About Hidden Links
| Our Mission - to provide the best golf vacations, at the most competitive price, with the finest and most knowledgeable customer service in the industry. (sm)
Why choose Hidden Links to plan your golf tour to the British Isles? This simple mission statement defines what we are all about. Only the best golf tour experiences. The highest level of service possible. And value for that service, whether you are spending a lot or a little. You will receive a complete, totally-customized, turn-key package that will save you hours, days, even weeks of your own time than if you were booking this on your own. Each day of your trip will be meticulously planned to include golf courses, accommodations, and sightseeing attractions that are truly special, fit what you are looking for, and are the very best options for your group. Looking for the most deluxe of tours? We'll deliver it for you in a way that more than justifies the expense and will exceed your every expectation. Are you traveling on a budget? We'll provide the most memorable of tours that is packed with value for your money. Our advantage starts with our knowledge, experience, and extensive contacts. We can work magic in making a schedule come together that others might find impossible to achieve. We can react quickly and make requested changes often in the same day, even the same hour. No request is too small, and maximum flexibility is given to our clients. Repeat-and-referral business is our bread-and-butter. We are delighted to provide all the references you need. You can read actual client testimonials by clicking here. Our accommodation and golf course partners are just that - partners. They enjoy working with us and the welcome you receive will be evident. You can rest assured that every detail will be taken care of! We look forward to being of service!
||Tour Fitting,"Redefining Customization"(sm)
We begin by asking you a series of questions
on our Tour Fitting (sm) form, a questionnaire that is fun to complete
and designed to really get you thinking about what you are looking for
on your golf tour. Unlike many "customized" tours that are nothing
more than the same canned trip using the same hotels and golf courses
in different orders, we leave no stone unturned in finding out exactly
the kind of experience you desire. Do you want only the most famous courses,
courses off the beaten path so that you can experience golf with the locals,
or a combination of both? Do you want to switch hotels frequently and
stay closer to courses so you can experience all of the "19th holes,"
or do you want to base yourself in one or two places so you don't have
to pack and unpack? Do you want the best luxury hotels or the most comfortable
and atmospheric little guesthouses, and do you want your own rooms or
would you rather share? Tour Fitting (sm) helps both us and our clients
get a better understanding of what they are looking for in their tours,
and is the first step towards the most unforgettable of vacations, a "Highly
Customized" Hidden Links Golf Tour!
||Famous British Open, Ryder Cup, and Walker Cup Venues
Everyone knows the most famous courses of the
British Isles, they practically roll off of the tongue. On these, you
can walk in the footsteps of history, where some of golf's most memorable
moments occurred! Can you beat Jean Van de Velde's triple-bogey on the
18th at Carnoustie? Can you escape from Hell Bunker on the Old Course
in less time than Jack Nicklaus needed, on his way to a 10? Can you get
up-and-down from the front bunker on Royal Birkdale's 18th, as Brian Watts
did to force a playoff with Mark O'Meara? Recreate the "Duel in the
Sun" between Nicklaus and Tom Watson in the '77 Open at Turnberry!
Challenge the "Postage Stamp" at Royal Troon and try to duplicate
Gene Sarazen's ace in 1973! While at Sunningdale, play the New Course
as well, also ranked in the British Isles' top 40! At Ballybunion, dare
to challenge the difficult Cashen Course for a fraction of the cost of
the Old! And don't miss lunch at Muirfield, one of the highlights of the
day! Did you know you can stay in the clubhouse at Royal St. George's?
Did you know you can play the Old Course at St. Andrews practically every
day if you go in April or October? Did you know the green fee at Royal
Troon includes a complimentary round on the club's Portland Course? Not
only will you play these incredible clubs, but you will get the absolute
most out of your experiences there!
||"Unforgettable "Hidden Links" (sm)
As great as the famous courses are, these "Hidden
Links" are the ones you will end up bragging about when you get home!
