Editor's Note: The following article is written by David Brice, President of Golf International. Established in 1988, Golf International specializes in the design and operation of quality golf trips to Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, France, Spain and Portugal. The articles written by David represent trips available to Golf International customers. Click here to learn more about Golf International.
Spring has sprung at last and temperatures are warming up, putting winter where it belongs -- into the memory bank. Golf clubs have been retrieved from the back of the closet and are being dusted off, ready for the new season. The Masters is just around the corner, bringing Tiger Woods back into action... the world is returning to normal.
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There's no question that the game needs its superstar to help regain the sizzle we have all become accustomed to over the past decade or so. The fans need him, the players need him and The Masters, as the first Major of the year, is the perfect setting to get the 2010 season off to a very special start. Let's all hope Tiger is able to make this a full golf calendar and we see him in action at the other three Majors as well, not the least important being The British Open, which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Appropriately, the stage for this, the grand-daddy of all golf tournaments will be the very place that gave birth to the game, more than 600 years ago, St. Andrews Old Course. This is where in 2000 and 2005, Tiger won two of his three Open titles - he likes this links and the links likes him. Never before has any player won the most prestigious of all golf titles, three times on the Mother of all courses. What could be more fitting than to see Tiger make history on The Open's 150th birthday?
If you have already reserved your place to be present in St. Andrews for this spectacular event, more power to you -- you're on the way to experience golf's event of the year, maybe even of the decade. If you haven't made reservations yet, it's not too late, in fact you could even be lucky enough to not only win a fantastic trip to the 2010 Open for free, but also play the fabled St. Andrews Old Course -- the very same layout that tested the world's best players only the day before.
Just to be able to play this hallowed ground where golf was born, is one of the game's most moving experiences, no matter when the opportunity arises. To be among the privileged few who will be the very first to play The Old Course immediately after the Titans of golf have decided their champion, will be something else.
The spectator stands will still be where they were the day before, together with the tented village, the flags, banners and all of the other accoutrements that were a part of the pageantry and tradition that makes this the most special tournament of all -- the only thing missing will be the crowds. You'll be excused for letting your fantasies run wild and imagine yourself walking down the 18th fairway, perhaps alongside Tiger or Phil, acknowledging the cheers of the adoring fans that must be for you. This will be an extraordinary experience and something to tell your grand-kids about.
The prize, which is for two golfers, includes trans-Atlantic, airfare, car rental, hotel accommodation, tickets to The Open Championship and golf on St. Andrews Old Course, is all a part of "Drive it Home", the biggest ever promotion of one of Scotland's most precious assets -- golf. Run by VisitScotland, the body responsible for promoting tourism to Scotland, complete details on how to enter your name can be found on the website www.driveithome2010.com. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but the contest runs only for 27 days, from April 4th until the 30th, so get your entry in as soon as you can, there's absolutely nothing to lose and a heck of a lot to win. Good luck!
For those who may not find themselves in the winner's circle on this one and still yearn for the opportunity to experience The Open Championship's 150th anniversary and play a few of the best links courses in the world, don't give up hope. Golf International still has limited space available on a couple of their escorted Open tours. Included is attendance at the always exciting, final two days of The Open, plus golf on a selection of top ranked links courses.
Accompanying non-golfers will be very well taken care of while the golfers are testing their skills on the links, with a carefully planned sightseeing program to discover the colorful history and beauty of this fascinating corner of Scotland. First class hotel accommodations are included, together with ground transportation by luxury motor coach, all under the watchful eye of Golf International's experienced, local driver/guide. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the entire Scottish experience. Contact Golf International for details.
For any who may have never ventured Across the Pond to savor Scottish golf, you have been missing out on one of the greatest joys this game can provide any golfer and there is no time like the present to make amends and correct the situation.
From the golfing Mecca of St. Andrews to the championship layouts of Ayrshire in the southwest, to the dramatic beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where hidden gems sit next door to world famous names, golf is everywhere. There are wonderful golf courses surrounding the sparkling city of Aberdeen, where ancient castles and whisky distilleries vie for equal attention. The elegant historic capital of Edinburgh shouldn't be missed and within a short half hour's drive of the city center, centuries old links courses offer never to be forgotten Scottish golfing experiences.
Chic, sleek Glasgow, boasts an amazing collection of Victorian and art-deco architecture, wonderful restaurants, fantastic shopping and intriguing museums. But Glasgow also has an enviable collection of excellent courses nearby on the Clyde Estuary, less than a 20 minute drive from the heart of the city.
Scotland has been blessed with more than a fair share of the world's top ranked courses, both seaside links layouts and handsome inland layouts that shouldn't be missed. Isn't it time to take the plunge and treat yourself to a Scottish golf trip? You'll be amazed at what you've been missing.
For a multitude of ideas and suggestions on how to get the very most out of your Scottish trip, whether it's to be the very first or the twenty first, take advantage of Golf International's experience and knowledge of the home of golf and click here.
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