LUXURY travel specialists tour-scotland.co.uk has launched an executive service especially for golfers keen to experience some of the country's best courses in style.
The Glasgow-based chauffeur company announced the new service at Coodham House, the former home of golfing pioneer James Ogilvy Fairlie, founder of the first ever Golf Open Championship and creator of Prestwick Golf Course, which lies adjacent to Prestwick International airport.
Around 250,000 Scandinavians arrive in Scotland through Prestwick every year to to play some of the most famous and challenging links courses in the world and contribute around £39million a year to the national economy.
“If St Andrews is the home of golf then Ayrshire is surely the heart of golf,” said Douglas Macdonald of tour-scotland.co.uk.
“Every year thousands of golfers arrive in the country from Scandinavia, China, Russia and the USA especially, all eager to play world famous courses such as Turnberry, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, St Andrews and others. Many are in the country for only a few days and want to make the most of the experience.
“Our service allows a party of golfers to relax, enjoy the scenery and get driven around in style and comfort to some of the best courses in the country. Why would anybody want the stress of driving themselves around unfamiliar countryside or trying to negotiate public transport when it can all be taken care of by us?”
Of all the Scandinavian countries, Sweden is Scotland's most valuable market in terms of visitor numbers as many are drawn by a keen interest in golf and whisky.
However China is fast becoming an important market with 50 per cent increase in visitor numbers between 2003 and 2007, injecting more than £21million into the Scottish economy in the process.
“Inquiries for chauffeur driven golf tours among English and American visitors have been popular for some time but in the last few months we have seen a lot more bookings from Scandinavian, Chinese and Indian visitors,” said Douglas.
“Coodham House was the ideal place to launch such a dedicated service as it is right in the middle of the heart of Scotland's golfing country and many of the visitors we deal with are fascinated by the history of the game.”
Coodham House has recently been rebuilt and divided into luxury apartments for sale at prices ranging from £330,000 to £750,000. It was here that Fairlie and his friend Old Tom Morris planned the Prestwick course and the first Open Championship.
“We always point out the house to visitors as the majority like coming to Scotland for the history as much as the golf. A place like Coodham, with its strong links to the game and connections with famous characters such as Old Tom and James Fairlie, is always of interest,” said Douglas.
tour-scotland.co.uk offers personalised limousine tours to many of Scotland's top golf courses, including Carnoustie, Gullane, Kingsbarnes, Loch Lomond, Musselburgh, Royal Troon, St Andrews, Turnberry and Machrihanish Dunes with prices for a luxury Mercedes car carrying four golfers, plus luggage and clubs from £85.00.
Contact: Douglas Macdonald
Phone: 0141 280 0217 or 07523 401040