alternate shot)
  • 4 x Afternoon Four-Ball Matches(where teams of 2 play better ball)

Day 2 – Saturday

  • 4 x Morning Foursomes Matches(where teams of 2 play alternate shot)
  • 4 x Afternoon Four-Ball Matches(where teams of 2 play better ball)

Day 3 – Sunday

  • 12 x Singles Matches

Europe requires 14.5 points over the 3 days to win The Solheim Cup

USA require 14 points to retain the trophy


The 2019 Solheim Cup Venue

Next years Solheim Cup will be held at the stunning 5 star Gleneagles Resort set in the Perthshire Hills of Scotland. The matches will be played over the PGA Centenary Course, which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup as well as a number of European Tour events. The PGA Centenary Course was designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. The PGA Centenary Course is over 7500 yards long with a variety of tee box options on each hole therefore allowing it to be adapted into an exciting course for Match Play competition.

Gleneagles Hotel

Solheim Cup 2019 Packages

One thing is for sure the 2019 Solheim Cup is going to be a wonderful occasion in the golfing calendar and it’s still not too late to be a part of it. Why not check out some of The 2019 Solheim Cup Packages we have available on our website. Please also contact us if you have any questions or queries regarding any of our Solheim Cup packages. We look forward to seeing you there 🙂

USA cheering Solheim

Ladies Scottish Open 2018

The Ladies Scottish Open 2018 at Gullane Golf Club and Pro Am. Another fantastic week for tournament golf in Scotland!

Ladies Scottish Open Gullane Golf Club

Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open 2018

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open 2018 took place at Gullane Golf Club; just a fortnight after the gents of the European Tour and The PGA Tour participated in their own event over the same course.

The Ladies Scottish Open attracted the world’s best from The LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour. This included a number of Major winners to compete for one of the largest purses on the European circuit. It was also a chance to hone their links golf skills prior to The Ladies Open Championship; which is being held at Royal Lytham St Anne’s this week.

Gullane Golf Club
Stunning views from the course

The Pro-Am Gullane

We were fortunate enough to be invited along by our friends at Visit Scotland to take part in the Pro-Am on the Wednesday before the tournament to play alongside the top Pro’s and experience the best of Ladies Professional Golf….and it didn’t disappoint.

Having grown up watching elite level golf on the men’s circuit and being blown away by their ability, power and talent I didn’t quite know how that would compare on the ladies’ circuit. I arrived early to the practice area to warm up. I found myself hitting balls next to some of the most well know female golfers on the planet; Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and Laura Davies to name but a few. The thing that struck me is the deceptive power the girls have. Also just how effective and consistent their swings are and that’s before you are given a masterclass around the chipping and putting greens.

Ladies Scottish Open practice
Practice time for the ladies

Georgia Hall

We were paired with a young English Pro Georgia Hall, who is rocketing her way up the world rankings. Having secured her LPGA Tour card in 2017 she finished tied for 3rd at The Ladies Open Championship at Kingsbarns. After a string of strong tournament finishes she found herself in the European Solheim Cup team. Georgia was a fantastic person to play with! We had great fun on the course and she gave great insight into her tour life.

Georgia Hall Ladies Scottish Open
Georgia’s chip shot onto the green at the 4th hole

After playing 18 holes with Georgia you could she had immense confidence in her own ability and quite rightly so. She has technically one of the best golf swings I’ve seen. In addition to that she packs immense power yet has a short game to die for. In my opinion Georgia has one of those swings that will keep her on tour at the highest level for many years to come; making Solheim Cup appearances and collecting Major wins along the way.

Georgia Hall, Ladies Scottish Open Gullane
Fairways Team with Pro, Georgia Hall

We played solid enough throughout our round posting -23 under par on the Tour team competition format. However we were blown out the water by a team headed up by a legend in the ladies’ game, Paula Creamer.


Ariya Jutanugarn…Ladies Scottish Open Champion 2018!

