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Hidden Links Scotland and Ireland golf trip reviews and testimonials!

Dear Iain and Jeff: As you know our group consisted of a wide selection of business people who have always had the best of everything. That was until you planned our trip to Ireland. Not only was it great, it was better than the best. The accommodations, Joe the driver, the Chefs, the selection of golf courses and most of all the Irish people who were our hosts were fabulous.

Everyone had a great time and couldn’t have been more pleased. The courses were great and the weather could not have been better.

I really enjoyed working with your Company and we are recommending Hidden Links to all of our friends. Now it is time to start thinking about next year. I have several projects for you to consider.

One is going to the Algarve. The other is going to Bandon Dunes in Oregon and then going on to Carmel to play Pebble, Spyglass and Cypress (if at all possible). Let me know your thoughts on these two locations.

B.G., Doonbeg, Lahinch, Ballybunion, Tralee, Waterville, Old Head, Southwest Ireland

It was FANTASTIC! Van, golf and accommodations were perfect! I certainly recommended you when friends bring up their dreams of an Ireland golf trip.

Anyway, you did such a great job I was wondering if you can help with my wife and my holiday to Scotland?  No golf, just a car and accommodations? Maybe that is out of your scope, no harm in asking.

Cheers, Slainte math,

A.W., November 2017, Southwest Ireland

Dear Lauri,

I want to let you know how pleased we were with our recent adventure in Killarney. Our guide/driver, Martin, was so enjoyable to be with, we were sorry to say goodbye.

All his local knowledge and kindness surely made this trip our best one yet!

Sincerely,

K.M., October 2017, Southwest Ireland

Thanks Ian.   I think some of the guys are so excited they’re going to start packing tonite !!

M.M., October 2017, in anticipation of their trip in 2018!

Overall, I would say that we started out our trip with high expectations and they were exceeded! Everything went off without a hitch, we all got along, there were no calamities, and the weather cooperated most of the time. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Breakfasts were consistently outstanding, the pubs were exceedingly inviting and we had some great meals at the restaurants.  Our driver, Rob, was personable, knowledgeable, and took very good care of us. In addition to playing golf we were able to view and visit many sights along the way.

R.D., August 2017, Dublin, Northern Ireland, and Southwest Ireland

Dear Michelle,

Thank you and the Hidden Links team for a great trip. Everything went off perfectly well, not a single hitch that I know of despite all the changes people made. The day at Lahinch was quite special, everyone there was amazing. I would like to send a thank you to the Starter, Ranger, and the young woman in the Pro Shop all of whom played a big part in the surprise for Liz.  And thank you for the lovely bottle of bubbly and box of chocolates, they were an awesome surprise and enjoyed immensely. Everyone is still glowing from a wonderful week in Ireland and we can’t wait to get back.

All the best,

S.T., September 2017, Southwest Ireland engagement trip!

Hi Lauri.  I was in the “D.R. Group” which spent a week in Ireland 7/28 – 8/5 this past summer.  Echoing his post-trip comments to you from August 29, all four of us had a splendid time, and we appreciated how smoothly Hidden Links handled all the logistics.

In fact, it was so much fun that I now have the bug, and am trying to put something together for next June with my father and my brother (both Atlanta residents).

J.G., August 2017, Northern Ireland and Dublin

Michelle and Kristen,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you both and Hidden Links for what turn out to be a trip of a lifetime!!  Everything went as planned and the preparation was flawless.  Hopefully we will have a Scotland trip in our future and HL will again lead us to the “promise land”.  Well done team!

Regards,

D.W., September 2017, Southwest Ireland—Old Head, Tralee, Ballybunion, Waterville, and Lahinch

Lauri,

What a wonderful trip and experience.  Michelle was great in her course recommendations and John Daly the driver was wonderful.  If there is a survey or something that I can fill out so that these folks get the proper accolades, please let me know.  Michelle even came out to Tralee to meet us.

Thank you again,

C.M., September 2017, Southwest Ireland

Hi Michelle,

Just returned from our golfing trip to Ireland.  We were all very happy with the accommodations and golf courses that we played.  It was a wonderful trip.  Thank you so much for arranging such a fantastic itinerary!  We are already talking about a trip to Scotland!

All the best,

K.H, September 2017, Southwest Ireland

Hi Jeff,

Just wanted to touch base regarding my recent Scotland trip.  First and foremost, the golf experience was off the charts.  I found it way better than Irish gold and I loved all three trips to Ireland. As always your attention to detail was exemplary and I continue to recommend your company at any chance.

Again, thank you for all your help.  Did I read in Hidden Links literature after one books four trips the fifth is comp ed???    Best to you and your staff.

M.C., August 2017, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Dornoch, Scotland

Hello Iain;

As we discussed, I wanted to thank you again for planning the perfect “bucket list” trip to Scotland and Ireland over the past 2 weeks for us!

Your assistance with our Hotel reservations, T-times and sites that were a “must see” were perfect!

Every Hotel exceeded my expectations with the quality of their construction, location and service..

T-times were always on record with the golf courses we played and we were treated with Kindness and rewarded with excellent service!

In fact, one Hotel congratulated me on the choice I made by working with “Hidden Links Golf” as they were a High quality Golf Touring Company” that paid quickly and told me you were great to work with.

Iain, a few times I arrived late to the Hotel, was respectfully greeted and informed the golf course I was playing the next day was either across the street or less than 5 minutes away!

My confidence in each town for our lodging reservation increased at every stop.

I could not have made these arrangements myself…

I told me wife I doubt that we’ll ever be back in Ireland or Scotland again, and she said why not? So…..who knows…. It could happen again, and you’ll be the 1st call we’ll make!!!

The trip was truly magical and has left me with wonderful memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life!

You and your organization are on the auto-dial feature of my phone!

Trust in this world is earned!

I will look forward to working with you soon!

Well done and “Cheers”!

Sincerely;

K.B., September 2017, St. Andrews, Scotland and Killarney, Southwest Ireland

I thought I would just highlight all the positive points of the vacation

1. every accommodation had very comfortable beds and were spacious

2. great tee times

4. excellent, personable driver who had great suggestions on sights and food (very patient man)

5. loved the location in Dublin

6. favorite spot – Killarney

7. best caddies Trump International

Everything went flawlessly Bill and I are ready to return  Do you organize trips to Portugal?

Let’s stay in touch  Picture is coming  You were so sweet to meet us at Ballybunion  It stopped raining on the first tee

Best,

L.B., August 2017, Southwest Ireland

Michelle,

I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our vacation EVERYTHING was perfect; even the weather!  I can truly say it was a best vacation ever. I will send you our photo

In a few weeks I will tell you more details of our likes

Cheers

L.B., August 2017, Southwest Ireland

Lauri—-we had a great trip.  Weather could have been better, but ended on a perfect day at Turnberry.  You guys do a great job, thanks,

D.B., August 2017, St. Andrews, Scotland

First, let me thank you for setting up a great trip for us.  We had a great time. I was very impressed that Michelle would take the time to come greet us at Tralee. Impressive. Our transportation worked great even though the others had to arrive a day late due to plane/weather issues. Tony was very personable, knowledgeable and accommodating. The golf was great fun. Old Head was impressive and challenging not to say it wasn’t beautiful there. The hotels all had our schedule so check-in worked great. The hotel was centrally located so we could walk to dinner and checkout the town. The Old Head was excellent. Patio on our room on the 18th green. It was the best.

Again let me thank you for a great trip. Second time we have used you guys and will consider using you again on our next trip

C.F., August 2017, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

Hi Michelle,

Well we all returned home on Sunday.  We’d like to thank you for a great trip and our driver Eddie couldn’t have been better. Terrific man! All the accommodations were terrific especially Trump Doonbeg Resort. Iwould recommend that to anyone. If we return to Ireland we will definitely use Hidden Links. Thanks for all your help in making this trip memorable.

All the Best,

B.M., August 2017, Old Head, Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Doonbeg, and Lahinch Ireland

Michelle,

Hope you are doing well.  The trip to Scotland was a big success.  Thanks for all your help.

I am thinking about taking a group to Ireland in May 2018 for five days of golf (Sunday-Thursday, return Friday) .  The courses I’d like to play are as follows:

RCD

Royal Portrush

Rosses Point (perhaps extra round here as they have 54 holes correct?)

Carne

P.G., May 2017, Turnberry, Troon, Carnoustie, and St. Andrews, Scotland

The trip was great and I wanted to highlight my room in particular.  I’d had a Junior Suite reserved for the last 2 nights of the stay in St Andrews but they checked me into the room anyway.  It was one of the best rooms I’ve ever stayed in, anywhere.  The amenities (linens, toiletries, décor, 2 doubles and 1 queen pull out) were adequate for the cost, nothing special but modest and comfortable.  The treat was in the size of the room, the size of the bathroom and the 15ft vaulted ceilings.  The real bonus is the view is unrivaled.  If it’s in the budget, I would definitely pay a premium to guarantee that room again.  I’d prefer not to let it be known but since you and Lauri helped set it up, I thought I would pass it on.  I’ve included the picture of the view straight ahead from the room, the room itself and the view from outside the hotel lobby.  It’s my daughter soaking up the Scottish sun…while it lasts.  Incredibly, the weather was perfect while we were in St Andrews.  We were very fortunate for that.

J.B., April 2017, St. Andrews, Scotland

Hi Jeff & Lauri:  Sorry for the delay in following up with you.  I got back from Scotland on Sunday and left for Asia on Tuesday.  Just wanted to thank you for all of your help.  We had a great time.  The Hotel staff were very accommodating and the Limo people were great and very flexible.  We enjoyed all of the courses, especially Kingsbarns. Looking forward to working with you in the future.

B.B., April 2017, St. Andrews, Scotland

Hi Lauri,

I just wanted to say thank you for everything. Both my father and I had an amazing time in St. Andrews and it’s a trip we’ll never forget! Being our first European trip, we were kind of nervous with everything but all of your helpful guides and correspondence made the trip much easier for us. Trevor and Jackie were awesome hosts and really helped with any and all questions we had regarding where to go, what to do, etc. He even helped us get on the Old Course for 2nd time! I’m sure I will make the journey back there at some point. Thanks again for everything and I would/will recommend Hidden Links to anyone considering a trip to Scotland! Please feel free to forward me any correspondence regarding Hidden Links in the future and I would be glad to fill out a customer testimonial if you’d like.

Thanks Again,

D.P., October 2016, St. Andrews and Cruden Bay, Scotland

Dear Iain,

Hey, our recent Scotland trip went perfectly.   It could not have gone better, thanks a lot!

I actually want to schedule a similar trip next year, around the same time.

All the best,

R.S., October 2016, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Michelle –  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.  We still people here how great our trip was.  If you are ever in NY or Philadelphia get in touch !

J.C., September 2016, Southwest Ireland

Merry Christmas.  It was a great trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  We could not say enough nice things about Graham?(sp) our driver during the trip, he was superb.

B.F., September 2016, Turnberry, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Lauri I want to thank you for the trip of a lifetime.  Please let me know if you would like pictures and a testimonials. We had the best father son trip and your group made it absolutely perfect. I can not thank you, Kristen and Iain enough.

R.O., September 2016, Gleneagles and St.Andrews Scotland

Hi Michelle,

We had an absolutely superb time. It was a bit nasty when we arrived and the forecast was real bad for Monday so we went to the K club on Sunday and they let us play. Ended up going back to the K club on Monday and bought some real expensive rain gear for the rest of the week and did not get a single drop of rain. In hindsight if I just bought an umbrella that would have also scared away the rain and been a lot cheaper.

Thanks and appreciate your assistance and recommendation.

D.F., September 2016, Dublin, Ireland

I just wanted to thank you personally for the excellent work you and your staff at Hidden Links did in providing us with a wonderful trip to Ireland. All reservations,tee times,suggestions,car rental,etc, came off without a hitch. Considering the fact that I was the designated driver through out, I particularly appreciated the way the tour “flowed” from start to finish. Unfortunately,the trip finished all to soon. My only regrets are that I missed Mass at St Marys in Killarney, my golf game stinks, and we failed to meet you in Tralee. Better luck next time. Thanks again for everything. Regards

M.M., September 2016, Southwest Ireland

We had a great time on our recent trip. Despite what I guess is typical weather, we got in all 5 rounds with only one 9 hole segment requiring determination and appropriate clothing. The accommodations were comfortable and convenient, the Killarney Lodge Innkeeper was very gracious, car adequate, GPS a blessing, Course’s worth every penny. We crossed paths with several other Hidden Links groups along the way and everyone had the same opinion of your planning etc,    Wonderful. Thanks for making our Outing very memorable. I would love to play East Lake but have a scheduling conflict, maybe next year, thank you very much,

H.H., September 2016, Old Head, Tralee, Ballybunion, Lahinch Ireland

Trip is over and we had a Great Time…..being in the Vacation business myself I understand the challenges…..You all have succeeded !!!!

We did not have any issues at any point of our Trip…NONE….

Mick, our driver, was truly amazing!   Made sure everything was perfect…let us stay for a pint or two after rounds…he knew all of the Pros and introduced them to us as we were friends.

I will highly recommend HIDDEN LINKS to anyone who asks!

J.G. September 2016, Southwest Ireland

Iain,

Before it gets lost, I wanted to take a few moments to extend my appreciation to you and your staff for providing tremendous support and response to all issues and concerns that either I or those members traveling with me had during our most recent trip to Scotland.

I especially wanted to thank Lauri for her ongoing support and response to what I am sure where sometimes minor issues that we had which we thought, at the time, were big deals.  She was “Johnny on the spot” with answers to questions and problems that we did encounter.  She did a great job.

Thank you, I hope I have another opportunity to visit the Home of Golf once again and enjoy your services.

D.R., September 2016, East Lothian, Troon, and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Michelle,

Hope you are having a good day.   I made it back to Kentucky last night, pretty good flight from Shannon to Philly.  I’m glad we chose to make the drive the night before, made the morning easier to deal with.

You and your company did a great job.   All four of us were singing your praises.   The golf went off without a hitch (except for some delays by the caddymaster/starter at BB old and no caddies available).   Everyone we encountered were ready for us and made it simple.   The hotel was great.   Tony is very nice along with his daughter Kelly Ann and the rest of staff and bartenders.

We thoroughly enjoyed the five courses.   The finale at Tralee came away as the best of the bunch.  The weather was perfect, the course in great shape and great design, and great caddies with jokes and comments.   BB old was 2nd favorite,  could have been no 1 if we had caddies and the greens were in better shape.    Dooks and Dingle were fun alternatives, great scenery.   Cashen was spectacular visually but a little tricked up.   We had good caddies there as well.

The rental car and agency were fine.  Glad we purchased the extra insurance, those roads are a little dicey.  I don’t think I’ve ever driven so many one lane goat paths in my life.

All in all, a fantastic trip.   Thanks for all you did to make it happen.  I will recommend you to everyone I see

S.C., September 2016, Southwest Ireland

Kristen,

We have returned from our Ireland trip you help plan for us. Everything went as you had laid out.  We could not have had a better time.  The auto was just right and all the hotels were above our expectations.  We also met several people who you had also planned.  The golf and weather was outstanding and we will certainly use you again for our next trip.

Thank you so much.

B.B., September 2016, Old Head, Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion, and Lahinch Ireland

Dear Kristen (and Michelle),

We have just returned from our fabulous trip to Ireland and wanted to thank you for organizing our carefree, perfectly coordinated vacation.  We LOVED our accommodations– fabulous places, exceptional staff, and views to die for!  Killarney was especially lovely, and we appreciated our spacious room and the attentive staff.   Food was great though, and the location was lovely. Thanks for arranging the golf.  We had no troubles at all with the tee times, and appreciated the convenience of the mid-morning starts.  You clearly listened to our requests regarding the type of place we wanted to stay and the courses we might enjoy.

We had not heard of Hidden Links before, and found it online ourselves.  We have been spreading the word of your wonderful, reliable services, and will continue to do so.  We will definitely be using you again for our next golf outing!

Best,

J.F., September 2016, Southwest Ireland

Bob and Lauri,

Representing my group I would like to thank you for the outstanding trip we had this past September in Scotland.  Together you both fulfilled our expectations regarding this 10 day trip.  The Old Course guarantee was well worth the extra cost.  Our rooms were perfect and everything was first class from the moment we were met at the hotel, to the complementary dinner and breakfasts.  The golf was perfect at the four courses we played and the transportation was always on time and comfortable.  I would say that in hindsight, we should have booked Kingsbarns, but I guess that just gives us a reason to return.

When we traveled over to the West side and stayed at Turnberry we found the accommodations met our needs.  The golf was great every place we went.  We encountered a little wind (40-45 mph) at Royal Troon and some rain at Carnoustie, but most days we experienced perfect weather; not bad for September.

Bob, I want to thank you for your overall recommendations.  They were as spot on as they were when we booked travel with you in Ireland.  It was also nice meeting you and your wife in St. Andrews.  Lauri, I want to thank you for all your quick responses and help during the planning and administrative stages.  You’re a true professional.

It was a great trip, and Hidden Links took all the worry out of the planning and our daily activities.  Thank you very much.

C.B, September 2016, St. Andrews, Troon, and Turnberry Scotland

I just wanted to drop you and your group a line after returning from Scotland yesterday.  I have to say your company did an outstanding job and we all were very pleased with the results you gave us.  The course lineup was sensational (thanks also for the great weather!! Only rained on us for about 7-8 holes the whole trip!! – not sure I can give you credit for that though.)  The locations of the Hotels relating to golf courses were excellent.  Then the best was saved for Last with the stay at Turnberry!  The facilities were fabulous and that probably was our most favorite course (along with Kingsbarns).  I would just like to say on behalf of our group no one was disappointed with the organization of the trip, facilities and golf courses.  We all had a wonderful time and were glad we used your group to plan the trip.  One thing we all commented on was the promptness of the arrival of the transportation services to and from all of the courses and Hotels.  It was very timely and precise, that was much appreciated.  All and all we would give it a 9.9 out of 10!!!  Any reference needed we would be happy to make for you.

Thank You Very Much for your assistance,

M.K., August 2016, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Lauri

Chez and I are back in Australia, happy to be home but still buzzing about what a great experience we had in the UK.  Thanks again for something special

Love

C.H., September 2016, St. Andrews Scotland, Dublin Killarney and Lahinch Ireland, Devon Cornwall and London England

The trip was excellent!!!  Thanks for all your help with the arrangements. Even my suitcase not making it to St Andrews (thanks to airline incompetence) did not spoil a great weekend. Weather was unusually good and the golf courses were perfect – Kingsbarns goes into my all time top five list!

Regards

S.W., September 2016, St Andrews Scotland

Hi Jeff,

I wanted to get back to you regarding our recent trip to Northern Ireland-Donegal.  It was an excellent trip and everything went very smoothly thanks to Hidden Links’ planning.  We once again really enjoyed having Joe as our driver.  Northern Ireland and Donegal are beautiful spots, we loved all the courses (Cruit Island is a gem — thanks for recommending it!) and were blessed with good weather.  We hope to travel with you again sometime in the future.

T.S., August 2016, Northwest and Northern Ireland

Lauri,

We did get on to the Old Course.  Jay did the early walk-up.  Inder and I signed in around 3:00 and there were times available at 4.  Yea! Just to let you know, I returned the car early, before they opened.  There is a significant ding caused by scraping against a pole.  However, the insurance we purchased should cover it.  Thanks for all your help on this trip.  It was fantastic.

J.G., August 2016, St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri/Kristen,

I am delinquent in sending this email, so my apologizes.   I just wanted to thank you both for all your hard work making our trip to Ireland come off without a hitch.  The courses were great, the accommodations were better and everything was first class.   We all appreciate your assistance and while you were not in the bus, you did receive a rousing round of applause from the 8 golfers.   Thanks again and hopefully, we will be working together soon.

Thanks,

J.S., August 2016, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Iain,

We had another great trip, thanks to you and your team.   The courses exceeded my expectations, the arrangements went perfectly, the driver was great and the accommodations were a big hit.   Thanks again for putting this trip together for us.   We are discussing a trip for next summer.   Maybe Scotland, Southeast and Southwest.   I will give you a call to discuss sometime next week.   Again, thanks for everything.

J.S., August 2016, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Thanks for the note Michelle. I must say that you haven’t changed much either – except that you are certainly even more attractive. There was a lot on inappropriate speculation among the group about your private life! You’ve still got it! And Martin was fantastic as usual. Thanks for all the kind words and we are looking forward to another trip in the next few years – everyone wants to go back to the Southwest. We’ll be in touch.

Please let Jeff Flynn know how pleased we are. I tried to copy him on my earlier note but must have had the wrong email address because it bounced back.

All the best!

J.M., July 2016, Old Head, Tralee, Ballybunion, Lahinch Ireland

Hi Robert,

The trip was great! Our driver/tour guide was fantastic, he knew a lot about golf and certainly had lots to talk about with Rick. I think next time I will schedule a break between golf, it was exhausting playing golf back to back. Thanks again! I will probably be in touch for a trip to Wales.

Regards,

M.F., August 2016, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

Jeff,

Thank you for the check returning the pounds, especially in US currency. I certainly didn’t expect to receive anything at all. Not many people or businesses would have done so. So thank you very much!

K.K., July 2016, St. Andrews Scotland (simple refund for overpayment!)

Jeff and Lauri

I for one cannot thank you and the Hidden Links staff for setting up such a great trip

All 19 gents got to play the Old Course which was big deal for all of us, you even provided good weather

I did not hear one complaint for such a large group (thank goodness)

Hotel and all the courses were great along with all the pubs and shopping, this group left a lot of money in St Andrews

Our driver (Steven) was one of the highlights of this trip he did it all for us please pass our thanks to him and woods transportation

All in all a perfect trip thanks to you and your staff

Now onto next year and Ireland using Hidden links once again

J.G., July 2016, St. Andrews, Scotland

Michelle,  It was really great to meet you and put a face to the name.  We had a great trip and I will be telling all my golfing buddies how great you were assisting us with planning.  Thanks again.

A.G, June 2016, Southwest Ireland

Thanks.  Happy Holidays to all of you too.  We had the time of our life and the accommodations and courses were the best.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

B.P., June 2016, Dublin, Lahinch, and Killarney Ireland

had a great time in Ireland. all accomodations were perfect. Thank you so much for all that you did to make our trip so easy to enjoy and filled with a lifetime of memories.

K.D., June 2016, Old Head, Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Lahinch Ireland

We had a great time in Ireland.  Killarney was fun and the hotel was very good.  We are already discussing a possible trip next year.

We may want to stay in a smaller town and play Dooks, Waterville, and Tralee each twice.  That would cut down on driving and give us time to enjoy the country more.  Suggestions on a B and B (preferred) or a hotel near Tralee or another central location?

Thanks for all of your help.

M.S., June 2016, Southwest Ireland

Jeff,

Thanks again for the great trip in Ireland. Our driver was superb.

We were very fortunate to get 2 sunny days at Royal County Down and Royal Portrush.

R.W., June 2016, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Dear Hidden Links:

We just returned from Ireland and want to thank you for the perfectly organized trip.

We especially want to recognize our bus driver, Joe, for his outstanding service, knowledge of the countryside, humor, and ability to handle difficult situations with professionalism, including the bus breaking down.

Please pass this email along to Joe and we will be recommending your organization to others!

Truly,

J.M., June 2016, Southwest Ireland

Dear Lauri,

My son and I are Having the time of our lives!  Played Portmarnock yesterday!  Most beautiful and the toughest course I’ve ever played. Got a lesson from the pro after for my son and I. He was fabulous. So insightful, funny and Irish in every way. Did things with a golf club I’ve never seen done. Spotted something in my swing that made a huge difference.

Love Dublin. So full of energy and Temple Bar Hotel where we are staying is in the middle of all the night life. Wonderful staff and the breakfast is outstanding. At night it gets Loud, rowdy with good eats and lots of entertainment both in the pubs and outside. Off to Killarney today. It’s all I ever hoped for and so much more.

Please feel free to use what ever I write in any way you see fit. Best,

B.P., May 2016, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Lauri,

I was not sure if you were going to send a survey but wanted you to know the trip was fantastic. Laurie and Hazel are very special people and could not have been more gracious. They went out of their way to be of service including making us sandwiches the day we played the Old Course at 6:40 AM since we would not have time for breakfast. On our last day, they said be sure to knock on their door that evening to say good-bye before leaving early Sunday morning for home.

The golf was fantastic and restaurants excellent.

J.J., May 2016, Aberdeen, Carnoustie, and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff – fabulous trip – tx for all your help – Loved people and accommodations at Cruden Bay and St. Andrews (guest house was fabulous)

Loved Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen courses

D.P., May 2016, Aberdeen Carnoustie and St. Andrews Scotland

Bob–The trip that you laid out was excellent.  The timing was all good and the course selection was spot on.  Of course, you could not control the weather, which by all Scotsmens’ accounts was unbearable even for them.  Playing the Old Course in 35 mph winds, with constant rain and 37 degrees and hailstorms thrown in on top was quite the challenge. And missing No Berwick due to a virtual hurricane was a big disappointment.  But the trip layout was excellent and the lodging choices were really fine.

I’ll List my thoughts:

Lodging:

Edinburgh – perfect location for sightseeing and the room was a little funky but all else lovely about the place.

St. Andrews – lovely room, unbeatable location, great hosts (Trevor and Jackie helped in so many ways I cannot even enumerate); plus Pepsi the cat was also a great hostess

North Berwick – great location, interesting, if not re-muddled beautiful building.  Could not keep us warm enough during the storm.

Rental Car:

Excellent, honest and professional staff who made the process easy.

Golf Courses:

Kingsbarns: Maybe the best course of them all.  Great time except for the 30 mph winds and 3 hailstorms (literally, the greens at some points were totally white).  Excellent caddies. I want another shot at this place.

Old Course:  Weather so cold and rain and wind, was hard to truly experience the course.  Got pretty tired of driver, 3 wood, 3 wood, 3 wood.  Couldn’t feel our hands for around 7 or 8 holes.  Caddies were frozen as well.  Solace was that for the final three holes the sun came out and winds died to around 20 mph.  The caddies were excellent and the course folks treated us great.  Hitting into Road Hole trap and crossing Swilcan Bridge were special.

Crail: Lovely and interesting.  Truly a pleasure thinking about its age and how it was laid out hundreds of years ago, and still represented a challenge today. And at least the sun was shining. My caddie was so-so – seemed like not a regular and gave poor advice a few times, and used his watch for distance and I knew it was off several times.  He was right about course layout and how to attack, but had to ignore his advice and play by instinct after the first 6 holes.

No. Berwick:  Rained out.

Gullane #2:  Your driver was a lifesaver and scheduled us on the last day (Sat’y morning) at Gullane #2.  Really hilly, with some great views.  Wonderful course.  (Cold, but sunny that day).

Dunbar:  Last round (Sat’y afternoon), and winds milder and end of day.  Fantastic old course and caddies were great to work with.

Food:

Unexpectedly found two really good Italian meals – in St. Andrews and in No. Berwick.  Of course we sampled great whiskey almost every night.

Countryside:

What can I say.  Gorgeous.

Touring:

Edinburgh was a lot of fun, and Leslie wanted to find live music, which there was plenty of.  Found a bar that held maybe 20 people total and they had a band playing traditional Scottish music.  A blast.

City tours were convenient and easy.  Enjoyed a late night ghost tour.  Edinburgh Castle and Hollyrood are must see’s.  Climbing Calton Hill right by the hotel was great exercise and great views.

Went to Dalhousie Castle on an off day – and did the falconry there, which was great.  And Stirling Castle is a do-not-miss.

In summary, everything was well planned and accurate by Hidden Links.  Leslie enjoyed every course, despite the weather.  The courses and lodging well-chosen for Scottish rookies to stay and play, and we would love to work with you guys in the future.  If you need a testimonial or a review please let us know.

Regards,

J.S., May 2016, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and North Berwick Scotland

Hi Lauri,

Just a quick recap of my two weeks in Scotland.  Once again a great trip that was seamless and it’s not often you come back from Scotland with a tan.  We only had one day of rain, unfortunately it was the day that we played the Castle course.  So no spectacular views of the town, we were solely focused on surviving the test. The accommodation was great all around, especially the Gullane.  We all loved Gullane 1 and ranked it as our favorite.  Definitely played at full tournament specs with the Scottish Stroke Play starting the following week.  Muirfield was very friendly and open.  My son and I loved Crail, will definitely pass the word that it is a must when in St. Andrews, and it was the first time that I had played the Jubilee…loved it and will definitely play it again. A great trip and I know that the other members of my club (24 in total) that are going on the trip in September(that you are arranging) are really looking forward to the trip.  I will definitely be back again, some of the guys on this trip were asking me about Ireland, so that may next on the agenda, I’ll be in touch.

M.K., May 2016, East Lothian and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Iain and Lauri,  We just returned from Scotland.  What an awesome trip.  Everything that you did was impeccable.  My son and I enjoyed it immensely and now have some excellent lifelong memories.  Laurie and Hazel were wonderful and the courses were spectacular.  Thanks again.

Warm regards,

P.F., May 2016, St. Andrews and Carnoustie Scotland

Lauri, I want to thank you and Hidden Links Golf for the best golf get away we could have asked for. The courses were the best and St. Andrews was as hard as I remembered. I go you had nothing to do with the weather, it was prefect. We had 7 out of 8 days of sunshine and you can’t ask for better weather than that.

The host were wonderful and presented the Scottish flavor I wanted to see on this trip. We would like to personally thanks Trevor in St. Andrews for helping us get a tee time at Crail, we missed our time on Thursday and he helped us get another. He also invited us to play his course (Castle course) we played and it was the best golf of the trip. I would highly recommend that course to future travelers. We also visited a scotch distillery and many of the pubs. The people were very friendly and we enjoyed meeting them. The trip to Edinburgh was an eye opener.

We will recommend your company to our family and friends and will use you again for our golf trips.

