Golf Pilgrimage The Old Course, St. Andrews

6 days from $7,589 pp**
  • Led by private guide, discover the highlights of Edinburgh.
  • Play rounds of golf on some of the oldest courses in the world.
  • Featuring the historical home of golf, St Andrews.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Enjoy five-star hotels.
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Welcome to Scotland - the home of golf! For generations, Scotland has been synonymous with phenomenal golf courses including the Old Course at St Andrews as well as many renowned links and park courses. Spend time in this magical land exploring the history, culture and golf courses. Stay in some of Scotland's most luxurious hotels and visit places of interest throughout your tour. *Please note: Club rentals can be booked and pre-paid whilst caddies & carts can be booked but must be paid for directly on the golf courses. The Old Course at St. Andrews is the cultural and historical home of golf, with the game being played here since the 15th Century. Despite its age, the wonder of the St. Andrews' Old Course has stood the test of time and continues to challenge the best golfers in the world into the 21st Century. For golfers who dream of playing St Andrews, the legendary Home of Golf, there could be no better place to stay than the five-star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver(5)
    • Scotland - Welcome Package(2)
    • Optional Dinner Reservation at The Witchery Restaurant
  • Day 2 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Tour - Private - Panoramic Tour & Afternoon Tea at Prestonfield House - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(6)
    • Optional Evening Underground tour of Edinburgh
  • Day 3 Edinburgh to St. Andrews
    Edinburgh to St. Andrews
    • Edinburgh - St. Andrews [with Panoramic Tour of St. Andrews ] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Old Course Experience representative
    • Golf Round - Kingsbarns or Carnoustie
    • Transfer - Golf Course (return included)
    • Lunch included at Kingsbarns, not included at Carnoustie
    • Dinner not included
  • Day 4 St. Andrews
    St. Andrews
    • Breakfast included
    • Proof of handicap required (24 or less for Men, 36 or less for women)
    • Golf Round - Old Course
    • Transfer - Golf Course (return included)
    • Lunch included
    • 3 Course Dinner included
  • Day 5 St. Andrews
    St. Andrews
    • Transfer - Golf Course (return included)
    • Golf Round - New or Jubilee
    • Lunch included
    • Dinner not included
  • Day 6 St. Andrews
    St. Andrews
    • St. Andrews - Edinburgh [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Edinburgh

For your added comfort, you will have Meet and Greet assistance upon your arrival waiting for you on the platform where your train arrives.  Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the train station and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

The Witchery Restaurant located on the Royal Mile is a great place for dinner. The 16th century building located close to the Castle is lit exclusively by candlelight. The tapestry-draped main dining room is an ode to opulence: the seats are a rich red leather, the ceiling is gilded, and the walls are covered with oak panels salvaged from an old cathedral. The Secret Garden annex, meanwhile, is full of brass candlesticks and stone statues, and displays a series of painted doors that tell the story of Edinburgh's wine trade with France. The menu is equally sumptuous, offering dishes such as melt-in-your-mouth steak tartare, rabbit wrapped in Parma ham with tea-soaked prunes, and loin of roe deer with an earthy black pudding. But be sure to save room for the desserts — from the chocolate torte to the bramble, sherry and mascarpone trifle, they make a wickedly decadent end to the meal. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to have a reservation made for you.

Accommodation: The Balmoral Hotel (5*)

You will find The Balmoral at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street, where the Old Town stops and the New Town begins. This luxury five star hotel located in the very heart of Edinburgh has merged classic Scottish culture with a new school flare in its opulent suites and stylish rooms, many with views towards Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. The hotel’s majestic clock defines the city’s skyline and since opening in 1902 it has run three minutes fast to ensure you will never miss your train. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel with history and culture infused into its many features, such features include a Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room, 15-metre crystal-clear pool, air-conditioned fully equipped cardiovascular gymnasium and exercise room. The Rocco Forte Collection's Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel

Day 2: Edinburgh

Enjoy a full day private excursion with a driver-guide taking in a panoramic tour of Edinburgh- Scotland's capital city, including the classical Georgian New Town and the medieval Old Town, both world heritage sites with possible visits to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace- the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Drive through Holyrood Park to enjoy spectacular views over the city also known as Athens of the North. In the afternoon enjoy the very special and traditional ceremony of afternoon tea at historic Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, situated in its own private grounds in the shadow of Arthurs Seat, famous Edinburgh landmark. Afternoon tea is a luxurious Prestonfield tradition and a memorable occasion, whether served by the side of a roaring log fire or, in summer, in the rose-filled gardens or the whimsical gothic tea house.

This evening consider an underground tour of Edinburgh exploring the labyrinth of corridors and chambers beneath the Royal Mile which remain unchanged from two hundred years ago.  Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to include this in your itinerary.

Accommodation: The Balmoral Hotel (5*)
Afternoon tea
Afternoon tea
Royal Mile
Royal Mile

Day 3: Edinburgh - St. Andrews

Today you will be driven by private car and driver to St Andrews, the home of Golf. Enjoy a look around this historic town. (Approx. 1hr30mins)

You will have at your disposal a dedicated Old Course Experience representative to co-ordinate your itinerary prior to arrival and available throughout your stay.

Experience another golf round today.

Kingsbarns Golf Course is the most recent addition to Fife's golf coast, and has quickly developed a reputation as one of the finest links courses in Scotland. The greens at Kingsbarns are a unique aspect of the golf course. Their contours reflect the topography of surrounding landforms and can be intuited from considerable distance. This is important because green contours at Kingsbarns have meaning to the links-style forward release of the ball and therefore to angles of approach which result from lines of play chosen at the tee.

