Tuesday, 12 November 2019

A summer of golf content in Ayrshire

A summer of golf content in Ayrshire.

Late August this year saw the first ever Scotland, Home of Golf Vloggers Challenge. 9 social media content creators where invited to take part in an all over Scotland event, filming as they went.

Brodie Smith a YouTuber and former world disc throwing champion with over 1 million followers, Gm Golf a YouTuber Golf trick shot artist and content creator and Ollie Neglerio, who is the man responsible for all the cool amazing content to come out of Taylormade Golf where the lucky ones to visit Ayrshire.

As part of the Challenge they played Turnberry Ailsa where stableford points were up for grabs

Go check out their videos below of their round at Turnberry.





They also took an incredible castle challenge at Rowallan Castle, Playing from the Castle balcony to the 18th green as well as some unbelievable shots from the Turrett 50 yards up!


Friday, 21 June 2019

Scotland, The Home of Golf Vloggers Challenge 2K19

We are delighted to have teamed up with Scotland, The Home of Golf to bring you to Vloggers Challenge 2K19.



9 of your favourite social media content creators will be invited to take part in the first challenge of it's kind in Scotland and quite possibly any where in the world!

The creators will play some of Scotland's best courses as well as some of the lesser known. They will take part in very Scottish challenges like Castle Golf, Whisky Golf and Hickory Golf to name but a few.

The event takes place from 10-14 August and will be happening all across Scotland.
Make sure and tune in and follow your favourite creator as they travel across the Home of Golf in an epic adventure.

Stay Tuned for where they will visit on their Ayrshire leg.....

For more information visit Scotland, Home of golf social media pages.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

The Marine Hotel reveal exciting new plans

The Marine Hotel announce a major refurbishment to commence in June at the Iconic golf hotel in Ayrshire.

Cannock Troon LLP, the ownership group of The Marine Hotel in Troon, have today, announced their plans to embark on a phased plan of major works to refurbish and bring a luxurious new look and feel to the iconic Ayrshire property that dates back to 1894.

Having obtained all the necessary planning and listed building consents, work is scheduled to begin at the end of June 2019 on external areas including windows, roofs and stonework. Internal works to all 89 bedrooms, reception area, restaurant and bar are scheduled to follow on later in the year.

It is anticipated that the first phase of works will take between 11 – 15 months to complete, enabling the refurbished hotel to be fully operational to welcome the AIG Women’s British Open to be held at The Royal Troon Golf Club in August 2020. The hotel will remain open and operate throughout the renovation works.



Commenting on behalf of The Marine Hotel’s ownership group, Jonathan Gain, CEO of Stellar Asset Management said, “We are incredibly excited that we have reached a stage where we can now announce our plans and commitment to sympathetically restoring this iconic Ayrshire hotel back to its former glory.

From the moment we acquired the property back in 2015, we were immediately taken by its impressive location overlooking the 18th hole of The Royal Troon Golf Club, not to mention its reputation, importance to Ayrshire and its residents and the wider international golf community.

Thus, we recognised the need to invest and elevate the hotel to the status it rightly deserves having been the only hotel in Scotland to have retained an AA 4-star status throughout its history.

Further showcasing our commitment to this project, we are proud to announce that we have appointed award-winning Scottish interior design company, ICA, to deliver a design that exudes best-in-class elegance, comfort and taste whilst retaining a subtle Scottish theme throughout the hotel.”

Announcements on 2nd and 3rd phase plans to upgrade the hotel’s leisure and conference facilities will follow in due course, with the main aim being to create a premium experience across all areas of the hotel.

“Speaking on behalf of the entire team here at The Marine Hotel we are looking forward to starting this exciting project and are committed to working in partnership with all parties to put the hotel firmly back on the map, both locally and on an international level,” commented Colin Richards, The Marine Hotel General Manager.