Thanks again,

R.T., May 2016, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

As for the trip, a dream come true.  I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful Hidden Links, Jacqui and Trevor, all golf, all caddies, our driers, and the Scottish people themselves were during our trip.  I continue to highly recommend your company to my colleagues.

Is there a note, review, etc. I can write for you guys at Hidden Links.  Honestly, you guys are the best.

J.W., April 2016, St. Andrews Scotland

Thanks Lauri,

I walked up at the Old Course today. Got there and was 2nd in the queue.  Had a great time. What an awesome experience! I hope we can do this again sometime. On to Carnoustie tomorrow. Thanks for all your help.

B.M., October 2015, St. Andrews and Carnoustie, Scotland

Hi Lauri.  We all arrived home yesterday.  Thank you and everyone for a wonderful trip.  The lodging and golf was superb.  We especially enjoyed our five nights and four full days in St. Andrews.  What a quaint small city it is!!!
Please pass this on to Jeff for setting up the perfect itinerary!!!

J.G., October 2015, St. Andrews Scotland

We had a great time in St Andrews and thank for coordinating everything.  We got up early Fri and were teeing off at the Old Course by 11am, weather was great.  Look forward to another trip!

A.G., October 2015, St. Andrews Scotland

We want to thank you both so much for our wonderful trip to Ireland.  We arrived back home last Sunday after a great vacation. The people, accommodations, golf, food – everything was perfect. The car rental, hotels, and tee-times all went off without a hitch. Everything you chose for us was great. We especially liked Killarney and the Hotel was so nice. Dublin was fun to experience the “big city” but if we were to return someday – the small towns were so interesting & friendly. You two and the other members of Hidden Links did a great job & we thank you again. If you ever need a recommendation – please feel free to contact us. Have a great day!!

T.H., September 2015, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

Lauri—just wanted to let you know everything was great and you were right-the Ugadale was my favorite hotel by far…..thanks for all your help and planning; I am already planning a return for my 65th birthday!!!!

J.H., September 2015, Kintyre, Ayrshire, and St. Andrews Scotland

Please pass along to Jeff our grateful thank you for planning the retirement trip of a lifetime. Mary Ellen and I enjoyed every minute of the trip. The golf was fabulous, the lodgings lovely, and the food fantastic. All of the arangements went smoothly.  The GPS was very helpful too. We’re hopeful of another golf trip in the future, and we’ll know who to contact. (I recommend buying down the auto physical damage deductible because you never know when a hedge row will remove parts of a passenger side mirror!)

W. B., September 2015, Southwest Ireland

Hi Lauri,

David and I had an unforgettable trip to Scotland.  Everything was great. The schedule set up by Hidden Links worked very well and I would not hesitate to recommend your services to my friends.  As an added bonus to the trip, we never had to break out the rain gear!!!!  Once again, thanks to you and the staff at Hidden Links for a job well done.

C.C., September 2015,  Ayrshire, Dornoch, Gleneagles, St. Andrews, and East Lothian Scotland

These guys do a terrific job.  They tailor the trip to your wishes but, they won’t let you make a mistake unless you insist.  I took 4 other guys so we were a fivesome when it came to playing the Old Course.  We knew going in that wasn’t going to happen.  I had played the Old Course before so I put my buddies in the foursome that we reserved the tee time for and I went out as a single.  Lauri Carr’s assistance with my tee time on the Old Course was timely and right on the money.  I played an hour ahead of the other four and was able to go out with two locals (St Andrews members who were playing a match and were willing to let me tag along).  I finished early enough to go back and meet my buddies on the 16th green and memorialize their play on the Road Hole and Tom Morris in pictures.  Hidden Links knows their stuff and is very helpful and you really should consider their recommendations carefully before rejecting them.

D.S., comments/reference for prospective Hidden Links client

I thought I would send you a quick email regarding my recent golf trip to Scotland. I particularly wanted to say thanks to you for helping to organize the trip and helping a lifelong dream come true for me. The accommodations were great with the stay in St Andrews being perfect especially the location being so close to the Old Course. The transportation that was provided was great and the drivers were prompt and very helpful.

Thanks again for everything. If I decide to go back to Scotland again next year or decide on a golf trip to Ireland I will definitely be in touch with you.

B.W., September 2015, St. Andrews and East Lothian Scotland

Hi Lauri,

We just wanted to say a big thank you for organising our trip and making it smooth sailing for us at every step.  I also appreciate the number of changes that we made before we left to get us to the start line in the first place.  Well done – we are already looking at our next trip to Ireland in 2 year’s time – and Hidden Links will be our first contact when we look at booking. Thanks again.

M.W., September 2015, St. Andrews, Aberdeen, and the Highlands Scotland

We have arrived back in South Africa safe and sound and would like to say thank you for an amazing holiday, the golf courses were some of the best we have ever played, the hotels were absolutely first class and what can we say about our driver, nothing was too much trouble.  He really went the extra mile.   We will most certainly use Hidden Links should we wish to return to Ireland and will have no hesitation in recommending your tour company to friends and colleagues.

Again, thank you

J.L., August 2015, Southwest Ireland

Some feedback on the trip:

Tralee: best caddies and great course.
Old Head: spectacular views and unique setting.
Waterville: the course was great and the staff very accommodating.
Lahinch: amazing course, our favorite. Caddies, clubhouse and course were fantastic.
Trumps (Doonbeg): Great venue; course more playable with wider fairways and few blind shots.

We found in unnecessary to have dinner reservations in Killarney since the hotel was so close to multiple restaurants.

Special thanks to our driver, Tomas. He was great. I am glad I read your FAQs about tipping suggestions.

Overall, the trip was great and we appreciate your help in setting it up. Hidden Links helped us 5 years ago with Scotland trip, which was equally good.

M.W., August 2015, Southwest Ireland

Hidden Links team

My wife and I would like to give you all a rousing “Job Well Done”.  Our time in Ireland and Scotland was fantastic and it was made even better by your bookings and suggestions.  The itinerary starting in Ireland was great, Kinsale and Old Head golf links was the perfect start to our journey.  The B&B was a great location and it ended up having the best breakfasts of the Irish trip.  Ending our time in Ireland on the West side also was a perfect call as the Cliffs of Moher were awesome and Lahinch Golf links turned out to be our most challenging from a weather perspective.  Ireland will be back on our travel list very soon as we loved the people, scenery, food, golf and even the weather was pleasant.

Scotland was as remembered and your team “hit the long drive” with starting in St Andrews.  B&B owners were great with their ideas and stories and the location could not be beat.  Walking distance to the Old Course and being right in the middle of golf central brought out the best in us.  On the Old Course my wife had her best round of the trip and I birdied the 18th to close out with an 81 (Driver, 9 iron, 21 foot putt with the pin on the left side of the green).  Moving on to the Highlands from there was all I had hoped for, since we had not been there before, again the location was perfect for a relaxed transition and of course more Golf.  Finishing our trip on the West side of Scotland was also another great suggestion as we could ease into our departure with a charming B&B.  In between we played some great golf courses, saw some awesome scenery, experienced great food, loved the local pubs, enjoyed the people and will have many stories to tell and memories to last a life time as we think about our 26 days there.

Thanks again for your efforts and attention to detail on our requests.

J.P., August 2015, Southwest Ireland and St. Andrews, Dornoch, and Ayrshire Scotland

Kristen,

I wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that our group had a fantastic trip to Scotland!  The organization of hotels, transportation, and golf by Hidden Links was 1st class, it was a once in a life-time trip for us and the professionalism of your organization just added to the experience!

If you ever need a reference or need us to provide some positive reviews anywhere, we would welcome the opportunity to provide this information!

Back to reality!

T.W., August 2015, St. Andrews, Troon, and Turnberry Scotland

Hi Iain,
I just wanted to let you know the results of our trip.  Everything about it went off without a hitch.  Our driver, Danny, was tremendous.  He was professional, efficient, humorous and very thoughtful.  He made sure that we were on time for everything we did and went out of his way several times to accommodate our group.  The bus was brand new, so it was very comfortable and clean.   The lodging was all well located and great.  I had prepared our first timers for the potential foul weather, but even the weather ended up being almost perfect.  To add icing to the cake, my brother, who had never had a hole in one, made one on #5 at Ballybunion, his favorite course in the world.  The following day at Lahinch, one of our rookies on the trip made a hole in one there.  You may recall that when I added a foursome to our group to accommodate a young cancer survivor’s desire to make the trip.  Andrew was the cancer survivor and the reason we went from 20 to 24.  Pretty magical stuff!!
So, all that said I want to thank you, Lauri and Kristen for executing a nearly perfect trip for us.  I will sing the praises of Hidden Links to anyone planning a golf trip in the future.
Thanks a ton!

J.S., August 2015, Southwest Ireland (group of 24!)

Hi Lori
Back from Scotland and extended Euro tour.
Some comments:
All taxi/shuttle services were excellent….. very accommodating……we used them in St. Andrews area.  Transfer from North Berwick to St. Andrews via Dunbar a fun excursion……shuttle driver great (pee stop!) We played St. Michael’s Golf Course in St. Andrews area (L25 p/p) on a “day off”……as hilly and even more fun than Gullane…..has look of a 2-3 star track but was a blast….no frills, local, tough course…..(L30 return per/taxi fare) Glen, North Berwick, Dunbar were awesome…..good choices. B&B perfect…..wonderful, helpful couple…..very good breakfast; location great

Overall, very well organized tour.
Thanks,

K.C., August 2015, St. Andrews and East Lothian Scotland

Bob,

It was a great trip. Thank you so much for setting everything up. The manor house was absolutely marvelous. Our driver, Tommy, was the best one could have. He was delightful, very well informed, took us to many special places, had a great sense of humor, and became part of our group at lunches and dinner.

It was a glorious time for the four of us and my friend, Buzz, is making a movie of the whole trip which we will be attending the premier on the 17th with our wives.

Thank you again for your good work.

J.F., August 2015, Southwest Ireland

Hi Jeff,

I just wanted to let you know that our Irish golf tour was an outstanding success. We had perfect weather for 95% of the time, and the warmth of the locals, the hotels, the food and especially the Guinness were outstanding.

I must make special mention of both our drivers – Pat and Kevin. We all thought that not only were they very professional, but that they added a dimension that absolutely made the trip. We couldn’t recommend them more highly.

Since this inaugural trip passed with flying colours, it’s my intention to use Hidden Links for our future annual trips in Europe and North America. Every 3 years we play in South Africa, with visits to game parks as the “cultural element” of the trip – we always have a  “cultural element”. In Ireland it was the pubs and singing. So let me know if you also operate in South Africa.

Next year 2 couples in our group are building new houses, so we’re having a rest year (they won’t let us go without them). The year after however, 2017, we’re thinking of playing in Spain and Portugal for 20 days, with a 10 day tour of Morocco as the  “cultural element”. Please advise when we should start planning this – I assume 12 months in advance should be sufficient.

Again many thanks for everything. We all loved it.

I.H., August 2015, Dublin, Northern Ireland, Northwest Ireland, and Southwest Ireland

Lauri/Kristen,
I just wanted to thank you both for all the assistance and coordination of our trip to Scotland.   You both did a fantastic job of putting the trip together and making sure all the small things were taken care of throughout the trip.   As with our trip to Ireland in 2013, you made the trip easy and enjoyable.   We will all recommend Hidden Links to our friends.

Just a couple of notes for your records:

St. Andrews – owners were just great hosts.   The place is immaculate and the breakfasts were excellent.  Great location and overall a great experience.

Dornoch – very nice, older facility with a great deal of history.   Rooms were large and bathrooms were very nice.   The service was excellent throughout our stay.   The two brothers (Phil and Simon) are working very hard to make their hotel a top notch place to stay.   Food was great (1 dinner, 2 breakfasts) and a five minute walk to the Royal Dornoch course.

Both transportation companies were outstanding, always on time, nice, large vehicles.   You have good partners in both groups.

Thanks again and we are already planning our next trip to Ireland for 2016.   Will be in touch.

J.S., August 2015, St. Andrews and Dornoch Scotland

Hi, Lauri. Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and everyone at Hidden Links who assisted in the creation of our awesome golf experience in Scotland. Everything turned out perfect. The courses that we played on were outstanding, the places that we stayed all had their own Scottish personalities, and the van was just right for our travel needs. Thank you for making this such a memorable experience.

P.M., August 2015, Ayrshire, the Highlands, and St. Andrews Scotland

Unfortunately we’re back . . . and the trip was wonderful!

The hotels were great as was the rental car. Our golf games were NOT great . . . but hey, we were playing golf in Ireland! And we totally lucked out in the weather department. I gather it rained continually throughout July and although we encountered one extremely rainy day – we were sightseeing that day so it worked out well. We played the West course at Powerscourt that first Tuesday and we did play in extremely windy weather (~~ 40-50 mph winds!) and the West course was very hilly. But all the courses booked by Hidden Links were excellent. Druids Glen was beautiful as ever (it has to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in Ireland) and Waterville & Tralee were great as always. It was breezy and cloudy at Waterville but only one little shower and we actually had a sunny, calm day at Tralee (no wind!! – that’s a first). Then we didn’t encounter much wind at Dooks either. My husband found Dooks extremely trying (those greens . . .) but thought if he had only played it 3-4 times, he would have gotten the hang of it!

I must say – the best thing we encountered was the ability to rent battery operated trolleys! Unfortunately we didn’t find them until Tralee and then Dooks (and we certainly could have used them at Powerscourt). They made the round much easier and were only 15 euros to rent, so quite inexpensive. It would be great if all the courses offered them for rent.

When we checked into Killarney they upgraded us to a junior suite which was quite a surprise – though quite enjoyable. We definitely liked staying there since it was so easy to walk around Killarney plus easy parking for our car. Our final day at Malahide was very nice. We were too late to see the Malahide Castle but walked around the large park area there and it was near 70 degrees (and had all the locals out in tank tops & summer wear – it was nice but it wasn’t tank top weather J !!) We ate that night nearby (recommended by Hidden Links) and had a very nice dinner.

As you know – the Irish roads have definitely improved since the early 2000s, although once you are off the M-routes they can go back to winding and slow (and sometimes only enough room for one car). I’m definitely glad we went with an automatic. On our trip from Powerscourt to Killarney we went past Limerick and spent the afternoon at Bunratty Castle & Folk Life Park. It was quite interesting and I strongly recommend it for sightseeing. And it’s perfect if anyone brings children with them. We also drove the entire Ring of Kerry down to Waterville and the eastern side is much slower (plus we ran into fog!) They were having their annual Puck Fair in Kilorglin so it was slow returning to Killarney from Waterville (and Dooks – although we were mid-afternoon then so it went faster). And the Muckross House and gardens are excellent in Killarney (we went there that Saturday and it was gloomy, breezy and cool but returned the Wednesday afternoon after playing Dooks and the sun was out – it’s amazing how much difference sun makes!) We also saw Ross Castle and took a boat ride around Killarney Lake while in Killarney. Killarney may be a touristy town, but it has restaurants, and places to go sightseeing and lots & lots of shopping!

Overall it was a pretty perfect trip. We were incredibly lucky to not have to play in any downpours and the Irish people were as hospitable as ever.

Thanks for all your help. We’ll have to think about where we want to go next!

B.P., August 2015, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Thanks again for a masterful trip.  Everybody enjoyed it without exception.

K.J., August 2015, St. Andrews, Scotland

Thanks so much. And BTW Pat our driver this week was fantastic!!

K.V., August 2015, St. Andrews, Scotland

Kristen, completely awesome tour!! Our driver was a real jewel. Golf was out of this world. Accommodations were superb! Would forget going to Waterford, because the whole crystal thing has gone abroad. Also, handicap cards were never asked for. We didn’t go to Waterford, but instead went to the Titanic exhibit in Cobh, which was excellent. Also toured Jameson distillery in Midleton which was really great. Thanks for putting together such an outstanding trip for us…..

R.V., August 2015, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Morning Jeff and Lauri,

Once again truly a GREAT experience. THANKS!  P.S. The other nice touch was having John check-in on our group at Royal Dublin (great guy) Cheers!

R.O., August 2015, Old Head and Dublin, Ireland

I want you to know once again how much we appreciate all your efforts in making our Ireland golf trip such a success!

There is no way we could have made it to all those courses and played so much golf without your help and expertise.

You handled everything we threw at you, from extra rounds added at the last moment to some late night drives, with such a cheerful and gracious attitude that won’t soon be forgotten.

Your hospitality and obvious pride in your beautiful country made the whole experience more special.

J.H., August 2015, Dublin, Northern Ireland, and Southwest Ireland

HL,

A word of thanks, trip exceeded our expectations. Sheena and Jack were a delight. Courses incredible. My ashes will be spread at Kingsbarns.

Since you arranged great weather, we played most rounds in shorts. No problem at Old Course, New Course ,Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Muirfield required “black” socks, not a problem since we wore or shifted to pants that day.

Elie required “knee high” socks. No exceptions. See foto. Naturally they had socks on sale for purchase. Turned out to be a highlight. You might advise future groups accordingly.

It will be some time, but thinking of next trip to Aberdeen and surrounds. Trump, Royal Dornoch, etc. Met some Scot’s who raved about golf in that area.

HL suggestions appreciated.

D.M., August 2015, St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri,

Our entire group wants to thank you for planning such a great trip for us. Everything worked out perfectly.The accommodations in both places were excellent. The hotel/B&B could not be more a accommodating. Our drivers were very punctual and super friendly. We all liked Wilson who drove us the first 3 days in the big bus. We even took him to dinner one night.  The best part was the weather, it was amazing. We had only one day of rain and that was Friday when we played Kingsbarns. We all loved that course despite the rain. We were glad that 4 players got out on the Old Course. Wish we all could have gotten out, the walk chances were tough to get. Three of us could have got out if we had got in line early Saturday but a few guys were tired of golf each day and used Saturday as a shopping day. We all will certainly recommend Hidden Links as the best partner when making these plans.

D.P., August 2015, Turnberry, Troon, Gleneagles, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Kingsbarns, and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Iain

I am just back in Edmonton from a few days in the Banff.  My son got married there this past weekend and it has been quite busy since our return from Scotland, in terms of preparing for the big day.

As for the trip, it was outstanding. Agnes and Robin were certainly one of the highlights. Their home and hospitality were exceptional in every way. They went out of their way to make us feel at home, made arrangements for diners out, etc., and we even played with Robin at Elie.

As for the courses, they were all great. Elie was a little difficult to judge as we played in a 50-60 mph wind. Quite the experience.

Thanks again for arranging such a great trip.  I am not sure when we will be back but I will definitely spread the word about your services to my friends. Also, as a semi-retirement job in a few years, I’ll be hitting you up for a guide position for your tours to the Canadian Rockies :).  We played Stewart Creek last week and it was outstanding.

Take care

M.K., July 2015, Ayrshire and the Open Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland

Dear Lauri and Kristen,

We are back with high praise for a wonderfully organized golf tour!  All hotels were excellent and not a glitch in any of our arrivals or departures.

Our driver, James, did a wonderful job in ferrying us to and fro (and providing us with some sightseeing experiences where time allowed such as Muckross Castle on Saturday), including the 6 ½ hour drive from Ballybunion after golf to Newcastle.  We all agreed that this was too much to do in one day but recognized that available play at Royal County Down is limited.  When we go again we will plan a longer stay there and perhaps play more of the northern courses.  FYI, we were all upgraded there. I wish I had John’s last name who was my caddy at Royal County Down as he was terrific, sorting out my swing and restoring me to good play. I would have taken him back to the States with me if allowed!  I know he has been there more that fifteen years and is recognized as one of the senior most caddies.

Finally, John and his associate Peter were wonderful in getting us to the Island Course and airport.  High praise is due.

F.Q., August 2015, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Just a short note to say thanks for all your help on my sons and my golf trip to Scotland last week. Just a heads up for your future customers, do not book them on Carmoustie golf course unless they are a 10 or under handicap golfer. It is a very tough course and will take away some of the great feelings that you get from the other courses. All in all, had a great time and made many great memories with my boys.

L.C., August 2015, St. Andrews and Carnoustie Scotland

Lodging
Catherine at Killarney was fantastic.   She does it well, very flexible with our schedules,  first rate facility and enjoyable hostess!!
Lahinch was pleasant,  we would have been impressed if we had stayed there first, everything was pleasant,  but Catherine had already raised the bar high in Killarney.

Transport

Van was excellent for us.   But TOMAS,  the driver was terrific.  He was a huge part of our fun and success on the trip.  Local knowledge,  references to food and beverage, and just  fun and pleasant gentleman with a great sense of humor.!
You guys should request Tomas for guests like us….  He is perfect, understands the golf,  the comaradarie,  etc…

Golf,   all venues were enjoyable and all for very  different reasons.   None I would take off my hot list. The second round at Druids Glen on the Druids Heath Course was probably the least dramatic but the original Druids Glen Course more than lived up to its reputation.  A must see!

Your planning and choices were excellent for us and we will continue to come back to you and refer others as well.

The trip overall was fantastic and I look forward to our next opportunity.

J.M., August 2015, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Just wanted you to know that our trip to Ireland was fantastic.

Thanks so much for organizing.  Midge and I had a spectacular time.

We especially enjoyed Roy’s company and professionalism as our driver.

Roy went above and beyond to ensure our trip was everything we expected.

Now I can’t wait to go back!!!!!!

I am forwarding your contact information to a group of guys who are organizing a trip for next summer.

M.H., August 2015, Northern Ireland and Southwest Ireland

Bob,

I’m finally back home! The trip was wonderful! Thank you for all your suggestions and for working with me to make the changes that were needed in order for the trip to flow better. The accommodations worked out well although we found that pigeons, especially in Terry’s case, were a nuisance for sleeping! I might add that the the proprietor at the Craigie was delightful and very accommodating. We may have rather stayed an extra day at “Trumpberry”, although that would have “upped the ante” a bit.

St Andrews was crazy! The weather was as rough for us up north (maybe even more so) than it was for the Open players and made it interesting when we arrived at St. Andrews. We all were able to play the Old Course- although Terry finished at 11:00 PM!! We missed the daily ballot both days, but got on the morning call sheet (Mike arrived at the starters office at 11:00PM the night before and was second in line) Terry and I chose to drink a bottle of scotch, smoke a cigar and watch the sunset. By that time we were in no shape to stand in line. We walked down to take a photo of the Royal and Ancient building all lit up and low and behold here comes Mike walking up at 11:00PM. I went to bed and woke at 4:00AM, went down and got in line at 4:30 and was 14th in line!! Terry showed up at 6:00- What a crazy lot golfers are! We all got our names on the call sheet, Mike went to bed and Terry and I went and played the New course and enjoyed it immensely- as you said we would!
Mike was able to enjoy the last round of the Open Monday morning, while Terry and I braved the elements at Crail Balcomie (Shivas Irons Lives!-if you’ve read Golf in the Kingdom) and Kingsbarns AND we finished in time to watch the playoff on TV with a pint! Thank you so much to your staff at Hidden Links for arraigning to have our luggage moved from hotel to hotel- that was an awesome touch!!

Prestwick was wonderful and Turnberry Ailsa was a treat, as we played just before the ladies Open was played.

So, without boring you with more details of the trip, I will say thank you very much, Hidden Links made our Scotland trip one to remember! I can honestly say my bucket list item of playing golf in Scotland is now nowhere complete! My list of courses that I want to play might require a move to Scotland…..and then there is Ireland! We all had a wee bit o fun!

Thank you so much,

T.D., July 2015, Dornoch, St. Andrews, and Ayrshire Scotland

Lauri, Kristen, Jeff,

First, let me say thank you for all your help in coordinating this trip for our group.   I appreciated your patience in handling all our inquiries and your quick responses.

Wanted to let you know that we had a truly wonderful trip.    The hotel accommodations and locations were perfect for the golf rounds we had planned and the courses, obviously, are fantastic!   We were blessed with just fantastic weather the whole week.    We didn’t really have any rain to speak of and had to deal with high winds only for half of the round at North Berwick and for the round at Muirfield.    We had absolutely gorgeous weather for our rounds at Carnoustie and St Andrews Old Course.   It could not have been more perfect at the Old Course!    No clouds, plenty of sunshine and very little wind!

I also wanted to share some observations that could be helpful in planning for future trips.    I am copying the rest of our group as they may add other helpful information.

1)      The shuttle service we used for local transportation was top notch!   The drivers were fantastic.   Very friendly, always timely, and flexible to our needs.    Allan, our first driver for the East Lothian segment, was very helpful as we had an issue with some of the luggage being delayed to the next day arrival and he arranged for the pick up the next morning.   He also helped us with afternoon travel to a local golf course for a round we added at the last minute for Sunday afternoon.   Richard and Vicki, our other drivers for the St Andrews segment were great as well, making the trip that much more enjoyable.    I was unsure how the shuttle would work out, but I highly recommend that approach to others for future trips.
2)    We played the Glen Golf Club on Sunday afternoon the day we arrived.    Although we had looked it up on the internet prior to going to Scotland, the website doesn’t do it justice.    It is a really fun course to play and very affordable (only about 40 british pounds).    What a great way to stay awake after the overnight trip and a great way to start the trip!
4)      We stayed for lunch at Muirfield and it was very enjoyable.
5)      If I did this over, I would plan to play Kingsbarns more than once.    If you could reserve a tee time for the Old Course, I would replace playing the New Course with Kingsbarns and then plan to play Kingsbarns again on another day.   For me, it is that spectacular!
6)      For those playing the other courses at St Andrews, I would recommend the Jubilee Course over the New Course.

Please consider the above as things to consider in helping others plan their trips going forward to help them have as great a time as we did.

This was a trip of a lifetime with so many wonderful memories we will enjoy for many years to come.

Thanks again and all the best.

T.S., July 2015, East Lothian and St. Andrews, Scotland

Lauri

Just to report in and say how everything went perfect on the trip. Crail yesterday was brilliant glad we went there in the end. No way to imagine that setting otherwise. We hit the weather just right and you guys had everything that went off smoothly. Thank you again for helping us to have a memorable trip.

T.H., August 2015, St. Andrews, Scotland

Lauri,
Just wanted to drop a line to let you know what a great time we had in Ireland.
We all enjoyed the golf and accommodations.  The Lodge was especially enjoyable as was the Druids Resort. Ms . Katherine at Killarney was a most welcoming and hospitable host. She made every effort to treat our group as family. We especially enjoyed Tomas who was our driver and guide for the majority of the trip. Tomas was very helpful and friendly, we would not have made it without him.

Thanks again for a great trip.

J.D., August 2015, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Jeff,
I just wanted to thank you and all your staff for all of the help in setting up this trip. I also wanted to thank you for all the help you provided while we were there. It was the experience of a lifetime. Several people have asked me about the trip, and I have told them all to reach out to you if they are serious about taking the trip. Hopefully one or two of them will actually follow through. 🙂

Thanks again for helping to create the experience of a lifetime.

S.D., August 2015, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Gleneagles Scotland

Our Scotland golf trip was fantastic!

We appreciate your unfailing attention to detail. With a trip of this magnitude, I worried that something would fall through the cracks, but you anticipated every contingency. Getting a tee time on the Old Course on the first ballot try was awesome. Several participants commented on how well you had organized the event to include five great golf courses.  Additionally, we were extremely impressed with Jinty.  She’s very service-oriented, energetic, and has a wonderful personality.

We were fortunate to use Hidden Links for an occasion like this and we certainly hope to use your services again in the future. On behalf of all of us, I express heartfelt thanks for all you did to make this a truly memorable experience.

M.J., August 2015, St. Andrews, Troon, and Prestwick Scotland

Hi Michelle,

It was a pleasure meeting you on Friday and sorry I was sort of a scatter brain, as I was trying to coordinate a few things prior to our departure. I wanted to thank you again for your services, and everyone in my group was very pleased with the trip, and the way things were organized so well.  As I mentioned I would maybe make a few tweaks to the plans if I organized another trip, but overall it was a great experience, and I heard comments such as “this is the best day of golf in my life” that show just how much fun guys were having! We also had a great driver, and the transportation and hotel were tremendous, so the trip met or exceeded expectations in all areas! Now if only Hidden Links could control the weather

Thanks again, and thanks so much for stopping to say hello!

K.B., August 2015, Southwest Ireland

I thought it might be helpful to get a little feedback from the trip. I certainly understand now why you don’t routinely have people staying in the middle of London when they’re playing golf in the outskirts. The traffic getting out of London is pretty impressive. Took us two hours to get from downtown London to Walton Heath and probably 2 1/2 to get to Royal St. George’s.

The hotel in Dornoch was very pleasant and convenient and I would certainly recommend it to anybody. The one in Cruden Bay has also spent a fair amount of money updating the back and side of the hotel. They have actually made several improvements to Cruden Bay Golf Club. I would not be surprised if they move up in the world rankings fairly significantly.

I really enjoyed my time with my son. Hopefully we’ll get to do something together again at some point in the future. I did run into another group from Hidden Links at the B&B in St. Andrews. Six guys out of Maryland.  I’m pretty sure they were more interested in drinking scotch in playing golf.

Hopefully this information has been helpful. Look forward to using your services hopefully in the not-too-distant future. Thanks again,

P.W. July 2015, London and Southeast England, Dornoch, Cruden Bay and St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri,

Please accept my belated thanks for all that you and your team did to make our trip to Scotland such a memorable experience.  I truly appreciate the professionalism and wonderful treatment we received. The golf was spectacular and all the arrangements worked perfectly.  Many thanks.

J.L., June 2015, Ayrshire, Aberdeen, and St. Andrews Scotland

Greetings, Hidden Linkers…

I’m standing here at Edinburgh airport waiting for the Aer Lingus check-in desk to open for business.  That means that the Hidden-Links-controlled part of my Scotland golf trip has come to an end.

I just wanted to thank you all for a fabulous, smooth-as-silk experience.  Everything was great…car, hotels, and, especially, the golf.  Along the way, since my first inquiry back in March, I’ve interacted in one way or another with a whole cast of HL characters (by my count, it’s Robert, Carissa, Kristen, Jeff, and Lauri) and everyone was wonderfully helpful in their own way.  You all made this 13-rounds-in-10-days jaunt a trip of a lifetime—except for the fact that now I’d like to do it again some time!

