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Icon Golf Scotland Quest 2020 
April 24 - May 2


 
Dear <<First Name>>,

You are confirmed for perhaps Icon Golf's biggest adventure yet, our 2020 Scotland Quest! We are so excited to have you as a part of this vacation and look forward to an amazing time as we "check off" some serious bucket list items over the course of the trip.  We will continue to plan between now and the travel dates, but please reach out if you have any questions, recommendations, or needs prior. 

Please see below for the current details and agenda for Scotland Quest 20.

Members Attending

  • Tutwiler, Steve & Ingrid
  • Alejos, Rich & Melissa
  • Brown, Dave & Sandy
  • Scope, Paul
  • Winders, Dala & Stan Koslowsky
  • Colby, Dave & Donna
  • McPhail, Lou & Jon Morgan
  • Douglass, Steven & Andraea
 
  • Overman, Karl & Sue
  • Stebbins, Don & Melissa
  • Medalie, Seth & Leslie
  • Hunt, Carl & Doris
  • Budde, Kevin & Robin
  • Lucey, Pat & Julie Conti
  • Anemone, Rich & Maria
  • Goodsell, Jeff & Paul Stankowski

Golf Courses to be Played


Jubilee Course @ St. Andrews Links 
The third championship course at the Home of Golf, the Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging course on the famous Links. Built in 1897, it was originally intended for use by ladies and beginners; however, after seeing its prime golfing location between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was converted to a championship layout in 1988.
 

Carnoustie Golf Links
The Championship Course has hosted eight Open Championships, one Women’s British Open and two Seniors Open making it one of the very few to have done so in the UK. It is one of the three courses used for the annual Dunhill Links, the others being Kingsbarns and the Old Course in St Andrews and in 2018 The Open Championship returned to the course, where Francisco Molinari took the title of "Champion Golf of the Year."
 

The Old Course @ St. Andrews Links
The Old Course at St Andrews is considered the oldest golf course in the world and commonly known as 'The Cathedral of Golf." It is a public course over common land in St. Andrews, Scotland and is held in trust by The St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews club house sits adjacent to the first tee. The Old Course is also home of The Road Hole, the par-4 17th, one of the world's most famous golf holes and perhaps the hardest hole in tournament golf.

 

Trump International Scotland
The golf course follows a classic pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All 18 holes thread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising here to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging there into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topographies, landscapes, alternating between spaciousness and enclosure, then panoramic view, and the whole time a rich texture of vegetation and wildlife habitats surrounding the golf holes. The landscape framework of the site comes close to an ideal. There is nothing missing and the layout contains no weak holes. It simply could be the most dramatic, stimulating, invigorating stretch of golf anywhere.

 

Kingsbarns
Kingsbarns Golf Links is situated seven miles from St Andrews along 1.8 miles of picturesque North Sea coastline, where each hole embraces the sea. In addition to enjoying our Worldwide Top 100 ranked course, we hope lifelong memories of our comfortable, friendly and attentive service complete the “Kingsbarns Experience”. Kingsbarns co-hosts the annual European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship together with the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie Golf Links. In 2017 Kingsbarns hosted The Ricoh Women’s British Open.
 


Gleneagles (King's Course)

The King's Course, opened in 1919, is a masterpiece of golf course design, which has tested the aristocracy of golf, both professional and amateur. James Braid's plan for the King's Course was to test even the best players' shot-making skills over the eighteen holes. You find out all about it with your first approach shot. If you have driven straight and long from the tee, you will have what looks like a simple pitch to the elevated green. But you must be sure to select the correct club, because the shot is always a little longer than you think, with the wind over the putting surface often stronger than you can feel it from the fairway. And if you do not make the severely sloping green, a bunker yawns twenty feet below. Selecting the right club for each approach shot is the secret on the King's. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and exhilarating places to play golf in the world, with the springy moorland turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon.

 

Accommodations

The first two nights of the Quest will be spent at Gleneagles, widely regarded as the top hotel in the entire UK. When Gleneagles first opened its doors in 1924, this magnificent countryside estate in the heart of Scotland was described as a “riviera in the Highlands”. Today, as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Gleneagles continues to offer an unrivaled array of attractions, including luxury hotel accommodation, a range of bespoke suites, three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars. For the two nights of our stay, members will be treated to an upgraded room (either the Estate or Sovereign).

For the final six nights of the Quest, members will be relaxing in suites overlooking the famed Old Course at St. Andrews at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa. Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses and the West Sands Beach. This prestigious AA Five Red Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognized as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, it’s a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.  