For further information on The Marine Hotel visit www.themarinetroon.co.uk

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Golf events at Turnberry in 2019

We all know of the Duel in the Sun when Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus had that epic battle on a sun drenched Sunday at Turnberry. Well Turnberry are giving you some amazing events this year where you can try and take on the same challenge as the Pros have done at past Opens.

Check out the below for full details:

TURNBERRY FROM THE TIPS - AILSA
Friday 19 April
PACKAGE: £199.00 PER PERSON
TEA, COFFEE, BACON ROLLS, LUNCH AND 1 ROUND OF GOLF ON THE AILSA
CHAMPIONSHIP TEES
TEE TIMES FORMAT
1:00pm Individual Stableford
PRIZES
- 1 night stay at Trump Turnberry for two people with breakfast and a round of golf
- A 4 ball on the King Robert the Bruce, Trump Turnberry
- A 4 ball on the Open Championship Ailsa



EASTER MONDAY STABLEFORD
Monday 22 April
PACKAGE: £50.00 PER PERSON
TEA, COFFEE, BACON ROLLS AND 1 ROUND OF GOLF ON KING ROBERT THE BRUCE
TEE TIMES FORMAT
10:00am Individual Stableford
PRIZES
- 1 night stay at Trump Turnberry for two people with breakfast and a round of golf
- 4 ball on King Robert the Bruce, Trump Turnberry
- Easter Eggs

KING ROBERT THE BRUCE OPEN
Friday 31 May
PACKAGE: £50.00 PER PERSON
TEA, COFFEE, BACON ROLLS AND 1 ROUND OF GOLF ON KING ROBERT THE BRUCE
TEE TIMES FORMAT
10:00am Individual Scratch & Handicap Medal
PRIZES
- 1 night stay at Trump Turnberry for two people with breakfast and a round of golf
- A 4 ball on King Robert the Bruce, Trump Turnberry
- A 4 ball at Trump International Aberdeen



SENIORS OPEN
Thursday 25 July
PACKAGE: £199.00 PER TEAM (OF FOUR)
TEA, COFFEE, BACON ROLLS AND 1 ROUND OF GOLF ON KING ROBERT THE BRUCE
TEE TIMES FORMAT
10:00am Team Stableford
PRIZES
- 1 night stay at Trump Turnberry for two people with breakfast and a round of golf
- A 4 ball on King Robert the Bruce, Trump Turnberry
- A 4 ball at Trump International Aberdeen
LADIES OPEN
Tuesday 22 August
PACKAGE: £199.00 PER TEAM
TEAM 4 - LUNCH AND 1 ROUND OF GOLF ON KING ROBERT THE BRUCE
TEE TIMES FORMAT
11:00am Team Stableford
PRIZES:
- 1 night stay at Trump Turnberry for two people with breakfast and a round of golf
- A 4 ball on King Robert the Bruce, Trump Turnberry
- A 4 ball at Trump International Aberdeen

FROM THE TIPS TEAM EVENT
Friday 27 September
PACKAGE: £65.00 PER PERSON
TEA, COFFEE, BACON ROLLS, 1 ROUND OF GOLF ON KING ROBERT THE BRUCE WITH BALLS
TEE TIMES FORMAT
9:00am Individual Stableford
PRIZES
- 1 night stay at Trump Turnberry for two people with breakfast and a round of golf
- A 4 ball on King Robert the Bruce, Trump Turnberry



AUTUMN FESTIVAL
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October
PACKAGE: £199 PER PERSON
1 NIGHT DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST, 2 ROUNDS ON KING ROBERT THE BRUCE
TEE TIMES FORMAT
10:00am Two Man Team Event
Saturday Individual Stableford
Sunday Better Ball

PRIZES
- 2 night stay for two people and golf at Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve
- 1 night stay at Trump International, Scotland for two people with breakfast and 2 rounds of golf
- 1 night stay at Trump Turnberry, Scotland for two people with breakfast and 2 rounds of golf
- A 4 ball on the Open Championship Ailsa course

TO BOOK CALL: +44 (0) 1655 334 032
OR EMAIL: TEETIMES@TRUMPTURNBERRY.COM
Events are prepaid, CDH number required at time of booking.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ayrshire, by Top Photographer and Documentary maker Christian Hafer.

