Scotland Golf Tours 2014

Each of the famous British Open Championship venues, such as St Andrews, Muirfield and Royal Troon, has their own booking requirements and the courses can become booked very quickly.

Key courses that require prompt decisions are :

  • Muirfield, where bookings are accepted from 15 months in advance of play
  • the Old course at St Andrews, where advance bookings are accepted from early September the year before play
  • and Carnoustie, where bookings open the summer before play.


There are hundreds of other excellent courses to play in Scotland but if one of the 'famous five' is on your wish list then you need to be aware of some of the restrictions that can affect an application for a tee-time and when applications need to be made by you, or on your behalf.

For all of the courses listed Moss Golf Tours would be happy to put together itineraries customised to your requirements and including as few, or as many, courses as you wish to play.


Carnoustie Championship

Muirfield

Old Course, St Andrews

Royal Troon

Turnberry Ailsa

Making An Enquiry



Carnoustie Championship

Considered by some to be one of the greatest golf courses in the British Isles, the Carnoustie Championship course is a huge course that rewards good play. The hazards can be severe and it is a true golfing challenge. Relatively recently returned to the Open Championship circuit, Carnoustie was the venue for the 2007 Open Championship.

The course is one of the most accessible British Open championship venues to visitors so is well worth including in your golf itinerary.

The handicap limit for play here is 28 for men and 36 for women.

Carnoustie has hosted the British Open a total of 7 times so far between 1931 and 2007.

There are also two sister courses alongside, the Burnside and the Buddon. The Burnside is a challenging course which has featured as an Open championship qualifying venue. Carnoustie is a great location for a very good value day of 36 holes, or for a combination ticket playing all three courses over a 3 day period.


Booking Information

If you wish to play Carnoustie as part of a golf tour in 2014, then please get in touch and we would be happy to suggest a full itinerary for you.

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Muirfield

If you want to play at the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, you have to plan early. With just two slots for visitors each week, visitor tee-times at Muirfield are reserved very quickly once bookings open. Times can be booked from 15 months in advance of the day of play.

The handicap limit is 18 for men and 20 for women.

Muirfield has had the honour of hosting the Open Championship so far 15 times between 1892 and 2002, and was the venue for the 2013 British Open. 1892 was the first time the Championship was played over 72 holes while 2002 marked the first win of the Open for Ernie Els.

Records date back to 1744 when the Club wrote the original 13 Rules of Golf.

A clockwise outward half circles an anticlockwise inward nine, an arrangement that ensures that players have to make constant adjustment for wind direction. Not considered a typical links course, there are plenty of bunkers and punishing rough to snare the ball.

Fourball play is not the norm at Muirfield. Groups wishing to play as a four ball must start their round from the 10th tee and members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers never play in the four ball format.


Booking Information

Times can be booked from 15 months in advance of the day of play.

If you would like to play Muirfield as part of a Scottish golf tour in 2014, please get in touch and we would be pleased to put together a full itinerary for you.

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Old course, St Andrews

2010 was the 28th time the Old course at St Andrews hosted the British Open and the course is one of the most popular amongst visiting golfers. The Old course sustains over 40,000 rounds a year, so as you might imagine there are particular requirements to which you must conform to apply for a round here. Demand is ever increasing.

The handicap limits for play on the Old course are 24 for men and 36 for women.


Booking Information

Advance applications for 2014 main season bookings on the Old course will be accepted from Wednesday 4 September 2013. It is very important to be prompt with an application to have the best chance of securing times on the Old course - this direct application is the only way to guaranteed advance times at the standard green fees.

The alternative route for play is the daily ballot for which around 50% of the starting times are kept back each year.

If you would like us to help plan a golf tour for you in 2014, which includes playing the Old course in St Andrews, then please get in touch and we would be pleased to put together a full itinerary for you.

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Royal Troon

Not quite as limited for tee-times as Muirfield, Royal Troon however only accepts visitors three days a week between May and September and the earlier times are requested, the better. The green fees cover 18 holes on the Old, or championship, course as well as 18 holes on the Troon Portland course.

The handicap limit is 20 for men and 30 for women.

An Open Championship venue on 8 occasions to date, Royal Troon offers a classic links layout of 9 holes out and 9 holes back. The inward nine holes are widely accepted as some of the most demanding on the Championship rota.


Booking Information

Royal Troon works on a first come, first served basis for times for the following year. The particularly busy months are July and August when times are regularly oversubscribed.

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Turnberry Ailsa

The only restriction currently imposed for bookings on the Turnberry Ailsa golf course is that to reserve a tee-time more than two weeks in advance of play you must be resident at the Turnberry Hotel. As this is a five star international resort with excellent facilities and high standards of service this is not a particular hardship but should be borne in mind when budgeting for your trip.

The Turnberry Ailsa is an Open Championship course which came to international prominence in 1977 due to the four day duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson which produced some exhilarating golf. The Ailsa course is regularly acknowledged as one of Britain's top three courses, with consistent rankings in the world top 20.

The Turnberry Ailsa course was the venue for the British Open Championship in 2009. This was the first time in 15 years that the event has been hosted here and witnessed a dramatic attempt for the title from a firm local favourite, Tom Watson. Turnberry has been the venue for the British Open on just three occasions to date.

Turnberry has the benefit of two championship courses at one venue. The Kintyre course featured as an Open Qualifying Venue for the 2004 Open at Royal Troon.


Booking Information

For more information and a quotation on a golf tour in 2014 playing at Turnberry please get in touch and we would be delighted to put together a full itinerary for you.


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Making An Enquiry

If you are interested in a golf trip playing one of Scotland's Open Championship venues then please get in touch or use our custom tour enquiry form and we will be delighted to help you plan your 2014 Scottish Golf Tour.

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Scotland's Open Championship Courses

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