Golf travel to many has never been so costly so the following illustrates some cost savings which can be made on your next Scotland golf trip. Scotland can be expensive and is worryingly labelled with this tag but you can bring the costs down. The following can be transferable across many trips but is ideal for the buddies trip with an intensive golfing itinerary.
Save time and money by having a good number to split transport costs. While many would assume this to be common sense, many try and accommodate the wrong number for their desired mode of transport transfer bring the cost up. Self drive is the cheapest option but not for everyone. Outlined by Gordon Donaldson of St Andrews Executive Travel in Episode 15, a bus with driver and the correct number can be as cheap and far more leisured. Save money when and where you can but ensure the mode of transport is the correct one for your party.
Bunk up with a buddy and half your accommodation costs. For the intensive golfer avoid blowing a budget in the 5 Star hotel. You will find great hotels in the 4 Star bracket ensuring your party can have a good selection of food and drink, a pint with the locals and a good nights sleep. Some hotels in this bracket include Golf Hotel (Royal Dornoch), Kilmarnock Arms (Cruden Bay), Ardgowan Hotel (St Andrews) and Marine Hotel (North Berwick). Other options include Bed and Breakfast or self catering which are more conducive to couples type trips. Both offer great cost savings.
Perhaps the easiest way to bring your costs down without impacting the golf travel experience in Scotland is golf course selection. Naturally everyone seeks to play the world famous courses which include The Open Championship rotation courses together with the premium new builds such as Kingsbarns and Trump Scotland. The advice would be to apply the 3-1 model in the golf course selection process outlined below.
For every ‘premium’ tee time you purchase (top), subsidise it with golf at 3 more affordable green fees. You can return home after a week in Scotland to share with your friends and family the fact you played on 3 world renowned golf courses and that you also experienced some equal golf experiences. Scotland’s fantastic golf offering will blow you away. Scotland having a third of the world’s links golf courses simply can not showcase them all but be rest assured plenty are hidden for you to discover.
The golf tour operator will make your next golf trip to Scotland special and we always encourage the adoption of these organisations. Take these travel tips to your golf tour operator and they will be more than happy to meet your desires.
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For more tips on planning a Scottish golf trip check out Golficity’s article by Ru Macdonald.