Playing a similar layout as the gents a couple of weeks earlier, the ladies experienced a very parched fast and firm Gullane Golf Club. The leaders found themselves at -13 after 36 holes. The wind and weather then made an appearance on round 3. Which in turn caused scores to increase and peg back the leaders to -8 in this star-studded field. Ariya found herself tied for the lead going into the final round with Korea’s Amy Yang. Just one shot clear of the chasing pack. After carding a sensational final round of -5 under 66, Ariya kept the chasing pack at bay during a wet and windy day on the links and claiming her crown as Queen of the Gullane Links.

Ariya Jutanugarn winner of Ladies Scottish Open 2018
(image credit: ladieseuropeantour.com)

Visit Scotland 2019

The Ladies Scottish Open follows suit of the men in 2019 and travels a few miles down the road to the spectacular Renaissance Club and is sure to be another fantastic event in Scotland.

If you would like to attend any of these top events next year please contact us for details

Panoramic Gullane Golf Club
Panoramic Gullane Golf Club

The Open 2018

First major win for The Champion Golfer of the year 2018, Francesco Molinari, after a fantastic 4 days at Carnoustie Golf Links. Another wonderful Open, we are already looking forward to the next….

147th Open Carnoustie

Francesco Molinari….Campione golfista dell’anno

The Open 2018 Championship took place over Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, the 8th time Carnoustie has hosted the event. It was the 147th Open and it was arguably the most exciting Open Championship to be held there to date!

Over the past few months Scotland has been experiencing one of its hottest summers on record. With weeks of sunshine and warm winds the golf courses have become parched and brown; something you would expect to see on the plains of Africa. As a result of this weather courses have been playing firm and fast. Like you would imagine Open Championship Links courses to play……Carnoustie Golf Links was no exception.

1st Tee Carnoustie Open 2018
1st tee at Carnoustie Golf Links

How the drama played out at The Open 2018….

Rounds 1-3

With conditions, benign and gentle drizzle in the evening, Carnoustie Golf Links was playing relatively straight forward. With balls rolling out over 100yds on the ground when hitting fairways, it was no longer a tournament for the big hitters but who could control their golf ball and plot their way around. Scoring early in the tournament was dominated by Americans and South Africans. In particular Rory McIlroy, who was the highest placed European in 11th place on day one. Tommy Fleetwood also reached into the top 3 on day 2 with an outstanding round of 65; leaving him 1 behind the leaders going into the weekend.

6th hole carnoustie open 2018
Tricky bunkers on the 6th hole

Saturday was most certainly moving day at Carnoustie. For instance, Justin Rose posted an early round of 64 after making the cut on the bubble with a birdie on the 18th the previous day. The low scoring didn’t end there with Italy’s Francesco Molinari and USA’s Jordan Speith carding rounds of 65 respectively after a ball striking masterclass. Then there was Tiger Woods….the 14-time Major Champion. He found himself 3 off the lead heading into Sunday with a superb -5 round of 66. Watching from behind the ropes it was clear to see he had a game plan to stick to; hitting irons off almost every tee, finding fairways, hitting greens and holing putts it looked like the Tiger of old.

Shot of the day on Saturday had to go to defending champion, Jordan Speith who drove the ball over 400yds onto the green at the Par 4 1st hole. Not bad for a guy who got a dodgy haircut a few days earlier at a Carnoustie barber! 🙂

The Final Round of The Open 2018

With a trio of Americans, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner and Jordan Speith starting the final round 3 shots clear of the rest on -9, would the Carnoustie curse of no winner from the final group continue……. The wind kicked up throughout the day and was proving very tough when the final few groups teed off.

Justin Rose Open 2018
Justin Rose on the 7th, final round

A poor start from the leaders, each of them dropping a number of shots over the opening holes had them fall back into the pack of chasing players. This included Tiger Woods who made a solid start controlling his golf ball beautifully in the tough winds. He found himself tied for the lead and eventually lead the tournament by one shot after being -2 thru his 9 holes. Eddie Pepperell posted a -5 tournament score and was leader in the clubhouse. This was looking a good score to beat as the conditions worsened.

Tiger Woods made a poor start to his back 9 and dropped 3 shots. This allowed his steady playing partner Francesco Molinari into the lead. Justin Rose posted -6 in the clubhouse and Rory McIlroy enjoyed a late barrage of Birdies and an Eagle. However, Francesco Molinari held his nerve. He made 2 birdies and 16 pars on his final round, to win his first Major Championship and be crowned The Champion Golfer of the year.

