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Scotland Golf Vacations

carts-in-uk-irelandMany of you heading to the UK and Ireland are confused about the rules regarding carts or “buggies” as they’re called.

I don’t blame you — we’ve all heard how carts are taboo over there, yet there are pockets of acceptance.

To clear this up, I created what I’m calling “The Ultimate Cart Chart.”

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Want to play the Old Course on a 2014 Scotland golf vacation? Get your application in by September 4, but not a minute before 2 pm BST.

Regular readers of Golf Vacation Insider know I often send reminders of critical dates and deadlines.

Well, one of these critical dates — Wednesday, September 4 — is coming up fast if you’re thinking about playing the Old Course at St. Andrews next year.

Miss this opportunity, and you’ll likely have to pay about $1,000 for an advanced, Old Course tee time you could have obtained for about $250. 

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Here are two ways to score tee times at world-famous Muirfield.

Here are two ways to score tee times at world-famous Muirfield.

This week’s Open Championship site, Muirfield, is considered one of the ten best golf courses in the world.

And you can play it.

That said, most people find it challenging to score a tee time, and all the attention this week is only going to make it tougher, but here are two easy ways to get on:

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Legal Battle Brewing in St. Andrews

by Craig Better

Mar52013

st-andrews-international-golf-linksA few months ago, I told you about a handful of new golf course projects underway in Scotland (Trump’s second course in Aberdeen; The Angus near Carnoustie; and an exclusive layout on the island of Jura).

Now there’s another to add to the list, but its proposed name is hitting a bit too close to home for “the Home of Golf.”

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You probably heard about the changes underway at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

What you may not have heard is just how big a flap this has created.

Outraged at the idea of tinkering (or is it tampering?) with one of golf’s most important shrines, Old Course advocates have mobilized.

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Good news if you have a Scotland golf vacation planned in the next few years: you’ll likely have a handful of new, high-profile courses to play.

Not sure I’d call it a building boom, but there are a number of projects in the works.

Most recently (as in, a couple days ago) Donald Trump announced he’s proceeding with his second golf course and his resort in Aberdeen because the proposed windfarm project off the coast — to which he objected to — is now “as good as dead.”

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Where to play on the weekend is a common conundrum for golf vacationers in the UK and Ireland.

If you’ve ever planned a golf trip to the British Isles or Ireland, you’re familiar with the following problem:

Most of the top courses there are private clubs that permit non-member play, but this visitor access can be extremely limited on weekends…which is precisely when most of us are over there.

According to the editors of Golf Odyssey…

“Typically, prime — if not all — weekend tee times are the exclusive domain of members and/or local residents (and clubs frequently host club or local competitions). Hence, a phenomenon we call the ‘weekend conundrum.’”

The good news is, there are ways to sidestep this problem. Here’s what you can do:

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Traveling by boat is virtually the only way to play this many top courses in the British Isles and Ireland in only eight days.

I was reading the September issue of Golf Odyssey when I came across something that stopped me in my tracks:

A golf trip to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland to play seven of the world’s best golf courses…

Royal County Down (#5)
Royal Portrush (#14)
Royal Dornoch (#16)
Carnoustie (#21)
Portmarnock (#46)
Castle Stuart (#56)
Trump Scotland (not yet ranked, but fantastic)

…with the option of extending to include rounds at..

The Old Course at St. Andrews (#4)
Turnberry (#18)

Believe it or not, this awesome lineup was not what primarily caught my attention. 

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