You can be among the first to tackle Ballyliffin, St. Enodoc, and Machrihanish,
courses that amazingly have yet to be discovered by the masses. Head to
the Scottish Highlands, with courses and hotels straight from your most
vivid imagination of what Scotland should be like. Courses like Brora,
where the sheep still roam the course; Cruden Bay, overlooked by the castle
ruins that inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula;" Boat of Garten,
a veritable "links in the sky" up in the mountains and one of
the most beautiful courses we have ever laid eyes on. Or, head to the
great Northwest of Ireland, and play a series of links courses, seemingly
at the end of the earth, that will leave you simply gasping, at prices
not much more than your local muni. Find the "Hidden England"
on the Norfolk coast where the England of yesteryear still exists. Perhaps
Wales and its undiscovered golf courses are the ones waiting for you.
Or, sail to the islands in the spirit of Captain Cook, and unearth jewels
such as The Machrie on Islay, the 12-hole wonder at Shiskine on the Isle
of Arran, and the superb Castletown Links, stranded in the middle of the
Irish Sea on the mysterious Isle of Man.
||"4-Pint" (sm) Guesthouses and "5-Cask" (sm) Hotels
We believe that the accommodations are just as
important as the golf on a Hidden Links vacation. Whether a traditional
guesthouse or a luxury hotel, we look for that crucial, indescribable
element that lets us know that "this is the place" for our clients
to be! Character, atmosphere, and wonderful service are essential. The
guesthouses that we trust with our clients have been bestowed our coveted
"4-Pint (sm)" rating. How does a guesthouse rate 4-Pints? Well,
first and foremost it must have nice, comfortable rooms, ensuite with
television, with exceptions only made if the lack of such somehow adds
to the experience! The service is superb, the hosts are especially welcoming,
and the location critical, in that a Hidden Links "4-Pinter"
must be convenient to the course, and reasonably priced. It cannot be
at all "tired" in feel, rather we look for places that are so
good, even the wealthiest of clients might admit that they may actually
prefer a Hidden Links "4-Pinter" to a luxury hotel, especially
on a guys' trip! In the hotel category, we have chosen ones that we rate
"5-Casks (sm)." To rate 5-Casks, a hotel must have something
special, above and beyond the quality of the rooms. Open fires, superb
bars, classic architecture, great locations, exquisite cuisine, and outstanding
service are all components that we love to see. You can be assured that
the utmost in care and consideration has been given to your choice of
accommodations, in accordance with your desired experience, and that each
place will meet and exceed the highest expectations!
|Message from the Founder
Dear Hidden Links Enthusiasts,
Thank you for visiting our website! If you are interested in traveling
to one of our golf destinations, you have come to the right place. Why?
You want to play incredible golf in the most beautiful settings imaginable.
You want to experience new places and new people. You want value for
your money, whether you are spending a lot or a little. Most importantly,
you want someone to take care of all the details for you, someone you
can trust for the little extras such as what special pub not to miss,
where to get a meal to remember, even how to play that wonderful billiard
game called Snooker. Hidden Links provides all of this and more.
The information you see here is the culmination of over two decades
of study regarding the greatest and most unique golf courses in the
world, and hundreds upon hundreds of planned golf trips. We know that
for many of you, this vacation is a "once in a lifetime" experience,
and everything we do is geared towards providing you with the absolute
best trip possible. Our goal is simple-to provide the most outstanding
golf vacation, at the most competitive price, with the finest customer
service in the industry. We know how important your vacation is to you,
and we ask that you trust us with the responsibility. If you do, you
won't be disappointed!
You may find though that your "once in a lifetime" vacation
quickly turns into "once a year!" We are confident that you
will want to take Hidden Links vacations again and again. I personally
was hooked from the time I birdied the first on the Old Course at age
14 (many years and fewer swing flaws ago-see photo), and you will be
We hope to be sending you on a trip you will remember forever very
Jeffrey E. Flynn, Jr.
President and Founder