Molinari & Woods Open 2018
Woods & Molinari on the 16th hole, final round

The Open 2018 Champion

Molinari had played 36 holes over the weekend bogey free and carding rounds of 65 and 69. Quite incredible considering the circumstances. He must have felt the pressure playing the final few tough holes knowing what he was about to achieve. It is one of the most impressive displays of ball striking and golf ball control we have seen. A thoroughly deserved winner! It’s been an exceptional year for the Italian, with him winning a few weeks prior in American and also the BMW Championship at Wentworth earlier in the year.

Open Champion 2018 Molinari
(image credit: sportingnews.com)

Young Scottish Talent

Another big congratulations must go to Scotland’s very own Sam Locke. He won the Silver Medal for becoming the highest placed Amateur in the field after making the cut. The way he handled the situation over the 4 tournament days, it looked like he had been on the tour for years. An exciting future ahead for the young man who is one of the pool of players from The Paul Lawrie Foundation.


We look forward to Royal Portrush in 2019

As a new Open Champion is crowned we now start to look forward to The Open Championship in 2019, which will be held at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The first time it has been held away from British Mainland in over 60 years. Royal Portrush has hosted The Open once before in 1951 and was won by the famous Max Faulkner. Every year The Open Championship seems to be bigger, better and more exciting. We can’t wait to see what Royal Portrush has in store for us next year over arguably one of the most picturesque Open Championship venues on the rota.

Royal Portrush Golf Club
Open venue 2019 – Royal Portrush

Cangratulations Francesco Molinari and we look forward to you defending The Claret Jug at Royal Portrush. Francesco Molinari, Campione golfista dell’anno!!!!


If you are interested in attending any golf tournament events in Scotland including The Open Championship please contact us today.

Royal Troon Golf Club

A fantastic round of golf enjoyed at Royal Troon Golf Club on a hot summers night in late June. Review from Peter Mitchell, Managing Director of Fairways Scotland.

Royal Troon Course Clubhouse

A jewel in the crown of Ayrshire Golf.

The Claret Jug

Royal Troon Golf Club is always held high in prestige amongst golfers from all over the world. However I personally have not played at Royal Troon since early 2003. Having watched Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson battle it out in one of the finest final rounds in Open Championship history, I was looking forward to familiarising myself with the golf course again.

As you walk in the grand foyer you receive a warm welcome. Straight away clap eyes on the famous Claret Jug in a cabinet ahead of you. Walking down the hall towards the locker room it’s like walking through a mini museum. The club includes some great memorabilia from previous Open Championships and Amateur Championships at Royal Troon; as well as the club’s amazing history.


Tee off at Royal Troon

After a quick chip and a putt around the practice green we were ready to rock for our tee time. With 20-degree heat, sun and a gentle puff of wind from the east it was an ideal day for golf. Scotland hasn’t seen rain in weeks and the course was looking as ‘Linksy’ as a seaside course can look with dry firm fairways. One thing that became apparent after negotiating through the first few holes at Royal Troon is that you must know the yardages to avoid the fairway bunkers. Accuracy was key with hitting long irons off 90% of the tees all the way round. The 6th hole ‘Turnberry’ is the longest hole in Open Championship golf. However after a solid drive and 4 wood I made it home to the par 5 in 2…… one to tell the grandkids 🙂

Postage Stamp, Royal Troon

Getting below par I found myself on the most famous hole at Royal Troon; the par 3 8th ‘Postage Stamp’, which is the shortest hole on The Open Championship rota. 110yd tee shot that was 1 yrd offline, 5 bunker shots and a couple of putts later I walk off with an 8. Probably 2 of the toughest bunkers I’ve ever been in….. one NOT to tell the grandkids! Royal Troon has a wonderful mix of Par 5’s, 4’s and some of the strongest par 3’s you’ll likely play.


Last remaining holes

As the sun was going down the views of the Isle of Arran and sunset were spectacular. We headed for home over the final few challenging holes. Managing to play some solid golf on the back half and making 3 on the last hole to take the money off the American collegiate capped off a wonderful day on the Links. It’s incredible to think Henrik Stenson shot 63 in the ‘Duel at Troon’ to claim The Open in 2016.