 

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 24

All Day
Arrival Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

Requires Thursday departure from the States
Transfer to Gleneagles Resort by private driver

Afternoon
Utilize the driving range and practice areas
Visit the Gleneagles Spa
Relax


Evening

Welcome reception & dinner at Gleneagles Resort

Saturday, April 25


Morning
Full Scottish breakfast at hotel
Private transport to golf


10:00 AM

Tee times at the King's Course (Gleneagles)

Evening
Icon Golf group dinner at Gleneagles Resort (Drawing Room)

Sunday, April 26

Morning
Full Scottish breakfast at hotel
Check out of Gleneagles Resort
Private transport to Old Course Hotel
Private transport to golf


1:00 PM
Tee times at Kingsbarns

Evening

Icon Golf group dinner at Jigger Inn

Monday, April 27

Morning
Full Scottish breakfast at hotel
Private transport to golf (bring change of clothes for dinner)


10:10 AM
Tee times at Carnoustie

Afternoon

Private transport for non-golfers to dinner at Carnoustie

Evening
Icon Golf group dinner at Rookery Restaurant (Carnoustie)

Tuesday, April 28


Morning
Full Scottish breakfast at hotel
Private transport to golf

1:00 PM
Tee times at Trump Aberdeen


Evening
Open Night

Wednesday, April 29

Morning
Full Scottish breakfast at hotel


All Day

No golf or activities planned - Open day to relax
Private motor coach available for sightseeing

Evening
Open Night

Thursday, April 30


Morning
Full Scottish breakfast at hotel

10:00 AM
Tee times at Old Course (St. Andrew's)
Tee times at Jubilee (St. Andrew's)


Evening

Private group whisky tasting at Old Course Hotel


Friday, May 1


Morning
Full Scottish breakfast at hotel

9:40 AM
Tee times at Old Course (St. Andrew's)
Tee times at Jubilee (St. Andrew's)


Evening
Icon Golf group private closing reception & dinner at Old Course Hotel (Conservatory)

Saturday, May 2

Morning
Full Scottish breakfast at hotel
Check out of Old Course Hotel
Private transport to Edinburgh Airport

What's Included

  • 8 nights five-star accommodations in premier rooms or suites
    • 6 nights at Old Course Hotel
    • 2 nights at Gleneagles Resort
  • 6 rounds of golf (note, caddie fees and gratuity are not included)
  • 50-minute spa treatment at Old Course Hotel for each attendee
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • Five Icon Golf group dinners (alcohol included)
  • On-site dedicated concierge
  • Private group whisky tasting
  • Trip gifts from Icon Golf
  • Chauffered transfers for entire trip
  • Pre-arranged sightseeing tours for non-golfers

Items to Plan and Feedback Needed 

Here are some things to start thinking about to ensure we plan the perfect vacation for you:
 
  1. Book your flights into Edinburgh Airport (EDI); arrive in time for a very casual welcome reception during the evening of Friday, April 24th (ground transport will be pre-arranged)
  2. Should you wish to arrive a day early (Thursday, April 23rd), we can secure a hotel room at Gleneagles for you at an additional preferred rate of $585 per night.  Please let us know if you would like to adjust your reservations accordingly.
  3. We have six rounds of golf in seven days.  There is an "off day" in the middle of the trip to allow for a day of rest or sightseeing.  If you know there is a certain round you will be skipping, please let us know so we can adjust the tee times accordingly and perhaps arrange spa, food, or sightseeing for you in lieu of golf.
  4. For the non-golfers in the group, our goal is to fill the agenda with as much or as little as you would like (at an equivalent cost of the golf).  Feel free to research what you would like to do or perhaps consider some of the following (note, some of the activities listed require various commute times):
 
  • Additional spa treatments at Gleneagles or Old Course Hotel
  • Boutique lunches or tastings
  • Shopping
  • Edinburgh Castle / Royal Mile
  • Loch Lomond
  • Loch Ness
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides
  • Stirling Castle
  • Crathe's Castle
  • Glamis Castle
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Edinburgh Dungeon 
  • Rosslyn Chapel
  • St. Machar's Cathedral
  • Courses for Cooks - private cooking class
  • Gin-making experience
  • Walking tour of St. Andrew's
  • V&A Museum Dundee
  • Forth Sea & Train Adventure
  • Falkland Palace
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Dolphin spotting cruise

If you are NOT playing golf (or plan on skipping a round or two) please send me your thoughts on activities (and preferred days/times) and we will start to construct an agenda that works for all.  Also, as we get closer to the travel dates, we will solicit your opinions on golf pairings; do you want to play with your spouse every day? Are you OK with all-male or all-female parings for some of the days? Do you want to play with friends you know or new people?
 
There will be other things that come up between now and April, but we will stay in touch periodically to keep shaping the Quest to your liking.  We are so excited to share this with you and look forward to creating life-long memories. And, please reach out anytime with questions or feedback.  We want to make this an incredible vacation for everyone attending!  Lastly, as you know, we have a 50% non-refundable deposit for each of you.  As an FYI, the remaining balance will be collected on your February 2020 Icon statement.

 
Cheers,

Jeff & Paul


 
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