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    Help with planning Scotland trip

    Iím planning a golf trip to Scotland in May / June.

    Would be good to get some thoughts on a 3 / 4 night itinerary.

    I would want to play a bit of a mixture of courses, something like 1 x open rota (Carnoustie maybe? Although noting some likely open based restrictions at that time) and then a few cheaper but great courses (Gullane no 2 and 3 on a day ticket appears to be good value).

    The obvious area to stay is St Andrews, but East Lothian looks incredible too.

    Is St. Andrews the place to go and base ourselves even if we donít play the old course?
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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    I would recommend basing yourself in one area and then keeping travelling to a minimum.

    I organised my first Scottish trip a couple of years ago. It was fantastic. I wrote it up on a thread, I'm sure you can find it if you look.

    We stayed in North Berwick and played nb, gullane and Dunbar. Could have stayed another week and not played the same course twice.

    This year we are doing the southern fife coast.

    Looked at carnoustie, but seems better to wait till next year. They do a great 3 course deal.

    I'm sure you'll get lots of helpful advice from the locals here.

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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    Thanks Pendodave.

    I think St Andrews is a good starting point for me (having not played golf there before).

    An additional question I just thought of, is it possible to find places to play at the weekend? Or would the trip need to be weekdays only?
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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    Iím playing a comp at Carnoustie on 9th June and they are warning that some course protection measures will be in place.

    I played Troon the May before the open was there a couple of years ago and parts of some fairways were roped off, mats were in use in some areas and the greens were being prepped to peak for the open so werenít great.

    So you mightíve be better waiting for another time for Carnoustie.

    You canít go wrong with either St. Andrews or East Lothian though, plenty of good courses in each area.

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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    St Andrews does a really good 3 day ticket. It's on their website somewhere. You can effectively play from dawn to dusk!

    Pretty certain you can book all the tee times in advance including weekends. Probably better luck there than at a members' club.

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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    Quote Originally Posted by FairwayDodger View Post
    Iím playing a comp at Carnoustie on 9th June and they are warning that some course protection measures will be in place.

    I played Troon the May before the open was there a couple of years ago and parts of some fairways were roped off, mats were in use in some areas and the greens were being prepped to peak for the open so werenít great.

    So you mightíve be better waiting for another time for Carnoustie.

    You canít go wrong with either St. Andrews or East Lothian though, plenty of good courses in each area.
    Thanks FairwayDodger - as we'd be relying on the ballot for the old course, I presume St Andrews is well worth it even if you don't get on?
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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Canary_Yellow View Post
    Thanks FairwayDodger - as we'd be relying on the ballot for the old course, I presume St Andrews is well worth it even if you don't get on?
    Absolutely, as long as you can stand the sight of the old course every day knowing youíre not going to be playing it!

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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    Hate to hijack a thread but if you're going as a single on the Old Course ballot how long would you need to stay in St Andrews in August to get on do you think?
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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Curls View Post
    Hate to hijack a thread but if you're going as a single on the Old Course ballot how long would you need to stay in St Andrews in August to get on do you think?
    It's never as bad as people fear it to be. Couple of days as a single, three days is pretty much a certainty. Just keep in mind Saturdays are always busier and the course has occasional closures according to the busy dates which are all listed here: https://www.standrews.com/play/busy-dates
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    Re: Help with planning Scotland trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimaroid View Post
    It's never as bad as people fear it to be. Couple of days as a single, three days is pretty much a certainty. Just keep in mind Saturdays are always busier and the course has occasional closures according to the busy dates which are all listed here: https://www.standrews.com/play/busy-dates
    Nice one - I see from your Avatar you've had the pleasure! Really looking forward to it, will probably go midweek in August and like you say 3 nights in town should see me right. Some folk say turning up in the afternoon can actually work but I kinda reckon I'll be one of the dozens of singles standing around the hut at first light!
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