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The Old Course Players 2018

This year to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we have been asking all the players whom we obtained guaranteed times for to sign our 18th pin flag. It is filling up nicely and I am hoping the final 16 players who will play it later this season will find a space for their signature!

If you were one of the players who signed it earlier in the season you will see a difference!

Thanks to all players for participating in this initiative.flag 24Aug18

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Czabe’s coming to Scotland

If you are based in USA and listen to Yahoo Sports Radio, you will be familiar with the radio show hosted by Steve Czaban. He has been one of USA’s top sports broadcasters for many years. Czabe has been a client of Scotland Tours since 2012 and this year to celebrate his 50th birthday he is bringing 11 of his golfing buddies on a pilgrimage to the home of golf.

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Steve interviewed Ronnie Pook of Scotland Golf Tours live for 20 minutes recently to talk about the trip, the courses the history and the passion he has for the game.

Steve started his planning his trip with us almost 2 years ago and we successfully reserved all the major courses on his bucket list.  Steve is making another video of his trip and this will be posted online in a few weeks. If it is anything like his last video, it will be fun to watch. To see the video of his 2015 trip, click here.

Tickets to The Open

As you may have read elsewhere on the sports news pages, The R&A have decided for the first time in 148 years, to introduce a ticket limit per day at Royal Portrush in 2019. Demand for the event has been unprecedented and it is already virtually sold out for all championship days. If you were thinking about going and just turning up on the day to pay at the gate, the way thousands of golf fans have done in the past, think again!  There will be no “pay at the gate” facility!

The R&A have upset a lot of the travel trade, their sponsors and many golfers, by introducing this policy and we are concerned that the opportunity for many loyal golf fans to attend this event has been taken away. We believe this will encourage ticket touts to emerge from  the black market and charge premium prices for the tickets – let the buyer beware!

With the 2020 event being held in Royal St Georges, east of London England, and the 2021 in St Andrews it will be interesting to see if they continue with this unpopular practise. Let’s hope common sense prevails and all are made welcome again. Watch this space folks!

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.

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