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line Q. How do I reach Scotland?
  A. There are direct flights to Glasgow or Edinburgh from Calgary, Newark, Orlando, Phillidelphia, Toronto and Vancouver and from almost every European country. American, Continental, flyglobespan and airtransat from North America and Ryanair and Easyjet from Europe.
line Q. Do many courses close in the Winter?
  A. Courses inland and especially in the North, may be closed at times thrrough the Winter, because of frost or waterlogging and some members of those courses will take out "country membership" on a course on the East course, which invariably stay open all year round. These links courses are the courses Scotland is famous for and attract most of our visitors. It is safe to say a tour can be arranaged to Scotland at any time and great courses will be available for you to play.
line Q. Is there any time better than others to travel to Scotland?
  A. In the Winter, days are short, with as few as seven hours of daylight in the South, as low as six in the North. In the Summer months, conversely, daylight lasts from about 4 in the morning to as late as 11 at night, depending where and when you are. The best sunny days are generally in May, June and September. It can be very cold and wet in the Winter and combined with short days, it is definitely not the best time to visit. On the other hand, courses are less expensive to play and tee times are far more readily available. The busiest time to visit is July and August when schools are on vacation, so locals are often on vacation and playing golf and there are more visitors from overseas. These are the hardest time to book tee times. The key is to book and plan your trip early. Then it should not matter what time of year you come, you will be able to choose the courses you want to play and book on them.
For the best combination of hotel prices, tee time availability, weather and hours of daylight, April to June and September/October are the months.
line Q. Why are there so many American golfers at all the top Scottish golf courses?
  A. Our top courses are such good challenges and everybody visiting wants to play the "name courses". However, if you want to play other excellent courses, taking "the road less travelled", we can recommend and book some truly great courses, which, not being "name courses", will cost a lot less and give equally as much enjoyment. Why not mix and match some "names" with some less known courses?
line Q. Is it possible to play two courses a day?
  A. Yes. Whether you will still want to be doing it after you have fought the wind and rain on a particularly bad day on a Scottish links course, is another question. While we appreciate many golfers are coming for golf and nothing else, Scotland is beautiful, with many historical, cultural and scenic attractions and it is sometimes nice to vary your day. Why not book one course a day and if you want more, it will usually be fairly easy to arrange another 18 holes when you are here.
line Q. Will I need any special clothes to deal with Scottish weather?
  A. Absolutely not. Your normal golf clothes, with wet weather gear and golf shoes will do you fine. Maybe a sweater or a fleece for any cool evenings
line Q. Do I need to bring a jacket or tie?
  A. No, not if you don't want to. One or two restaurants in certain hotels may require you to wear a jacket, or a tie, but these days, it is very unusual. For every place that has the requirement, there are 250 that do not. As with most golf clubhouses, some restaurants like you to be reasonably tidy and smart, but golf trousers, shirts, polos, sweaters etc., are usually sufficiently tidy for anywhere. One or two exceptions quite often apply - people wearing denim, sports shoes, untailored shorts, or collarless shirts (T-s) will often be denied entrance to clubhouses or smart restaurants.
line Q. How easy is it to arrange a game with a local?
  A. This can be done at many clubs. All we need to do is apply early enough and it should work out. If you apply via the Ballot, to play St. Andrews Old Course, as a single or pair, there is a good chance you will be matched with either locals or people from around the world.
line Q. What is The Ballot?
  A. Approximately 40% of all tee times on the St. Andrews Old Course are allocated on The Ballot. To book a tee time, you have to be doing it at least a year in advance, especially for the busy months. A certain number of tee times are available through local hotels as part of packages, or as part of a package from the more expensive golf tour companies. It is a very expensive way of ensuring you play the Old Course. As The Ballot is drawn every day for tee times the following day, you need to be available to play at short notice. What we recommend is to book two or three games in the area, on other courses and also enter The Ballot. Some courses only charge you a small deposit, so if you are successful on The Ballot, you won't lose much money. We would advise you on those.
line Q. What is the best way to get on the Old Course at St. Andrews?
  A. Move to St. Andrews and become a resident. Residents of the town, pay the same as you pay for a round, to be able to play all the courses in St. Andrews, all year round.
line Q. Anything else I should know about the Old Course?
  A. Yes. The Old Course is closed on Sundays. This is some kind of a municipal byelaw. The courses are owned by the local council on behalf of the residents, and as St. Andrews is the centre of the church in Scotland, Sunday observance means the course is closed. It is interesting to watch locals walking their dogs on golf's most famous course. Even when the course is in use, it is possible to drive straight across the 1st/18th fairways on a public road. I do it every time I am there. I mean, why wouldn't you? I get to have a drive on the 1st and the 18th holes on the Old Course, without paying any money!
line Q. If we self-drive, can we be supplied with Satnav systems?
  A. Yes. Vehicles booked thorugh us can come with satnav for a small charge
line Q. What size of vehicle would we need if we are self-driving?
  A. This depends on how many of you are coming. Vehicles in the UK are generally smaller than North America, but mostly the same size as European vehicles. One of the problems can be the airline outer case taking up a lot of room. Soft outer cases are easiest, but if you have a hard outer case (coffins we call them!), it might be tricky to fit them into anything smaller than a Mercedes Vito. If there are two of you, you probably don't want to book an 8-seater van. It is a perfect size of vehicle for four or even six golfers and has a LOAD of luggage AND people space. For two people, perhaps take an estate wagon and if necessary, you can lower the rear seats and expand your luggage space.
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