Carnoustie stands as one of the oldest courses in the world, having been played by all the great names of golf, but Ben Hogan’s memorable 1953 performance has led to a close association with the course for many golfer. With a daunting cocktail of gales, thick rough and devilish bunkers, Carnoustie has earned its reputation as the most challenging course in Britain, and should not be missed when planning a Scotland golf package.

Transfer from your hotel to Kingsbarns or Carnoustie. After the golf round concludes you will return to your accommodation.

Lunch will be served in the clubhouse restaurant at Kingsbarns.

Please note: Non golfer program includes bed and breakfast and 3 course dinner on one evening.

Dinner not included.

Accommodation: The Old Course Hotel (5*)

The Old Course Hotel (5*) is a luxurious hotel located on the world’s most famous golf course, in St. Andrews. There are 144 lavishly refurbished bedrooms and suites, designed with rich red divine opulence, silk lined walls, private balconies. The Old Course Hotel offers an outstanding collection of bars and restaurants to suit all including Sands Grill for relaxed dining and The Jigger Inn, fondly referred to as ‘the towns best 19th hole’ and much loved by the many celebrities who visit. Guests can enjoy the 20 meter pool, relaxation area and rooftop hot tub, as well as the 11 golf courses around the hotel, including its own championship course.

St. Andrews
St. Andrews
The Old Course Hotel
The Old Course Hotel

Day 4: St. Andrews

Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast in the morning.

All golfers playing The Old Course must be in possession of a valid handicap certificate showing a handicap of 24 or less for men and 36 or less for ladies.

**Please note that the sequence of tee times each day may change due to availability of Old Course Tee Times**

Spend a wonderful day golfing in one of the best places in the world for golf. Despite its age, the wonder of the St. Andrews' Old Course has stood the test of time and continues to challenge the best golfers in the world into the 21st Century. You’ll experience famous features along the way such as the enormous Hell bunker, the Road Hole, site of so many famous Open Championship moments, and the Swilken Bridge. Created by Mother Nature and only touched by man in the later stages of her evolution, the ‘Old Lady’ serves as a masterclass to any would-be golf designer.

Please note that Old Course will be closed during the Open Championship between 20th June - 20th July, 2015 and during the Dunhill Links Championship 28th September – 5th October, 2015. Available tee times on the Old Course from the 7th October, 2015 onwards.

Transfer from your hotel to Old Course. After the golf round concludes you will return to your accommodation.

Lunch will be served in the clubhouse restaurant.

In the evening you will enjoy a 3 course dinner.

Accommodation: The Old Course Hotel (5*)
Old Course
Old Course

Day 5: St. Andrews

Transfer from your hotel to New, Jubilee or Castle Course. After the golf round concludes you will return to your accommodation.

Today will be enjoyed playing a round on the New Course or Jubilee Course. Please let your Sales Advisor know in advance what your course choice is so that it may be arranged in advance.

The New Course is often regarded as the oldest "new" course in the world. A classic links course with undulating fairways and delightfully challenging greens, it eas set out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris. This classic links course offers a first class golfing challenge. The course has the traditional out and back layout, with the 18th green just to the right of the first tee. It also has, in the great St Andrews tradition, shared fairways and even a double green at the 3rd and 15th holes.

The Jubilee Course has developed from a basic 12-hole layout into what many consider to be the toughest test of golf at St Andrews. Created on a narrow strip of prime golfing land between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was originally intended for ladies and beginners. In 1988 the re-design of the Jubilee to championship standard was carried out by Donald Steel. The teeing grounds were raised, not only providing wonderful views of the Links, but also exposing the golfers to the winds which sweep in from the bay. Mr. Steel's redesigned course now plays at 6,742 yards and is a real test for all golfers.

Lunch will be served in the clubhouse restaurant.

Dinner not included.

Accommodation: The Old Course Hotel (5*)
Golf fairways
Golf fairways
Golfer
Golfer

Day 6: St. Andrews

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Edinburgh.

Accommodation:
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Balmoral Hotel (5*): Edinburgh

You will find The Balmoral at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street, where the Old Town stops and the New Town begins. This luxury five star hotel located in the very heart of Edinburgh has merged classic Scottish culture with a new school flare in its opulent suites and stylish rooms, many with views towards Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. The hotel’s majestic clock defines the city’s skyline and since opening in 1902 it has run three minutes fast to ensure you will never miss your train. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel with history and culture infused into its many features, such features include a Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room, 15-metre crystal-clear pool, air-conditioned fully equipped cardiovascular gymnasium and exercise room. The Rocco Forte Collection's Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word.

The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel
Palm Court Dining
Palm Court Dining

The Old Course Hotel (5*): St. Andrews

The Old Course Hotel (5*) is a luxurious hotel located on the world’s most famous golf course, in St. Andrews. There are 144 lavishly refurbished bedrooms and suites, designed with rich red divine opulence, silk lined walls, private balconies. The Old Course Hotel offers an outstanding collection of bars and restaurants to suit all including Sands Grill for relaxed dining and The Jigger Inn, fondly referred to as ‘the towns best 19th hole’ and much loved by the many celebrities who visit. Guests can enjoy the 20 meter pool, relaxation area and rooftop hot tub, as well as the 11 golf courses around the hotel, including its own championship course.

The Old Course Hotel
The Old Course Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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