Scotland is full of golf is like saying the sun is hot but still I said it. By my count nearly 600 courses dot the landscape from small nine holers in Edinburgh to 18 holes perched on the northern most outcropping of land  in Shetland. Few places in Scotland can boast the quality of golf in such a small space as that of Ayrshire. With nearly 50, yes 50, courses to pick from and with the longest drive from the two courses furthest away only being an hour you’d be hard pressed to fit in more golf than Ayrshire. Then you have the option of taking a ferry to the Island of Arran to play golf and stay within an easy day trip of your hotel.


Royal Troon, Prestwick, Western Gailes, Turnberry are all the power players in the region. Prestwick the home of the Open Championship and one of the most quirky, fun filled and challenging courses you’ll ever play. It boggles the mind that in the mid 1800’s 8 men could play 36 with lunch in the amount of time it takes most Americans to play 18. And shoot near par with hickories. Blind shots, walls, wind, BUNKERS and some of the most incredible ground movement I’ve ever seen on a course. Did I also mention the bunkers? They are a sight to be seen like on 17 the famous Alps hole. Unchanged since it was “made” (found?) by Old Tom Morris where you tee off over the Cardinal bunker to a narrow fairway. Let the record show that Cardinal bunker is the most expansive I’ve ever seen. Your second at the Alps shot must cover a massive hill to a blind punchbowl green protected by the massively deep and angry Sahara bunker.  This is the oldest hole in Open Championship history and largely unchanged since the first playing.


While Prestwick has the quirk Royal Troon has the pedigree. It’s a stout Open Rota links course with a classic seaside links routing and immaculate conditioning. However, places like Western Gailes fly way under the radar. I was the only one in my group that knew anything about it when we turned up. As the recommendations proved it to be it would end up one of our favorite courses of the entire trip.  The out and back routing and mix of quirk and refined links set the stage for a memorable round. The 6th hole at Western may be one of my all time favorite holes. A Par five that narrows as you approach a “neck” in the fairway that obscures the view of the green. The position off the tee and on your approach is critical to attack the large sloping green. Partially blind I decided the prudent play was a 100 yard putter with the AutoCorrect  which ended up rather favorable. Or at least better than my wedge would have.  The staff and members at Gailes are extremely welcoming and accommodating. We played as five with some friends joining us for the walk on the back. 10/10 would play again.


Right next door is Dundonald Links which hosted the 2017 Scottish Open. This Kyle Phillips designed course opened in 2004 but you’d think it was found way back when golf was just starting to grow. Just across the railroad tracks from Western Gailes this links course weaves across the rather inauspicious land to create a really well routed and challenging course. The wind can dominate this courses and your aspirations quickly and with such a clever routing you’ll rarely experience the same wind for more than two holes. Jump the fence on the other side of the course and you’re  at Kilmarnock (Barassie) with it’s 27 holes of golf that boasts three different 18 hole routing and a stellar nine hole course. One of the prettiest and most challenging par threes on our trip and is the definition of a hidden gem.  Just play fast the locals don’t mess about…


GOLFING ON THE WEST COAST
The east gets the acclaim most times in reference to golfing around Scotland. The highlands are discussed in a sort of magical lore but the Western Coast is the perfect way to start or end a trip. We all know you’re going to journey to Fife - as well you should. But don’t overlook the rich history, value and amazing golf in such a small area as Ayrshire. The weather can be amazing in fact we only saw rain for about 9 holes. The sort of rain that was more a mist than anything for most of it. And golf is largely played year round in this part of Scotland making it extremely affordable during the off season.

If you’d like to learn more about the area, golf courses and where to stay I’d recommend visiting Ayrshire Golf Scotland website to get a lay of the land. As always you can shoot me a note and I’d be happy to answer any questions as best I can.


