Tuesday, 18 December 2018

All I want for Christmas is...

With the countdown to Christmas moving along this week and Mariah Carey's 1994 Christmas hit playing on repeat, we surveyed the office to find out what the gang would want for Christmas this year. This is what they said.

All I want for Christmas is...

"To improve those pesky four-foot putts."

"To get my fifth hole in one. Yes, fifth. One of them was a par 4, 289 yards at the 13th hole at Auchterarder Golf Club."

“A private lesson from Natalie Gulbis. I was fortunate enough to be a referee for her at the 2006 Women's Open and it was a delight meeting her."

"To play abroad somewhere exotic like the Maldives and then rest my head at one of those water villas to relax in after."

"A new pair of tailor-made clubs. It's really hard to move to new clubs, but I am ready."

"Four tickets to the US Masters. I would bring three of my best pals to Augusta followed by a week in Florida to golf some of their finest courses."

"To find the perfect pro. After working with EG&L, I am determined to learn to golf."

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Meet Cameron: The newest member of the Executive Golf and Leisure Team

When asked to describe his mantra in three words, Cameron Long, an expert in events management in the hospitality, golf and leisure industry for 26 years, said "try anything once" and it appears as if he has. Between his experience facing a near-death experience skiing through the Swiss Alps and braving his way through a (successful) shark cage diving expedition in New Zealand, Cameron is not the type to turn any exciting opportunity down.

His experience working at Gleneagles, the 5-star luxury hotel, spa and golf resort as the Events Manager has exposed him to additional highlights in his life. During his career, he has managed hundreds of corporate golf events including being the event manager for the US team during the Ryder Cup in 2014 and leading daily meetings with Tom Watson and his team. Yet, the journey to becoming the high-end resort's Event Manager had a number of stops along the way.

Cameron spent the early part of his life working as a tailor in London for 6 months. Not totally convinced of the city slicker lifestyle, the country boy from New Lanarkshire made his moves back home to Scotland after a few years where he ended up working his way through various roles at Gleneagles including bartending at "The American Bar" to joining the valet and even housekeeping teams. It was not until the director of golf took notice of his impassioned golf talent and love for the game until Cameron started his journey working in golf and leisure management.

In our interview, he revealed that he has spent the last 41 years trying to master golf and is only beginning to realise that he may have wasted a lot of time. Nevertheless, when asked how to describe himself in a hashtag it has to be #golfmad. He has been a member of the Auchterarder Golf Club for over 40 years, currently playing off a 5 handicap. Now, he looks forward to learning something new every day as our newest Corporate and Events Specialist where he can apply his problem-solving skills, and calm demeanour to his new role with us. He told us that he is an avid juggler in secret, another fantastic skill to have when working in this industry. We look forward to working with Cameron on a number of corporate and private events through the years.

What to do when visiting St. Andrews in 2019

Visitors to St. Andrews are spoiled for choice when it comes to discovering things to do when they visit the historic town. Here are just a few of the things a visitor can sample during their time in the “Auld Grey Toun":

1. Soak up the rich and diverse history of the town itself:

Take a tour of the St. Andrews Cathedral, dating back to 1158, or breathe in the majesty of the 13th century St. Andrews Castle.

2. Explore the Town’s Museums:

Learn the history and origins of the game of golf, with over 500 years of golfing history during a tour of The British Golf Museum, or immerse yourself in the historic academic history of St. Andrews as you wander through the Museum of St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest University – founded in 1413.

St Andrews Cathedral

3. A Haven for Beer,  Whisky & Gin Lovers:

Why not sample the delights of the Kingsbarns Distillery or Eden Mill and treat yourself to a well deserved tipple…

4. Take in the beauty of St. Andrews:

Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic West Sands, watch the boats come and go in St. Andrews Harbour, or witness the vibrant smells and colours of the Botanic Gardens.

Why not do all of this whilst on go golfing break, playing some of the world’s most famous golf courses?

2019 International Pairs Championship, St Andrews

International Pairs Championship, St. Andrews

This October you can come to St. Andrews and play the host venue of last year’s Open Championship - Carnoustie Championship Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links – host venue of the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open, and the home of golf itself – The Old Course, St. Andrews, as a participant in the inaugural Executive Golf & Leisure International Pairs Championship.

Full details are available on the Executive Golf & Leisure website, please click the link below:
International Pairs Championship Details

Come and play in in a fun and exciting Pairs Championship and see everything that St. Andrews has to offer…

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Private Advance Old Course Tee Times 2019 Open Now until 5th of September, 2018

2019 Old Course Tee Times applications are open now until the 5th of September, 12:00 a.m. (British Summer Time).

Once all applications have been received a Ballot (lottery) will be drawn for each category to determine the order of allocation. Applicants will receive an email confirming whether or not their advanced application was successful or unsuccessful by mid October, 2018.

Free to apply. Apply now for your chance to golf the Old Course in 2019.


Accepted or not, it's a Win Win!

Successful Old Course Tee Time Applicants:

Yay, you made it! Now what?

Once you have been successful, our luxury travel consultants can help you build your dream golf tour of St Andrews. Our team will support you with the finest accommodation closest to the course, ground or private air transportation, dinner reservations, caddie requests, spa reservations, sightseeing suggestions and more!

