British Open - 2008October 02, 2007
David Brice, Golf International, Inc.Royal Birkdale, England's top ranked layout is an ominous test of golf slated to host the 2008 British Open
With this year's summer vacation a fast fading memory, many are already turning their thoughts toward next year's family escape and the perennial problem of trying to select a vacation that is going to please everyone. Typically and perhaps understandably, golf is rarely a part of the equation used in solving the annual vacation puzzle, especially if there are non-golfers involved. Sacrificing your own desires for those of the majority just seems to be the fair and honorable thing to do.
With a little creative thinking, there are ways where you can please everyone, yourself included and all with no compromises either for those who play golf or the folks who are literally bored to tears by the game. If this sounds too good to be true, read on - just be prepared to be converted. Proving the fact, vacation specialist, Golf International, has designed an escorted motor coach tour for 2008 that caters admirably to both golfers and non-golfers alike.
Focused around the 2008 British Open taking place at England's prestigious Royal Birkdale Golf Club next July, the trip starts off in Scotland, with a three-night stay in St. Andrews. Not only is this the place where golf was born more than 600 years ago, but it's also one of Scotland's most charming and historic towns. It was the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland during medieval times -- it's also home to Scotland's oldest university and has a rich and colorful history surrounding the Scots fight for independence from the English crown.
While the sightseers are being guided around St. Andrews, nearby Falkland Palace, Glamis Castle, the delightful fishing villages of the region and enjoying a full day excursion to the capital of Edinburgh, the golfers will be experiencing some of Scotland's most famous links. Included will be a round on this year's British Open venue, Carnoustie, considered by many to be the toughest course on The Open circuit. St. Andrews Old Course is the one course every visiting golfer dreams of playing and on this trip, the dream becomes a reality with guaranteed starting times on the most famous course in the world.
The trip then takes a delightful sightseeing transfer from St. Andrews to Liverpool, traveling through the Lake District, an area containing some of England's most spectacularly beautiful countyside, to the city of Liverpool for a further five nights.
For the golfers there are two more British Open venues to be played -- Royal Liverpool, which was the venue last year, when Tiger Woods took his third Open title and finally, Royal Lytham & St. Annes. It was announced last week that Royal Lytham & St. Annes will host The Open again in 2012, marking the 11th time it has had the honor.
Non-golfers will again be provided with a comprehensive, escorted sightseeing program, discovering Liverpool, designated as Europe's 2008 Capital of Culture. Perhaps better known as the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is also famed as one of Britain's most architecturally interesting cities. The surrounding countryside has a fascination of its own with strong links to George Washington and the USA, all to be explored during your few days here.
As a grand finale, all tour participants attend the final two days of The Open at Royal Birkdale and for any who may never have had the experience before; you have a treat in store. Dating from 1860, this is the grandfather of all four Majors and is filled with a unique pageantry and excitement that can only be captured by being there. Every golf fan, whether a player or only a spectator, owes themselves the experience of enjoying at least one British Open, in person and with this opportunity, it's easy to make 2008, your year.
For more details of Golf International's 2008 escorted tour to experience The British Open, click here.
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