I’ll be sure to sing your praises to anyone who asks how my trip was arranged, and when, after a decent interval, I once again broach the subject of a golf trip to Scotland to (or Ireland) to my wife, I’ll know who to call!

Cheers…

N.G., July 2015, St. Andrews, Dornoch, and East Lothian Scotland

Hi Jeff,

Just wanted to say a big thank you for all the great organisation your company did for Phil and I in Ireland – we had a fabulous time, hotels were wonderful and golf wasn’t to bad either!

We would thoroughly recommend your company to everyone who are thinking of going to Ireland for golf.  We enjoyed both Hotels – particularly the food in Killarney.

Thanks again.

P.A., July 2015, Southwest Ireland

Lauri thank you again for everything.  Everyone was very happy with the trip.

F.D., July 2015, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

Hidden Links:

On behalf of our group I would like to thank you for putting together a
wonderful, effortless trip.  Your men on the ground in Ireland were prom,
polite and couldn’t do enough for us.

Bravo, job well done.

M.U., July 2015, Dublin, Northern Ireland, and Southwest Ireland

Hey Lauri –
Our trip went amazing!  All of the transportation and tee times were spot on, and the accommodations memorable!  Thanks for the attention to details, and for keeping us updated on the ballot, etc.  We did finally get on late afternoon on Wednesday, a great way to cap off the two weeks.

Thanks again , we will definitely refer your company to any friends or family  that needs this type of service.

Maybe we do  an updated version in a couple of years!

C.K., July 2015, Southwest Ireland, Dublin, Ayrshire and St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff – thanks again for all you did as well.   When dust settles, want to send you a critique you may find useful.   We had a fantastic time, our driver (Jim) was awesome, and the B&B in Strathtay is a hidden gem for sure.   The location of the St Andrews’ properties certainly could not be beat.  More details to follow when I get a moment to breathe.

M.M., July 2015, The Highlands, The Open, and St. Andrews Scotland

Everything was good…except for a few of our scores!  My group kept toasting me and thanking me for all the hard work I had done and I kept telling them I really didn’t do anything – it was all you guys!  Everything was well planned and no details slipped through the cracks.  Even when we rearranged days to play the Old Course after the Open.

Our coach driver, Brian, was fantastic!  Best driver ever.  He was fun, laid back, super accommodating and fit right in.  He told funny jokes and was able to give us good sightseeing information when asked.  It was VERY helpful that he and James and Hazel and Laurie had copies of our itineraries with tee times.  I really appreciated that.  They all had phone numbers handy which was a blessing.  One of our guys lost his clubs in transit for the first half of the trip (Kirsty made sure the courier left them in spite of not getting the owners signature). Brian was always happy to call ahead to courses to confirm caddies and rental clubs.

James and Kirsty at are a kick.  Accommodations were great.  Super clean.  Great food.  I think we got pretty loud out back one night and he took it in stride the next day saying that if we had really been too loud he would have said something.

I had met Hazel and Laurie in 2009.  They are awesome.  Hazel may have been the one that got us in the ballot.  We grilled steaks one night in the back yard at the flat and they joined us for drinks afterwards.  It was their 26th wedding anniversary.  They have really created a great space back there.  Great breakfasts and everything was super clean.  They went out of their way to help us store luggage and carry bags after we checked out while we played the Old Course.  One day Laurie even took a few of the guys to his club for some snooker.

Thanks again for everything!!!  Especially the attention to detail.  We will definitely use you guys again next time!

R.G., July 2015, The Highlands, The Open, and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Jeff:  I can’t thank you and Lauri enough for the most fantastic trip of a lifetime and for the very professional manner in which everything was handled.  The drivers were all on time, courteous, helpful (carrying my heavy golf bag!) and friendly and excellent drivers.  On the way to Gleneagles we saw 5 rainbows!!!  The B&B couldn’t have been lovelier – Jim and Kristy took such good care of me.  My room was beautifully decorated with a great view out over the mountains and the mist.  You never know what to expect when you use a service – I have had the tiniest garret room in Paris and a spacious room with a patio overlooking Mt. Vesuvius in Sorento ( Parker Company) – but I really loved the room in Pitlochry and the village was just so quaint.

The hotel room was very clean, newly decorated and well appointed.  The complimentary breakfasts were incredible!!!!  So much food!.  I know you had nothing to do with the weather at the Open but there were sunny moments and I am just so thrilled to have been there – memories to last a lifetime.  I have pictures of my Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo poses on the famous Swilcan bridge at St. Andrews!!!!

If any of the ladies in my 3 golf leagues plan a trip to Scotland I will insist that they contact YOU.  I can’t recommend you highly enough and I guess that is the best way I can thank you is by referring others.

Thank you so much for kindly refunding my Sunday Open ticket and the green fees for St. Andrews.  Guess I will have to come back so I can play one of those famous courses.

Again, my warmest thanks – it couldn’t have been better (except for the weather!)

E.F., July 2015, Pitlochry Scotland and the Open at St. Andrews

I went last year and it was perfect
The Hidden Links group did all they said they would and more

J.G., July 2015, reference to a 2014 Hidden Links tour!

Michelle – We are back in the USA and I wanted to let you know how appreciative we are for all you did to make our very “last minute” trip so great.

We also enjoyed the additional round of golf at Dooks. See picture attached of Karen and our caddie, Michael.  I must say I felt a little guilty having a 69 year old carry my bag when I am ONLY 68 years old!!   I will add that Michael spoke very highly of the job you did while you were at Dooks.

Thanks for taking the time to personally meet with us in Killarney and the last minute change to Adare Manor.  It made for an easy trip to Shannon Airport yesterday morning.

I will say that we lucked out on the weather on each of the days we played golf, with only a few rain drops on the last three holes at Dooks.  Rain suits not needed after all.

All in all, a great trip, thanks in no small part to your good efforts.

W.P., July 2015, Southwest Ireland

Hi Jeff,

On behalf of the all guys who joined me on our recent Ireland trip, I wanted to give a big thanks to you, Lauri and Kristen on a perfectly planned golf trip.  Everything went off without a hitch.  The enjoyment began the moment we landed in Dublin and met our motor coach driver (Dave).  Dave was extremely helpful and valuable during the entire trip.  Dave had never been to Northern Ireland before, so during his downtime he would go and scope out our next destination, preventing us from getting lost or being delayed.  He would also call local hotels and restaurants to keep them updated of our status if we were running late.  Regarding the accommodations, they were distinctly different, yet both fabulous.  The Gas Light Bar was terrific.  The staff at both places were extremely nice.

As for the golf, all of us were extremely pleased that we chose the itinerary you recommended.  It was hard to pick a favorite, but Royal County Down and Royal Portrush were two of the favorites, although Ardglass was a spectacular gem and we would highly recommend to any other group looking at an itinerary in the same region.  We certainly lucked out with the weather.  All told, we had 1 hole (out of 108) where it rained and 4 or 5 others where we had some drizzle.  The high temperatures were constantly in the low to mid 60’s, which I believe is above average.

We have now visited both Scotland and Ireland and we would be hard pressed to have to choose which destination we would go back to next.  I think the Southwest itinerary of Ireland has the early lead, although getting out to Royal Dornoch (your course) seems to be a bucket list item for many of us.

I can wait to reach out to you in the near future to begin planning yet another flawless golf vacation.

All the best,

R.M., June 2015, Royal Portrush and Royal County Down Northern Ireland

Kristen and Lauri: Great trip , outstanding accommodations and golf. Starting to plan for next year Wales or Scotland.

G.B., June 2015, Carnoustie and East Lothian Scotland

Overall, our trip was a resounding success.  I do look forward to our association continuing into the future.

T.Y., June 2015, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland and Northern Ireland

Hi Lauri–

Just back from Scotland. We had a wonderful time and everything went perfectly–car, hotels, tee times all smooth and good. Thanks very much for doing a great job.

A.N., The Highlands and St. Andrews, Scotland

Hi Iain and Lauri,

Just wanted to say thank you very much for all of your help in organizing our family’s trip to Ireland. We had an absolute blast, and I was amazed (again) at how well you all coordinate everything. I certainly hope that we will have more golf trips in the future, and if we do, we will definitely use Hidden Links every time!

Hope you both have a great weekend!

B.J., June 2015, Southwest Ireland

Kristen and Lauri please know we had a fabulous week. Everything went so smoothly thanks to your efforts and those of the companies you coordinated with. Everyone involved could not have done anything more from a customer service point. They really cared. The scheduling of the golf tee times and order of courses played were perfect. Thank you for all your suggestions and guidance. Only wish you could have controlled the weather too.

Should future clients need a recommendation on your services please let me know – there would be no hesitation on our/my part.

With much appreciation and satisfaction!

B.M., June 2015, Ayrshire and St. Andrews, Scotland

I just wanted to let you folks know what a great time we recently had on a trip to Scotland that you arranged for us. A week in St. Andrews and four outstanding rounds of golf. Every arrangement you made worked exactly as promised and the drivers you arranged for were very friendly and informative. The hotel staff were extremely accommodating and helpful for six Yankees who had never been to Scotland. It was clearly a “bucket list” trip from which we returned with wonderful memories that will last forever. I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to return and play some other courses in future years. Thank you so much for everything you did to arrange such a memorable experience!!!

F.B., May 2015, St. Andrews and Muirfield Scotland

Dear Jeff,

My group returned from Scotland yesterday and I am thrilled to report that our golf adventure exceeded each of our expectations!

Both the Gleneagles resort and The Old Course Hotel were fabulous.  Fantastic hospitality, superb breakfasts, and lovely rooms.  We benefitted from great caddies at those courses where we arranged them.  The weather, I might add, was atypical of Scotland and very welcomed – no rain at all, little wind, sunny most days, lows in the 50s and highs in the upper 60s.

All in all, the late sunsets (about 10:30pm) allowed us to play 11 courses:

Gleneagles Kings Course
Carnoustie
Gleneagles Queens Course
Blairgowrie Rosemount
Gleneagles Centenary PGA Course
Crail Balcomie Course
St. Andrews Castle Course
St. Andrews Jubilee Course
St. Andrews Eden Course
St. Andrews New Course
St. Andrews Old Course

We loved every minute. A few were even at twilight…beautiful.   And after golf, we took advantage of many local fine dining restaurants and a few pubs.

My special memory was an 80 on The Old Course, highlighted by a par on #17 after hitting my second shot into the famed Road Hole bunker. So cool.

As an added bonus, Gary Player was staying at the OCH and his presence at breakfast and on the first tee when we played The Old Course added to the specialness of the week. (I might add that, with the overflowing array of decadent choices at the OCH breakfast buffet, we watched him only consume a single piece of toast for breakfast…..we should all take a lesson on how to live a long, healthy, and athletic life!)

In particular our driver Andy, was wonderful.

Thanks again for our upgraded rooms at Gleneagles!

D.L., May 2015, St. Andrews and Gleneagles Scotland

Hi Lauri
I wanted to say thanks to you and Hidden Links. Our trip exceeded our expectations. Wonderful accommodations, loved the golf and the caddies, good shopping, and awesome sightseeing. Everything went without a hitch from beginning to end. Our driver Vic was a wealth of information, helpful, with great suggestions, and always prompt.
I would highly recommend your company for anyone planning a trip to Scotland..
Once again thank you for all your help.

S.B., May 2015, St. Andrews and Dornoch Scotland

Lauri,

I just wanted everyone at Hidden Links to know what a great time we had in Ireland.  We played LOTS of golf, ate delicious food, saw beautiful Ireland and I can’t imagine anyone having a better time than we did.

Can you do me a favor?  Our drivers were just fantastic, especially Ger, our driver for the first part of our trip (from the airport pickup thru our drop off at Doonbeg).  Please pass on to their companies how much we enjoyed their company and the service they provided.  They were more than drivers- they were ambassadors for their country, and added such color and fun to our trip.

Also, can you send Ger’s company a note to tell Ger we’re sending him a small thank you gift to Murphy’s bar and that we hope he gets it?

Thanks so much,

P.C., May 2015, Southwest Ireland

Western Gailes was fantastic and Turnberry was rated best by our group.  Spoke with Donald Trump out on the course.  Have had great weather and wonderful accommodations at Turnberry.  Thanks so much for all your efforts.

T.K., June 2015, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Trip was fantastic. All the courses and hotel in St Andrews were fantastic.
I would book thru you all again or if I go to Ireland I would use your
services.

Thanks for the help

J.R., May 2015, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Thanks for your email!
We all have had the best golf experience in our life. It was absolutely fantastic and we will remember this trip for the rest of our life. I would like to say thank you for your company’s arrangement. Especially to you, It wouldn’t be so successful without your final efforts.
Wish we will have a trip in next year, we definitely need your service.

Thank again for all you did for us!

N.Y., May 2015, St. Andrews Scotland (from Shanghai, China!)

Lauri
Tour was great. Old Course was a delight both days. Played it in true Scottish weather on Monday. Rain, wind, hail, sunshine. The walk on on Thursday was easy and we were off the first tee by 8AM!  Weather was similar, very windy, not as much rain, finished in glorious sunshine.
Kingsbarns was the highlight of the week. An awe inspiring golfer’s course that I would highly recommend to anyone, and have already.
Crail and Elie were fun courses with wonderful people there to make me feel welcome. Enjoyed both immensely on two bright sunny days.
Thank you

D.L., May 2015, St. Andrews Scotland

Just got back to the states it was a great trip lots of great memories ! The accommodations and golf courses were great! I will recommend your company to anyone wanting to go there.
Thank you very much.

B.A., May 2015, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Carnoustie Scotland

Your service and availability was awesome, I appreciate your ability to handle problems and changes very quickly.

P.F., May 2015, Southwest Ireland

Just a quick note of thanks for another fine job! Golf and accommodations were top notch once again! Thank you again!

K.D, May 2015, Dublin, Lahinch, Ballybunion, and Killarney Ireland

Please pass on my thanks to everyone at Hidden Links for the seamless arrangements made for our trip.  The Shannon’s have travelled to Ireland several times and I think it is safe to say you can add them to your future customer list.  Telling the car rental agents, pro shops, caddy masters, or hotel clerks to look for our bookings under “Hidden Links” resulted in an “Of course, perfect!” reply. This trip was a celebration of our fortieth anniversary and, as Beth said, it was the finest trip of her life.

Well done and thank you.

P.D., May 2015, Southwest Ireland

Let’s talk over the next day or so. All in all, the trip was a huge success and in no small part to what Hidden Links provided. I will give you a ring sometime today.

R.D., May 2015, Turnberry, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews Scotland

Our apartment is great.  Everyone is pleased and that makes me very happy.  I am excited for our stay.  Please share our enthusiasm for the trip with Jeff We have been really happy with the shared caddy.

C.E., May 2015, Turnberry, Troon, and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff, just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time in Ireland. All the courses were beautiful as well as the accommodations. Definitely first class all the way. Everything ran smoothly. Our driver and van were made the trip even better. Thanks for putting it together. Now all I need to do is recover. Thanks.

S.F., May 2015, Southwest Ireland

Dear Lauri,  Thank you for the good news that makes the week perfect. Everyone here gives Hidden Links effusive compliments and I must sincerely agree. Thus far our experience has been superior and absolutely every driver we have met was both punctual and very friendly. A heartfelt thank you to everyone at Hidden Links

B.L., May 2015, upon hearing about Old Course St. Andrews ballot success

Bob:

I just wanted to thank you for arranging our upcoming trip and more importantly tell you what an outstanding person you have at Hidden Links in Lauri Carr.  As luck would have it, a conflict arose with me that caused us all to move our trip back a few days.  Lauri was quick to come to our aid and rearranged everything with minimal negative impact on our experience.  She and I had many conversations and exchanged emails over several days as she worked continuously with Ireland to change our arrangements.

We often forget to recognize those that go above and beyond and I wanted to make sure that you and all your colleagues know what an asset Lauri is to your organization.

G.C., May 2015, Southwest Ireland

Lauri,
I just wanted to thank you for all of your help in sending me the info for placing my claim with Travel Guard.  Everything worked out and I received my refund for the golf cancelation.  Thank you and your staff for putting together a fantastic trip.  We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the itinerary very much. We are already talking about another trip someday!

B.G., April 2015, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Dornoch, and Turnberry Scotland

Our trip with Hidden Links was flawless and fantastic! We were also a group of 8. We did the Southwest of Ireland, including Old Head, Ballybunion, Waterville, Tralee, Doonbeg, and Lahinch. We stayed in Kinsale, Kilarney and Trump Intl. in Doonbeg. Our favorite stop was Kilarney. Our motorcoach and driver, Paddy, made the trip for us. He was our driver, tour guide and advocate. I highly recommend that you use a motorcoach and driver. I would highly recommend Hidden Links for your “trip of a lifetime” as they delivered for ours. Feel free to contact me again for any other questions or concerns. Yours in Golf,

R.H., November 2014, Reference provided about Southwest Ireland

Jeff / Lauri, we returned to Canada yesterday, after a wonderful time in Ireland.  Old Head, Tralee and Ballybunion were outstanding, not only the courses but the customer service we received there.  From our initial greeting at the gate to Old Head to when we said farewell to the caddies at Ballybunion we were very impressed. Your name is held in high regards at these courses. The B&B you reserved for us was outstanding. The restaurant was outstanding and the service, especially Wendy and Dermot, was to say the least, exceptional. Should any of us return we would definitely stay at this boutique hotel.  Rosslare was a true links courses and tough in the wind. We all rated it the fourth best course we played. Mount Juliet was an easier course yet our scores did not reflect it. The setting was beautiful but more like what we were used to at home.  We visited Tramore but did not play there on the last day, (the course was in great shape and looked very interesting and we cancelled the caddies they had planned for us but we knew if we didn’t get closer to Dublin than our drive on Tues, Oct 28th would have been a race to catch the plane) so we chose to drive to Dublin and play Druids Glen, I would highly recommend this course or it’s sister course Druids Heath, if you have any golfers looking at playing around Dublin.
Jeff, I went to Ireland a little worried as I had only dealt with you and your company through the internet but as I said from the gates at Old Head until we finished with Mount Juliet we couldn’t be happier with what you had planned for us and the high regard theses courses and B&B had for your company. A lady behind the desk at Old Head made the comment that she wished all the companies they dealt with were like you.  Should we decide to go back or go to Scotland to play Golf you can count on us contacting you to set it up.  All the best.

A.J., October 2014, Old Head, Mount Juliet, and Druids Glen Ireland

Jeff,

Well, we’ve been home a week, and it’s time to send my official thank you for all the cooperation and help you gave us in setting up what turned out to be a wonderful trip for the entire family.

We had a great time, loved every place we saw in Scotland, and the golf was truly spectacular. We even had pretty good weather!

In particular, the B&B in Pitlochry was really special. My wife said it was the nicest place we’ve ever stayed. We enjoyed the town as well.

It was a very hectic trip – we made it to the first tee at Turnberry about 8 minutes before our round was scheduled to begin, after 30 hours of no sleep or food. We played terribly but loved it.

Thanks again. It really turned out great.

M.S., September 2014, Turnberry and The Ryder Cup, Gleneagles

Wanted to first of all thank you for the great memento (8 pictures)  of Glen Eagles Ryder Cup 2014 that awaiting my arrival home this week from Scotland, much appreciated and they have all been forwarded to the guys by FedEx.Thank You.

As for the 2014 trip wanted to provide feedback  as always for your information .In summary everything worked out just great:

*       Pick up was spot on;  as was the drop off on the last day  (BTW  this year they sent a real bus to transport us to Edinburgh from Troon on the return  )

*       Ryder Cup was as explained and we had a great day , taking your advice and  getting up for the first bus EARLY ,from Dundee in order to get on the course for 7 am worked in our favor.

*       Starting times at 11am seemed to be particularly in favor this year as that gave everyone time for a good sleep , and a good breakfast .

*       Also we added Murcar Links to the itinerary once we arrived on day one . It borders  Royal Aberdeen and quite similar

•       Finally :: the  weather was PERFECT…….amazing that we did not open an umbrella or have on rain gear all week !!  THANKS for that!!!  lol

J.C., September 2014, Aberdeen and The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland

I should have written this e-mail 3 weeks ago, but I am just now getting around to it.  We had a fabulous trip to Scotland a few weeks ago.  Our weather was wonderful for the entire trip with mild temperatures and hardly a sprinkle of rain.  Thanks for arranging that for us.  I got nothing but raves from all of my group about the trip.  I will not bore you with all the details day to day, but I will try to point out the things that stood out for me.  First of all, the owners at the St. Andrews B&B were awesome.  The one downer of the whole trip was that I strained my back on the 5th day on the New Course.  It was particularly upsetting to me as I was playing about as well as I can during the first 5 days.  My back just decided to act up on the back nine on the New Course.  I hoped that it would magically heal itself overnight with the healing powers of some beverages, but that did not happen.  I had to play the Old Course slumped over with a bad back and it showed.  I will mention, however, that I played the last 3 holes par, bogey (3 putt), par.  I just figured out how to hit the low runner and made it work.  I visited a local lady masseuse, Marywa was her name, and she helped me get better.  I was talking to a member of my club here who has been to Scotland a number of times and telling him the story and he said, “Did you go see Marywa?”  I thought that was cool that he had been to her also.  She also caddies at the Castle course.

Our visit to Muirfield was wonderful.  We were there the first day that they actually come to your car and pick you and your clubs up in a cart.  They told us they were beginning that service that day.  I was really impressed with the golf course.  It was much nicer and better than I had visualized.  I did not play particularly well as I was still having back problems, but I thought it was a very special place.  We all also were so glad that we elected to have the lunch.  Walking around in the club house and looking at the historical memorabilia was like unto visiting a museum.  It was truly a special experience and a great way to end the first leg of our trip.

You know each trip develops its own stories, etc. by which we remember them in the future and a great deal of the memories have less to do about the golf and more about just the camaraderie and fun that is had during the trip.  One of the guys who was in the car with Lou and me and also stayed at the B&B with us said he will never again use a GPS without thinking about the Tom Tom Bitch as we name ours.  She sometimes led us the wrong way or said things we did not understand.  Overall she was a great help, just sometimes she decided to mess with us, like a typical woman (sorry Lauri, not you of course).

On the second leg of our trip Lou and I had a great time and truly enjoyed the courses.  On Day 2 we played at Royal Dornoch and were paired with Steve and Vikki Lee, a couple from Chicago who were also Hidden Links travelers.  We really enjoyed our round with them.  Fortrose and Rosemarkie was a nice stop on the way to Nairn. We found Royal Aberdeen to be in great shape and the changes that they have made there since we were there in 2003 have definitely improved the course.  And finally we truly enjoyed Cruden Bay also.  They actually credited us back 20bsp each because they had recently punched their greens.  I appreciated the fact that they did that and although the greens were not up to par, they were not bad and did not hinder our enjoyment to the course.

In summary you and Lauri once again did a masterful job of putting this trip together and provided all or our group a wonderful trip that we will look back on with many smiles on our faces.  I know that I have told you this before, but these trips are about more than just the golf courses that we play, or the hotels where we stay.  They are a totality of the experience of guys wandering around in a foreign land, talking, playing and laughing for days on end.  I thank you for providing that to us.

I certainly hope we get to do it again in the next year of two.

PS.  We do need to meet somewhere and play golf.

H.C., September 2014, East Lothian, St. Andrews, Cruden Bay, and the Scottish Highlands

Hi Lauri.

Just back from our Scotland trip.

Had a wonderful time. The golf itinerary was great, not a drop of rain, accommodations very good, and the transportation and driver were excellent. The Ryder Cup was well worth the wait.

You did an excellent job putting this all together, and the group was very pleased. I would give it a 10/10.

Do you do anything in South Africa?

Thanks again.

Cheers,

P.M., September 2014, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, Muirfield, and The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Scotland

Hola Jeff

We returned from our trip last week.  I write to thank you.

Everything worked perfectly.  Your selections, recommendations and choices were excellent.  Our only regret was that the trip ended.

We had a very memorable experience, thank you very much.

Saludos,

J.C., September 2015, St. Andrews and Gullane Scotland

Iain,

Great trip again to Ireland.  Hotels were spot on  and all fabulous.  View in Port Ballintrae was incredible.  My Irish name even got us upgraded to Presidential suite at the Shelbourne.  Made the trip.  Golf was great.  Shorts weather.  No wind.  Only 1 car crash but heeded your advice and bought extra insurance and left hassle to rental company.  Ready to go back.  Ireland only.

P.S., September 2014, Northwest Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Dublin

By the way. Great trip. Everything went perfect. Only complaint was the da*n seagulls( protected) outside the hotel windows. Not much to be done with that, just an additional whiskey before bed.

P.H., August 2014, St. Andrews, Scotland

Thanks Lauri for a great vacation   We’ll be back in two years.

R.H., September 2014, The Scottish Highlands, Aberdeen, and Carnoustie

Lauri:

Just wanted to tell you that Dornoch was spectacular and people were amazed that Hidden Links got all 8 of us on to the Old Course at St. Andrews.  People told me that St. Andrews (Old) other than the history, was not that much of a golf course.  The history was spectacular and, IMO, the golf track was perhaps (hope not) a one in a lifetime experience.

I would definitely recommend, highly, Hidden Links to anybody that is thinking of planning a trip to Scotland!!  Thank you for your efforts.

J.P., September 2014, Dornoch and St. Andrews, Scotland

Hi Iain..
Hi Lauri..

On behalf of the whole Brazilian golf party, please accept my sincere thanks for a wonderful trip !  We played fabulous courses in amazing weather (did we go to Scotland?), Muirfield x3!, Greywalls was a very charming lodging, Alan = faultless taking us up and down, malt whisky was consumed in measured quantities (hehe), the dynamics in the group was superb etc etc. Unforgettable !

Need to start thinking about the next golf dream.. — under no circumstances Arminio will miss it !!

All the best,

R.F., September 2014, East Lothian Scotland

Hi Jeff,
Thank you for a wonderful week of golf. Thank you for changing the car to an automatic.  We played the Jubilee course on Saturday because we could not check early into the hotel.  The trip was especially enjoyable because of the exceptional weather. Except for the last 2 holes at Jubilee there was no rain, unbelievable, only a light wind and temperatures in the 60’s all week. Were you responsible for that, too? The courses were great, the lodging very comfortable and the owners very hospitable and pleasant.  We loved the breakfasts.  Even Gus, the owners’ dog at Golf view was very friendly.  Our only problem was a dog who ran off the beach at North Berwick and grabbed my son’s ball which was rolling on the green. After retrieving the ball we had no idea where to place it as it had been in motion. I gave my son a one putt.
Again, a very enjoyable trip.
Thank you,

K.K., September 2014, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Prestwick Scotland

Lauri,
We just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful trip and were thrilled with the drivers.  Graham did such a fabulous job those last 3 days, but they were all super.  Thanks for your assistance.

J.R., August 2014, Turnberry, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Dornoch Scotland

Iian
I just wanted to take the time to let you know that the trip was wonderful.  We were all in agreement that the information that was passed out, the reserved tee-times, hotel reservation, and transportation were all done in a professional manner and I will be telling other golfers about Hidden Links.

J.E., September 2014, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Thanks for a wonderful trip
Everything went perfect
Hotel in Killarney was fantastic
Tee times and drivers all worked out great You guys do a wonderful job and after looking at prices at Doonbeg also think you got us a good deal Will be back in two years for possible Northern Ireland and western Scotland trip.

A.P., September 2014, Southwest Ireland

Got home Saturday.  Had a great, great time. Can’t be duplicated. Thanks so much.

P.F., August 2014, St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Lauri:  We had the best trip ever thanks to you and Jeff.  Some thoughts from us to you: we continue to love Carne, Enniscrone, Sandy Hills, the two Ballyliffin courses, Portstewart, and County Down.  The GPS addition was really helpful.  Your logistics were perfect, not one glitch anywhere.  We will contact you in due time for Ireland ’16!
From all three of us, Thank you!

J.M., August 2014, Northwest Ireland and Northern Ireland

Thanks Jeff, Lauri appreciate your efforts to adjust and accommodate.    I have a another client that is wanting to do a Ireland Golf trip,  will make sure they contact you.

J.G., July 2014, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Dear Folks,

Belatedly, I too wanted to let you know that our trip was great and came off without a hitch.  Hidden Links did a great job for us.

Also, I cannot possibly improve on Charlie’s characterization of what Joe, our driver, meant to the success and enjoyment of our week.  That’s an opinion shared heartedly by all eight of us.

Thanks,

T.S., August 2014, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Dear Hidden Links Folks

We concluded the most wonderful adventure in Ireland last week.  I need to say something. Just on my own.

I hope I can speak for the group. All eight of us (we are all good friends) found Joe to be the finest man, and ultimately our friend, we have ever encountered on a trip such as this. His humor and knowledge of…well…everything made the trip for us very special. Joe set the standard for the rest of our lives, if, as, and when we are fortunate enough to travel around together again. His successors have a very high bar to contend with.

Well done Joe!

Well done Hidden Links!

Thanks from my heart.

C.W., August 2014, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

I must echo the other guy’s input to you. I as well had a most gratifying experience in Ireland and although it was sometimes grueling on this 67 year old body, the awesome courses we played negated any aches and pains and elevated scores!  Lauri was very professional and informative. The itinerary was as expected. ( I would opt to stay in one place if I were to arrange a trip of this nature again, but these are the things you learn as you do things.) If you would please tell Roy for me, he has a gem in Paddy as an employee. He was a total pleasure to be with and could not do enough for us as a group, or individually. He made the trip that much more successful, and enjoyable.

Thanks ,

F.S., August 2014, Southwest Ireland

Lauri I really am speechless about the trip.  Everything could not have ran any smoother and all the courses, bus and driver, accommodations and breakfasts were all first class.
I Do not think I have been on a trip that ran so smoothly or was so exactly tailored to what we were looking for. Thank you so much for all your work over the past 16 months on arranging our once in a lifetime trip to Ireland.