Build Your Dream Vacation to St Andrews Now and make your Old Course golfing dream a reality in 2019.

For unsuccessful applicants:

Fret not, you still have options!

You can still golf the Old Course! As an authorised provider, we are one of the few golf tour operators who have access to guaranteed tee times on the much coveted Old Course in St Andrews. We have a range of packages for you to choose from. Or, we can help assist you with booking one of the many other prestigious courses Scotland has to offer.

View our Packages and Guaranteed Tee Times here.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The Home of Golf: 3 Reasons Why You Should Play the Old Course St Andrews in October

The Old Course St. Andrews, otherwise referred to as ‘The Home of Golf’ is a course full of history and prestige. The Old Course was founded in 1764 (18 holes) and was designed by both Mother Nature and Daw Anderson, Dr Alister MacKenzie and the great Old Tom Morris. The Old Course originally consisted of twenty-two holes, eleven out and eleven back. The player would tee up 2 club lengths away from the previous hole making use of a pile of sand to tee up the ball. It was not until 1764, the Society of St Andrews Golfers, which later became the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, decided that some holes were too short and combined them. This reduced the course to eighteen holes and created what became the standard round of golf throughout the world.

All avid golfers should make the pilgrimage to golf these special links at least once in their lifetime. While it is one thing wanting to play here, getting an impromptu tee time is a difficult task. Tee times fill up fast during the May-September months to golf the world’s most famous golf links. For golfers eager to experience the Old Course St Andrews, sometimes the off-season is your only option.

Here are our top three reasons why you should play the Old Course St Andrews this October:

1. More availability 

Ask anyone who has golfed The Old Course during the height of Scottish summer and they will tell you that it is packed. Finding a spare tee time is comparable to finding the holy grail and you can forget about do-overs if you show up late. Golfing in October allows you to beat the crowds and enjoy more rounds of golf due to increased availability.

Many of our customers have a much more enjoyable golf experience on the Old Course during the quieter periods because they can play at their own pace. As an added bonus, off-season rates are lower, so you can reallocate your budget to seeing more of the magnificent sights and attractions Scotland has to offer, such as touring the renowned Edinburgh Castle, dining in one of our many 5-Star restaurants and taking a private helicopter tour over to the Macallan distillery or overhead of some of our natural beauties such as the Isle of Skye, Isla and Loch Ness.

2. The condition of the course is just the same as it is during the high season

Golf has been played over these links for hundreds of years rain or shine. By October, the Old Course has grown through the summer and is still uncut before winter course maintenance commences. The course conditions are actually just as outstanding in October as it is during the high season months. 

For Scotland, unpredictable weather can occur anytime throughout the year. As long as the occasional rain spell does not scare you off, there is no reason why you should miss out on a chance to golf the Old Course in October. It is definitely an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

Left: Huey Lewis, Tico Torres, Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia pose for a photo on the Swilken Bridge on the 18th hole, Old Course St Andrews, Scotland. Top right: Samuel L. Jackson. Bottom right: Hugh Grant. Both golfing at past Dunhill Championships. Images sourced from Zimbio.

3. You can follow the footsteps of Hollywood stars and the best golfers in the world

Did you know that The Open Championship was first played on the Old Course at St. Andrews in 1873 and is the oldest major golf championship? The Old Course has hosted this major 29 times since 1873, most recently in 2015 and has hosted as one of the three rotation courses for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship every year since 2001. The Dunhill Championship has been deemed one of the richest golf tournaments on the European Tour and is played on The Old Course at St Andrews, Carnousite Golf Links (where the 2018 Open Championship was hosted) and Kingsbarns Golf Links. The Championship takes place on the 4th until the 7th of October 2018 during the off-season this year and has attracted Hollywood stars such as Samuel L Jackson, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant and Kevin Costner over the years.

In a way, golfing the Old Course after Dunhill is pretty much our Scottish equivalent of the Hollywood walk of fame, except golfers from around the world come to fall in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest players. Some of the previous winners include Tyrrel Hatton who won the last two years (2016 and 2017), Martin Kaymer, a two-time major champion, and Padraig Harrington, two time Dunhill winner and three time major champion. Famous Scots such as Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie have also taken home the lucrative $5 Million Dollar Prize. Bottom line if you have got the chance to golf the old course any time you can you should because it is a once lifetime experience for any genuine golfer.

One of our clients even said: “I have dreamed of playing golf in Scotland for many years and it was everything I had imagined and more. Everything was first class all the way. I can’t wait to go back again.” – Steve Abelman, Hampshire Greens Golf Club, Maryland


We hope you enjoyed our three reasons why you should play the Old Course St Andrews in October blog. If you are looking to fulfill your bucket list tour to St Andrews, Executive Golf & Leisure still have some availability in the month of October 2018 with some fantastic packages to choose from, see below for details starting from only £769!

Our team of experienced golf tour coordinators are all golf enthusiasts and between them and have first-hand knowledge of your desired courses. Leave the hard work of creating your tour to us and all you have to do is to practice your putts and look forward to your golf tour.

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