St Andrews Old Course Tee Times - Trump International Golf Links - Royal Portrush and the Scottish Open Championship

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Golf Vacations UK – Trump International Golf Links opens its doors, Mickelson enters the Scottish Open, Great success for Royal Portrush and late St Andrews Old Course tee times available

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Peter Adams, Scottish Open director “We got a phone call from Phil’s management saying he’d like to play at Castle Stuart. Everyone on the committee was unanimously in favour of Phil getting an invitation and he is a terrific addition to the field.

The eagerly anticipated and fiercely debated Trump International Golf Links finally opens on July 10th, with an official opening to be attended by dignitaries and Donald Trump himself.

Two of Scotland's leading professional golfers, Colin Montgomerie and 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, will be among the first to tee up on the long awaited links, while former James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery has been given the honour of becoming the club's first member.

Ex Ryder Cup captain Monty is set to join the resort's owner in striking the official first tee shot. The grand opening will mark the completion of the first phase of Trump's £750 million project and the culmination of seven years of planning and development.

To date, over £100 million has been spent on the championship golf course that winds through the stunning sand dunes of the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, as well as related services, maintenance and infrastructure, and the restoration of the historic estate properties.

As well as the championship golf course, facilities include a 22-acre driving range, a 10,000 square metre short-game area and a 3,000 square metre putting green. Prior to opening to the general public, there will be a week of private events kicking off with the official opening day celebrations on July 10.

The course officially opens to the general public on Sunday, July 15 and is open for play from 7.30am daily until October 31. From November onwards, a programme of events and activities are scheduled for the winter months, and access to the golf course will continue with prior booking.

Graeme Gilbertson of Golf Vacations UK said “We have had several favourable reports from Professional Golf contacts regarding Trump International course; however we are now eagerly awaiting comments from several amateur sources as to the playability of the championship course, and how enjoyable the course would be for the everyday golfer. We will then make the recommendations to our clients”

The Irish Open Championship was held over the Royal Portrush Dunluce Links last week and proved to be a huge success. Attendances each day, although the weather was not the best, were over 30,000, a fine tribute to the stalwart Irish public, who were delighted to see the tournament return to Northern Ireland after several years in the Republic.

There are many, who are lobbying, for the course to be added to the Open Championship rota and the R & A will subsequently be exploring the logistics involved in so many people visiting the area during an Open Championship. All things considered, things are looking bright for Irish golf and Royal Portrush in particular.

Organisers of the upcoming Scottish Open Championship, received a welcome boost to the field at the weekend when Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut last week at the Greenbrier Classic, entered the fray, looking to tune up his game for the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s, which begins July 19.

Peter Adams, the tournament director said “We got a phone call last night from Phil’s management company saying he’d very much like to play at Castle Stuart. They asked if we had any invitations left and we did. All the parties on the invitation committee were obviously unanimously in favour of Phil getting an invitation and he is a terrific addition to the field.”

The Scottish Open has been regularly supported by Mickelson over the years and his appearance is certainly likely to enhance the number of spectators at the tournament.

The Golf Channel in the USA is to televise the event live, which is now sponsored by Aberdeen Asset management, which is supporting its sponsorship of the event with a television advertising campaign which will run in the US, UK and Europe. The advertisement will feature some stunning aerial photography of the event venue, the Castle Stuart Course.

For anyone making a late visit for a Scotland Golf Vacation this year, Golf Vacations UK still have St Andrews Old Course tee times available in October, immediately following the Dunhill Links Trophy. This would be a fantastic time to play the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns as the courses will be in superb championship condition and the UK weather is supposed to improve after September, following what has been the worst and wettest golfing summer for many years.

Golf Vacations UK Ltd is a leading Golf Tour Operator organising packages for incoming golfers to the UK for golf in Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. For more information on any of the topics mentioned above, or to enquire re Old Course Tee times,please contact Eddie Gilbertson or Graeme Gilbertson at Golf Vacations UK on 1-888-209-4094 or +44 1228 598089 or visit the web site at http://www.golfvacationsuk.com

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