Friday, 29 May 2015

Guest post by Luggage Forward

Planning Your Scotland Golf Trip

Guest post by Luggage Forward

Ayrshire Scotland is one of the most popular golfing destinations in the entire world. This region of Scotland is filled with beautiful courses including 5 of the UK’s top 100 courses and is the birthplace of The Open. Every year around this time, travelers from all over the world come to experience the courses, many staying 10 nights or longer.

While Scotland is an amazing destination to golf, there are many things to consider during the planning process. Having been golfing in Ayrshire many times, we provided a few tips for planning your trip and ways to make it more enjoyable.

Visit in early June or September. Ayrshire’s peak months are May-October. However, if you are looking for a fewer crowds - and we emphasize fewer because it will still be very busy - we recommend going in June or September. However, no matter which of these months you are going, we recommend bringing some cold-weather clothing as well as rain gear. If you are traveling in Late August or early September, we also recommend taking a day away from golf to experience the Edinburgh Festival.

Ship golf clubs and luggage ahead. Don’t haul heavy luggage and gear through the airport or worry about the airlines losing them – especially if you are having a connection through Heathrow. Out of all the airports in the world, Heathrow has one of the highest rates of lost luggage! Along with this, if you are planning on renting a car, your luggage and golf clubs may not fit. You can ship golf clubs to Scotland with Luggage Forward and make your trip a lot easier. Luggage Forward will pick up your golf clubs and luggage at your home and deliver them to your final destination whether that is a hotel or golf course. At the end of your trip you can send them home.

Do research. Unlike in America, very few Scottish golf courses offer golf carts. If you are physically unable to walk an entire course, research or use a travel planner to see which courses do offer carts. Another option is hiring a caddie.

Book early and buy golf passes! If you are planning on playing a few rounds of golf at different courses, look into Ayrshire Golf Scotland’s golf passes. These passes offer discounts and deals for players looking to experience more than one course.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Blairquhan Castle awarded a 5 Star rating!

We are delighted to announce that Ayrshire Golf Scotland founder member, Blairquhan Castle has been awarded 5 star status by Visit Scotland in the Exclusive Use Venue category recently. This reward is highly regarded within the Scottish tourism industry and is a true affirmation of the superb facilities and high service standard Blairquhan has been offering to their guest.

Whether you are organising a corporate event including some golf in the area, a private golfing trip with friends or simply just a day meeting or private dining, Blairquhan is the ideal venue for any golfers looking to play on Ayrshire's famous courses. Situated very close to Turnberry and is less than 30 minutes from Prestwick and Royal Troon Golf Clubs. Get in touch directly with Blairquhan to arrange a show round and discuss all your events needs with one of their friendly and helpful staff on 01655 770239 or email

Please note that the 5 star status is awarded to Blairquhan Castle as an Exclusive Use Venue, not on any of their holiday cottages on the estate which are self-catering properties.

Check out Blairquhan Castle here

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Fam trip to Ayrshire

Ayrshire Golf Scotland welcomed it's first group fam trip of 2015 last week. With both Golf Tour Operators and Golf Media from Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and Holland coming to sample our warm hospitality and fantastic golf courses.

Day one saw them arriving at the 4 star Carlton Hotel in Prestwick where they would enjoy the comforts of this modern hotel for the next 4 days. Golf on day one was at The Irvine Golf Club where battle commenced in bright but breezy conditions. The course was in brilliant condition and was very popular among the fam trip attendees, a true hidden gem! Evening entertainment was at Elliots restaurant in Prestwick where our guest where treated to a 3 course golfers meal in the cool and modern comforts of this buzzworks holdings venue.

Day two and Dundonald Links was today's golf course of choice. Cold and breezy and playing long and tough, didn't put anyone off completing and enjoying their rounds at the host of this years Ladies Scottish Open. An afternoon of Whisky tasting at AD Rattrays Whisky Experience was the perfect way to warm up after a day on the Links. Dinner and a showround at The Gailes Hotel was well received that evening with many of our European guests enjoying some Ayrshire Produce on the menu.

Day Three and the sun was out and the wind was just a flicker and golf at Belleisle Park was today's test. A delightful 18 holes in beautiful parkland setting was needed and with the new one seater golf buggies on hand, a nice relaxed round was had. Couple of coffee's and Scone's later and it was time to head over just a short distance away to Robert Burns Cottage where the group was met by Tam o' Shanter and a piper who piped the group to their Haggis, Neeps and Tattie dinner. A toast to the Baird followed by a rendition of 'Auld Langs Syne' couldn't have been a better way to finish the day.

An early rise on the final day and Trump Turnberry's Ailsa course set the seen for Duel in the sun part two! Media and Operators where shown all the hole changes during their round and had the opportunity to stand on some of the new tee box positions to experience first hand the 'Golf Theater' that will be created on this famous iconic links course in Ayrshire.

Ayrshire & Arran have made some new friends and we are sure their clients will join us for golf and a lot more sooner rather than later.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Links Golf Cup is coming to Ayrshire....

Following the resounding success of their East Lothian event which now enters its 4th year, the organisers of Links Golf Cup have launched a brand new amateur tournament for 2015 in Ayrshire. Beginning on September 14, the Links Golf Cup will be a week long 72 hole Stableford competition played over Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, Barassie Links and Prestwick St Nicholas.

Online registration and further details are now available at where the first 30 entrants can take advantage of a discounted entry fee of just £245. There will be some great prizes up fro grabs, both individual and teams, including the Teeuplo par 3 challenge which runs alongside the main event and see competitors totaling their score at the 8 selected par 3's over the week. 

Guy Redford, Director of Golf at final round venue Dundonald Links, said "Ayrshire is home to some first class golf courses and is known throughout the world as the Birthplace of The Open having staged the first championship at Prestwick in 1860. I am delighted that the Links Golf Cup will be coming to our region in September and i look forward to welcoming the competitors to Dundonald Links for their final round".

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