R.S., August 2014, Southwest Ireland (for 18 golfers!)

Ditto to everything Ron. John and I did a trip back in “86 and as great as that was the overall experience with Hidden Links was even better.

R.L., August 2014, Southwest Ireland

Just want to let you know what a wonderful driver we had in Noel.  We had
the pleasure of him looking after us for 8 days and he really did make the
trip.  From his great suggestions on where to eat, go for a pint or his
quick wit and sightseeing suggestions we could not have been in better
hands.

R.S., August 2014, Southwest Ireland

Jeff, Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time in Ireland and the arrangements you made for our group were great! All the hotels were very nice, especially in Kilarney. The courses were magnificent, especially Old head and Ballybunion. We had so-so weather, but we still had great experiences at each course. Our last day at Lahinch was really tough due to the wind and eventual rain.  Besides the phenomenal hospitality of the Irish people we met at each stop, the person who made our trip a total success was Paddy our coach driver. He was outstanding! He made the trip easy for us and was our advocate everywhere we went. He was proactive with the hotels and the golf courses and made sure we were accommodated.  I think my group to a man would give the same compliments to your organization and to Paddy. Thanks for a great Irish Golf outing. Yours in Golf,

R.H., August 2014, Southwest Ireland

I am and would be a “testimonial” for Hidden Links at anytime, if needed when you have others looking to put together a trip,,,

B.C., August 2014, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Muirfield Scotland

Lauri the guys are debating as to the appropriate manner to thank.  I volunteered a big hug and kiss but Larry suggests a box of chocolate. We all love and thank you.  Next I am in Hotlanta I am coming to kiss you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

R.M., August 2014, St. Andrews, Gleneagles, and Ayrshire Scotland

I just wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful time on our Scotland golf trip.  Everything went smoothly, and there were absolutely no issues with the logistics at all.  I am very appreciative.

I would do everything again, with just a couple changes.  I would not play Carnoustie, especially in the 40mph wind conditions that we had.  I would not play 36 holes on day 2.  I was dragging at the end of that day, and the wind beating on me all afternoon probably had something to do with it.  I loved Turnberry, and Kingsbarns was probably the most fun and second scenic golf course we played.  There were views of the water from every hole.  I would play that course twice if I could.   I could pass on the new course as well, as it wasn’t very scenic at all, and doesn’t have the history and fame as the old course.  It was very convenient, however.

I thought the accommodations in Troon and St. Andrews were perfect.  I liked both, and we could walk to dinner and a number of pubs from both places, and driving to and from the courses we played was very easy.  It was a very well planned trip.  I also want to report we had almost perfect weather.  We had low 70s, high 60s most days, with on 15 minutes of rain that we could see coming for at least an hour while on the new course.  It was the only time we got to use the rain gear we recently obtained for the trip.

I just wanted to share my thoughts.  I’ll be happy to write a favorable review if you would like.

R.S., July 2014, Ayrshire and St. Andrews, Scotland

Lauri –

We’re all back home recovering from a great week and working through a bit of Jet Lag.  All eight of us did manage to play the Old Course.  The four of us who did not make the ballot played on Friday evening, we teed off as a foursome at 5:30 and just finished nearly in the dark around 9:20.   The accommodations and transportation were all great as were all the courses.  Pass along our compliments to the transportation company regarding our driver Richard who handled getting us around while we were in St. Andrews.  He was a great kid and added to the enjoyment of our trip.   Let me know if you need any more information from me to process the check refund for Western Gailes.

Thanks again for all your assistance in creating a memorable trip for our group.

R.E., August 2014, Turnberry, Troon, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Kingsbarns, and St. Andrews Scotland

Thanks Lauri
I’m sure I have said this, however I’ll say it again – we really appreciated the trip you helped us with. The mixture of courses and the accommodation and especially the time in each location was perfect.
Everything you organised worked well. We had the trip of our lives
Thanks Lauri

C.H., Hawaii and California, August 2014

Lauri,

We had an absolutely great trip.  Thanks for all your assistance.  I will
definitely recommend to others.

C.K., July 2014, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Ayrshire Scotland

Hello Hidden Links,

I just wanted to say thank you for putting together a fantastic trip.  You did a great job.  We built memories for a lifetime!
Laurie – Thanks again for making adjustments along the way – especially the caddies.

Lastly, here are some of the takeaways and feedback (in order):

Golf:
Machrie – fun course, great way to start the trip.
Brutal rain and wind on Macrihanish and Turnberry took away from the experience (weather was great the other days).  But courses are great.
Royal Troon, Western Gailes, New Course, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Old Course.  All what we expected.
Castle course was the least favorite.  Although the views were good, the course played with great difficulty based on the design.  Supporting this for example is Kingsbarns.  It is just up the road from Castle, built on the same terrain, yet was a favorite!

Hotels/Transportation:
Derrick our driver is the best.  Professional, punctual, flexible, a total joy.
Port Charlotte Hotel – lot’s of fun.  Had great food, music, etc…  Only negative is that it’s a bit far from the ferry, airport, golf, as well as the distilleries we visited.
Troon – excellent.  Also, right on the golf course – very convenient.
St. Andrews – great.  The owners are wonderful.

Thanks again and looking forward to our next adventure.

J.R., July 2014, Islay, Kintyre, Ayrshire, and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Hidden Links Folks,

We returned from our trip last night. We can not thank you  enough for assisting novices such as  ourselves plan and organize such a memorable trip. We told all that we met about Hidden Links and what you did for us. Everything you did worked liked clockwork.

All hotels were in grand locations , the breakfasts were delicious, and they were nice and clean.

We liked all of our drivers. The guys especially enjoyed Alan.

We had perfect weather. It rained only for a few minutes on two different days. the guys thought North Berwick was just beautiful, really liked Carnousitie , enjoyed the New Course, and found the Old Course was not disappointing at all… it was even better than they could have imagined.

We are already talking about the four of us going back with Hidden Links to Ireland in two years.

We will continue to spread the good word about Hidden Links all over Pinehurst. Thank you so much for being so patient in dealing with all of my questions.

L.W., July 2013, London England, Edinburgh and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Jeff, we just returned yesterday and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Overall the trip was most enjoyable.  As far as the golf, adding Tralee was a home run ( thank you)! That is one of my favorite courses anywhere.  County Down is as good as advertised.

The accommodations were all excellent and the folks at Trump and Killarney were great. The Westin in Dublin was solid but not up to the standards of other Westin’s I have stayed at.

Thank you for putting together a wonderful trip. We created some lifetime memories and I will continue to recommend you to all my friends.

All the best,

B.S., July 2014, Southwest Ireland, Dublin, and Royal County Down

Now that we are back from our trip to Scotland I wanted to drop you a note regarding our experience.  Everything came together quite nicely.  The tee times were ideal, the courses more than enjoyable and the accommodations were superb.  We were treated well at every venue by caddies & staff.  Our transportation was always on time.  The only problem we encountered was a billing snafu at Turnberry, but Lauri had it corrected before we checked out.  I don’t know how she could have it handled so quickly.  I had asked for a buggy where possible and one was made available at every venue save the Old Course which was actually quite easy for me to walk.  Thank you for your efforts.

If I could rate the courses in order of enjoyment they would be:

• The Old Course at St Andrews
• Kingsbarns
• Turnberry
• Carnoustie (My wife has renamed it Car NASTY)
• The Castle Course at St Andrews

More than anything, I appreciate your responsiveness in every step of our trip from the initial planning through the completion of the adventure.

It was a CLASS trip.

Best to all,

J.E., July 2014, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Ok boys I am back from Scotland and I must tell you it was the best trip I have ever taken
The people were just great and the golf and food was even better
We are going to do it next year again
Hidden Links did a super job

J.G., July 2014, Turnberry Troon Muirfield Carnoustie Kingsbarns St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Lauri, We had a GREAT trip and one that will be remembered for very long time.  Thank you for such great planning and execution along the way.  The driver, Roy, is such a funny and solid guy we felt pampered during the whole trip.  Please give our compliments.

D.L., July 2014, Southwest Ireland

Iain,

I know I probably speak for all of us.  This was the trip of a lifetime!!  Everything was OUTSTANDING!  Our coach driver, Stuart, was absolutely superb!  If I ever get the chance to do a trip to Scotland again, he would be the driver I would request.  He was ALWAYS on time, he was so accommodating with both the golfers and non-golfers – even when I know at times he must have felt we were running him ragged!

The accommodations were perfect, too.  The restaurant and the pub in the hotel at Troon made for great meals and a nice place to relax after a full day.  Even after “blowing” the power to 5 guest rooms on Monday morning when my wife tried to use her hair dryer, the hotel staff did not try to “evict” us!

The Dunvegan was great, too.  Jack and Sheena were very nice people and took care to ensure that our experience there was a pleasurable one.  In addition, it was such a fantastic location!  Easy walking distance to downtown St. Andrews or to the Old Course.

The golf?  All I can say is WOW!!  What a thrill to play some of the greatest golf courses in the world!  We never had an issue at all when we arrived at any of the courses.  We were greeted warmly and told that our tee times and caddies were ready.  My only wish is that we could have stayed and played some more!!

I honestly cannot think of anything that ended up being an issue or problem for us.  Everything went smoothly.  That is saying a lot, I believe, when you have four different couples on the same trip.  I would do the same trip again without hesitation if I ever have the chance.

Finally, the job that Hidden Links did for us was GREAT!  Communication from the beginning of our trip was very good.  Accommodating some of the changes that we made along the way never seemed to be an issue for you guys.  You handled everything with professionalism and experience.  I would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND Hidden Links to friends who are considering a trip to Scotland.  I am very grateful for all you did for us!

Thanks!!

P.B., July 2014, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Now that we’re all back in Canada, I just want to send out a quick note to say thanks for including me in the trip.  I really had a great time and enjoyed everyone’s company.

Delio, a special thanks to you for a masterful job coordinating the affair.

I’m sure Dave is still talking about his busload of crazy Canadians.

P.D., June 2014, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain and Lauri,

Well we are back. It was a grand week of golf and boot camp like hiking, climbing, and perhaps repelling into and out of some bunkers. We could not have had a better time. Your advice, admonitions, and assistance was spot on and made the trip quite simple. Feel  free to use me as a reference. I do appreciate the service , attention to detail that we got from Hidden Links.

J.C., June 2014, St. Andrews, Aberdeen, and Dornoch Scotland

Thanks again for all your help.  We all were able to get on the Old Course.  Some guys walked on at 6:00pm and finished at 10:15.  Everything was great.  I will definitely refer friends to your company.

M.C., June 2014, Gleneagles and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Geoff,

Just wanted to let you know that our trip was absolutely fabulous!

How did you manage to organise the weather? It started raining yesterday after all the golf was over.

Our golf courses, accommodations, travel were all terrific.

…..and then there was our driver Pat! What a keeper he Is. Nothing was too much trouble. He was an absolute treasure. Organised us, our activities, caddies, horse riding…..ever present in the background ensuring our days were perfect . Even became our tour guide although he said he was only a driver. (He was an excellent tour guide!) Please let his company know that they have a living treasure working for them.

Geoff, we will spread the word about your excellent company. Do you also cover Scotland or other countries for personalised golf tours?

Can’t thank you enough for our spectacular trip.

My best wishes,

J.T., June 2014, Kinsale, Killarney, and Doonbeg Ireland

Iain,

We had a great time in Canada. The golf was amazing.
• We really enjoyed Cabot Links. The course was beautiful and very playable. We played in benign conditions, but I am sure that course can get very difficult with any amount of wind. The staff was wonderful and very attentive. The restaurants were very good, we ate at two of the three on the property. They even drove us to the new course and we got to walk around it. That place will be amazing once it is complete. I told them I only visited them based on your recommendation, and I was very glad I visited.
• The Lakes course was very nice and comfortable to play. I wish we had some caddies, because some holes were not obvious right away, but it was very good.
• Highlands was basically just opening up. That day was crazy windy and cold. They did not have food or anything in the pro shop. That was a bummer, but we found a great little restaurant nearby. The golf at Highlands was very challenging, especially with the weather conditions. We had a 1 Handicap golfer, and he shot in the mid 80s. It was tough.
Overall, we loved the trip. The hotel was nice. It was centrally located and left about an hour drive to every course.

It was another wonderful experience from Hidden Links. You guys are top notch! Thank you.

J.G., June 2014, Cape Breton Nova Scotia, Canada

Bob

The trip u planed has been fantastic.  Suggestions rooms courses.  All top shelf.  Feel free to use me as a reference.

Thank u

M.W., June 2014, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Nairn Scotland (used hickory clubs on the Old Course and shot 85!)

Jeff,

We are back home from our fantastic Ireland Golf/Sightseeing trip.

Overall everyone had a great time and appreciates the package you put together. The golfers were extremely pleased with the selection of courses we played. Every single one had fantastic views of either the ocean or lakes. We all expected something special at Ballybunion, Doonbeg and Lahinch and found they were. What we did not expect was how great the other courses were. Dooks was in great shape, staff friendly and the views outstanding. Skellig Bay was ranked by all as one of the tops they have ever played, great shape, interesting holes, stone walls everywhere and again outstanding views. At Doonbeg the course was in great shape and had two temporary greens, but they were in great shape, so if they did not tell us we would have not known.  The rooms at Doonbeg are exactly what the website showed, absolutely wonderful! Their staff was helpful in every way.

Our tour bus driver, Brandon, was extremely knowledgable and able to answer any questions thrown his way. He was always punctual and friendly and willing to assit with golf bags in and out of the bus, stopping to shop and even running to the store while we played golf so we would have cold beer on the bus when we were picked up.

Again, I would recommend Hidden links golf to anyone looking for a great trip.

M.B., June 2014, Southwest Ireland

Lauri,

Thank you so much for all your help with our golf trip.  Shawn said they had a wonderful time and it was flawless.  Thank again for all the last minute changes.

Hope you are having a great Monday!!!!!

B.L. for S.O., June 2014, St. Andrews and Muirfield Scotland

Hi Lauri & Ian ,
Thanks so much for arranging our trip to Scotland. We had a great time golfing was great (for some of us), and we couldn’t ask for  better weather. We really enjoyed it. Next on our bucket list Ireland or Portugal. Take care.

R.H., June 2014, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Thank you so very much for helping make our golf trip to Scotland an awesome once in a lifetime amazing experience.   It was absolutely fantastic and the B & B’s were great.

Thank you again,

S.S., June 2014, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Lauri  –  Returned home Sat as scheduled.  Had a great time, very good scheduling job.  Thank you.

R.Y., June 2014, St. Andrews and Cruden Bay Scotland

Hi Lauri –

Our trip was fabulous – thank you so much for all your help putting the itinerary together.  The golf courses were great and we thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them.  The hotels were top notch and all the other tips (ship your luggage ahead of you, get the GPS, buy the extra car insurance, play at St. Andrews (!), return the car before you get to London) were incredibly valuable.

We had a little fog, a bit of wind, and some rain off and on the first few days in Kinsale and again the day we arrived in St. Andrews…after that, mostly sunny skies, warm temps, and light wind – we know were lucky with that!  All in all, pretty easy traveling and driving.  We put 1800 miles on the two rental cars and only got beeped at one time.  Kurt adapted pretty quickly to “the other side of the car and the road”.  In fact, I was concerned about how his driving would be when we got back to Alaska !

So, everyone’s been asking what our favorite part of the trip was, and we cannot come up with an answer – we just loved it all!

I’m sorry to be so tardy with this note.  I had intended to contact you as soon as we returned; but, the time just slipped away from me…better late than never, right?

Thanks again for your help and best of luck to you and your team with your future travelers!  Kurt and I will be sure to recommend Hidden Links to our golf buddies who may be planning trips in the future!

L.H., June 2014, Southwest Ireland and Dublin, St. Andrews and East Lothian Scotland, Wales, and London

Just a quick note to say that we had a fabulous time on our trip.  The arrangements were flawless, and we had the major bonus of sunny warm weather for the whole trip.

Hope to use Hidden Links again, and will recommend to others!!

D.C., June 2014, Southwest Ireland

Hi Bob and Lauri,

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and Hidden Links so much for the great trip you helped plan for us to Scotland.  We have returned from a trip that lived up to or even exceeded our expectations.  We all had a great time and all of the arrangements were perfect!

In particular, the courses you selected for us to play, Bob, were fantastic.  All met my desire for seaside links courses yet they were each very different and unique — my grandson and I enjoyed them all. And with the help of buggies, I was able to play 18 holes with him at all but North Berwick.  And by arranging a caddy for that course where a buggy was not possible, I was at least able to play the first 6 and last 6 holes with my grandson (as I was/am still having difficulty walking after my gout attack).

Anyway, thanks again and I will not hesitate to recommend Hidden Links to anyone looking to plan such a trip.

C.G, June 2014, St. Andrews, the Scottish Highlands, and East Lothian

Hey guys — thanks for all of your help — we had an epic time overseas.

Snuck in a round at the Fairmont, St Andrews Bay on the front end (Kittocks course) and back end (Torrance course) for a total of 7 rounds and 126 holes — only 7 of which required an umbrella, and mostly sunshine with very very managable breezes.

Carnoustie chewed us up, but I still broke 100.. lofty standards, I know.

The caddies completely made the experience — more costly with tip than expected, but after one round deemed to have very high Return On Investment!

I also managed to play the Old (91) and New (88) without one bunker — in fact I think I played the New with the same dang ball!

KingsBarns and Elie were also fabulous — love the people walking their dogs while playing on Elie.

Such a memorable time, and thanks again for everything — spot on across the board and Norman and the hotel crew were amazing.

All the best, thanks again!

B.W., June 2014, St. Andrews Scotland

(A Poem) Pouring through these pictures. Reliving these memories. Connecting back to all of these people and our lives, it hit me.

Blessings not just for the ones who kneel, luckily

If you know Google, you know who wrote that line.  Does not matter. It sticks anyway. Like a great nine iron into a receptive green.

We have been so blessed, so fortunate, to share these experiences.  And while four pounds at $7.50 was a lot for a pint of Tennents, the eight of us who went to  Scotland experienced and enjoyed more life in that one week than others might share in a year. Does not make us better. Makes us lucky.

We soaked it all in. Together.  Incredible weather. Magnificent golf. Living history. Friendships created. Bonds renewed.

Old stories told. New stories made.

B.W., June 2014, St. Andrews Scotland

We were four American bums, but you treated us like royalty. Thank you and best wishes.

B.G., June 2014, Ballybunion Ireland

Kudos to you and Hidden Links for a fantastic trip.  The other guys think I’m some kind of trip genius when it was all of your work that made the trip turn out so well.  Didn’t plan on getting sunburned in Ireland though – incredible weather.

B.D., June 2014, Southwest Ireland

Lauri
Just wanted to drop you a quick note thanking you all for setting up our trip.  It went very well and we had a great time.  Dunvegan Hotel was the best.  Hope to book another trip again in the future.

T.Z., June 2014, St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri and Jeff  , just to let you know that all my golf buddies had a wonderful (sunny) golf week in Ireland , certainly one of my most preferred golfing region. Also thank you for your help in the cancelled flight situation. I guess I am ready to go back Friday with my wife Linda , it will be her first experience ….Jeff , we had a few discussions about next year already , I will get back to you later on what would be a few alternatives.
Thanks again , the trip was great , very well organized ,
regards

G.M., June 2014, Southwest Ireland

Hi Lauri:
Just back from our trip.  Hats off to you and Ian!  We had a great time.  All the arrangements worked out quite well.  Our favorite course/experience by far was Kingsbarns.  St. Andrews accommodations also quite good.  Many thanks!

T.C., June 2014, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Just finishing up our trip to St. Andrews and Ireland, fantastic trip loved every minute of it. Jim was great with the old course experience in St. Andrews. Tom our driver in Ireland was especially good. The bus that he used and the lodge in Killarney were great

G.R., June 2014, Edinburgh and St. Andrews Scotland, and Southwest Ireland

Hi lauri,
We were able to get on the old course. we played carnoustie and the old course yesterday.  Today we’ll try to play the new course and jubilee . 4 rounds down and 6 maybe 7 rounds to go. Tired but having a great time. Thxs

R.H, June 2014, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Thanks again for your excellent arrangements.

P.M., June 2014, Southwest Ireland

Hi Jeff,

Now we have been back in Australia for a month or so , we have reflected on the trip. Not a bad word to say – everything you did was fantastic.

We highly recommend that Niall be your chosen Driver in the south of Ireland – super fellow and a safe driver ! The other transport in Scotland equally good but having the same driver for 5 days allowed us to build some affinity with each other.

Accommodation was excellent , Courses and their hospitality sensational – playing Old Head ,  Muirfield , Kingsbarns , Carnoustie ,Old Course a real highlight – Dunvagen a ripper – close to all things . Jack and Sheena wonderful hosts.

All in all , you delivered my dream !!

Thanks again ,

P.S., May/June 2014, Southwest Ireland, Ayrshire Muirfield and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain and Lauri,

Thank you both for all your help with our trip. Everything worked out perfectly and no one would have changed a thing. We enjoyed great weather almost the whole trip and when we did experience the famous Scotland weather it was on Crail, which only seemed fitting. The accommodations were perfect and the location was fantastic. You all did a fantastic job and we’d be happy to be a reference for you all.

Thanks again,

C.J., May 2014, Turnberry and St. Andrews, Scotland

Hello Jeff and Lauri,

Just letting you know that our trip has finished and we are back in Australia,  I would like to thank you both for organising a fantastic trip. We had an amazing experience even if I am Irish, nowhere on the trip did we experience any issues. I spoke to a number of landlords and they could not speak high enough about Hidden Links. As I mentioned in an email sometime ago if things worked out on this trip we would look at organising our next one with you.  The next trip is being planned for mid 2016 in the USA, looking at coming in through Hawaii (2 courses), Torrey Pines (both courses), Pebble Beach, Pine Hurst (#1 & 2 courses), Doral (blue monster), Sawgrass, finishing on Bethpage Black if there are any other courses that you would recommend please put forward. Looking at minimum 4-5 star accommodation,  internal transfers etc. Party of 12 -16 ( will get more accurate at later date. We look forward to golfing with you again.

D.B., May 2014, Kinsale and Killarney Ireland, Carnoustie and St. Andrews Scotland

We’ve been back for bout a week now and I’m finally getting my legs back under me!  In one word ” AWESOME”.  The drivers, our hosts at both B&Bs. the work you guys did at HIDDEN LINKS.  Just a great job all round. The weather for the most part cooperated nicely.  We played dry for all our rounds except Kingsbarns.  It rain steady all day but I still had a great time.  At Carnoustie our caddies invited us to THEIR club for drinks afterwards (Caledonia). We stayed and drank for a couple hours and the caddies picked up the tab !!!  Maybe the best memory of the whole trip. Thank you lian and Lauri FOR ALL YOU DID.

M.D., May 2014, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Carnoustie Scotland

Hi Lauri,

I (and the group) just wanted to pass on a huge thanks to your team.  We had an incredible time and would recommend your company to anyone else travelling for golf.  The courses were amazing and the accommodation was top notch.

Our driver (Joe) was amazing too – he made the experience even better and had us laughing the whole trip.

Thanks again!

C.K., May 2014, Southwest Ireland

Just a note to say how GREAT everything went on our trip . Thanks to Bob & your help in planning & putting it all together & it came off without a hitch. The stay at St. Andrews was fantastic,the hosts were awesome. the Turnberry resort was out of this world ,more than I expected. I can see why ya’ll have return clients. Tell Bob to contact me after Jan. 1 2015 to plan our next trip to Ireland. Once again THANKS A MILLION !!!!!!!!!!!!!

B.J., May 2014, St. Andrews, Turnberry, and Edinburgh Scotland

Lauri,
This was a trip of a lifetime and we had the most fabulous time.  It didn’t rain on us once in Scotland, btw!!  The golf was absolutely stellar!  I played better and better each day and by Turnberry my husband was worried I’d beat him!    He’s already trying to figure out a way to get back over there.  The driving was the only part we didn’t like, so next time we’ll try and get a group and have a driver. Hazel and Laurie were awesome and the staff at Turnberry was wonderful, as well.  Thank you so much!  Until next time!

M.H, May 2014, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Jeff – trip was great and the arrangements you made were perfect. Thanks for everything!

L.R., May 2014, St. Andrews Scotland

Just to let you know everything went without a hitch in Scotland Jeff.Another job well done and we are very grateful to you for arranging everything.  We did not get one drop of rain on any of the golf courses. A Scottish miracle. It was cool, dry and perfect for golf.  Our favorite of all the courses was Turnberry and the Hotel was wonderful. Had dinner in their 1906 restaurant on our last night looking at the sun setting over the Ailsa Craig and Arran. Does it come any better?  We opted for 4 caddies at St Andrews Old Course and had a blast.  It was the nicest day of all and the caddies were so much fun.We also all played very well that day, one of the group making a 2 on the 8th (I think it was the 8th) and getting clapped for his shot from the caddies and golfers on the 9th tee.  You were right, lunch at Muirfield was a treat.The Hotel on the grounds was very charming, as was the gardens.  Muirfield was tough,it seemed much longer than the yardage.Par 3’s were long and difficult.  A great test of golf and in great condition.  We played Kingsbarns in perfect conditions, what a treat.  Anyway Jeff, I am rambling but just wanted you to know all was well and we had a great time, thanks to your wonderful organization of hotels and arranging the courses. Getting the weather was indeed the icing on the cake.

P.C., May 2014, St. Andrews, Muirfield, and Turnberry Scotland

Good morning Lauri,

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Please forward this on to any of your staff who helped in setting up and/or scheduling any part of our trip to Scotland and England.

Every aspect of the trip, from the accommodations, to the transportation provided, and of course, to the golf, was exceptional. I cannot think of any part of the trip that in anyway could be deemed even marginal, and certainly nothing negative.

Please feel free to use this as a testimonial to you and to the services you provide  I would recommend you and Hidden Links to anyone considering a trip to Scotland.

Thank you again.

D.W., May 2014, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland, and London

Lauri,

Just a quick note thanking you for setting up a wonderful trip!!!! The golf, accommodations, car etc were outstanding!!! I did not think the golf in Ireland could be surpassed but I was so wrong! Never have I seen or experienced such fabulous golf settings! We ran into a couple of other tours from Hidden Links as well. They all appeared to be enjoying your work also! Kingsbarns is the most beautiful course I have ever seen! It makes Pebble Beach look like a muni. Top of the list is Royal Dornoch!  Best course ever! Don’t know how to top this trip but be assured I will use your services in an attempt to do so. Thanks!

K.D., May 2014, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Dornoch Scotland

Iain, I wanted to thank you for arranging such a wonderful golf trip to Scotland.  I think it is safe to say all eight of our group really enjoyed the trip.  If you ever need anyone to give a  glowing recommendation of your services, I would consider it a privilege to do so.  Thanks again.

R.B., May 2014, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

A very well planned and executed trip all the way round. I knew this would be an amazing trip but it totally exceeded my expectations. John the driver really enhanced our experience and I would highly recommend him for your future clients who are interested in worry free, organized travel. John is a real gentleman with a lot of charm and a solid grasp of the history of Scotland.

Well done Hidden Links, take a bow

D.C., May 2014,  Ayrshire, Muirfield, and St. Andrews Scotland

We received some fabulous service and were shown amazing hospitality everywhere we went.  I know all of us would like to thank Hidden Links for planning such an amazing trip.  Even in retrospect, I don’t think there is anything we would change about the trip.  It was extremely well planned and every detail went off without a hitch.

B.H., May 2014, Ayrshire, Muirfield, and St. Andrews Scotland

By the way, the trip is awesome!

F.M., May 2014, while in St. Andrews, Scotland

Iain and Lauri,

Just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you again for booking our trip for us.  Having just returned yesterday, wanted to send off this note while all was fresh in my mind.  Great experience all the way around from the lodging to the transportation and of course, the golf!  Great job by Hidden Links.

Favorite, aside from The Old Course, was Kingsbarns.  Next time I go on this trip, would want to play Kingsbarns a 2nd time as they provide for half price play if you play within 7 days of first round.

Take care and I look forward to working with you again.

T.B., May 2014, East Lothian and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain and his team do a fantastic job but don’t let Iain know that I said it! He is absolutely hopeless and gets away with it because of the rest of the team…………………………..ooops just seen who is copied in!!! Seriously though, Hidden Links are #1 so just recommend them wherever you can

Anonymous General Manager—Scotland

Ian/Laurie:
We returned last night from our trip, and I wanted to commend Hidden Links for their organization.   We were two couples (average handicap of +/- 12).   From the courses to the accommodations, the trip was fantastic.  We played some of the “big name” courses, and some hidden gems (e.g., Cruden Bay).

Throughout our trip, we ran into people who were familiar with Hidden Links, and they all spoke highly of the organization for obvious reasons.

Thanks for everything you did to make our trip fantastic.  We are already planning our next trip.

C.M., May 2014, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and St. Andrews Scotland

I bumped into another Hidden Links group this AM that started on the west coast and arrived here yesterday.  I said what a great group you are.  They are pleased as well.

B.F., May 2014, St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Lian, just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip. The places you picked for us to stay were wonderful, very attentive and excellent food. It gave us a wide experience of hotel to little B&B..We got a taste of most of Ireland in our travels and saw a tremendous variety of sights. Not sure if I would want to drive in Dublin again…lol. Except for our misunderstanding about the carts, the trip was flawless. I give you and Andy 5 stars.

T.R., May 2014, Northern Ireland, Dublin, and Killarney

Dear Lauri,
I just wanted to thank you for the most amazing trip! Everything was absolutely perfect! The accommodations were fabulous and the golf far exceeded our expectations. I must commend you on the amazing detailed planning and recommendations. From start to finish this trip was a dream vacation and we would highly recommend and use Hidden Links for our next golfing vacation!

Thanks so much!

Z.C., April 2014, Dornoch, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews Scotland

Hello Iain and Lauri,

I meant to write you sooner to let you know what a great time we had and that the trip was smooth as silk.

