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Back in 2012, my brother, my Dad and I were out on our local golf course and had a bright idea. Why don’t we take a week out of our busy lives to play some of the most challenging and historical golf courses in the world, 4 courses on the British Open Rotation? This was a good idea and turned out to truly be a once in a lifetime golf trip filled with more “best golf rounds” than you should have in one lifetime.

But it brought around a challenge, how do we assure we’ll get tee times on all of these courses? The last thing we wanted to do was travel all the way to Scotland and England and not have a tee time. Plus, we all have busy lives with little time to focus on planning the trip.

Ever since we started sharing details of our trip, a constant question we get is how to book an international golf trip with a booking service. Thankfully, one of us reached out to a golf trip planning company and they took care of all the details for us.

How To Enter To Win Golf Gear

To enter, simply answer one of the following questions in one or both of the two entry methods below.

  1. What golf courses would make your guys / girls golf trip perfect
  2. What are you most interested in when using a golf booking service?
  3. To what destination outside the US are you most interested in taking a golf trip?

Entry Option 1:

  • Leave comment in this post answering one of the three questions above

Entry Option 2: 

Limit 1 entry through each of the methods below.

Golf Giveaway Prizes

Winners of the giveaway will be selected at random. We’ll select 10 winners from the eligible entries and winners will be awarded one of the following 10 prizes.

  • Dozen pro v1 golf balls – x 3
  • Coffee table book   x 4
    • 18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes (3)
    • The Seventh at St. Andrews (1)
  • Golf hat from Scotland – x 3

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls

How I Planned An International Golf Trip To Scotland

I researched all types of golf booking companies, each have their own specialty and customized approach. For example, one I’ve frequently interacted with is PerryGolf. PerryGolf provides expertly personalized golf & lifestyle travel experiences to twelve of the world’s most desirable destinations; Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Portugal, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Perry Golf

The service is run by two stand up guys, Colin & Gordon. They have over 30 years of service providing trip planning by building customized itineraries based on the courses and areas you’d like to visit. You can find them on Twitter or at their website here.

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So if you wanted to see 4-6 of the top courses in Scotland, you could request a starting point of Manchester and play some top courses like Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham St Annes or Royal Liverpool.

Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale

Then you could fly (or drive like we did to see the scenery) up to Scotland and play one of seven other rotation courses like St Andrews Old Course, Carnoustie (Carnastie), Muirfield, Musselburgh, Royal Troon, Turnberry or Prestwick.

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Carnoustie

Once you share your trip preferences, a customized itinerary will be created and presented to you for approval. The golf booking service will also take care of all the details from airfare, hotels, car rentals or even cruises. The service can even plan lunches at some of the most historic golf clubhouses. For example, we had an awesome lunch at Royal Lytham St Annes in the Club House overlooking the 18th green.

Royal Lytham St Annes

Royal Lytham St Annes

We decided to have them plan everything down to a few of the golf day lunches with the exception of airfare because we booked that using American Airlines miles to fly on British Airways First Class. You can even set a range of hotel prices that you’d like to pay and then options will be presented in that range. We were thrilled with our hotel in St Andrew’s the McDonald Rusacks Hotel St Andrews Scotland.

Rusacks Hotel John Daly Room View Out Window

St Andrews Old Course

We had a front row view during happy hour of the 18th green at St Andrews Old Course. Hard to beat that view. 

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St Andrews Old Course Happy Hour

Once we landed on our itinerary, we had to do a few things to confirm the trip and the golf course booking. We provided a deposit for a portion of the total cost. Then we had to provide our golf course handicaps. Since one of our travelers didn’t have a handicap at a “home course” he was provided with a number of accredited internet handicap services to use for free. Then he simply had to record enough scores to establish a handicap before the submission.

A few months prior to the trip we received our final ultimate golf trip packet including all the confirmation numbers, maps, and details we needed to have a flawless golf trip.

All we had to do was focus on playing a good round of golf and enjoying ourselves.

St Andrews Road Hole

St Andrews Old Course Road Hole

Bottom Line

The cost of booking the trip with a golf booking service was a small price to pay to confirm our golf course tee times in advance, secure our travel options and get ready for the best golf trip of our lifetime. In fact, we had so much fun, we’re already thinking about which courses we want to play on our next trip.

So if you are you interested in using a golf booking service, there’s my story. Feel free to enter our giveaway here at Points, Miles & Martins or over at twitter. Simply answer one of the following questions in one or both of the two entry methods below.

  1. What golf courses would make your guys / girls golf trip perfect
  2. What are you most interested in when using a golf booking service?
  3. To what destination outside the US are you most interested in taking a golf trip?

Entry Option 1:

  • Leave comment in this post answering one of the three questions above

Entry Option 2: 

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Comments

  1. In an answer to #3, I’d love to do a golf trip in the wine regions of the South of France. I’m doing my honeymoon there next year and that would be a cool addition!

  2. Definitely most interested to golf in its home country of Scotland, then relaxing afterwards over a glass of single malt on the rolling hills of the old country…

  3. Would look for a booking service with examples of real trips and that has “levels” of pricing packages.

  4. #3 – southern Spain. Valderrama is the Augusta National of Europe. Sotogrande is close behind and there are many others of tournament quality/condition. Best of all, Spain is a bargain these days.

  5. I would love to play royal dornach, carnoustie and the old course at st andrews… or even just have a pint overlooking the 18th hole at st andrews would be fantastic!

  6. I’m curious what the cost was of the booking service that you used. I went to St Andrews and wasn’t able to get a tee time at The Old Course since I didn’t plan early enough. I probably should have gone through a planning company like you did, I’m just curious how much it costs. Or do they just book for free and take their cut in commissions from the hotels, etc?

  7. 1. Any golf course is a good golf destination but for the majority of golfers on the planet it should have a range of holes reachable in two or three, not be too long and he some visually stunning par 3s. The Glen in Scotland would be a sublime choice for most. I should know I proposed to my wife there.
    2. A golf booking service should be ran by golfers but organised in conjunction with a logistics company to ensure everything is actioned correctly. I would expect no booking problems, no problems on arrival and a clear itinery along with all details associated with the chosen destinations not just about the golf but the surrounding area.
    3. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Trump Links in Aberdeen

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