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It’s time to separate the men from the boys. Pack your bags, kiss your loved ones goodbye and head off on a testosterone fuelled adventure to the East Coast of Scotland for the ultimate buddy retreat. We’ve got golf, lots of golf (it is the Game of Kings after all), clay pigeon shooting, off-roading and whisky tasting (though not at the same time). You can relive boyhood Open Championship & Ryder Cup fantasy in a selection of the best Scotland has to offer.
Your chauffer will collect you from Edinburgh Airport and transport you to the Old Course St Andrews Hotel & Spa, your home for the next 3 nights.
No visit to Scotland is complete without paying homage to the place were golf has been played since the 15th Century. From its Road Hole, Hell Bunker, the Valley of Sin all the way to the iconic Swilken Bridge, this place exudes history with its breath-taking scenery; it truly is a golfer’s pilgrimage.
The afternoon is free to relax and recuperate.
This morning, after breakfast, play a round of golf at the Castle Course, the newest addition to St Andrews Links. The Course opened in 2008 and became the seventh course at the Home of Golf. Set on a rugged cliff-top with spectacular views over St Andrews, the Castle Course really does offer one of the most memorable golfing experiences.
The afternoon is at your leisure, so, why not enjoy the excellent spa facilities of your hotel or enjoy a wee dram in the Road Hole Bar, which over-looks the Old Course.
Today after a full Scottish Breakfast, you will play a round at the New Course at St Andrews. Despite its name, it was actually created in 1895, making it perhaps the oldest new course in the world, named solely to differentiate itself from its famous neighbour. It is nonetheless a difficult and challenging traditional links course
The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps pop in to the Jigger Inn, the most famous 19th hole in golf or take a stroll in to St Andrews Town Centre and explore its cobble stone streets, its 12th Century ruined Cathedral and immerse yourself in all that the ‘home of golf’ has to offer.
After breakfast, your chauffeur will transfer you to the sublime Gleneagles Hotel, set in a 850 acre country estate, your base for the next 3 nights. With excellent facilities and multiple restaurants and bars, including the two Michelin starred Andrew Fairlie restaurant, you are guaranteed to relax and unwind in style.
This afternoon you will play the PGA Centenary Course, one of the longest inland courses in Scotland. It was first redesigned by the legendary Jack Nicklaus in the early 1990’s and after some further remodelling in 2011/12 was home to the 2014 Ryder Cup, the first to be played on Scottish soil for over 40 years.
The rest of the day is yours to explore the offerings of Gleneagles, but, be sure to pop in to the Century Bar, with more than 120 single malts on offer.
No golf today, so, instead after a leisurely breakfast, head to Gleneagles Clay Pigeon Shooting School, where you will spend a couple of hours breaking the clay. The school accommodates all levels of experience from the beginner to the advanced.
Head back to the Hotel for a spot of lunch, before heading out on a half day off-road safari. Departing from the front door of the hotel and leaving public roads behind, your instructor will take the Land Rover and climb high into the hills enabling you to discover the magnificent vistas which are the quintessence of Scotland. If you are particularly fortunate you may even see a golden eagle, soaring majestically overhead.
After all of the excitement of the day, finish it off with a whisky distillery tour at one of the local distilleries.
After breakfast, your chauffer will transfer you to Carnoustie, where you will enjoy an afternoon round at what is considered to be one of the toughest Open Championship Courses on the circuit. Famous for the 1999 capitulation by Jean Van de Velde at the 18th hole in the final round. Jean needing only a double bogey to win the Championship outright, hit his third shot in to Barry Burn, made a treble bogey and lost the Claret Jug in the ensuing play-off.
Transfer back to Gleneagles and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
This morning your chauffer will transport you to the iconic Balmoral Hotel, your home for your last evening in Scotland.
The rest of the day is yours to explore Edinburgh, though, an absolute must for the whisky connoisseur is the Balmoral Hotel’s very own Scotch Bar, home to Edinburgh’s largest collection of whisky with over 500 different varieties.
Your chauffer will transfer you to the airport for you to catch your flight home.