A new air service specifically for golfers flying to some of Scotland and Ireland's most remote courses is ready for take-off.
Golf Links Express, an off-shoot of the award winning Loch Lomond Seaplanes, will open up some of the finest courses to thousands of time-pressed enthusiasts from around the world.
The new airline will operate primarily out of Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire flying golfers to the likes of Machrihanish in Kintyre, Machrie on Islay, Loch Lomond and Lough Erne as well as other courses spread throughout the west coast highlands and islands.
Hours of travelling between some of the country’s most spectacular golf destinations will be reduced to minutes by the amphibious on-demand service which is capable of transporting up to nine golfers and their equipment on board a Cessna 208 aircraft.
“We’ve already had bookings from golfers as far a field as the US, Scandinavia, Ireland, England and Scotland for next year,” said David West, founder of both Loch Lomond Seaplanes and Golf Links Express.
“Prestwick International Airport already welcomes tens of thousands of golfers every year but many rarely venture further than Ayrshire because of the travel time by road. Now they can access some of the best links courses in the world within minutes.
“Golf Links Express will be able to carry up to nine golfers and their clubs from Prestwick to Isla in around 25 minutes, on to Machrihanish in 15 minutes then to Loch Lomond in another 25 minutes. That’s three fantastic locations across Scotland that would usually take a whole day's travel to reach by car,” said West.
It is estimated that golf tourism is worth at least £300 million a year to the Scottish economy as golfers spend, on average, more than other tourists. For every £1 spent on a green fee a further £5 is spent elsewhere in the economy.The new Golf Links Express will operate several flights per day, subject to demand, with prices starting from £79 one way.
“This is a very exciting development connecting Irish and Scottish golf which will give players from around the world the chance to experience the best that both countries have to offer,” said Jim Treacy, owner of Lough Erne Golf Resort.
According to Brian Keating, founder of Machrihanish Dunes golf course and The Ayrshire, which is being built on the links near Irvine Bay, the airline opens up tremendous possibilities for changing golf tourism in Scotland.
“The Golf Links Express is just what Scotland needs. There are more than a quarter of a million golfers arriving in Ayrshire every year and this service will enable them to experience more of what Scottish golf has to offer and spread the value of those visitors throughout the economy.
“Scotland and Ireland have some of the best golf courses in the world and now it is possible to play somewhere like Machrihanish in the morning and be walking on to the greens at Lough Erne in Ireland little more than 25 minutes after leaving Kintyre.”
For more information please contact Golf Links Express on 01436 675030 or visit www.lochlomondseaplanes.com
Contact: Golf Links Express
Phone: 01436 675030