PLANNING AYRSHIRE
When planning a trip to Ayrshire I’d recommend the following. And keeping in mind that flights to Glasgow from the eastern seaboard make it accessible and way more affordable than one would think. I landed at 7am after a direct flight and was off to golf within a few short hours. If I had three days of golf in Ayrshire here’s how I’d plan my trip:

Fly into Glasgow International Airport

Stay:

Old Loans Inn

Piersland House Hotel 

Golf:

Day 1 (Knock off the Jet Lag)

Dundonald Links

OR

Kilmarnock Barassie Links

Day 2

Prestwick AM

Western Gailes PM

Day 3

Kilmarnock Barassie Links AM

Or

Dundonald AM

Royal Troon PM

Eat:

Red Lion Inn

The location where the Open Championship was born. Right across the street is now a Pharmacy that used to be Old Tom’s home. For fun ask anyone if they know that fact….

Lido

Wie Hurrie

WHATEVER YOU DO JUST GO. GET TO SCOTLAND. AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

Monday, 14 January 2019

The Official Unofficial Golf Guide to Scotland

Scotland is The Home of Golf and we invited film maker Erik Anders Lang along to make the most epic series to date.

Playing over 24 courses in 16 days throughout the whole of Scotland! Exhausting just thinking about it! The guys played courses in Ayrshire, East Lothian, Fife, Angus, Aberdeenshire, The Highlands and Perthshire on this mammoth golf trip.

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Erik had this to say "Filled with emotion to share the news that we are going to Scotland to represent the Home of Golf. A two week trip around the magical home of Braveheart is something i've wanted to do for years. It's my favourite place on earth"
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Well Erik you did not disappoint, Erik's vlogs are now live on his YouTube page and will be filling you with content until many weeks to come.







Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Old Loans Inn named best small golf hotel in Scotland

The Old Loans Inn continues to fly the flag for Ayrshire after being named Small Hotel of the Year for the second successive year, while The Gailes Hotel was also shortlisted at the 2018 Scottish Golf Tourism awards in St Andrews.

The glittering awards ceremony took place at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews where renowned golf broadcaster Dougie Donnelly hosted the event supported by VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise and PSP Media Group. 

Over 90 tour operators and buyers worldwide arrived in Scotland to learn, experience and sample what Scotland has to offer by way of connecting with golf, accommodation 
and other providers within the industry.

A two-day series of networking events then took place, including golf’s equivalent of speed-dating with over 4,000 Business to Business (B2B) meetings between Scottish suppliers like SimpsInns and the Old Loans Inn plus Scottish and international tour operators, helping to drive business to Scotland and Ayrshire.



The week concluded with a black-tie gala dinner for almost 500 guests and when the lights went down it wasn’t long before the drama unfolded. In the first award to be announced, the Old Loans Inn was named Small Hotel of the Year for the second successive year.

“I can’t believe we’ve won again, this is a wonderful acknowledgement to all the hard work George (Paton) and his team put in at the Old Loans Inn to make sure all our guests are so well looked after,” explained SimpsInns owner Malcolm Simpson after receiving the award.

“We won this award 12 months ago and to win again makes it very special, especially as the votes came from the general public. We know we have a fantastic product and all of our hotels are so close to the many championship courses within Ayrshire. The Old Loans Inn is just minutes from the first tee at Royal Troon and we have a great working relationship with all the courses in the area.

“To come away with this prestigious award is very special, knowing that we were up against such strong competition.”

The Old Loans Inn’s sister property, The Gailes Hotel, was also shortlisted in the Hotel of the Year category that was won by Murrayshall Country House Hotel.

The Scottish golf tourism industry is looking to grow the sector from £286 million in 2016 to £300 million by 2020.

Malcolm Roughhead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “I’m delighted to see award winners right across the country, which goes to underline the outstanding strength in depth of the Scottish golf tourism product.”