It is a few months since we are back and we are still talking about it with friends and acquaintances.

Thanks very much.

E.P., September 2013, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and the Scottish Highlands

Iain,

Just a quick note to let you know that I gave a rave review of Hidden Links to a prospective customer.

Apparently, he is arranging a big group (20+) and is weighing HL vs. others.  He’s dealing with your colleague Andy.

I set him straight on the right group to handle his trip, with a GLOWING recommendation for Hidden Links……….so if don’t you get the assignment, it’s not my fault.

Hope all else is well with you and your family.

J.W., September 2013

B&B was fantastic.  Malcolm very personable.  Comfortable, affordable
place.

Turnberry cottages are awesome!

Brian our driver was a total pro!

Great trip.  Thanks for all your shuffling, etc.  All had a wonderful time.

WE WILL RETURN!!!!!

T.F., September 2013, East Lothian and Ayrshire Scotland

Lauri,

Just wanted to thank you for all your help, everything went off without a hitch. I will be writing a review of the Dunvegan today on trip advisor, not sure if you’re a listed on any sites if so let me know I would be happy to pass along the seamless manner in that everything  was handled.

B.F., September 2013, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

I was part of a 32 +/- group, then there several spouses that came in addition. Hidden Links sent one of their people, who had some assistance from her sister who came along. Everything was pretty much perfect, and they even brought us really good weather!  LOL! We were there for a week, with 2 really nice hotels, and we played 6 courses that were wonderful. Actually, since my experience, I have been considering putting together a trip for my company, perhaps combining Ireland and Scotland. We did a southern/western area, flying into Shannon. Irish people are very friendly and accomodating.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me again.

It sounds like he has 24 doing our exact Ireland trip. He somehow got my name to ask how I felt you guys did. Of course, it was easy to give a HUGE thumbs up!
I hope he decides to do his trip, partly because it was fantastic, and partly because I told him you controlled the weather perfectly!  LOL!!!!!!

Anyway, I don’t think that I can do more, so you guys need to close the deal.

K.T., September 2013, reference provided for potential client

Dear Jeff,
I am happy to report that the golf tour which your organisation arranged for us went extremely well and without a hitch (apart from a number of errant golf balls).  Both the hire vans were excellent and we were well looked after by representatives of the two companies. All in all a most enjoyable experience and my three sons and I thank you for you invaluable contribution.

M.W., September 2013, Aberdeen, St. Andrews, Ayrshire Scotland and Southport England

Jeff,
I need to let you know how fantastic last week’s trip via Hidden Links was to Northern Ireland.  The courses were spectacular, the lodging was perfect, and William, our coach driver, could not have been a better host.  And even when Mother Nature threw us the curve ball and we had to cancel the boat trip to Machrihanish, the audible to Ballyliffin was great.  We played last Sunday in what we deemed to be an Irish Hurricane and loved every minute of it.  You haven’t played golf in the wind until you are required to hit 3-wood from 130 yards!  In summary, it was the unanimous opinion of the group of 16 that it was the golf trip of a lifetime.  Thanks so very much to the entire team at Hidden Links.  We’ll be back!

G.K., September 2013, Northern Ireland

Iain,

Let me start by saying that we all had a great time thoroughly enjoyed all the locations, the van transporting us and especially Wilson our driver. Wilson made a great trip even better.
I asked everyone in the group to give an evaluation of each location as relates to location, quality of room, food, amenities and service received. All would come back again to each location.
1. Edinburgh – rated 5 star by all – great rooms, outstanding service, great location
2. St. Andrews – 3 star – great location, service rooms were OK.
3. Inverness – rated 5 star by all. Ladies really liked this place. Only downside was there was no lift and we all were on the 4th floor. All the amenities made up for the no lift – we needed the exercise anyway.
4. Kinloch – 5 star – beautiful setting, excellent rooms, outstanding food, service and gathering spots in the lodge.
5. Westin Dublin – 5 star – great location, rooms were great.

Thanks again for all your help and patience in helping us set up a truly GREAT TRIP.

I will be recommending Hidden Links for tours or golfing trips. Golfing in Ireland sounds good for a trip in the future.

T.C., September 2013 Edinburgh, St. Andrews, The Scottish Highlands, and Dublin

Lauri and Jeff,Just wanted to thank you for the flawless organizing of our Ireland trip.Everything went like clockwork,except the weather,which could have been better, but then again,it could have been worse.Biggest casualty was Old Head.Wind,rain and then fog,caused us to abandon our round during the front nine.They were kind enough to give us a raincheck for 2014 but would not extend it to 2015.Any chance of Hidden Links asking them to extend to 2015 as we will likely go back then.As you know, we are going to Scotland next year.We played the front nine in the wind and rain at Ballybunion but it relented on the back nine and it was fine.We got either rainless or  nice sunny weather on all others ,however there were 50mph winds at Portmarnock,which proved to be an endurance test rather than golf..We could not putt on the last par 3, next to the ocean, as the wind rolled the ball across the green.That’s golf in Ireland.

I am sure you would like some feedback on our experiences with hotels and drivers/guides. All hotels were excellent,the Killarney being the best,followed by the Westin and KClub.Kinsale was adequate with the highlight being the lovely view of the harbor from our rooms..Absolutely no complaints.

Our driver and host for the initial 5 days was Ned.What a delightful individual.He could not do enough for us including taking us on some off road tours to Adare on the way to Killarney, and in and around Killarney itself in between the journeys to Tralee and Ballybunion.Ned is a credit to his company and I would have no hesitation in using him again.
John,our driver the last 2 days, was another very interesting individual and equally enjoyable.He certainly knows his history of Ireland,We were the benefactors of his knowledge of the Battle of the Boyne where William of Orange defeated James II of England in 1690, which then gave rise to the religious conflicts between catholic and protestants over the past 400 years.Sad but true.

Given our experience in Ireland we can now look forward to Scotland knowing we are in good hands with Hidden Links.

P.C., September 2013, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

Hello, I just returned from Ireland on a corporate trip. I wanted you to
know how great a trip it was! You helped them pick a great weather week!
(LOL!) I also want to thank you for having Lauri attend as our Hidden Links
representative. She did a very thorough and wonderful job! She was there at
every call with al the information any of us needed!

K.T., September 2013, Southwest Ireland

Yes the trip was fantastic. All the golf courses were great and hotels were excellent. Can’t say enough about Ned our driver and guide. We had a much better trip because of him. He was so knowable about all things Irish and made sure we didn’t miss a thing. Please pass along our compliments to him. Even the weather cooperated. We had great temps and sunny weather with no wind except for the Last golf day at Dooks. got a taste of Irish weather for about four holes with wind and rain. But a beautiful old links course. Thanks to you and Bob for planning it all for us.

J.H., September 2013, Southwest Ireland

Miss Lauri,

Just wanted to follow up with you on the shoes and the trip. First of all-Bravo on the trip. Everything was perfectly handled Kingsbarns was a highlight of the trip! We enjoyed it very much. The shoes will probably cost more to ship back than they are worth. You can keep them or discard them, but there is no need to ship them back to me.

Again, Thank you for all of your help in coordinating our trip and I will highly recommend you to anyone that I know is looking for a golf trip and have already mentioned it to several of my coworkers. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you have a great day!

D.L., September 2013, St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri:

Returned on schedule yesterday.  I want to tell you what a great trip it was.   The St. Andrews hotel was a great spot.  Thanks for your assistance.

J.G., September 2013, The Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, and Ayrshire Scotland

We took your advice and waited yesterday at 3am, we were able to play as a foursome at 7:20am. Spectacular!

A.B., September 2013, St. Andrews and Troon Scotland

Lauri and Iain,

Just landed back in Orlando.   It was a FANTASTIC trip.   Consider me an even bigger fan of Hidden Links than I was before.   Any time you need a reference, you can count on me.

I’m headed back to NYC on business Monday, and will check in with you later this week with more details.

In the meantime, I just wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated the excellent trip you put together for us.

J.W., August/September 2013, Aberdeen, St. Andrews, and Ayrshire Scotland

I think that I will now have a wee dram of whiskey and bask in the memories.

W.D., August 2013, Ayrshire, The Scottish Highlands, and St. Andrews

Dear Iain and Lauri – As you know Marge and I stayed an extra week in Edinburgh after the conclusion of the Hidden Links Golf adventure and we just returned home on Sunday, 9/1.  We had a marvelous time on the Hidden Links Golf portion of the trip as well as on our “extension”.  The hotels, drivers, golf courses, etc., were ALL above expectations, in my opinion.  I want to thank you for your responsiveness to our questions and for making the “last minute” St. Andrews Trust’s Castle Course reservations for us when our Old Course plans did not materialize (which we knew was a possibility).  I understand how that all works and I, for one, was quite happy to be able to have played the Castle Course.  I rank it equal to Kingsbarn — another real gem.  I consider our trip with Hidden Links Golf to have been a marvelous success and I thank you both so very much for all the help and excellent communication that you provided to all members of our travelling party.

J.P., August 2013, Ayrshire, The Scottish Highlands, and St. Andrews

My group of 7 just returned from a 9 day Scotland golf holiday, arranged by Hidden Links Golf.  Our driver was Wilson. He was a tremendous addition to the golf trip. His driving ability, humor, knowledge and willingness to help at all times really added to our enjoyment.  I would recommend him and Hidden Links to any of my friends.

C.R., August 2013, East Lothian, Aberdeen, and The Scottish Highlands

I have been busy catching up on work but wanted to send you a quick note to say how much we all enjoyed the trip – everything worked out great – it was fun to be in St. Andrews and walking distance to the courses, shops, restaurants and of course the pubs!  All of our group had a good time and needless to say the course were spectacular.  Our top courses were Muirfield, Turnberry and Kingsbarns – but none were not enjoyable – fun debate between did we like the New Course or Old Course better – can’t beat the history of the Old, but for just pure golf – some preferred the New.  Castle was challenging and the greens are as described, but beautiful views of the coast and St. Andrews.  Hazel and Laurie did a great job hosting.  All drivers were on time and courteous!

Thanks for all of your assistance!

P.H., August 2013, Muirfield, St. Andrews, and Turnberry Scotland

Lauri,

I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful, memorable trip.  We had such a great time, caught great weather and enjoyed the experience.  I would highly recommend Hidden Links.

• Rusacks-Fabulous location, we all loved being in town.
• The travel company was awesome and so was Stuart our driver, a true pleasure and he offered his services far more than we utilized him.  I would give him an A+
• Flawless execution of money wired, thank you.
• Highlights of courses (in order):  Kingsbarn (Wow, everyone loved), Muirfield (The Grandstands were still intact, how cool), St Andrews (great shape, thanks to Women’s Open), Troon.  I’ve played Carnoustie & Turnberry previously so exactly what I expected (loved them).  Trump, great shape, great course, probably a great challenge from the back tees, it was hard where we played from.  Cruden Bay, quirky and fun but longer drive and I understand Royal Aberdeen is great too.
• Hotel in Aberdeen was incredible and best hotel we stayed in.  Food was great, bar was active.  Loved it.  Turnberry is also good.  Heck, they were all fine.  All of the food over delivered from my memories of my last visit 6 years ago.

Thanks again for a wonderful trip‼  It was awesome‼‼

G.M., August 2013, Turnberry, Troon, Muirfield, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Cruden Bay Scotland

Lauri,
Wanted let you know that our trip was fantastic!  Weather held up and golf was unbelievable.  Your arrangements were perfect.  We will recommend your company to others.  Thanks

G.E., August 2013, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Yep,  trip was amazing!   Hidden Links. Is awesome!   We are very pleased.

B.T., August 2013, Carnoustie, St. Andrews, and East Lothian Scotland

Iain,
Just wanted to send my compliments to you and Lauri on our Ireland golf trip.  Lauri did an outstanding job of making sure all the details were in order.  We never had a problem at any of the courses.  Lahinch moved our tee time up to 3:10 pm and we actually teed off at 2:30 pm, which helped get us to Doonbeg in time for the last 9 holes of the PGA tournament.  Everything went perfectly, the hotels were great.  The golf courses were as we had hoped for, tough and beautiful.  Both ground transportation groups, were excellent.  We had great weather, I played 10 rounds while I was there and I had to put on rain gear for approx. 30 minutes, couldn’t have been luckier with the weather.  We had a great time and are looking forward to our next golfing adventure.  We will give you a call when we are ready to plan the next trip.

I would rate the courses in the following order
o   Royal County Down – lived up to its billing as the No. 1 links course in the world
o   Ballybunion – tough and classic, a real treat
o   Portmarnock – beautiful links course that resembles the Scotland links, flatter and more open
o   Tralee – great golf, beautiful views, very nice people
o   Lahinch – tough, with many blind shots – the weather was not great, so I didn’t enjoy it as much – got a cold reception in the upstairs lounge, so we ducked out after one pint
o   Old Head – beautiful, well maintained
o   Doonbeg – the resort is absolutely fantastic – a true 5 star resort –

Thanks again for all your efforts, we had a great time and hopefully we will talk to you soon.  Feel free to use me as a reference for any new customers.

J.S., August 2013, Southwest Ireland, Dublin, and Northern Ireland

Thanks Lauri for your help. We had a great time and enjoyed all the golf courses.

B.M., August 2013, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Hi guys, we had a great time in Scotland, a very memorable trip. I really liked North Berwick, Kingsbarns and the Trump course for the Vistas. In terms of toughness , Muirfield, Prestwick and Carnoustie. The transportation was excellent and the vans were there when they were supposed to be and as flexible ( time wise) as we wanted. There were some murmurs about no tee times for St. Andrews but as you said Iain those who wanted to play and lined up early in the morning did play. We did not get a drop of rain till some of us were on the Trump course, then it was only on for 3 half holes. Thank you both for co ordinating the trip, we have some wonderful photos.

B.S., August 2013, Ayrshire, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Trump International Scotland

FYI — my friend just returned from their  trip to Scotland (then Paris).  He is VERY happy and said “it could not have gone better”.  He was very complimentary of Hidden Links.

I just thought I would pass that along.

J.K., August 2013

Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful trip.  Everything went according to plan and the weather you provided was unbelievable. The courses and accommodations were everything promised.   John was fantastic and I would recommend his services to anyone.  Hopefully I can send some business your way.  Thanks again. It was great.

M.G., August 2013, Northwest and Northern Ireland

Thanks, one of us has some pull somewhere!  When I visited my new friend at the reservation desk she said based on the openings available and the number of ballots in she only gave me 1 to 3% odds today,

August 2013, from someone who was only willing to believe that he actually had a chance in the ballot if he was actually successful.

We had a great time in Scotland !  Trump International was the best. Thanks.

B.L., August 2013, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and The Scottish Highlands

Lauri

We had a great trip.  Golf was super!  Weather was fantastic! Sight seeing was spectacular!

Thank you so much for all you did to make the trip all it could be.  We really enjoyed ourselves.  It was sad that our friends had to cancel at the last minute, we missed not having them there but we still had a wonderful vacation.

Thank you

S.K., August 2013, Troon, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews Scotland

The trip was great! Everyone really enjoyed themselves. Thanks for everything!

T.F., August 2013, Southwest Ireland

sitting at the Hilton. We had a blast. Weather was the best ever. B&B owners just awesome as they are always. If you get the chance drop them a line and tell them we had a great time. Will talk to you later and thanks to Lori and yourself for all your heard work.

T.C., August 2013, East Lothian and St. Andrews Scotland

Hello Lauri,
We just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our trip to Ireland. The
accommodations were great, the golf was memorable.

We especially enjoyed our time in Ballycastle. Terry and Frances were the ultimate hosts, making us feel like we were staying with family. Frances’s food was out of this world and the rooms and setting on the bay were wonderful.

We enjoyed all the rounds of golf and had great caddies at each club.
Unfortunately, my golf clubs went to Paris, so for the first two rounds I
had to rent clubs. At Carne , my caddie Eddie, loaned me his personal clubs!

Thank you,

R.E., August 2013, Northwest Ireland, Doonbeg, and Dublin

Laurie,

Well, we’re back home again, so I thought I’d send a quick note of thanks for the fantastic golf trip Hidden Links set up for us. Everything was great, great people, great weather, great fun. Even with the luggage fiasco, it was an unforgettable trip. We both played pretty good golf on some tough courses. Royal County Down and Carnoustie were the toughest. The attached picture was form Royal County Down. We can check the Old Course off our bucket list.

Brought back some great memories and experiences. Being chauffeured around Scotland was a blessing and driving in Ireland was a rush, Didn’t hit anybody or anything. Only got 1 honk from a truck driver and 1 scowl from a lady in a roundabout. Great food, Scottish steak and ale pie, tried Haggis (not bad), full Irish breakfast, porridge with a shot of Bushmills Irish whiskey (great way to start a day), shepherd’s pie.

Along the way, we ran into other groups from Hidden Links and all had very positive things to say. Talked to a couple from Pennsylvania in the Bushmills parking lot and ended up playing with them at Royal County Down.

All in all a great trip, 2 thumbs up. If asked about setting up a Scottish and/or Irish golf trip, Hidden Links golf will get our highest recommendation.

Again, thanks.

R.S., July 2013, St. Andrews Scotland and Northern Ireland

As we head to the airport, it was an excellent golf trip. The Lodge at Killarney
was outstanding. Great folks. The location was perfect. Thank you for all the arrangements.

R.A., August 2013, Southwest Ireland

Got to St. Andrews. Just wanted to say thanks for getting us an invite to the Rennaisance GC today. Malcomb was super and Zoo Loo was also. We met one of the owners after we played and another gentlemen at the bar. They gave us a card and told us if we came back to call them and we where much welcome. It’s a great course. Kilspindie was great to us also.

T.C., August 2013, East Lothian Scotland

Hi Lauri,

We had a great time. Everything, the people, the country, the golf and the pubs were better than expected. Even the weather was fabulous. Thanks to your entire team

S.S., July 2013, Southwest Ireland

Hi Iain & Lauri,

I wanted to circle back let you know of what a great time we had in Scotland earlier this month.  Great golf and great weather!  Never had to break out long sleeves or rain gear the entire trip.  Highly recommend our itinerary for an ultimate Scottish golfing experience.

Some feedback:

–        St. Andrews: Nice and clean.  Dunvegan Hotel is best pub and hangout spot in town!  (American owners)
–        Transportation services were on point.  Keep using them.
–        Golf:  Liked best – North Berwick, Kingsbarns, Crail (added on while there) and Gullane 1.  Old Course was a bit of a circus, glad we played it but probably won’t in the future.  Caddies yelling, balls flying everywhere, not the best pure golf experience!  Hardest golf course in the world is Carnoustie!  Gleneagles was nice, but were told we should have played the Kings Course for a better Scottish experience – FYI.
–        Edinburgh – Awesome/vibrant city.  Hotel was perfect.  Location was great.  Not a bad part of that city, plenty for younger groups to enjoy.  Train and cabs around area were great.
–        Open Championship was great;  Highly recommend including that in a package or itinerary for future groups.

Thank you again for all of your help in organizing and arranging everything.

All the best,

M.C., July 2013, St. Andrews and East Lothian Scotland

I would like to extend a big thank you to both of you, for a fantastic trip. All the guys had a blast, our favorite hotel was St. Andrews, the staff there were the best.

Once again thank you, and will contact you in the near future for our next trip.

A.H., July 2013, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen Scotland

Hi Lauri,

Well, I am now back in San Diego after a long day of flying yesterday and am now rooting on Phil Michelson at the Open.  I just wanted to take the time to thank you and Hidden Links for a super trip of golf in Scotland.  We enjoyed all the courses and had a really exceptional time playing the Old Course at St. Andrews.  I even managed 3 birdies on the front nine and an even par 36 before staggering back in with a 40 on the back.  We finished our last day by playing the Castle Course and really loved the layout and the views.

The accommodations at the Dunvegan Inn were perfect – just a block from the Old Course and our hosts Jack and Sheena were friendly.

Thanks again – I will recommend your company to anyone wishing to experience Scotland golf.

B.H., July 2013, St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Iain,  Just a note to say what a great time we had in Scotland and Wales.
The accommodations, travel, and, of course, the golf were all good. Garry’s
clubs finally showed up Monday night.  Golf highlight was making a one putt
eagle 2 on the short par 4 6th hole at Kingsbarn. My caddie nonchalantly
said “nice 2”. Hard to impress a caddie.  We had a very nice visit at Port
Eynon where our ancestors lived.  Culver House was like an apartment, very
comfortable stay.  Driving was a real adventure, especially the hundreds of
roundabouts!  Amazingly we got the car back without a scratch. It was a Kia
Sorento diesel which perfectly fit our need.  Finding our way back to the
rental office at Manchester airport was very confusing because of road
closures due to construction but it all worked out.  Thanks, Iain for a
great plan and a great trip.

B.W., July 2013, St. Andrews Scotland and Wales

Bob:
I just wanted to drop you a note about our time in Scotland (wife and two adult sons) last May. We had an exceptionally good time. The accommodations and courses/tee times worked out wonderfully. I would suggest, however, if there is a woman in the group that you are assisting, that you consider avoiding Troon….the women’s tees are such that the carry is almost always 150 yards. My wife, who plays well but is unable to consistently hit her tee shots this far (especially if there is any wind), found she was hitting her second shot more than not from the long grass. Just a thought.  All of our rounds were fun, with the weather/course the most challenging at the Castle Course at St. Andrews. I’d like to play that again under better weather conditions.
Aside from the day at the Castle Course, the weather was wonderful. The heavy rains we did have, occurred the night before we were to play Turnberry. It continued to blow and rain until noon or later, but with our 3 pm tee time and by the time we drove from Troon, the rains had stopped. Western Gailes and Prestwick continue to be fun, although short and tricky.

So, thanks for all your help. I am certain there’ll be another trip, and I’ll let you know so we can work together again. Our sons are still talking about the week. Funny, our older son lives in London with his family, and when he returned to work after our time in Scotland, no one in his office believed that he got his tan from time in Scotland! I guess this is especially so as the weather in London had continued to be overcast and drizzly during his week away.

Best,

J.S., July 2013, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Hi Jeff:  Wanted to give you some feedback on our wonderful trip to Scotland!  Everything worked out exactly as planned.  The car rental company was efficient, courteous and prompt in assigning us a car.  The hotels were superb other than they don’t usually have to deal with the elevated temperatures.  To them this was a heat wave.  Their limited air conditioning just can’t deal with any temperatures above 73 degrees, I guess.  We are, after all, totally spoiled americans and have to have our rooms set at 65 degrees at all times!  All the golfing venues were flexible in terms of Robert’s tee times, since we were slightly behind schedule a couple of times.  The golf facilities were beyond our expectations.  Saint Andrews was such an experience.  Our car rental return was uneventful and swift.  All the caddies were outstanding.  They were fun and unbelievably helpful.  That was definitely an experience in itself to have them walk with us. Once we started using the GPS and got better at driving on the wrong side of the road, the experience became almost a pleasure.  I totally don’t understand the need for a roundabout every 300 yards, for sure.  They are such a waste of real estate and expense to build, not to mention the damage they inflict on your tires and wheels.  Scotland is absolutely stunning in its beauty, though, no question about that.  I want to commend you and your staff for all the preparation and flawless execution every step of the way.  We are already planning another golfing trip for next year, this time with other golfers so my husband can feel the thrill of competition.  Nothing like placing a bet on the golf course!  We will definitely call you to plan our golfing trips again and recommend you without any hesitation to other friends.  Thank you for your expert planning and delivery.

H.B., July 2013, Turnberry, Gleneagles, and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain and Lauri:  Just want to report in and thank you both for a “Perfect” and I do mean “Perfect” golf vacation in Scotland. The only disappointment was the fact that we never had to play in rain. We all came back with a tan which usually doesn’t happen in Scotland  The travel, the accommodations and the golf courses were terrific, even the golf game was pretty good. We all had favorite courses usually dependent on how one played that day. We all enjoyed the caddie experience and it added greatly to the round.
Thanks once again. I would recommend Hidden Links to anyone who was thinking of booking a golf vacation. All the Best.

J.M., July 2013, The Scottish Highlands and St. Andrews

Parker and I really enjoyed our trip.  Vince, our main driver, was a real hit.  All the accommodations were very good, especially Lahinch.

T.G., July 2013, Southwest Ireland

Thanks much Jeff. I appreciate a lot. With an early tee time is there a chance to get a second tee time tomorrow at Jubilee? Or we can try after old course. Let me know!!! Thanks for getting us on old course.

M.K., July 2013, upon hearing he got on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland

From June 22nd-27th, you provided a driver for us by the name of David.  I am writing to let you know what an outstanding person he is.  He was wonderful with our 7yr old daughter and 24yr old son.  He kept them both entertained and smiling.  My daughter has started referring to him as “Uncle David.”  He was so helpful in providing history, and directions to good restaurants and shopping centers.  Such a friendly and sincere man!  He has melted our hearts and we consider him a member of our family now.  I can’t say enough wonderful things about him, but I wanted to let you know how grateful we are for providing us with such a wonderful person.  We will request his presence the next time we come to Scotland and who knows, we may have him come to visit us!

M.S., June 2013, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and the Scottish Highlands

HI Lauri

I just wanted to let you know that you and your company provided our group with a great golf and travel experience in Ireland. Thanks for being so responsive to our needs and interests.

D.S., July 2013, Southwest Ireland

Hi, Lauri

We want to thank you and Ian for all your assistance in planning our trip to Scotland.  We all had a fantastic time, and we appreciate you ensuring the weather fully cooperated to make it a most enjoyable time.  This trip had been a goal of mine to make for many years, and it didn’t disappoint!  The hotels you accommodated us with were very nice.  I personally enjoyed the Edinburgh Hotel, what with all the historical pictures and articles displayed through it.  None of the courses disappointed us, knowing that this was where it all started and they were in their original raw condition.  It was certainly a different way of playing the game which we have not experienced before.  The caddies were wonderful, very knowledgeable of the courses and very
pleasant to be with.  My wife and I are enjoying watching the Scottish Open this week at Castle Stuart, and trying to recognize the various holes through the TV lens.  The gorse which runs through the course was in full bloom when we played there and it’s disappointing not to see the vivid yellow color when watching the tournament.  We are delighted to see the ads for “Hidden Links” while watching the tournament.  We tell everybody we know about your immediate response with any questions or situations we needed help with.  We sincerely appreciate your making this trip a memorable experience for many years to come.

R.M., May 2013, The Scottish Highlands and St. Andrews

Hi Lauri,
We wanted to send a short note to thank you and the folks at Hidden Links for a wonderful holiday. Our accommodations and golf games were all top notch and contributed to a great time. The weather was better than we had anticipated and we were able to play all but 9 holes of our scheduled games. They actually had to close Ballybunion due to the volume of rain but the balance of our games were in quite nice weather and very enjoyable. The Itinerary you chose for us was quite easily managed although we did lose our way a few times as we tried to follow the directions through some of the urban areas. Thankfully the car had GPS. The rental car folks were very accommodating and even upgraded us to a midsize at no additional charge which was much appreciated.

Thank you again for all your help. We have and will continue to recommend your firm as very professional folks to deal with when planning a trip to Ireland and Great Britain.

Cheers,

M.B., June 2013, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

We got in line at 4 and were on the Old Course at 6:40.  There was a foursome that didn’t show up.  It was fabulous.  The weather this week has been perfect.  We walked up the 17th fairway with Jason Dufner.  He had been at the range.  Pretty special.

Old Head today.  What a great trip.

Thanks.  Keep smiling.

T.T., June 2013, Troon and St. Andrews Scotland, and Southwest Ireland

Hi Lauri

Just wanted to give you all the heads up!

It was/is with such a heavy heart that we had to say goodbye to Hidden Links
guests Yesterday and today.

On Wednesday was the Julanders and their grandson Jack. They were really, really nice and Jack was extremely polite!  Real nice kid!  I shared a few laughs with Paula and Rod thanked me so much for looking after them and thought we were better than any 5*!!!

Barnes party – left this morning and they all thanked me personally and thoroughly enjoyed their time.  They were so impressed with everything, golf, hospitality the whole kit and kaboodle!  Our bar was their Watering hole where they talked all evening endlessly about their golf.

Shawn & Jack, I really did not want these two to leave.  From start to finish we got on famously.  He took great delight in showing me his pictures of his wife and kids.  He is going to send me an e-mail when he gets home to tell me about Kingsbarns.  They departed from us to play this course and told him they would not be disappointed.
He said they felt really, really comfortable staying with us.

Scott party – They are playing the New Course at the moment and I say goodbye to them later this afternoon. Shared many stories with them all about all different things.  Scott was trying to track down his ancestery On his mothers side and although he
has not gained any further information I shared with him some of my own Ancestery information that has only recently became available to me.  Paul it turns out visits Hawaii frequently as he/significant other has a place there!  Very, very envious as me & Jim really do plan to vacation There someday.  They gave us a heads up with regard flight paths of which we had not thought about! They even cheered on our boy at Wimbledon as I asked them to!

I cannot express enough how wonderful they all were.  Thank you ever so much
for sending them to us.

PS, by the way, everyone has left with a touch of the sun on their skin!!!
Weather has been truly Marvellous!  Been a long time since I was able to say “tell your clients to pack some sunscreen”!!!

June 2013, Accommodation owner in St. Andrews commenting about Hidden Links clients!

Dear Hidden Links,

I wanted to follow up on our June 28-July 7 golf trip to Scotland to mention two things.  First, everything went extremely smoothly and we are deeply appreciative of your solid work.  I have already referred one individual to Hidden Links (who I believe has already booked a trip with you) and certainly will recommend you to many other folks in the future.

Second, I wanted to put in a particular good word about our driver for the first three days of the trip (June 29-July 1).  The young man’s name was Steve (unfortunately, we never got his last name).  Steve did a superb job of making the necessary adjustments with Castle Stuart, restaurants, and hotels given our severely delayed arrival, and he was a superb tour guide and hands-on assistant.

