As a passionate golfer you’ve undoubtedly dreamed of the day you’ll play in the place where it all started. Now is the time to answer the call and experience your favorite pastime in a setting of unrivaled sophistication and authenticity. Step back in time and see what it’s like to drive one off the tee immersed in the history of the game itself. Two extraordinarily fortunate couples will enjoy this unique and special experience.
In a secluded corner of the Northern Highlands lies Skibo Castle, Scotland’s best-kept secret. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie, one of history’s greatest philanthropists, came to Skibo in 1898 and transformed the estate into what he rightly termed ‘Heaven on Earth.’ And it’s here your journey begins with three nights in an historic setting with excellent food, luxurious facilities and unparalleled service. At Skibo’s heart lies the Carnegie Links, on the shores of the beautiful Dornoch Firth. The course is rated amongst the world’s finest and played by some of the sport’s best. And now, you’ll play it, too.
Established in 1877 and made Royal in 1906, Royal Dornoch is where you’ll find the Championship Course that’s a favorite of two-time Masters winner Ben Crenshaw. The enthralling design with ridges, dunes and hillocks are sure to keep you on your toes; it’s a great challenge. After your round, enjoy a private whisky tour of Glenmorangie Distillery and dinner back at Skibo Castle.
Like a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world, Castle Stuart’s Championship Links overlook the Moray Firth, Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse. After playing this 53rd rated Golf Digest “Top 100” course, you’re welcomed onboard a helicopter for the ride to Loch Lomond Golf Club for your next three nights.
A fine classical mansion and 660-acre estate on the west shore of Loch Lomond, this former seat of the Colquhouns of Luss is now home to the exclusive Loch Lomond Golf Club. After your round of golf with its many natural hazards, including streams and marshland areas, enjoy dinner at the on-site Cameron House restaurant. Later explore the home’s luxurious setting and appointments, including some of the Colquhoun’s fine furniture and paintings.
Play a round at what is widely accepted as the most demanding of any course on the Championship rotation; Royal Troon. It has the shortest and longest holes in Open Championship golf and the world-renowned 8th hole, famously nicknamed ‘The Postage Stamp’ measures only 123 yards but is guarded by two cavernous bunkers, one of which is named ‘The Coffin’ … enter in at your own peril! After your round, take a private tour of Culzean Castle perched on the Ayrshire cliffs. Filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here, it’s the perfect setting for memorable experiences.
After a private jet flight to Limerick, Ireland, relax in your own charming Adare Manor hideaway for your final two nights. Decorated and furnished to perfection in grand 19th-century style this sumptuously restored, Gothic marvel is truly a place to indulge yourself and experience a slice of gracious estate living. But it is, of course The Golf Course at Adare Manor that has brought you here. Each hole could be crowned the feature hole. It has been entirely redesigned and reconstructed, with SubAir technology in the greens and the very latest in course innovations, creating a challenging, characterful and profoundly satisfying playing experience for golfers of every level. Its ‘Pure Distinction’ bentgrass greens are unrivalled. Afterward enjoy a sumptuous five-course dinner in The Oak Room at Adare Manor.
Your helicopter again awaits on the last golf day of your trip, whisking you to Hogs Head Golf Course, a newly designed Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course located in County Kerry. The beauty of the mountains surrounding the bay offer you a spectacular front row view of tide rolling in and out…as you face the technical challenges this savvy course puts in your way. Afterward it’s back on the chopper for an aerial tour of the magnificent Ring of Kerry.
Become the legend in your own mind; raise that paddle till victory is yours!
Roundtrip, Business Class Airfare from the United States to Scotland and return from Ireland must originate from and return to a major city, such as New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas or Miami, Florida. Trip dates are confirmed for Thursday, September 5–Friday, September 13, 2019. If the winning bidders are unable to travel to Europe in September 2019, they are able to select alternate dates, based on availability, by Friday, March 1, 2019. Trip includes all accommodations; all rounds of golf listed in the itinerary; a full Scottish/Irish breakfast daily; evening meals as noted on the itinerary; all caddie fees; roundtrip airport transfers in Europe; all transfers as required in a Luxury Mercedes Minibus; private helicopter transfer from Dornoch to Loch Lomond; private jet transfer from Glasgow to Shannon; private helicopter transfer to Hogs Head Golf Club; complimentary snacks and beverages; a personal host/driver; a Signature Golf gift pack and 24-hour concierge service. Meals as detailed in the itinerary include tax and gratuity, as well as two (2) bottles of premium red wine. All golf course, with the exception of The Carnegie Links Course at The Carnegie Club, Skibo Castle, have golf carts available for those that have submitted a Medical Certificate.
with thanks to Signature Golf
Airfare donated by Susan & Gary Garrabrant and Barbie & Paul Hills