Inside Golf Travel : Inside Golf Travel June 2015
37 June 2015 | INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL The championship course for the Scottish Open will incorporate 16 holes from Gullane’s renowned No. 1 Course and two holes from its striking No. 2 Course, which was laid out by Willie Park Jr, the winner of two Open Championships (1887 and 1889). While Gullane has staged final qualifying events for five Open Championships, this will be the first time in its 133-year history that it has hosted the Scottish Open. Mind you, the Scottish Open is relatively young having started in 1972. Australian golfers have a special link with the Scottish Open with Graham Marsh (1973), Craig Parry (1991), Peter O’Malley (1992) and Wayne Riley (1995) all winning the tournament. Gullane is without doubt an overwhelming favourite with both Scottish and visiting golfers. In mid-summer, golf is played late into the evening, occasionally as late as 10:30pm, which allows a full round to be completed after dinner. That’s why Gullane is a popular destination for golfing tourists. From the top of the hill on each course there is a fine view over Aberlady and Aberlady Bay towards Edinburgh and the Fourth Bridge as well as the coast of Fife and the Lomond Hills. There is plenty to see and do in Gullane, which is a well-kept village along the coast of the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. Scotland’s Gullane golf course The village is popular with celebrities like actor and comedian Ronnie Corbett, a long-time resident. Gullane has a superb sweep of beach that attracts legions of sandcastle makers or windsurfers. Nearby attractions include the very well-kept Dirleton, with its double village green and ruined castle, Myreton Motor Museum and the Museum of Flight at East Fortune. There has been a church in the village since the ninth century. For the record, Muirfield, host of the Open Championship on many occasions, is just two kilometres away. In addition to Muirfield, Gullane is the site of several other high-quality golf courses in the village and surrounding area. Musselburgh Links, 40kms down the road, has plenty of history. Musselburgh Links is an original Open Championship venue and there is documentary evidence proving golf was played on Musselburgh Links as early as March 2, 1672 although Mary, Queen of Scots reputedly played there in 1567. This year, golf travellers to Scotland should not miss this magnificent double-header – the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club followed by the Open Championship at St Andrews. • • 9 nights accommodation inclusive of daily Breakfast • 6 lunches & 3 dinners • All entrances and touring as per itinerary • Return airport transfers • Touring coach throughout • 6 rounds of golf including Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm •• Fully Escorted by Go Gollng’s Experienced tour escort • Commemorative Tour Polo and handbook Golfer Package $2,699 Non Golfer $2,299 Single sup $ 899 #1.FORESCORTEDTOURS Totally Tasmania 17 – 27 November 2015 +61 7 5508 2250| email@example.com Go Golfing Travel PTY LTD is a member of IAGTO Terms & Conditions Apply After 15 years of running tournaments in Tasmania, Go Gollng has introduced its lrst Totally Tasmanian Tour, featuring all of the activities you have come to expect from a Go Gollng Holiday. Spring in Tasmania is a spectacular time to visit, with long sunny days and freshness in the air that you don’t experience anywhere else in Australia, join us for 11 days of amazing golf, sightseeing, food and hotels!
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