Many thanks,

T.S., June/July 2013, Dornoch, Ayrshire, and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain and Lauri,

Our trip June 22-30 went very smoothly—you did a great job of advance planning.  Our driver, Arthur, was always pleasant, frequently funny, consistently helpful in every way.  The local driver (Alan) in the North Berwick area was punctual and very helpful.  We enjoyed a taste of true Scottish weather on a couple days, but generally the weather cooperated, too.  Golf and caddie reservations were just as expected everywhere, and that most important part of the trip went off without a hitch.  All in all, Hidden Links did a fine job and we appreciate your work on our behalf.

Warmest regards,

B.S., June 2013, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen Scotland

Dear Lauri,

I wanted to let you know we all had a great time on our recent trip and that Hidden Links got high marks from everyone. The ground transportation was excellent and efficient. As a side note: we all liked the Ailsa course at Turnberry the most and Royal Troon the least. To be fair, the weather at Royal Troon was 30-40 mph winds but the holes had little distinction between them and the place was a bit snooty for our tastes. We all loved Kingsbarns and found it to be the easiest venue due to it’s relative openness. Reminded me a lot of Bandon with better views!  The seed has been planted for a couples trip to Ireland in the not too distant future and I’ll likely be calling you to assist in setting that trip.

B.N., June/July 2013, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Iain, got home safely yesterday and wanted to take a minute to thank you and Hidden Links for a golf trip to remember.

Everything, and I mean everything, was first class and went according to plan.  The weather even co-operated. Our stay at St. Andrews stood out among the rest thanks to the owner who, every day, went the extra yard to keep us happy.

We had six wonderful days of golf as Saturday we unexpectedly played the New Course.  A bonus!

Thanks again to you and your staff.  We would, without hesitation, recommend Hidden Links to anyone wishing a golf vacation.

R.B., June 2013, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Iain and Lauri,

I’ve now been back for a week and a half and wanted to thank you for putting together a fantastic trip to Scotland.

Expectations in general were exceeded again and again, beginning with our driver, John, who was a wealth of information, humor and fun. He made the trip so easy and carefree – not a thing to worry about he handled everything smoothly and with a great demeanor. After we departed from John we often asked ourselves “Where’s John?” He is an excellent ambassador for Hidden Links and the country of Scotland!

The Turnberry resort is fantastic as of course is Greywalls, but the highlight of our accommodations was the Dunvegan apartment, what a great place to spend a few days! I would recommend all venues to future travelers.

We managed to squeeze in a few extra rounds at North Berwick and Crail which were all great.

Again, everything was great, top drawer and well executed. Thank you so much and if I ever get back to the UK I will definitely check in with Hidden Links and will recommend your firm to anyone who asks.

With Great Appreciation,

M.G., June 2013, Turnberry, Gullane, and St. Andrews Scotland

We would like to thank you for making our trip to Scotland so enjoyable, it certainly was a birthday to remember!  The golf courses were good choices, challenging, and scenic.  We were able to change tee times at the Glen and Pitlochry to take advantage of nice weather on our arrival and rain forecast for our day of play…everyone so friendly and accommodating. Only rained on for the last three holes at Eden, and almost blown away at Crail, but it was sunny!.  The small hotels were all very nice, especially in St Andrews.
Thank you for the upgrade to sea view room.  We had such good food, and even given a bottle of champagne when they found out  it was  my birthday. Our rental car was a pleasant surprise, a brand new Hyundai sedan fully equipped.  Fortunately, we were able to return it in the same pristine condition.  Also , we appreciated the info on sightseeing and  dining…the Corner Bar at the Dungevan was a fun place to celebrate a birthday!

D.S., June 2013, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Pitlochry Scotland

Our trip was fantastic,We enjoyed all the courses and hotels.John made the trip special with his friendliness and desire to show us more of Ireland than just golf.Thank you for a great memory.

J.T., June 2013, Northern Ireland and Dublin

Just talked to Rob- he said if he had a dollar for everytime he has mentioned Hidden Links in the last 2 weeks, he could retire. He said he’s shouting it from the rooftops!  Nice to hear!!

R.M., June 2013, Northern Ireland and St. Andrews Scotland

Ian and Lauri,
I wanted to say thank you for all of your help in planning our 40th birthday
golf trip to Scotland.  The two of you were fantastic to deal with and more
than patient when it came to all of the changes we threw at you.  The trip
could not have gone any smoother.  Our accommodations were great and met our
needs perfectly, the weather was magnificent and most importantly the
courses we played were all amazing.  You couldn’t have put together a better
trip for us and I will make sure to tell everyone I know considering this
type of vacation to go through Hidden Links.

In regards to Trump International Golf Links, the course could not have been
in better condition.  The layout and architecture was incredible but the
shape the course was just mind blowing.  There were times walking from the
green to the next tee box where we felt as if we were walking on turf.
Kudos to their greens keeper for getting that course into phenomenal shape
so quickly!

D.T., June 2013, St. Andrews, Trump International, and Ayrshire Scotland

Lauri – I am back in the US now and wanted to follow up about our recent trip to Scotland (my wife met me in Dublin and we spent the last 2 weeks driving around Ireland).  The courses were great and the accommodations were also.   We really enjoyed our time in Scotland and the opportunity to play those courses.  My thanks to you and Ian for setting it up.  It was fantastic!   We wouldn’t have done anything differently.  If you want to use me as a reference, I will be more than happy to provide a good one about our trip.

M.C., May 2013, Dornoch, Cruden Bay, and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff and Lauri,
Our trip to Scotland was great! We had unbelievable sunny and warm weather with only one day of clouds and mist. No high winds at all! The reservations were spot on with absolutely no foul-ups. Directions were perfect.

Only issue was that Ryan had to return on Monday as his wife gave birth to their first child, a son, on Sunday, our first day there! 2 months premature emergency delivery. All is well with mother and child.

Thanks for your guidance and support through all of the planning.

M.N., June 2013, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

first of all the trip was amazing and everything was planned and executed to
perfection so thank you. my caddie at royal county down (roger) was amazing
though i didnt play like i did last year but such is life. mick came out and
found me on the 10th tee to say hello and later joined us that night for
drinks as did many of the caddies who were out with us that day. trip was a
10/10 and the weather could not have been more perfect. barry the bus driver
was also great.

thanks for your efforts,

R.F., June 2013, Northern Ireland and Dublin

Iain & Jeff,

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how our trip went and overall, I would give it very high marks.  You may want to get Ken & Sharen’s input as well as we may have differences in our points of view.

Golf Courses –
Tain – we played it and it was very wet.  The 1st and 18th were essentially unplayable, but we had a good time and I would likely return.

Royal Dornoch – This was one of our favorites and we had a fine experience here (other than my being ill).

Castle Stuart – All you had made it out to be.  Really enjoyed the course and the facilities. Had stiff breezes and a real downpour, but fun nonetheless.

St. Andrews New & Old – Thoroughly enjoyed both courses – had our fill of winds and oscillating balls on the green as we had 20 mph winds with gusts over 30 mph, some hail, some rain – all you could ask for in Scottish Golf.

Kingsbarns – as always a good day.  Great service, fun course, great views and some good weather, finally.

North Berwick – Good weather, great golf course (but quirky to some).  Caddies were somewhat below par of other courses and we had one not show.

G.C., May 2013, The Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, and East Lothian Scotland

Hi Lauri
Just wanted to say thanks for all your guidance for our trip to Scotland. My Son really took the golf in and enjoyed it. I survived 3 out of 4 rounds. missed the New course as my legs gave out that day and it was actually the most brutal day to play anyway but my son weathered the weather..haha .  I love the history as well so I ended up walking a couple of miles a day just looking at historical places which I would not trade the pain for and actually did pretty well on the old course. Turnberry did kick my butt but I’m proud to say that on the 18th from only 3 feet from Tom Watson’s plaque I hit the green from 178 yards 12 feet from the hole but missed the putt. but it was great. My Son eagled number 13 from 107 yards which was very cool and his first eagle 2 ever !

I really liked the owner and I had good conversation with him talking about our old military days and wow he was in the RAF for 33 years . He’s a very busy man and very community oriented and I was blessed to meet and talk with him. I’m going to send him some of my pictures once I get them loaded on my PC.

Thanks and Regards

Dave Wallace, July 2013, The Scottish Highlands, Gleneagles, and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff
Just got back! Pretty much all went as planned. Machrihanish was good, Car did great! Having the TomTom made driving much more relaxing. I would recommend that to all drivers for about 25 pds. Once again ,I appreciate all the help !  ( already looking forward to the next trip)

P.W., May 2013, Kintyre and Ayrshire Scotland

Good afternoon Lauri –

I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for setting Justin and I up with a wonderful experience in Scotland.  From our rental car, to our accommodations, to our golf experiences, everything was exceptional.  I also have to mention that you — you and we — were very fortunate to be paired with Ryan and Ron.  They were a bonus to Justin and me.  When 2 golfers are set up with 2 golfers they don’t know, the experience can go very well or can be a nightmare. This was as good as going as an original group of 4.  Thanks for that connection!  Also, the B&B was terrific. Trev and his wife were always asking what they could do to support our experience.  The answer was nothing.  They were exceptional from start to finish.  And finally, the golf.  The opportunity to play the courses that you scheduled and the times  that you scheduled were spot on.  Originally I only scheduled caddies for the to Old Course and you said “are you sure?”
and I said I’m sure it would be nice for the other courses but not necessary.  YOU were right and I was WRONG.  We ended up using caddies every day!  To any future customer of Hidden Links, listen to Lauri and get the caddies.

Again, thank you very much for you assistance and knowledge.

G.L., May 2013, St. Andrews Scotland

Just wanted to let you and Jeff know we had a fantastic trip. Everything went smoothly. The trip was a 20 on a scale of 1-10. Please call me if you want any details, feedback or questions regarding our experience. Thank you again,

J.K., May 2013, Dornoch, Gleneagles, and St. Andrews Scotland

Many thanks for a wonderful trip.  It was all and more then we expected! All the details were perfectly laid out and we couldn’t be happier, thank you

M.D., May 2013, Southwest Ireland

Lauri- Royal Dornoch was fantastic and the hotel was excellent!  Castle Stuart was great and the views were amazing!  I don’t know how it can get any better but I am looking forward to Cruden Bay tomorrow!  Thanks to you and Ian for arranging this great trip!

M.C., May 2013, Dornoch to Cruden Bay Scotland

We are back from our trip to Ireland and want to report that we all had a fabulous time.The golf courses were first class and the accommodations were the same.The food was excellent as was the transportation and drivers.The only problem we experienced was the wind which blew between 20 & 50 mph every day except when we played Old Head.Thanks for all the arrangements

B.S., June 2013, Southwest Ireland

Hi Lauri,
I thought I would send you my feedback from our recent trip to Scotland.  It was a wonderful trip, weather/golf/accommodation were all great.  Our arrival in Aberdeen was without a hitch, although KLM lost the luggage for 2 of our party(they didn’t get it till 3 days later….travel insurance paid for new sets of golf clothes and raingear)…mental note to self…fly BA, not KLM.  The rental vans were at the hotel for us on Saturday morning, trip to Dornoch was outstanding…stopped at Glen Moray distillery for a tasting and then off to Inverness for an outstanding football match(home team won 4-3, only 5 fans and one player got tossed) and then up to Dornoch for dinner.  We can’t say enough about the Hotel there…great accommodation, great food(we ended up having dinner there all 3 nights) and the staff went above and beyond.  Cameron, Katy and Siobhan helped out in every way(Katy went to war with KLM to get the bags delivered) and we made sure to leave a healthy tip for them.  I would recommend the hotel and restaurant to anyone(my mom will be taking friends there for dinner when she visits in Sept).  Golf was great…really enjoyed Brora again(4 club wind but no rain), and Royal Dornoch was great as always although the afternoon round was in a steady rain.  We piled all our gear in the heated drying room at the(great bonus) and everything was dry and ready to the next morning.  Castle Stuart was the unexpected surprise of the trip…everyone loved the course and it ranked in the top 2 on everyone’s list.  The staff were very welcoming…the course was simply outstanding…we would all love to go back and play it again.  We had dinner the first night at a local restaurant that was fabulous…then a few pints at the Castle on the walk back. Nairn was good, the sleeper was Moray Old in Lossiemouth.  The constant air show was totally cool, but the golf course was fantastic…classic links course with a really tough last few holes.  Cruden Bay stay was outstanding…cozy and just a great attitude from the staff.  Food was surprisingly good, and just a great atmosphere. Royal Aberdeen and Murcar the next day were great…no problems with the condition of either course….and the front nine at Aberdeen was a real test in the 25-30mph winds(into us of course). Cruden Bay was great as always.  Trip overall was seamless, We really appreciated the warm hospitality of the staff at all the hotels and restaurants…and it really made the trip.  Once again thank you for all your work…we will be in contact for future trips(maybe Wales next?) and continue to recommend your company to anyone planning a trip to the UK.

M.K., May 2013, Aberdeen to Dornoch Scotland

Hi Debbie,

Just to let you know that the Dave & Gregg Fisher left this morning for Carnoustie after enjoying their 3nt stay in Ayr.  They even played an extra round last night at Bellisle – a public course in Ayr – as it was a beautiful evening.  Fortunately after a wet start to their stay the weather improved for them.

They told me they chose Hidden Links after finding you on the web and your price couldn’t be beaten!

Comments in my guest book read “Great hospitality.  Will definitely recommend to others, we loved it!”

Thank you for your continued business.

D.F. via our accommodation partner in Ayrshire, May 2013

Jeff,  Forgot to say how appreciative I am of your help and response making this dream trip a breeze.  Thanks to Hidden Links.

Bob Morrish, May 2013, St. Andrews and the Scottish Highlands

Iain,

I wanted to thank you for playing my trip to St. Andrews.  My brother and I had an incredible time.  We are in the very early stages of planning a trip back next May.  I was wondering if you could give me a quote on a trip for 4 nights in St. Andrews playing at Elie, Jubilee, Carnoustie and the Old Course. We would need a rental car and the trip would be for four people.

Thank you,

B.F., April 2013, St. Andrews Scotland

Bob did a great job in coordinating our trip, and our experience with Hidden Links
was excellent.  I will use your company again.

W.T., September 2012, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Everything Hidden Links mentioned about the courses, the lodging, etc,. was spot on. It was a great trip and we both thank you for all your help and your patience and willingness to adapt.  If anyone I know is thinking of golfing in Scotland I would certainly recommend Hidden Links, in large part because of your work with us and in scouting out good accommodations, and giving us supporting material.

Yours in golf,

B.H., September 2012, The Scottish Highlands, Cruden Bay, and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff/Lauri:

From everyone in our group, thanks for arranging another great trip to Ireland. Fantastic time was had by all and the weather couldn’t have been better (and unexpected).  We thoroughly enjoyed the courses and did play Portstewart twice rather than Bushfoot.    No one won any part of the tournament but had fun trying.

We are already talking about where to go next.  We will be in touch soon to start another itinerary!

J.B., September 2012, Northern Ireland

I wish to thank you and Hidden Links for organizing and making the arrangements for our absolutely fabulous trip to the golf courses in Ireland.

Everything was in place for us and the combination of great golf courses and wonderful accommodation made for a very comfortable and convenient trip for us. We managed to blow a tire but because you had suggested taking all the extra car insurance we avoided the cost of replacing the tire. But the tire did take a day out of our plans so we missed playing Waterville.

The accommodation in Dublin was a joy but the Killarney was a real treat. We were so impressed that you had supplied our itinerary to them. The owner (Katherine) was able to make calls on our behalf to change tee times and cancel Waterville.  That sort of service makes for a very relaxing trip.

Thank you for setting it all up, and fulfilling all our requests so completely.

M.H., September 2012, Southwest Ireland

Thanks for the time today.  When you get a few minutes, we’ve been writing a blog around our upcoming trip, as well as other items of interest to the amateur golfer.  The first entry starts with the inspiration for our trip, the next covers the process that ended with Hidden Links.  Check it out and hope you enjoy.

S.A., September 2012, Southwest Ireland

Jeff   –   Fantastic Trip   !!    Thanks for Hidden Links help & especially the great weather you arranged  !!  All very pleasant for us –  special kudus to Gail @ Dornoch and the entire staffs at Nairn & Castle Stuart  !!      We look to do 2 trips in 2013  !!         All the best  !!

B.C., September 2012, The Scottish Highlands

trip was flawless and everywhere we went when we mentioned Hidden Links “eyes lit up” and they raved about how much they like working with you” – they were very impressed.

E.B., September 2012, Southwest and Northwest Ireland

Bob–Walt and I had a great time in Ireland, everything was perfect!  Thanks for all the wonderful planning that made our holiday a real treat!

L.V., September 2012, Northern Ireland and Dublin

First, a word to say that the trip to Ireland that you organized for us in July was perfect in every detail. We couldn’t have enjoyed the golf, accommodations or the people more. You should also know that we have passed your company’s information on to a dozen fellow golfers! We are now getting ready to plan our next trip with you, to Scotland this time. We’ll fill out all your regular forms but just wanted you to know you’d be hearing from us. We’re shooting for St. Andrews  in either May or June.  Sandra and I look forward to working with Hidden Links again!

D.P., July 2012, Southwest Ireland

Jeff, we returned yesterday from Scotland and it was one of the best weeks of our life. The hotels and accommodations exceeded our expectations, especially Gleneagles, the rooms were great as was the food, the golf well that was another story (just being facetious), but we did manage to enjoy ourselves immensely. The courses are quite challenging especially Crudens Bay and Kingsbarn. We experienced all aspects of Scottish weather and the people we met were so kind to us during our stay and were true ambassadors of their beautiful country. We would not hesitate for a second using Hidden Links again to book our travel and make our arrangements. It gets an A+  in our book. Thanks to you and Lauri for all your assistance. Fondly,

N.B., September 2012, Gleneagles, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews Scotland

the accommodations and logistics were flawless, and we would definitely consider Hidden Links again when we go to Ireland.  Thanks!

S.S., June 2012, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

Great trip. Guys were very happy and thought you did a wonderful job.

T.S., September 2012, Southwest Ireland

My guys had a good time.  Thank you and staff for all of your help.  Looking at next September for a combo of Ireland and Scotland

P.M., September 2012, Southwest Ireland

Wanted to provide very positive feedback from the group on the trip. The drivers Matthew and Roy were great, lodging at Doonbeg was over the top and the courses were amazing. We were able to play Old Head, a special treat. What kind of trip would you have in the future for 4 days on the west coast of Ireland and maybe four days in Scotland?  Roy indicated that he recently had two similar trips. You have 8 ambassadors in the promoting your company. Thanks again and we helped the economy or Ireland quite well.

M.K., September 2012, Southwest Ireland

Well the clan has returned from their wondeful Irish golf trip They can’t say enough about how great it was… Thank you and everyone connected with your company for all the arrangements. Killarney was so homey and welcoming The owners made them feel as though they were at home away from home.. The golf dates were perfect ,the caddies  very good The bus was comfortable and the driver Joe was the best .He made their trip extra special We will remember Hidden links whenever we plan a return and will sing your praises to all who are interested Thank you again for making this a trip of a lifetime

J.G., September 2012, Southwest Ireland

Hi Iain,

Thanks for the time today.  When you get a few minutes, we’ve been writing a blog around our upcoming trip, as well as other items of interest to the amateur golfer.  The first entry starts with the inspiration for our trip, the next covers the process that ended with Hidden Links.  Check it out and hope you enjoy.

S.A., September 2012, Southwest Ireland

Lauri

We just returned from our Scotland trip and I wanted to follow up with you regarding our experience with Hidden Links.  First off our overall experience was fabulous from the thorough directions on getting the car to the selection of hotels to the incredible golf courses.  Your recommendations for food and sightseeing were very helpful in allowing us to build our days to experience Scotland.  Every place we encountered from car
rental, hotels and golf knew we were coming and made our check in and stay very comfortable.

Your insight and attention to detail including the maps and car with automatic and GPS really took the stress out of traveling to a new place.

Thanks again.

P.W., September 2012, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

Jeff, Lauri,
I would like to take the time to tell you what a fantastic trip we had to Scotland.  Everything I imagined it would be and more.  The accommodations were great, the travel arrangements were well orchestrated and professional.  I would recommend “Hidden Links” to anyone that I have bragged to since I returned.  Once again thanks for the extra effort it really made the difference.

G.T., August 2012, St. Andrews, Turnberry, and Kintyre Scotland

Lauri,  Just wanted to drop you and Iian a note of appreciation for putting together what was a fantastic golf trip.  All 8 of us agreed that everything went smoothly. The golf was superb and the lodging was perfect. Even the weather was good with only 2 rain days. We got to use all of our newly purchased rain gear.  Inniscrone was our favorite golf course with all the others running a close second.  ST. Martins was great and worked
out well as a base.  Connemarra was really too far, but the drive getting here gave us a look at some unbelivably bueautiful country side.  Coming back in the dark was another matter, but we made it mostly unscathed.

When  we make another trip to the Ole Sod, I will certianly give you a call.

Thanks again,

All in all it was wonderful.

A.W., August 2012, Northwest Ireland

Hi Lauri and Robert
We just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic trip and wanted to thank you for putting together such a wonderful itinerary that went off without a hitch.  We even managed to get sun tans!  Our favorite course in Scotland was Kingsbarns and overall favorite was Old Head in Ireland.

Does your company put together golf trips in other parts of the world?  We thought a 10 day trip to Portugal and or Spain would be next on our agenda.

Thanks again

M.M., August 2012, St. Andrews Scotland and Southwest Ireland

Laurie / Jeff,

Fabulous trip – all went well.

Thanks for putting together a great package for us.

J.Q., August 2012, Southwest Ireland

We just wanted to let you all know that are trip was fantastic. Between the courses, accommodations, and car rentals, everything was great.  We will recommend Hidden Links to all our friends.

Thanks again.

J.M., August/September 2012, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland, Killarney Ireland, and London

We had outstanding time/all worked great/you and the team there are superb…thanks again  Was a bit windy/rainy but that is part of the experience!!!

M.L, August 2012, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Troon, and Turnberry Scotland

Got back from the best golf trip any of us has ever had this past Sunday.  We all would like to thank you and your staff for putting together this fantastic trip. We had rain on 5 holes the whole trip and the temperature was in the mid 60’s.  Lodging was great and the courses were beautiful.  Driving was a learning experience but we got through it with only a few more grey hairs.  Thanks again for a job well done.

Looking at Pebble Beach in 2013

B.M., August 2012, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Jeff and Laurie,
Again, thank you both for making our trip to Northern Ireland and the Northwest of the Republic so successful.  In all, your logistical expertise made our trip a wonderful experience and we thank you very much.  We look forward to working with you again.

J.M, August 2012, Northern Ireland and Northwest Ireland

Sorry for the delay in getting this to you. We just wanted to thank you for the excellent trip you planned for us to Scotland. The golf was great, the places for us to stay excellent and your help with my passport was a life saver. The courses were very challenging and well suited to our abilities. I believe we had a chance to truly experience Scottish golf. We even survived the high winds and intermittent heavy rain at North Berwick. I never though I could be short on a well hit 5 iron on a 139 yard long hole but I was. Needless to say the wind was blowing directly into our face. As we watched the US open, we could relate to the problems that the pros faced with the winds comming off the ocean. Throughout the trip everything was well planned, there was plenty to do and
yet plenty of time to rest and enjoy Scotland. We would especially like to recommend Alf and Ann Berry at the Riverwood. Their facilities were most impressive. The location was exactly what we needed after the long flight and they were most helpful in getting around. Their food was great and the service we received was the best. If you plan to use them in the future, which we would highly recommend, include as a side stop the Dewars distillery which is 15 minutes away. A great tour and I was able to take the tour that included a taste of 39 year old Scotch from the cast. We took advantage of several of your other suggested stops. Well recommend. The other places we stayed at were also great. Friendly people and excellent food. We would also recommend them to you and believe that others traveling in these locals would enjoy their stays.  The trip could not have gone any better. We have and will continue to praise your services and would highly recommend you to any individuals that are looking to travel to Scotland for the golf, history, friendly people, fine food and great Scotch.
Thanks again

T.W., July 2012, Pitlochry, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Lauri,
The trip was great. Everything went as planned and we had a great time.  Thank You

W.C., August 2012, East Lothian and St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri: Just returned from Ireland and wanted to let you folks know that our group had the best driver we have ever had on one of these outings, Joe.  He really looked out for us and helped in many ways that many drivers just haven’t done in the past. He warranted a rather large tip and everyone in the group of 12 felt he had earned every penny. If you could pass this up the chain or wherever appropriate Joe is deserving of the praise.  Thanks again.

J.J., August 2012, Southwest Ireland

Lauri:
We got back yesterday and had a great trip. Everything was just as planned by Hidden Links.  Thanks again for all your help and planning a great trip for us.

M.B., August 2012, Aberdeen and St. Andrews Scotland

Liberal amounts of alcohol were applied to our sore legs, backs and other body parts on an internal basis and we all had fun consuming their pub food and conversing with our waitress. We also had two very enjoyable meals in Dirleton, again thanks to a Hidden Links recommendation.

Thanks again for all your help on the trip.

J.S., August 2012, East Lothian and St. Andrews Scotland

“Being an overseas member at Ballybunion makes me that much more motivated to share the experience with golfers from around the world,” says Jeff Flynn, Founder & CEO of Hidden Links. “Just like the Old Course at St. Andrews, I want every golfer to make that magical journey to Ballybunion’s Old Course at least once in their lifetime. Hopefully they’ll do better than me though, as my first shot ever at Ballybunion was a mis-hit 1-iron into the wind that ended up in the ancient cemetery!”

Ballybunion Golf Club 2012 Press Release

Jeff/Lauri,

I wanted to thank you for helping to plan our golf trip to Scotland. Everything went off without a hitch. The guest houses were wonderful and the golf was as expected. For a bunch of golf hacks, this was a trip of a lifetime. WE could not have enjoyed the trip without your recommendations.

M.H., July/August 2012, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff and Lauri, just wanted to let you know that our trip last week was outstanding!  The Ford Galaxy mini-van was the perfect rental vehicle for us, we appreciate you staying on that issue to insure that we did not have a problem!  We will be back in touch when we go to plan our next trip, take care and thanks again.

G.F., July 2012, Ballybunion and Doonbeg Ireland

Dear Andy and Lauri,
All my wife and I can say is WOW! What a great trip and it was made so easy thru your hard work and attention to details. Everything was seamless and could not have been easier. The car rental was quick and efficient, the hotels were all first rate and the golf was spectacular. We travel often and I can tell you no trip has been better. Thanks for everything and I can’t wait for my trip to Scotland in September.
Best and warmest regards,

C.K., August 2012, Northwest Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Dublin

Bob,

Let me begin by saying our overall experience dealing with Hidden Links, the company and its personnel, was very, very positive. Both couples on this excursion had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Every detail of the transportation and mapping, from picking up the rental car in Edinburgh to the 828 miles we put on the vehicle using the maps provided and doing some exploring without directions, could not have gone better. Doing all the driving we did, my navigators and I only made one wrong turn going from St. Andrews to North Berwick and we realized it immediately and were able to reverse course in short order. We even managed to drive into and out of Edinburgh for a sightseeing day in that crazy but magical city. One comment I’d make about the directions Hidden Links provided: the maps were useful for a big picture view of the long moves and the estimated travel times were very accurate but the written directions, although also accurate, we found to be almost too detailed to the point of distraction. But again, we never got off course (except that one time) using either Hidden Links maps or more often the enlarged maps (sometimes it took six or seven blown up maps for the longer legs). Excellent in that respect!

Every hotel at which we arrived was expecting us and the accommodations were acceptable if not plush. I have to heap praise on Hidden Links for immediately addressing our having been originally assigned a room that was smaller than we wanted.  I emailed immediately Hidden Links to ask for help. Suddenly and without explanation, a larger room was available and that room was better than just acceptable. It was roomy, offered views of the city in three different directions and allowed us to open all the windows for cool sleeps all four nights there. Kudos to Hidden Links for the swift and decisive action! Our accommodations in St. Andrews went from unbearable to enjoyable in the time it took for Hidden Links to work its magic. Especially well done resolving that crisis!

The golf courses selected for us were excellent, every one of them. We had good weather for four of the five rounds. But as we prepared to tee off at Gullane #1, we had our fair warning when the starter said, “If you can see the hills in the distance, it’s about to rain. If you can’t see the hills, it IS raining.” Sure enough, on what was by far the longest  and toughest course to walk (more about that later), we were rained on for probably 13 of the 18 holes. Even though we both had rain gloves, hats and suits that kept us dry and warm, that was not a fun round of golf. However, it definitely gave us yet another kind of Scotland golf experience.

I must say, and I’m sure you’ve heard this many times, playing the Old Course at St. Andrews was an extremely gratifying, once-in-a-lifetime experience (photo attached). I had to agree with some other golfers we heard around town when they said they thought Kingsbarns was “a more spectacular course,” but there’s no way playing that course, as great a layout as it is, can compare with walking and playing the hallowed grounds of the Old Course. Granted, Lauri had to push me a bit to get me to participate in the walkup but it was worth every minute of lost sleep. I was put with the second group off at 6:40, took a caddie, and reveled in every minute of that round, no matter my success or lack of it in scoring. Even so, I made a number of pars and as it happened I birdied the 18th hole for a storybook finish. It doesn’t get any better than that!

At our age, we’ll probably never get back to Scotland but we all felt our time there was very well spent and, if we were ever to go back to either Scotland or Ireland, we wouldn’t hesitate to use Hidden Links again in the future. Your company took so much of the hassle out of the planning and detail part of the overseas trek that we felt your fees were money well spent on our part.

Thank you for all your able assistance in making our Scotland dream come true. You, Lauri and Jeff all deserve our compliments and gratitude.

J.S., July 2012, The Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, and East Lothian Scotland

Lauri & Iain:  I just wanted to thank both of you for making our trip a great one and for all your hard work with all the changes we had.  The trip was perfect and I can’t imagine a better line up of courses, transportation, accommodations.  Everything was perfectly scheduled from the transportation to the golf.  Our driver Stuart was very good and dependable.  He was always on time and professional.  The point to point transportation was also always on time as well.

