Covid 19 Update

Greetings from an empty Scotland!

By mid May this country is usually full of travellers from overseas with their golf clubs playing, eating, drinking and generally having a great time. This year everywhere is shut and its like the Mary Celeste everywhere you look!

Now that the end of lockdown seems to be in sight, let’s hope we can look forward to near normal times later this year, or more likely next year.

Our staff are gradually returning to the office and we are trying to get back to normal using the new social distancing rules so they are not too close together.

Feel free to email us, or submit an enquiry form and we can make a start on your 2021 trip.

With the very limited number of flights this year coming to Scotland, we are unlikely to see many clients in 2020, but we are busy planning tours for 2021 so please start talking to your friends and make plans for summer 2021 or even 2022, and lets get some life back in the world’s tourism sectors .

For those of you interested in our Ireland programmes, the Irish are in a similar position to Scotland, and we are constantly listening to the Irish Government, explaining how they are emerging from lockdown.

One of positives we have learned during this crisis is how to make use of the facetime/zoom/whatsapp video calls we can now all make, to keep in contact with each other. We intend introducing this feature to our quoting service so you can talk and see us when we are planning your next trip. All of your group could login and talk through their preferences, any issues they have and generally be more comfortable with what we are doing to make your trip that bit more special. As all existing clients will recall, we enjoy a close dialogue with the group leaders- usually by email, so extending this to the rest of the group in a live face-to-face meeting demonstrates the levels of engagement we have with our clients, and that should lead to even higher levels of satisfaction in the longer term.

Lets hope the scientists can develop a vaccine quick enough to allow us all to live our lives in a safe and controlled manner, so we can all enjoy our freedom that our forefathers all fought hard to protect.

Stay safe everyone.

Ronnie

Dunfermline, Scotland

6 May 2020

The Open CHAMPIONSHIP 2020, 2021 and 2022

As you will be probably be aware, The R&A have cancelled the 2020 Open at Royal St Georges and rescheduled it at the same course from 11-18 July 2021.

This has had the knock-on effect of moving the 150th Open Championship, to be played on The Old Course St Andrews, to 10-17 July 2022.

We already had many groups booked to attend the 2021 event at St Andrews, so we will be in contact with all the group leaders to see what they wish to do. We are expecting that most will choose of push their dates of travel back to have the same itinerary in 2022. Some may prefer not to wait that long to enjoy their golf vacation and may choose to travel in 2021 anyway, and instead of attending The Open during their trip, we can include additional golf.

We will be in contact with those who have booked their trip and paid their deposits soon.

For new enquiries for 2022, we are now taking bookings for The Open in 2022 to include attending The Open in your tour. As before, we will not be including tickets to the event in your package as we are encouraging all clients to join the R&A’s ticket portal called The One Club where you can buy your tickets direct when they become available.

cORONAVIRUS UPDATE 23 mARCH 2020

In the 5 days since my last update things have changed significantly.

The UK is virtually closed and our staff are dealing with their emails from home. The lockdown down is likely to last until mid April .

We are in contact with our May and June arrivals to offer them the opportunity to rebook for 2021 or 2022. We have decided not to contact July arrivals onwards yet as the situation could be a lot clearer and perhaps back to normal by then and those travellers may get to enjoy their vacation on schedule. However if they wish, they can postpone till 2021 or 2022 if they want to make that decision early.

New enquiries are still coming in – thank you – for 2021 and beyond and we will do our best to get a quote to you shortly thereafter.

Existing clients- if you need to contact us please email the tour specialist you have been dealing with. All our files are stored in the icloud so that allows the staff access to your files from home should this be required.

New clients – If you are planning a trip later in 2020 or beyond, we like to talk through your plans before issuing your quote to ensure it as close to what you are looking for as it can be at this early stage. Please email me at ronnie@scotland-tours.com in the first instance OR complete the online enquiry form contained in this site and we can make a start on your Suggested Itinerary.

These are extrordinary times but we will all get through them soon.

Be safe.

Ronnie Pook

Managing Director

Coronavirus update

This unprecedented situation is affecting us all and we are in regular contact with those who are booked to travel with us this summer.

We are offering every client the opportunity to delay their trip up until the end of 2022 and not loose any deposits or final balances. We are currently sending out notices to those arriving in April and May and will be assessing the position for June and July travellers in a few weeks.

For those travelling later in the year we are not making any knee-jerk decisions for them . We propose to keep their plans as they are until we know the facts around any travel restrictions etc at that time. There is plenty of time to deal with the August – October arrivals in due course.

In Scotland we are getting on with life despite the restrictions that are in place. Our staff are manning the office on a rota basis to avoid too many people being together at the same time. The courses are all open, some clubhouses have some restrictions in their food and bar service, but everyone is making an effort to stay clean. It would appear that Scotland is one of the least affected areas of the world, but we are not being complacent.

There is likely to be some new availability on The Old Course later this summer should some clients rebook for 2021 or 2022. If you are interested in joining our late availability mailing list, see our St Andrews page on this web site.

With so many new and repeat clients coming here this year, we hope you all stay safe, look forward to your trip, and please follow the advice given by the health experts.

ChrIstmas and New Year Opening Hours

Our offices in Dunfermline Scotland will be closed from 2pm on Monday 23 December 2019 until 9am on Friday 3 January 2020.

We would like to thank all our clients this year for another record breaking year, and look forward to seeing some of you again next year.

From all our staff here in Scotland, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2020.

Old Course availability 2020

With 2020 just a few weeks away, most of our guaranteed times are now sold. However do we have space for 8 players on 29 April. We are offering a 5 night package staying at 5 star Fairmont St Andrews with 5 rounds of golf including The Old Course, for just….

£2325 per person,

based on 2 people sharing.

This includes your own Mercedes 8 seater minivan, breakfast each day and meet and greet service on arrival…. and lots more.

Contact us today if you have some friends who wish to make this trip . We will sell it as 2 packages for 4 players or 1 package for 8 players.

Book today!

If you wish to come on other dates next summer, the ballot process is open as usual and many of our golfers play the course using this process. The ballot results are not known until 2 days before play so we will plan your trip to St Andrews to include courses we can swap over should your tee time conflict with a time booked at a different course.