The Open – Carnoustie

No more Car-nasty, more like Car-nice-ty now.

As the 147th Open came to a dramatic conclusion on Sunday afternoon, spectators and players alike were singing the praises of this great Scottish course.  It was playing beautifully – hard fast fairways due to the drought Scotland has experienced over the last 3 months (yes honestly! ) and the smooth receptive greens thanks to an efficient sprinker system! The organisation was outstanding and the eventual winner Francesco Molinari saw off the challenges of Rory, Justin, Tiger, Jordan, and others,  by playing bogey free golf for the final 37 holes of the event. A remarkable achievement !

We are delighted to have been featuring Carnoustie in thousands of our tours over the past 20 years and look forward to booking many more tee times there for our golf addict clients who want to play the world’s best courses. Thanks go to to all those who travelled with us and we hope you enjoyed The Open from all of us here in Scotland Golf Tours.

Hope to see you all at Royal Portrush in 2019.

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The Open – Carnoustie 19-22 July 2018

 

With 2016-07-17 18.27.45-2just a few weeks left before The Open starts we still have a few tickets left and some accommodation in nearby Dundee and St Andrews areas. If you want to book a last minute trip, call us today. We can add some great golf. Hope this weather lasts. May was very dry, June has been excellent . Currently 81F in Dunfermline today :). The picture, in case you’re wondering, was taken at the fanzone at Royal Troon in 2016. Thousands of happy golfers were watching the climax of the event on the big screens with some food and plently beers. Great atmosphere on and off the course. The Open is one of these events every golfer needs to go to at least once!

150th Open Championship is back at The Old Course in 2021

2016-07-17 17.20.24The R&A today confirmed the venue of the 150th Open will indeed be The Old Course. This has been anticipated by many for several years, but the R&A kept with tradition and only confirmed it with the customary 3 1/2  year lead in time it normally does.

This will be the 30th time The Old Course has hosted the premier event in the European golfing calendar.

To enjoy some of the fascinating videos produced by the R&A with great footage of previous Opens please click Here

The 148th Open takes place in July this year and it will be played over the challenging Carnoustie Links.  Carnoustie is one of our favourite courses for our golfing groups and thousands of our clients have played the links during their Scotland Golf Tours trip.  The overwhelming impressions the golfers take home with them are –  the condition of the course is always exceptional, the course is very playable by all the amateurs with decent handicaps  if you avoid the bunkers,  and the closing stretch of holes is amongst the toughest of any of The Open rota courses.

There are still packages available so why not come and enjoy the amazing event that is The Open.  You may prefer to come later in the season and actually play the course, tee times are still available. Bookings for 2018 are still being taken and bookings for 2019 are already very strong, particularly for the larger groups of 12 or more .

For your next trip please ask us for a quote today.

Juli Inkster is US Solheim Cup Captain for record 3rd time.

Juli Inkster will make history in Scotland next year.

She will become the first American to captain three Solheim Cup teams.

I wanted to change the culture,” Inkster said. “It’s not about winning. It’s about playing for each other. It’s about playing for the United States. I wanted these girls, after they were done playing, whether we won or lost, to say, ‘That was an amazing experience. I want to do that again.’

“I think we needed to get back to the basics of golf, of playing golf. I just think we were getting away from that. We got lost in what the Solheim Cup was all about. It’s not about face paint. It’s about playing for the red, white and blue and playing golf.”

The Americans will meet Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2019. Scotland’s own Catriona Matthew will lead Europe.

Scotland Tours has been appointed an Official Tour Operator for this event.  Book your package to include accommodation transport and tickets to the event with us NOW. 36638718015_e45aed9886_b

Gleneagles wins more top awards!

Gleneagles Hotel,  located in central Scotland, and host to the 2014 Ryder Cup and the 2019 Solheim Cup, has scooped another top award. Val Eglinton, Director of Sales, reports..

Gleneagles has just been crowned ‘No.1 Golf Resort in Britain & Ireland’, an important accolade that brings the curtain down on a stellar 2017 that has seen us win a host of important golf industry awards.

Gleneagles’ roll call of 2017 accolades includes being voted ‘Best Golf Resort in the World’ for a sixth consecutive year at the Daily Telegraph/Ultratravel Awards; ‘Best Hotel/Resort in Scotland’ for a fourth consecutive year, thanks to readers of Today’s Golfer Magazine; and winning a trio of gongs at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards – ‘Best Golf Experience’, ‘Best Pro Shop’ and ‘Best Large Hotel’.

Gleneagles is just one of the excellent resorts we can offer our clients during their trip to Scotland and it is featuring in a large number of our tours next year. This is just another reason to choose Scotland for your next trip. Stay here and enjoy best of the best!  Book with us now to enjoy some complimentary upgrades and free golf (conditions apply).GLE018X_b_low

The Open – Carnoustie 19-22 July 2018

Once again, The Open returns to Carnoustie in July 2018.

We have packages available where you can choose how many days you wish to attend and what standard of hotel you wish. We will also arrange golf for you during your tour, on request.

Please visit our Open website 2018theopen.com and make your enquiry now.

Remember the British Seniors is being played on The Old Course St Andrews the following week  (26-29 July) so why not include a few days at that event as well.  See the world’s greatest golfers  – past and present – at both events.

The British Seniors will not be as busy as an Open is when it is at St Andrews so this is a great opportunity to walk the course, get close to and follow your favourite golfers while they play a major at St Andrews.

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The 2019 Solheim Cup

If you watched the 2017 Solheim Cup on TV, you will have enjoyed a great festival of golf.  The event in Des Moines in August 17 was spectacular and the next meeting of these 2 great teams takes place at Gleneagles Scotland, 13-15 September 2019.

We have been appointed by IMG and Visit Scotland as an Authorised Tour Operator and will be arranging packages including tickets to the event.

I have been to 4 Ryder Cups between USA and Europe and was delighted to attend my first Solheim Cup in Des Moines as part of the Scottish delegation. I have to say the atmosphere is very similar to a Ryder Cup.  Exciting golf, patriotic fans on both sides, and excellent sportsmanship.

Gleneagles played host to the 2014 Ryder Cup and I am sure the 2019 Solheim Cup will be every bit as thrilling.

Catriona Matthew (pictured below with Ronnie) has been appointed European Captain and the USA have still to confirm their captain’s appointment, but few would bet against Juli Inskster being re-appointed after her successful captaincy at the last 2 events.

You can be there with Scotland Tours. We have hotels reserved, transport links in place, ticket allocations and of course the early bookers have the opportunity to get the reserved seating areas etc. The message is, talk to your group or your club pro or manager and try to get a club tour arranged. We are booking tours for 2 to 50+ people.

See our Solheim Cup page on this website for more details.

Ronnie

36638718015_e45aed9886_bRon and Catriona Matthews