The accommodations were great.  Malcolm and his staff were awesome.  We probably drank them dry.

St. Andrews was very nice as well and the night manager always opened early for us and gave us hot breakfast.

In regards to the Old Course, I got on as well as Mike & Rich.  I got there when you told me to and was 5th in line.  I actually got in with Russell, Brian, and Kirk so that ended up perfect.  Bernard and Watson played with two guys from France, but they had fun as well.

Lauri:  I was so impressed that you took a call at 2 AM (your time) to re-arrange our round at Kings Barn.  By the way, our favorite course of the week.

I will definite recommend your company to anyone taking a Scotland or Ireland golf tour.

Your trip was spot on and we had a blast.   I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Thanks you for making my 50th Birthday golf trip such a success.

I hope to have another trip someday, but I need to start saving again

Take care,

D.N., August 2012, Ayrshire, Muirfield, and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Lauri;

As I’m sure you realized, Tom and I kissed the Blarney Stone while we were in Ireland, which must account for his charming email below.  But I must admit that the trip, while hectic and not always as planned, was great.  Thanks for the work you and Robert did to make this memorable.

A.C., July 2012, Southwest Ireland

Lauri – Thank you for all of your and Iain and Hidden Links’ assistance in setting up this once in a lifetime trip.  Stewart (our driver) could not have been more professional, timely and enjoyable.  We would STRONGLY recommend him to anyone looking for a great driver!  Thank you for helping us in resolving our late arrival and change in tee times in particular.  Hopefully we didn’t ruin your Saturday evening last weekend, and much thanks for all of your hard work.  We have had a great experience with Hidden Links and would recommend to anyone looking to put together a golf trip overseas!

M.B., July 2012, Ayrshire, Muirfield, and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Lauri,

I just wanted to thank you for all the help in arranging our recent trip to Scotland.  Everything came off perfectly (except I missed meeting my boyhood golf idol, Gary Player!).

The lodgings were excellent.  Owners are outstanding hosts and the location is perfect.

The transportation companies were always on time and were flexible when we needed to slightly adjust our time to depart Prestwick.

All-in-all, a great experience and well done.

W.A., July 2012, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Half way through and all is well. Courses are fantastic. McCordys was fantastic….food, pub, entertainment, and rooms. Question;  what is recommended gratuity for drive?  Tom has been truly outstanding

S.Y., July 2012, while in Northwest Ireland

Good Morning lauri,
Sorry for not getting back as soon as I have,but been very busy.The trip was 100% great and better. The motor Coach was wonderful and Brian our driver,well there’s just no words and space in this message to say how GREAT he was. He was one of the main reason’s the trip was so great. I have talk to a couple of the folks that went on to Ireland and they had a great time as well. So thanks again to you and Iain and anyone else who helped with our trip. Now,next year here we go again. This was going to be my last trip unless a friend of mine that went in 2006 wanted to go back. He couldn’t get off work for this last trip and now it looks as though we will be going back next July. He ask if I wanted to make one more trip over and I said I would but I wanted to try and make it so we could at least try and work the final round of the Open Championship into the trip.  Any help would be nice and thanks again for all you did on our trip.

T.C., July 2012, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain,

The trip went well, all of the tee times where confirmed and we had no issues with transportation, it worked like clockwork.  Thank you for putting the trip together we really enjoyed the golf and the hotels

J.C., July 2012, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Kintyre Scotland

Hello Lauri and Bob,

Just wanted to thank you and everyone at Hidden Links for a trouble free golf experience.   Everything went off without a hitch and once everyone got used to the european sized accommodations, we were  off and running.  We had one day of rain, really not bad for Scotland I understand but also 5 days of sun, which they had not seen in months.

Speaking for the entire group, I wanted to thank you for your help in planning a successful tour!

F.L., July 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri,
We are all back safe and sound! I wanted to thank you for all your help. Everything worked out perfectly and all the arrangements you made we perfect. All the rooms were booked and all the transports were right on time. One thing… I lost my money clip, and it’s possible it fell our of my pocket in the taxi yesterday. Could you ask them if it showed up? I was in the front seat of one of the cabs. Thanks again!

C.C., July 2012, The Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Gentlemen!
What can I say other than outstanding! You guys have successfully made it to the very top of my “Most Awesome Experiences in my Life” list. The trip was nothing but 1st Class and the 2 of you were the perfect hosts for such a wonderful trip. I’m sure that my family & friends will soon be sick of my stories but HEY that’s the price they pay to be in my life. HA! Seriously I truly had a fabulous time with you guys and will cherish the memories.  Well, I’m off to the local Irish pub for a Scotch Egg! Thanks again for everything that you guys did to create a “Once in a life timer” for me!

K.T., July 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

Iain,

Btw I did not include Lauri on my list of terrific mentions and that was a great mistake on my part. I could not imagine our trip being as complete and wonderful without her constant support. Please give her our best and thanks. Again another  reason to use Hidden Links again and again in the future.

R.T., July 2012, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri,

I made it! Got on line at 3:40 am (couldn’t sleep anyway) and was the third player to arrive. Hung around while the crowd grew to about 30 guys. As you said, the starter came around right at 6 and put our names on his list. The two guys ahead of me got placed immediately with the 6:30 twosome and I was sent out when the 6:40 group only had three.

Fabulous experience! Enjoyed every minute. Started to hit my drives much better following a tip from my caddie and didn’t make more than a double bogey after the second hole. In fact, after three-putting 17 for a bogey, I birdied 18 from 15 feet for a storybook finish! That’s a memory I’ll cherish forever.

Thanks for your encouragement to do the walkup. The overall experience was worth every minute of lost sleep and worth twice the cost.  I’d have killed myself if I had missed the opportunity!

J.S., July 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Laurie

Just a brief note to say thanks very much for the fantastic tour that you arranged for our group. The planning, hotels, bus transport were spot on. The golfing experience was fantastic, weather – only rained on one day so all good.

G.S., July 2012, St. Andrews Scotland and Southwest Ireland

Robert managed to play The Old Course yesterday, on his 60th birthday!  I arranged for notices to be placed at various points of Hotel indicating that it was his 60th birthday.  We have multi media TV screens in the Bar area that are also displayed for advertising to the street.  We had a message on it indicating that it was his 60th birthday and he
had played the Old Course on his special day. He was absolutely thrilled to bits!  He took pictures of all the screens, internally and externally, of said message. They both thanked me very much for their stay and Paula (his wife) expressed how much that She appreciated everything we had done for them, loved the Hotel and was in fact very sad to be leaving!

Makes everything worthwhile doesn’t it!!

July 2012, From an accommodation partner in St. Andrews, helping us acknowledge a client’s 60th birthday!

Just flying back to the US today and wanted to drop you a note letting you know how great the trip was. Adding the Old Course Experience was a huge upgrade. The hotel was great as well. Thx again for another great trip!

R.H., July 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

I was talking to some guy (didn’t know name) and said I was taking trip to Scotland – the guy said he did one with this “outfit” that did the best job – it was Hidden Links!  I was very impressed!

R.R., July 2012, Scotland “pre-trip!”

Dear Lauri,
I wanted to express our sincere appreciation for the tremendous itinerary we just experienced with Hidden Links.  The golf courses were amazing, there was plenty of time each day for sightseeing, and the scheduling was seamless.  Even the weather was lovely!  We would like to give special recognition to our driver in northern Ireland, William.  He is a true gentleman and gentle man, who is the perfect escort – knowing when to talk and when to stay quiet.

Many thanks for a memorable journey!  I know you do lots of work behind the scenes to make everything flow smoothly.  We will certainly be recommending your organization,

S.C., July 2012, Northern Ireland

Hi Lauri and Iain,
On behalf of our group, I would like to extend our thanks for a pretty flawless trip. The trump excursion was well worth the investment as Mr Trump was both there, but personally gracious and seemingly quite interested in our experience…actually drove out to us on the course to see how we were doing! The course is indeed a masterpiece and compares favorably with the great ones.

T.M., July 2012, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Trump International Scotland

Dear Iain,

We are back safe and sound from our wonderful trip to beautiful Scotland and I finally have a few minutes to drop you a line and let you know how our experience went with Hidden Links.  I think I will cut to the chase and just say that over the almost 20 years the four of us have traveled to Ireland and Scotland to play golf, (5 trips total to date), we have rarely felt as comfortable and well taken as we were with Hidden Links on this trip

From the arrival to Scotland and our hotel, it felt as if Hidden Links’ excellent reputation was just one step ahead of us.  While on the West Cost of Scotland at Turnberry, Prestwick, and Royal Troon, not a single detail was out of sync with the plans arranged for us by Hidden Links.

Once we made the trip eastward to St. Andrews for the next four days of our trip, we were met by Stan and had a continuation of superb service at every step.  Stan was not only a complete gentleman, but had everything ready for us at every turn.  On our drive to Carnoustie, Tom joined us as the representative of Hidden Links and again, displayed a level of service and friendliness that matched our now very high expectations of Hidden Links.

Every hotel and course we visited seemed to not only know the Hidden Links personnel, but had friendly and respectful relationship with them.

I would go on and on, but suffice to say that with the many trips we have made to both Ireland and Scotland, we have used other top rated tour operators and we now place Hidden links at the very top through our experience with your company this past week from July 7th, through July 14th.

We felt that this trip was worth every penny and would work with Hidden Links again with great confidence.  Well Done.

R.T., July 2012, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Iain (Hi Lauri),
Just to let you know that the July 6-14 trip was superb and that the group of 8 (all copied) already misses Scotland !  Many thanks for all your help !  Regards from very wet Rio,

R.F., July 2012, Aberdeen and St. Andrews Scotland

Ya’ll did such a great job……..we’re anxious to work with you again.

C.R., July 2012, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Lauri!  We’re back after our whirlwind trip!  An experience of a lifetime in many ways and tons of great family memories…picture attached on 18 at the Old Course.  We were recognized by several people around the town because of our “tartan bonnets”.  Fun stuff!

Also wanted to give you feedback on various parts of the trip…accommodations in St. Andrews were absolutely charming and the staff was great!  Loved the English breakfast every morning!  The whole golf club thing sorted itself out as they arrived on Monday morning at 10-1030am.  We pushed out tee time back at Gleneagles to 2:40 and the dinner back to 7PM.  Great layout on the PGA course and OMG the dinner…need I say more.  For future reference you may want to explain how absolutely extraordinary the experience is and to be prepared.  We have dined at some very nice places and this blew them all away!

Jubilee was a much more challenging track that we expected, plus we played the last 2 hours in a literal downpour…the locals were saying that the amount of rain was extreme even for them.  Good day also.

What can I say about the Old Course…conditions were perfect, and we all played well.  Mike shot 73 with bogeys on 2 of last 3 holes, Ryan shot 77, and I (old man) shot 78!  Tracy pulled-in with a 134 but had several pars and played a great sand-shot out of the bunker on 12.  Scotch, dinner and pints at the Jigger Inn and the day was an unbelievable experience!

At Kingsbarns we had three seasons in a day!  And what a day it was…that place is spectacular!

We loaded-up and drove Edinburgh that evening.  Now would be a good time to tell you that the rental agency was also very good to work with and the van had tons of room for our stuff…very nice.

Our stay in Dublin prior to St. Andrews/Edinburgh, and our subsequent stops in Oxford, Paris, and London added to the “experience of a lifetime” persona of this trip.  We appreciate your help in arranging the Scotland portion and working with us throughout the planning stages.  We look forward to the next time!

R.K., June 2012, St. Andrews, Scotland

Hey Lauri!
On behalf of our group, just wanted to thank you for your help in arranging a wonderful experience fo us. All the reservations went without a hitch and the venues were excellent. We especially enjoyed the Killarney hotel and would recommend it to anyone going to that area. Thanks again,

J.M., July 2012, Southwest Ireland

Jeff- Just wanted to let you know that everything went off without a hitch during our trip. We have nothing but praises for your planning and your people. The driver was terrific, the hotels were good, the Turnberry was magnificent, totally unbelievable. Weather was very good for Scotland. One of our guys shot 1 over on Kingsbarns, so we all had a great time, truly great. We ran into another group of yours while we were there and they were having a good time also. Once again, it was great, thanks.

J.G., July 2012, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Lauri,

Wanted to drop you a quick line (I don’t have Jeff’s email).  We had the most memorable time of our life in Scotland.  As you know, this is our second trip with Hidden Links (Ireland in 2007) and in usual fashion everything was perfect.  Not one detail was overlooked and we did not have one issue (other than our golf games at times).  Our accommodations in my opinion were awesome…..exactly what we were looking for.  I would highly recommend the B&B in St. Andrews to middle aged guys in the future.  It was perfect and awesome.  Believe it or not it did not rain on us once.  Hard to believe since every local we talked to said this has been one of the worst Scottish summers in recent memory regarding rainfall.  We got very lucky.

Just a magical trip.  Thanks for all of your efforts.  Hidden Links in my opinion is the best out there from start to finish.  I will do my best to market your company here back in the Midwest to anyone looking for a memorable over seas experience.

Thanks for all of your hard work and for producing exactly what we wanted.  Attached is a picture of us on the #1 tee at St. Andrews in front of the RnA.

B.H., July 2012, St. Andrews, North Berwick, and Turnberry Scotland

Hi lauri and Jeff. Just wanted you to know that we are back from our trip and it was wonderful. Weather was awful but we are mudders and played thru the rain. Apparently, Ireland is having their wettest summer in 50 years. Thanks for making this trip special for us. We really enjoyed it!!

L.C., July 2012, Southwest Ireland

The trip was great! Thanks for your attention to detail. We enjoyed the driver, and he was a big help.  Thanks for everything.

S.C., June 2012, Turnberry, Carnoustie, and St. Andrews Scotland

The trip was glorious.  We’re going to have memories and stories for the rest of our lives. Thank you all so much for making it run so smoothly.

J.W., July 2012, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Lauri –  Just a quick note to let you know that we had a FANTASTIC time and that everything worked out great.  We couldn’t have been more pleased.  The places we stayed were great, the our wives loved the driver and want to adopt him, the arrangements were perfect, we knew what to expect, the golf was great…..we can’t express the superlatives adequately.  We will give VERY HIGH reviews of our trip on line, recommend Hidden Links to all we talk to, and hope to use your company again in a couple years (Susan and I are thinking about a trip to Ireland…..do you do that country?)
Thanks again…….

C.R., July 2012, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Jeff
I apologize for not sending you a thank you note sooner. We had a fabulous time and I appreciate the help, bookings etc…The St. Andrews hotel was super as was the transportation!! We loved it.  thank you

R.P., July 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff, Laurie ,
Well back home after a great week in Northern Ireland…All the arrangements , Hotel, chauffeur, boat transportation were perfect…golf was great…Again Jeff , thanks for a job well done  and if you ever need references , I would gladly provide,
regards

G.M., July 2012, Northern Ireland

Hi Lauri  We had a great trip. Hidden Links did an outstanding in arrangements, advice, etc. You folks know your business. Thanks again to you & Bob for your work.

K.D., June 2012, St. Andrews and East Lothian Scotland

Iain & Lauri,

Returned last evening from a great trip to Scotland. I just wanted you to know that everything came off exactly as planned and we could not have been more pleased.  The Dunvegan was great as usual.  Shuttle was prompt on every occasion and even though we played Kingsbarns on a cold,rainy, and windy day, it was great fun in a sadistic kind of way.  Thank you for your work in putting it together for us.

D.S., June 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

Just a quick note, late in coming, to thank you for setting up a wonderful golf trip for our family. We had a great time and had zero issues with any of the accommodations or tee times. I know we had a bit of an unusual itinerary but it was worth the drive time. The courses were spectacular, the food and drink outstanding and I could not have been more pleased. Thank you again. I would highly recommend all of the courses, particularly Royal Portrush and the granddaddy of them all, Ballybunion! Dooks is a gem and Waterville is clearly worth the drive. Don’t skip Lahinch either! Carne is a monster, Enniscrone wonderful. Royal County Down every penny…we played that twice! Thanks again.

K.D., June 2012, Northern Ireland, Northwest Ireland, and Southwest Ireland

Just returned.  All good. Excellent drivers and lodging. Pretty good weather.  Thanks.

W.C., June 2012, Southwest Ireland

Jeff & Lauri,

Just a note to thank you for your efforts.  From your point, everything went as clockwork.  Transportation was prompt, hotels were great, all reservations were in place.  It was a no brainer from the logistics standpoint. Golf of course was up to us & we certainly experienced the Scottish links.  Hitting the ball straight doesn’t guarantee you’ll stay out of trouble.  We had rain for 3 holes for the whole trip & 50 mph winds at Kingsbarn, perfect.  Best caddie line was, “You should trade that driver in & you can tell them that the sweet spot is a virgin!”  When anyone asks, you have my recommendation.

B.C., June 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

Andy, thanks for all the help in putting together a wonderful trip. I know you did all you could to accommodate our probably extensive if not packed schedule desires. With what we found to be a lot of driving we did manage to get in all the golf through rain every day. The B&Bs were fine.  Dornoch extra special. Our last day was a glorious one at St Andrews, one in which my son Jeff shot the best score of his life, a five over par 77. Kingsbarns was a very likable course but we had to play it Sat. in a driving rain storm said by local news the worst in 16 years. By the back nine the wind was up to 60 MPH, Dave had retired with all else on the course.  Jeff and I trudged on and had to make windage corrections==to the width of a whole fairway and you know how wide those fairways are. It was loads of fun never to be forgotten. Lauri Carr was most helpful in rearranging a tee time when our plane was late arriving.

D.B., June 2012, Dornoch, Ayrshire, and St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri,

I am a little late in sending this and I apologize for my tardiness.  However, better late than never. Our trip, arranged by you and Hidden Links was perfect!!!! Perfect because we had no surprises related to our accommodations (all were grand!), the rental car arrangements and especially the golf. An experience to remember. When folks ask, or even when they don’t, I tell them how great you guys were to work with and how you handled all the details. Thanks again for making our trip memorable – – for all the right reasons.  Take care.

J.G., June 2012, St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Dornoch, Isle of Skye, and Ayrshire Scotland

Laurie and Iain,

This is just a quick note to say we all had a great time on our Father/Son golf trip to Scotland.  Eveything went smoothly from the van rental to the accomodations and most importantly, to the golf.  We even visited the Castle Campbell on the way to St. Andrews.  The highlight of course was getting the chance to play the Old Course at St. Andrews.  This trip will be remembered for the rest of our lives.

I appreciate everything you did to make my job easy… or easier.  These guys and the kids lean on me to ensure a good time is had and I know planning is crucial to reaching that end.  And it could not have been accomplished without the assistance from Hidden Links.  I hope to use your services again (hopefully to Ireland???) and would recommend Hidden Links to anyone planning a trip to the British Isles.  I suspect you will be hearing from a friend or two sometime this summer.

Again, thanks for everything.

S.H., June 2012, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Bob,
On behalf of my fellow traveling companions, I would like to drop you this note letting you know how much we enjoyed all the arrangements that were made by you and your company.  Feel free to forward to those within your company who would have an interest in this message.

Everything you described to me during our planning stages regarding the accommodations, transportation, golf, and sights to take in was at or better than how you described them.  The courses selected were wonderful.  Although there was some discussion on the exact order we would place them, in general we agreed that our selection order for best to least best was:
1.     Old Head (a bit windy, but spectacular)
2.     Ballybunion (a slam dunk)
3.     Waterville (we got soaked here, so we all agree that we should give it a second try)
4.     Island Club (some debate on too hard or just hard enough)
5.     European Club (needs to be updated, but a fair course)
6.     Portmarnock (this could have been # 4 with some)

We loved the greeting we were given by John at the airport and for our transfer back to the airport to pick up our cars.  He is quite the historian.  Peter (van driver) was a wonderful man.  He was very helpful.

We all agreed that it was an aggressive schedule and that in hindsight it may have been better to have stayed more nights in each lodge/inn rather than moving every night after we left Killarney.  However, it was hard to agree which golf course we would have given up in order to stay in Kinsale an extra night.  We arrived there so late after playing Waterville that we did not have any chance to explore the beautiful coastal town.

We want to thank you for helping us all complete one of our biggest items on our bucket list.  We will hold fond memories of every day, and evening we spent in Ireland.  Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful trip.

C.B., June 2012, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

Hi Lauri, just a note to say we had a great trip.The accommodations were excellent, especially in Killarney and St Andrews. We didn’t play Kingsbarns because ,after missing out on the ballot, we were determined to play the old course. We didn’t pick up the car in Dublin, because we decided we had survived driving in Ireland and didn’t want to push our luck.I would recommend you guys to anyone planning a similar trip. Thanks for the memories….

J.L., June 2012, Southwest Ireland and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Ian

We have had a fantastic trip the golf and accommodation where first class  driver graham did a good job for us he was very helpful   Thanks again for organising our trip  and look forward to working with you again

J.D., June 2012, St. Andrews, the Scottish Highlands, Ayrshire, Muirfield, and Gleneagles Scotland

Hello Iain and Lauri,

Just returned Friday from the Emerald Isle. The trip went off without one glitch! Words cannot describe the fantastic time Paul and I had. Every hotel and every golf course was fantastic. They just blew us away. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming at all of the golf courses and hotels from starters to caddie masters and the caddies themselves. I was so glad we decided to go to Ballyliffin. The courses are tremendous particularly the Glashedy Links. The Captain of the club Paddy Logue greeted us and sat with us while we had lunch. A terrific guy! Ballyliffin really isn’t that difficult to get to if you are already in the north. The ferry is simple to get. The European Club was incredible. We spent some time with Pat Ruddy ‘s son Pat Jr. who couldn’t have been nicer. We had the entire course to ourselves. When we go back we would play at least 3 rounds there it is so magnificient. Not one course disappointed us!! But The European Club stood out the most! There is absolutely nothing I would change to our trip expect staying longer!!  The rental car was perfect and the GPS system made driving the back roads in Ireland a cinch. All of the minor rural roads are now downloaded.

You and Laura did a terrific job for us!! Again, not one glitch or even minor complaint. Please feel free to use me as a reference in the future. We plan a possible return in two years.

Paul shot a 74 at Ballybunion and a 79 at Royal County Down and a 78 at the European Club. His Colorado handicap is roughly a ten. He took his game to a whole new level.My golf was pretty solid with the exception of a couple of rounds when finding the fairway off the tee was a challenge. We also enjoyed two solid weeks of sunshine. We only put the rainsuits on 3 times. We were having so much fun we played an extra round at Gashedy Links(36 holes in total on that day! Walked 18 and rode 18.)  and an extra round at Doonbeg.

We also visited Trinity College, The Guinness Brewery, Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery,the Giant’s Causeway and a part of the ring of Kerry as well as enjoyed the town of Killarney and some great Irish music at The Danny Mann.

Thanks again for putting together the golf trip of our lifetime.

V.D., June 2012, Northwest Ireland, Southwest Ireland, Dublin, and Royal County Down

Well done Jeff
Thanks again for your help.  By the way we played Birkdale today in great conditions
It was golfing heaven. I’m not sure which I prefer St George’s or Birkdale. We are still debating
Cheers

A.N., June 2012, Southeast England and Northwest England

Laurie and Jeff,

Thanks for arranging a great golf vacation.  It was terrific.

S.O., June 2012, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Machrihanish
-Machrihanish Dunes was the toughest course I ever played and we played the Ocean Course last year. When the greens get better, it would be worth another trip.
-Machrihanish Golf Club was a great test of golf with 2 of the best caddies we ever had.
-Accommodations were excellent and the food was very good.
-Springbank Distillery tour was top-notch but the tasting afterwards was fantastic everyone bought a bottle of Longrow CV.

Troon
-Hotel was great with room views of 17 and 18.
-Royal Troon is a much better course than James Finegan rates-second only to the Old Course on this trip.
-Our driver found a great seafood restaurant where the locals eat

St Andrews
-a fine B&B with two of the finest innkeepers known to man.
-Jubilee Golf Course was a test of endurance in rain and wind but it was in excellent shape.
-Crail Balcomie Links is the toughest course under 6000 yards you can ever find.
-The Old Course was a stern test that day. The flags were starched in a 3-5 club wind, the rain misting, and the temperature approaching 50 F. A great summer day for one of the greatest courses.
-For something different try the Thai restaurant- surprisingly excellent.
-The Dunvegan was great and we only visited it 6 times. We had a pint and fish/chips to close our St Andrews experience.

Still more courses to play so we will have to return.

Hidden Links gets 5* again.

E.S., June 2012, Kintyre, Ayrshire, and St. Andrews Scotland

Well our trip is over and we are coming out of jet lag.  The trip was fantastic.  I have to say I will remember the golf for the rest of my life.  Your planning was totally accurate.  All reservation were ready when we got there.  The Edinburgh hotel was quaint and fun.  The rooms were very nice.  The location was excellent.  At St Andrews, the hotel was equally good. The golf courses were great.  I think I liked the view at Kingsbarn the best but the Old Course was very humbling.   I think all members of our party had a great time.  If I go back you will be the first I call for arrangements.

After the golf we took the rest of the party to the airport and turned in the van.  We took the train to Inverness where one of my daughters coworker drove us the Thurso.  We had a few days for a visit and site seeing.

Thanks again for outstanding service.

C.F., June 2012, Edinburgh and St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri,

Just a note to thank you and Jeff (and whoever else) for making the trip to Ireland truly memorable.

All the golf arrangements were great, James our driver terrific and the person in charge of weather could not have done better!

Killarney B&B was especially nice.

H.N., May 2012, Southwest Ireland

Iain and Lauri,

We want to send you both a heartfelt thank you for the trip planning. There was not one misstep in the entire itinerary.  Everything was fabulous.  People were so warm and friendly, all tips you gave us were right on.  Your choice in Edinburgh should be a must for anyone visiting Edinburgh.  What history, wonderful people sitting around in the library area, anxious to share their story with you. I would highly recommend everyone who goes to Scotland get a driver for the day to tour before going off on their own.  We learned so much from Brian, our driver, and he spent the full day with us, giving us the history of the country, pointing out sites we could visit while there and generally orienting us to where we would be spending time.

The meet and greet worked perfectly and Aberlady was a special treat.  Craig who met us was funny and informative.  The hotel was special.  Can’t recommend that property and the staff enough.

Golf courses were terrific.  Had we known, we would have added Troon to the itinerary as well.  Beautiful ocean course like Turnberry.

Thank you so much for making this dream of my husband’s come true without any of the angst that goes along with trying to do arrangements like this on our own.  Your service is invaluable and everyone traveling to Scotland needs to know about Hidden Links!

Thank you again, and feel free to use us as a reference or reprint any of our comments on your web site.

M.S., May 2012, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Ayrshire Scotland

Jeff,
We had a great trip to Ireland! Your team did a great job………..
I am writing to request Matthew (same driver we have had many times) for the trip we will be making in Aug-Sept this year. Will you please let me know if this is possible, he does an outstanding job!

C.B., May 2012, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Jeff:

My boys are home safe and sound and can’t stop raving about their trip. Everything was wonderful. They had a dream vacation and have been  recommending Hidden Links to anyone thinking of a golf trip over the pond. Thank you so much for all your help, advice, tips and information. They ended up converting one of their sightseeing days into another golf day and played Troon (sic). Accommodations were fantastic.  Sounds like we might make this an annual affair. Eric and Ben both want to thank you for your efforts on their behalf to make this golf experience memorable.

L.T., May 2012, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Everything went great-golf,hotels etc…, we did play off the mats the one day and they gave us a $100 credit in pro shop for our troubles. I have decided I definitely like the republic of Ireland better! Had a great time and thanks for all of your help.

M.P., May 2012, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Great trip.  I suspect you even got the weather to cooperate with our trip.  It was put together with just a superb touch.

D.M., May 2012, Southwest Ireland

Jeff, Lauri and Dave:
I just wanted to let you that we had a wonderful five days in St. Andrews and North Berwick. The accommodations, logistics and golf arrangements were all very nice and smooth.
We had the full range of weather – sunny and warm at Crail, incredible wind at Carnoustie, overcast and colder at the Old Course (where I was even par for the first 10 holes and eventually left my Road Hole drive in Herb Kohler’ garden OB!!!), serious cold rain at the New Course (we swapped that for Jubilee) and rain and eventual clearing at North Berwick – which by the way was our favorite course of the trip – much less crowded and the starter and caddies could not have been more welcoming.
I am glad we played the courses we did on the logic that I don’t know if I will ever get to do this again; but if I do I will focus in on the East Lothian courses with repeat rounds at North Berwick and try Gullane for Dave this time.
We even liked haggis!
Thanks for all your help,

D.S., May 2012, North Berwick and St. Andrews Scotland

Feedback on “Hidden Links” was their website was excellent in comparison to their competitors, especially the presenter promoting the UK on the video.  Andrew & Lauri did a great job on their enquiry especially their ability to answer all the questions no matter what about.    Overall they were delighted.

They wrote in my guest book – “Great stay.  Bill you are a wonderful host.  PS: the shower is top notch!

P.G., May 2012, via accommodation provider in Ayrshire Scotland

Dear Jeff:
I know Jerry has already emailed you but I wanted to also tell you what a great time all of us had, golfers and non golfers.  We really loved Ireland more than Scotland although that was great also. We were surprised that except for Royal County Down we always played as a twosome.  We began at Old Head and finished at Royal County Down on cloudless days in the 60s with little wind.  Thanks again for helping us put together a great trip.

C.N., May 2012, Southwest Ireland and Northern Ireland

Thanks for setting it all up. (attachment was a group photo in kilts at Turnberry!)

M.L., May 2012, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Lauri and Andy,

Tim and I would like to thank you for a truly wonderful trip.  We have traveled to Europe on many occasions but this is the first time we have used a travel service.  How nice it was to have everything handled for us.  As the Irish would say “no worries.”