Sunset Royal Troon

Royal Troon – top golf course in Scotland

Royal Troon will have you using every club in your bag; as well as requiring a heap of imagination and creativity around the greens and that’s why I loved it! It’s just a great fun course to play. Every hole is unique in its own way and poses their own challenges. The Championship Course has made me rethink my top 10 courses in Scotland and is a must play for any keen golfer in the area. I won’t be leaving it as long until I tee it up there again.

18th, Royal Troon Golf Club

If you would like to play at Royal Troon Golf Club during your golf tour to Scotland please let us know and we will be delighted to include this fantastic course within your package.

Marquee Golf Events in Scotland 2018!

We took a look at the fantastic golf tournament events happening in Scotland in 2018. Want to be there? Contact us today…

Golf Ball near the hole

The Open Championship

Carnoustie Golf Links 19th – 22nd July

Carnoustie Golf Links

The 147th Open Championship returns to Carnoustie for the 8th time in its history. The last time the Open was held here in 2007, it ended in a dramatic playoff. Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington were tied after 72 holes. Despite Harrington starting the round 6 shots behind the Spaniard, he went on to claim victory in extra holes and lifted the highly sought after, Claret Jug! Carnoustie is one of the toughest courses on the Open rota. Certainly one course that 2017 Champion Jordan Spieth will look to tame and retain his title of Champion Golfer of the Year.


Senior Open Championship

The Old Course, St Andrews 26th – 29th July

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The Old Course at St Andrews has held The Open Championship a record 29 times. However this coming July will see The Senior Open Championship played there for the very first time. Defending Champion Bernhard Langer seems to breaking all the records in the senior ranks. Although he has played The Old Course many times throughout his career on tour, a win has eluded him. Could 2018 be the icing on the cake for Bernhard and his illustrious career by being crowned Senior Open Champion at the ‘Home of Golf’?….we will find out in July!!


Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

Gullane Golf Club

12th – 15th July Men

26th – 29th July Ladies

Gullane Golf Club

The Aberdeen Standard Investment Scottish Open returns to the East Lothian Links of Gullane for the 2nd time. Last time was in 2015 where Rickie Fowler kept a strong field at bay with a hugely impressive golfing display. This year, defending Champion Rafa Cabrera Bello who triumphed last year at Dundonald Links will look to emulate Fowler and fend off another very strong field. Top players from all over the world will descend on Scotland to prepare for The Open at Carnoustie by scooping The Scottish Open Crown.

The Ladies Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will also take place at Gullane just 2 weeks after the men compete. Much like the gents European Tour event; the Ladies Tour event attracts the very best female golfers from across the world to compete for the title. South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee is the defending champion and will look to win her 2nd Scottish Title against a strong field of home grown players.


Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Carnoustie, St Andrews & Kingsbarns

4th – 7th October

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The Dunhill Links Championship has been growing in stature from year to year since its formation in 2001. Formerly the Alfred Dunhill Cup for a number of years prior. The leading 168 golfers on the Professional circuit are paired with an amateur partner. Many of which are famous for their careers in Sport, Film, TV and Music. The 4-day competition is played over a rotation of Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and The Old Course, St Andrews. The field is then reduced to the top 60 Pros and top 20 Amateurs for the final day’s play over The Old Course. 2017 Champion Tyrell Hatton will look to become the 4th English winner in the past 5 years on Scotland’s East Coast.


The Amateur Championship

Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links

18th – 23rd June

Royal Aberdeen

The 123rd Amateur Championship will move to Scotland’s North East this June. The 6-day event of Strokeplay and then Matchplay will take place over the challenging Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links. 2017’s Championship was contested over the famous links of Royal St George’s and was won by Englishman Harry Ellis, who defeated Australia’s Dylan Perry on the 2nd extra hole on an epic final day’s play. There has been some illustrious winners of The Amateur Championship over the years, many of which have gone on to win titles and Major Championships on the Professional circuit. With what will surely be a strong Scottish representation, can we see the trophy return to Scotland for the first time since Bradley Neil in 2014??… Fingers crossed 🙂