All the hotels and their staffs were so friendly and helpful.  They couldn’t do enough for us.  How could you not love Doonbeg and the upgrade to the Killarney suite was
amazing.  The Dublin choice was fabulous in a very funky way.  We loved it and the
location.

Again, thank you so much for a truly lovely experience.

S.C., May 2012, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

Hi Jeff. Wanted to give you a little feedback on our just completed trip to Ireland. Every single course we played was wonderful. We all agreed that Ballybunion was the best course with Lahinch a close second. We all agreed that Dooks is under-rated and a real “hidden gem”.  Our driver, Vince, was exceptional. Very reliable and fun to be with. The Killarney B&B was great and of course the Lodge at Doonbeg is over the top.

Food was very good everywhere we went. A great trip!. We hope to go back to Scotland in the next couple of years and hit the western and central courses.

Thanks for all your help,

B.L., May 2012, Southwest Ireland

Dear Lauri,
Attached you will find few pictures of this wonderful trip !!!
Has as a winner of this big price, I  take this opportunity to thank  you all for making this dream come true.

That week of experience was for me and my wife a trip that we will remain  for the rest of our life in our memory. Thank you for the kindness and attention that we received from Hidden Links organization , Golf Town and Glenlivet ,  we received  a very special attention , really this trip was  the most wonderful and  people were extremely nice !!!

M.L., May 2012, The Scottish Highlands and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Debbie,

The group have come & gone and they are having a ball.  They loved Turnberry and were looking forward with anticipation to the rest of their trip.  The weather was wonderful for them and they praised Hidden Links, especially Lauri.  They were also surprised that the trip could be organised in two phone calls and thought your website was brilliant.

They also wrote in the guest book “Thank you Bill, we enjoyed our stay, you are the best.”

Great to see us keeping our clients/guest happy.

N.W., May 2012, via accommodation provider in Ayrshire

Hi, Debbie,

Just to let you know that Richard & Kyle had a great time in Ayrshire & indeed the tour of Scotland.  They singled out Kingsbarns & Turnberry (especially the first 9 holes of Turnberry, which in their words, “ate them up!).

They appreciated the organisational skills of Hidden Links and wrote in our guest book “We loved Bill, his family, especially Lucy (our youngest granddaughter who was staying over) & their home, thank you!”

Thank you for your business.

R.K., May 2012, via accommodation provider in Ayrshire

Trip went great.  We had an awesome time.  Let’s catch up soon.

A.C., April/May 2012, Northwest England, Aberdeen and St. Andrews Scotland

My brother and I had a wonderful trip.  Everything that you arranged for us went off without problems.  In fact, I have no idea how you came up with a tee time at the Old Course.  We did not expect such service and were certainly surprised and thrilled when we  received your message of the tee time.  Rusack’s was the perfect location for all our activities. Thank you very much.

K.B., May 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

Just wanted to say thank you for the great trip you put together for my group.  We really appreciate your great service and look forward to working with you again .

B.C., May 2012, St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Lauri

Thats fantastic…..thank you for your diligence on the ballot.  Trip is awesome as well as the weather.

S.J., May 2012, hearing that the Old Course ballot was successful in St. Andrews, Scotland

Lauri,
i have just returned from Ireland…the package you prepared was fantastic…..Golf was unbelievable!!!!!

M.M., April/May 2012, Southwest Ireland

Again, thanks for your efforts, and we would not hesitate in recommending Hidden Links to others  (or using your services again).

M.H., April to May 2012, St. Andrews, Ayrshire, and Muirfield Scotland

They were delighted with all the arrangements made by Hidden Links which flowed smoothly from beginning to end.

G.G, May 2012, via transportation partner in Dublin

Once again thanks and if you don’t mind passing along to Jeff – while I have organized several personal golf trips in the past never done an overseas one so was a bit nervous, you guys have made this easy – really appreciate it

J.B., May 2012, Southwest Ireland

Hi Lauri and Jeff,

the trip is over and I want to thank you again for all your good work.  Everything was perfectly organised (shuttle and taxi services, golf tee times, hotel rooms).  The only problem we had was not your fault: we quit our first round at Royal Liverpool after 11 holes because of the bad weather (Heavy rain, cold blowing wind, all combined for a termperature felt as 0-2 Celcius… the worst I have ever seen in my golfing experience, and no fun at all even on a great golf course like this one).

The Hotel is greatly located in Southport; rooms are confortable and the restaurant is great.

The St. Andrews Guest House was also very nice;  owners were greatly helpful (restaurant reservation in particular).

The best golf course for me was Kingsbarns (what a magnificent setting!); Royal Birkdale is also superb.

So that’s it for now; we probably will not go back in UK for a while (we will wait that the kids get older…); but for sure I will go back (I still have 7 holes to play at Royal Liverpool!!).

Is there any specific discount if we plan a third trip with your Company ? (like buy two, and the third trip is free!).  Just joking; but for sure I will write or call you in a few years when we will be ready.

P.L., April 2012, Northwest England and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Jack

I cannot speak highly enough about Hidden Links.  We have had a very fruitful relationship with them for about 5 years and always look forward to their clients visiting.

I hope we can look forward to your visit.

Best regards

Seasons Lodge

December 2011, Supplier reference for client

Hi Iain,
Zach and I had a fabulous time.  Thanks for all your efforts to arrange everything.  All went smoothly.  The rental car was great.  The Google maps you provided were very helpful.  Hotel was very nice, clean, and very conveniently located.   All starters at all the courses were expecting us with no questions.  We have unforgettable memories, especially of playing the old course road hole.  We played a second round on the old course Saturday through the lottery system.  Winds were a steady 40 MPH gusting to 60.  Even our caddies had to admit that it was more than a wee bit breezy.  I would say that our favorite course was Cruden Bay.  That was majestic and we had the whole place to ourselves.

We hope to return sometime in the future and will definitely contact you
to help us out again.

Thanks again.

S.W., November 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

Wanted to drop a line and let you know that my son and I enjoyed our trip a great deal.  All of the arrangements exceeded our expectations.  Course selections met our goals of playing the “originals” for his 50th birthday.  By only playing every other day my 76 year old legs were able to make it OK on the days that we were unable to get a cart.  Trip to Northern Ireland to visit the birthplace of my Grandmother was a treat.  We were lucky to be at the American Folk Park on a Sat. because it was closed on Sunday.  People at all the bed & breakfasts were super.

Thanks again for your service.

G.T., September 2011, St. Andrews Scotland and Southwest Ireland

HI

left message wanting to thank you all for a great….great….great trip….and thanks for the perfect weather….2 holes of rain in 7 plus rounds….hard to believe….

everyone on the trip was thrilled with the courses….the schedule…and all the details

especially thrilled with Joe (driver)…he was beyond helpful…friendly….fun to be around….most of those on the trip have done lots of touring and found Joe to be among the best travel guides we have collectively encountered….BRAVO Joe……

we very much liked the Killarney B&B….great people.Doonbeg was great……..great rooms…great pub….and everyone very friendly and helpful

thanks again for a great trip

G.G., October 2011, Southwest Ireland

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your help in a great trip. If not for the weather delay it would have been a perfect trip. You and your company are first class and I would highly recommend to anyone planning a trip. Thanks again,

I.A., July/August 2011, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Hi–

Bill and I are back from Ireland and are extremely pleased with the arrangements from your company.

First, thanks for getting us into Shanahans.  It actually was not too crowded after all.  I am shocked at the owner paying one MILLION dollars for the Kennedy rocking chair.  We enjoyed the excellent dinner and the entire evening.

The golf arrangements were just fine, accommodations comfortable, and the clubs ( new Taylor-Made) were excellent.  The shuttle service between the two courses worked well.  We found the weather to be as expected.  I preferred Druid’s Heath course to the Glen, but we enjoyed the contrast.  We would love to come another time.  Are you also arranging tours in Scotland?

John was just wonderful.  He is a character, and  he made special efforts to show us a couple of castles, give us golf advice, and show us a good part of Dublin.  We did compensate him for his extra Dublin Tour, and it was well worth the cost.  He was a great friend to both of us.  If we can return, he needs to play a round with us if possible.

We appreciate your work with us and are happy to recomend your company to others.

Many thanks,

P.G., October 2011, Dublin Ireland

Good morning,

So where to begin? First off, thank you for putting together an absolutely fabulous trip (and making the weather cooperate). We found three very different components in the experience which was an excellent way for us to decide what we liked and what we loved.

The golf courses you selected were fabulous. Each was very welcoming and more than helpful. The starters at the courses were very personable and we loved the little goody bags they presented us with. Troon certainly has a great little bag tag, engraved with your name and the date of your game. A real keeper memory! Sometimes we were paired up with another person/persons and each of our playing partners was/were friendly and easy to play with. We were certainly grateful to you for rearranging our tee time in Carnoustie and the ease with which it was done spoke volumes about the attention to details your company provided.

A story about Kingsbarns: We were paired with a man named Jaime. As we awaited our tee time a single appeared and I asked if his name was Jaime. He said yes. I said that we would be playing with him and he told us that was not possible because he was there with a group from the Chicago area. Turns out another Jaime appeared and we played with him. Great guy! His company in London had sent he and his wife to St. Andrews for his 40th birthday. He was given 2 rounds of golf and Kingsbarns was one of them. His wife did not golf and she remained back at the hotel. We got along famously with him and had a great day. He was staying at the Golf Hotel in St. Andrews. Sunday we teed off by ourselves at the Jubilee Course. When we finished our round we were heading to the car and along comes Jaime with his wife. He had been watching our progress from his hotel window and wanted to bring his wife by to meet us. He kissed me, like we were old friends, and we had a lovely visit with them before they caught their taxi back to England.

The first Jaime, turned out he was staying at the same hotel and every day we saw him, either at the hotel or on the streets, and we always stopped and chatted. It was like we knew people in St. Andrews!

Can’t say I have a favourite course, I loved them all!!!! Prestwick was very raw and I loved the challenge of not knowing where exactly you were going. I liked the wildness of it. When we played the Troon course the wind was howling and after a great drive and a great three wood shot I had managed to advance the ball 200 yards! Can you say strong wind!! We played golf there with a couple from Stockholm and enjoyed lunch with them in the restaurant afterwards. I loved Dornoch because of the proximity to the the hotel, Kingsbarns was very beautiful as was Castle Stuart. We played Carnoustie on a day with absolutely no wind, can you believe that, and sunshine and warm temperatures. The Jubilee course gave us a taste of St. Andrews. Although disappointed to not have played the Old Course, it gave us an opportunity to do some other things on our last day. Great choices guys!

The car rental went extremely well and as you said there were no surprises at the end when we returned it. The girl at the counter in Glasgow was very helpful and made our rental go smoothly. I would recommend that people take their GPS system with them. Thankfully we had ours as it was tough getting used to the roundabouts. It was also great to have that first day with no golf to get used to driving around on the left side of the road. We managed very well using both the printed sheets you provided and our GPS.

The hotels were distinctly different. Troon was very remote and not very close to being able to walk somewhere in the evenings for dinner. The room was great, the food was delicious, but service in the bar was almost non existent. (And that was the extent of any negative comment I could give for the entire trip).

We loved, loved, loved the room in Dornoch. Gail at the front desk was absolutely delightful and we enjoyed chatting with her every day. It was situated close to shops and restaurants that were easily accessible on foot. Dornoch was well worth the 4 1/2 hour drive to get there.

Can you believe we only had two holes of rain in the entire trip. Often it rained overnight or on the drive to somewhere, but as we got ready to golf the sun seemed to shine or the rain stopped. The temperatures were usually between 12C and 17C so I think we were very blessed.

I have no negative comments, nor does my husband. We enjoyed every aspect of our first adventure into Scotland and we definitively know we will return. Is is too soon to arrange our next trip?  Maybe Ireland will be in the works. 🙂

We certainly would not hesitate to recommend your company to others. Your information prior to departure, the portal with all the information, your quick response to questions we had and your willingness to make changes all impressed us greatly. We look forward to booking our next trip with you.

And just so you have a face to go along with all this I am emailing you a picture of Brett and myself at St. Andrews.
Many, many thanks,

N.P., October 2011, Ayrshire, Dornoch, and St. Andrews Scotland

Thanks Lauri,
I was able to get out at 9:30. My wife and I had a great trip, the Hotels were very nice and our driver Steven with Williamsons Taxis was excellent!!! Please let them know for us. All arraignments went smoothly and I will recommend your Company to all my friends. It was a very special trip for me; with your assistance I had the time of my life.

R.D., October 2011, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

Hi Lauri,
I just wanted to say thank you for the trip planning you did for me. We had an amazing time in Scotland and have some great memories from the trip. Thanks again!

R.S., October 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

all in all it was great
weather cooperated for first 4 rounds with a little rain on fridays final round

Portmarnock, easy to get to an a nice way to start the trip
a bit formal and reserved but a great experience just the same

the K club, what can you say it is over the top, great hotel/rest/course people could not have been nicer
everyone says it is not a true Irish golf experience which may be true but great just the same

Royal Portrush was a once in a life time experience, great track, the wind was so strong it knocked over my clubs and hand cart which proceeded to roll down a hill about 30 yards–no damage but made the round even tougher than usual

RCD as advertised, probably the best we ever played in Ireland which is to say the best I ever played
we had a great day and simply strolling from hotel to club house was easy

We had a great trip

J.H., September 2011, Northern Ireland and Dublin

Got it. Thanks for all your help. Hope to use your firm again in near future as well as Roy’s. Will refer your firm to all who are interested in golf trips.

L.L., August 2011, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Ian. Just a short note to thank you for putting together our trip to Scotland. We had a fantastic time. As usual, the courses and accommodations you chose were terrific, and Laurie did a wonderful job in assisting us in all phases of the journey. You might find it
interesting that apart from the usual great courses such as Kingsbarns, North Berwick, etc., we especially enjoyed playing Royal Aberdeen. What a great venue! Thanks again for everything. If you are ever in the Orlando area, I hope you will look me up. I would love to have you out at our home course.

J.W., September 2011, St. Andrews, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh Scotland

Iain:
I wanted to second (or third) in this case, how much we enjoyed the trip especially Royal Aberdeen.  Hidden Links did a great job and thank you for handling the North Berwick tee times at the last minute.
All the best,

B.M., September 2011, St. Andrews, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh Scotland

Let me begin by saying that we had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves

Highlights:
• the golf courses
• our driver Tommy was punctual, good humored and flexible.  Quite enjoyed his company.
• Dunvegan Hotel –  the suite we had, the location etc.  Jack & Sheena (and staff) where great hosts and helpful.
• Barcelo Resort; obviously great location and rooms where comfortable.
• For the most part, we found the courses quite playable and manageable without caddies.  The Old Course and possibly Carnoustie the exceptions. For low handicap golfers caddies will definitely save a few strokes.

All in all our trip unfolded as planned and without issues.  Would recommend Hidden Links to others wishing to organize their dream golf pilgrimage.

Thanks for all your help,

J.C., August 2011, St. Andrews, Ayrshire, and Edinburgh Scotland

Hi Jeff

I just wanted to send you a brief note to thank Hidden Links, on behalf of our group, for organizing such a great golf holiday to Ireland. The weather could have been a little more cooperative but the golf courses where superb. We all left with some great memories.

You team starting with Iain in setting up the tee times and then Lauri in dealing with the details of the trip did a great job. Both were very responsive in getting back to me in a timely manner.

A particular highlight of the trip was the Lodge at Doonbeg. What a great facility for a group of eight golfers. The mini-bus provided for the first few days of the trip was very comfortable and allowed us to enjoy the scenery without the stress of driving. Joe, the driver, was a excellent tour guide and entertained us with his Irish humor.

Again, many thanks

D.E., September 2011, Southwest Ireland

I JUST WANT TO SEND A NOTE OF THANKS FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP. EVERYTHING WAS ALL WE COULD ASK FOR AND MORE.  OUR BUS DRIVER WAS THE HIGHLITE OF THE TRIP—-JOHN SHOULD GET A PAT ON THE BACK FOR BEING THE BEST EVER. THANKS AND IF YOU EVER NEED A REFERENCE —YOU HAVE ONE WITH THIS GUY—-

C.T., July 2011, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

What a wonderful time we had both on the courses and with the girls.

S.D., September 2011, Southwest Ireland

Iain,

Im so sorry,  you’re on my todo list,  my basement flooded while I was gone and that has kept me sidetracked.    What is your mailing address, I want to send a proper thank you as an email could not possibly explain how fantastic a trip we had.  Keep in mind, my expectations were extremely high to begin with and I’m fairly sure they were exceeded in every possible way.   I will NEVER book a trip with anyone else in the future as most trip I have you personally to thank for.    Ireland is next, so I will keep you posted.   (I actually would like to duplicate this trip annually but I would have to then invite you to my divorce party)

J.S., July 2011, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and Ayrshire Scotland

Hello

Following up with some feedback please share w iain.  Overall excellent trip.  Hotels were all great. Itinerary was very good – Ballyliffin was a great call- added some travel but was well worth it. Finally our driver tom was outstanding – even taking soaking wet clothes to be dried while we played royal county

Thank you for organizing for us

K.W., September 2011, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Hi Iain;
Thought I would send you a note to let you know how pleased our group was with our trip to Scotland. Everything went as scheduled and we were extremely happy with the accommodations.  Our chauffeur David was more than obliging. He went out of his way to look after our party and provided options to the non golfers to occupy their time.  Thank you; on behalf of “The Deca Group”, for your help in making the trip a very memorable experience. We certainly would recommend “Hidden Links” to anyone wishing to visit Scotland or Ireland.

N.M., September 2011, Dornoch, Kintyre, Ayrshire, and Edinburgh Scotland

Lauri,

Wanted to drop you an email and let you know we had a “trip of a lifetime”.  All of the arrangements worked out great.  My dad and I will have stories to talk about for years to come.  We loved coziness and location of the B&Bs.  Any time you need a reference, please do not hesitate to use me. Thanks again for a great experience.

J.T., August 2011, St. Andrews and Muirfield Scotland

Andy,
Thanks a bunch. Just wanted again to tell you again that John did an outstanding job of taking care of us during our visit. He did not just pick us up and take us to the golf course and airport. He supplied us with travel brochures, maps, site seeing suggestions and even took us to 2 places after our golf at Portmanock. He was a wealth of information, pointing out points of interest etc. I am positive this was not part of his contract. Simply stated he went above and beyond his call of duty. If I were you and you have any special clients you want to be sure are taken care of he would be the person I would request. Please communicate to Hidden Links our sincere thanks for a wonderful trip and don’t forget to mention the outstanding service we were provided by John.

Thanks again,

P.Z., September 2011, Dublin Ireland

Hi Lauri,

We played the Old Course today and it was a treat.  Played Kingsbarns yesterday which was equally amazing.  You guys do a top notch job.

Had a question to ask.  I know we are scheduled to play Carnoustie Sunday.  We’ve played a ton of golf and we had an unbelievable day today.  We’re thinking we may just want to end the golfing on that note.  Is it possible to cancel Carnoustie or is it paid for no refunds?  Let us know.  If it’s possible to cancel and get a refund we would like to do that.  If not, let us know as well.  We’ll just play it by ear.  I think we may have gone a little overboard in that we played a lot of golf early…our bodies are starting to hate us.

Anyway, if you could let us know that would be great.  Thanks Lauri.  We’ve enjoyed the trip.  You guys have done an awesome job.

T.C., September 2011, Southport England, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Lauri!

We had a great trip! Of special note were the nights spent at Greywalls and the St. Andrews Guest House. Greywalls…… great food and excellent service.  the B&B prepared  great breakfasts but more importantly provided service that was above and beyond.  Owners were fantastic hosts helping us with everything.  I think every one of us felt like we were leaving friends when we departed for home.

The other nice part about the trip was the efficiency and timeliness  of our transportation during the entire stay.  Morris on the first leg of our trip and Steve on the second half were great.  They not only provided us transportation but also suggested places to go to drink a pint or two or to eat .

A.R., August 2011, Ayrshire, Muirfield, St. Andrews, and Carnoustie Scotland

You people there have been so kind and patient with all the questions I have sent and I can’t thank you enough. If I could I would buy you dinner.

T.C., August 2011

Bob:

My apologies for not responding sooner regarding our trip to Ireland.  You put together the trip of a lifetime!  We cannot thank you enough.  It was purely perfect!

First of all, the logistics were without any glitches.  While we were all responsible for our own air travel (some came from Charlotte, some from Chicago and some from New York), we all arrived in Dublin within 2 hours of each other (with all our bags and clubs) and our driver (Ger) was there waiting with a beautiful motorcoach.  By the end of the week he was family and we hated to say goodbye.

The accommodations were great.  The Lodge at Doonbeg, The Killarney and the Townhouse in Dublin provided us with excellent service and the true essence of Irish hospitality.  Having grown up traveling and living around the world, I can say the Irish are the friendliest (and the funniest) I have ever met.

Now to the golf: Doonbeg, Lahinch, Old Head and Ballybunion.  What more could you ask?  Our first round was at Doonbeg, in high winds with horizontal rain.  It was great, a true links adventure.  My wife almost blew away on the 18th green, taking pictures as we came in.  Lahinch was my favorite; great golf course, beautiful day and hilarious caddies (can’t repeat their stories here).  My claim to fame: Got my picture on the 7th fairway with The Goats of Lahinch.  Finished the round with a wee dram of Jamieson’s.

Obviously, Old Head was breathtaking; the most beautiful course I have ever seen.  Magnificent cliffside vistas and a great 18th hole.  Ballybunion was wonderful as well, albeit difficult.  Being the 4th round in 4 days may have had something to do with that.

We finished up with 1-1/2 days in Dublin, relaxing and sightseeing.  Trinity College is a “Don’t Miss”.

Our group took hundreds of pictures and two wives kept daily journals.  They are currently assembling a photo album which will be treasured forever.

Thank you again for a wonderful vacation (or as they say: holiday)

A.C., July 2011, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

Bob:

Many thanks for your prompt attention to this credit. While we were disappointed that we couldn’t play the first Killeen course, we had a great time on the other course. The folks there could not have been more apologetic and helpful. It started the entire trip off extremely well and everything went off beautifully. The weather was unbelievable and your handling of everything was simply perfect. Several other guys here have
expressed a real interest to go next year so you may hopefully be hearing from my and my buddies again for next year.

Thanks for everything!

B.C. August 2011, Southwest Ireland

Lauri, Bob
Just a quick note to let you know that our trip was fantastic!!! Golf was a challenge with rain and wind – which also prevented us from playing the Old Course – but the other 7 rounds were either great or fun because of the weather. 40 mph winds and pouring rain at Waterville was fun – not great!! Accommodations were all fantastic and the hosts were a joy.

Great job – we want to do Scotland again!!

R.J., July/August 2011, Southwest Ireland and Dublin, The Scottish Highlands, Skye, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Bob,

We had a fabulous time in Ireland. Everything went planned to perfection. All 13 people on the trip had a great time and we loved the hotels, the golf courses, and our bus driver – Ger.  Thanks for the great job of preparing this trip for us. We love Hidden Links!!  Next trip will be Scotland in 2-3 years.

R.T., July 2011, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

Dear Lauri and Bob,

I apologize for not getting in touch with you sooner, but I think we are still recovering from our fabulous golfing trip to Ireland.  We had a wonderful time and all the arrangements you made were perfect.  Although I know you are not in charge of the weather, even that was the best.  Aside from a few cloudy days and maybe a sprinkle here and there, we played in perfect conditions with a lot of sun.

Everything you arranged – the courses, hotels, drivers and recommendations for restaurants, sightseeing and points of interest – went without a hitch.  The drivers were especially helpful and informative.  Above all, your communication with us and responses to our questions and concerns were all handled courteously and professionally.

We would be happy to recommend Hidden Links to any of our friends (in fact we already have) and anyone else who is looking to arrange a golfing trip to Ireland or any other place.  Should we do this again, you are my first phone call.  Thank you all very much for your attention to detail and the personal service we received.

D.M., July/August 2011, Northwest Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Dublin

We were 1,2,3 & 4 in queue… Thought we were going off as 2, 1 and
1…but a last minute cancellation afforded us a 10:40 tee time..

K.D., August 2011, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff/Lauri:

On behalf of the entire group I wanted to express our collective appreciation for another trip well put together by you and Hidden Links.    We were fortunate to have Roy as our driver and as was the case in Scotland, the driver makes a great trip.  He was a fantastic tour guide, counselor, driver and obviously knows everyone in Ireland.     The courses and accommodations were spot on and we especially liked ending the trip at Doonbeg, where we were all in a single cottage and could exchange grief about the trip and pending completion of our tournament.   Please pass on our thanks to your entire team and make sure Roy stays around, he is an asset.

To be expected we had rainy and windy weather for the most part with one very clear day.  Severe wind and rain caused us to skip the Cashen course but the decision was unanimous.  I think it was agreed the Old Head was outstanding and we were happy to have played it twice.  Each of the other courses had their own character and enjoyable as well.

It was good advice not combining the Northern trip with the South West it would not have left enough time for pubs (that were the center of more than one story).  We continue to refer Hidden Links as often as asked.

Thanks again and until next time,

J.B., August 2011, Southwest Ireland

Lauri

All guys got out on St Andrews and the trip was better than we could have hoped for, thank you and Iain for all the hard work and effort! The driver John was really attentive and knowledgeable and made the trip even better.

Thanks for everything,

C.C., August 2011, East Lothian and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for a great trip to Scotland. Everything went off without a problem. The courses and hotels you guys picked were great. We extended our stay at the Troon Hotel for the remainder of our holiday as Stuart Watt took such good care of us. He arraigned three more golf bookings for us and we managed to play Dundonald Links, Western Gailes & Glasgow Gailes.

Even the weather cooperated as the days it rained hard we were on the road driving. The people of Scotland were incredibly friendly and helpful and it is a beautiful country. Even the food was great and we ate very well.

The golf courses were stunning, Turnberry in particular was a magical day as the piper was playing as we walked up 18.

I would not hesitate in recommending your service to anyone planning a golf holiday.

R.R., August 2011, Kintyre and Ayrshire Scotland

Laurie,

Thanks for everything from Hidden Links (including your visit to St. Andrews)! Things went very well at Murifield.

See you in two years.

J.C., August 2011, The Scottish Highlands, Aberdeen, St. Andrews, and Muirfield Scotland

Lauri

Just wanted to say thanks for putting together our trip to Scotland. Everything went as planned. The Guesthouse was  a perfect  place to stay for us. The food, the accommodations and the hospitality was everything we had hope for and more. Our golfing experiences went really well and the girls really enjoyed their sightseeing of the castles. Again thank you and Iain for all you do and if you ever need a reference I will be happy to obliged.

T.G., August 2011, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

I just wanted to thank you for all the work you put into this Scotland golf trip!  It was amazing and really appreciate everything you did.

T.H., August 2011, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain,

Thanks so much so setting up our trip to Scotland.  The boys and I enjoyed our trip.  The weather turned sour on us but that is part of golf sometimes.  We enjoyed St. Andrews and all aspects of our trip went really well.  We ran into Lauri at the Edinburgh airport as well as in town one day and also at Carnoustie.  It was nice seeing a face that went with the name.

R.G., August 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

Laurie,

Back from the trip.  It was everything I had hoped for and more.  The hotel accommodations were perfect.  Our place at Troon and North Berwick had fabulous views of the course and water from our window.  The courses lived up to the expectation.  My round at Troon was overcast and a bit windy, but warm.  Turnberry and North Berwick were picture perfect and mild.  Carnoustie was very foggy and unfortunately wasn’t able to fully appreciate the course because I could barely see the green from the tee.  At St. Andrews, I got on the line at 2:30am on Fri. morning, hoping for one of 10 spots available.  I was the first on line and by myself at the 1st tee and 18th green for over an hour.  It was very surreal to be standing at the most famous golf course in the world completely alone.  At 6am the starter arrived and not only did a get out, I was the first group on the course.  I played one of my best rounds in years and had an eagle on the 12th hole.  I was walking on air all day.  With adrenaline still going, I grabbed a quick bite and went out and played the New Course at noon.  Played even better.  By 3:45 I played 36 of the most enjoyable holes of golf in my life.  The weather was perfect and was I lucked out because the day before and after, it poured all day.  The golf gods were truly looking out for me on Friday.

Thanks again for all your efforts.  The maps were perfect and I never got lost once.  If I ever get lucky enough to do it again, I’ll definitely be giving you a call.

T.A., July 2011, London, Ayrshire, East Lothian, and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain,

I just thought the trip was excellent.  Every detail was taken care of by your staff and I appreciate your attention to the details of our trip.

From our drivers Eddie and Iain who by the way went out of there way to take care of us we made every stop and they were on time and very Courteous.   Each hotel you picked for the trip was excellent and the weather was perfect.

Again I appreciate you and your staff for the planning of our trip.

Could not have been any better and look forward to the next adventure.

If you could of done something about my lackluster golf swing….that’s another story.

The club manager at Royal Dornoch was excellent..  He took great care of us and had a great attitude.  Cameron helped and visited with us and we really enjoy the restaurant and bar area of the hotel in Dornoch

thanks

B.S., July 2011, Muirfield, Aberdeen, Dornoch, Troon, and St. Andrews Scotland

Iain/Lauri,
The trip was incredible!!  I cant thank Lauri enough for the help in changing things around when the flights were cancelled/delayed.  We didn’t miss a single round of golf, and the experience was fantastic.  The Guesthouse was great.  To be within walking distance of the R&A and the Old Course was wonderful.  The weather cooperated completely.  The only day we really dealt with rain was Saturday at Elie.  The people we encountered were wonderful, we even spend the evening drinking pints and playing darts with locals in St. Andrews.  The owner (from the Guesthouse) seemed surprised that we stayed so long since it seems Americans tend to stay for a pint and then leave. We even joined a local golf club on a temporary membership.  The courses were fantastic, and in wonderful condition.  Turnberry was by far the best course we played (taking the Old Course out of that because it is after all the Old Course)

We called this a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but we are already talking about doing it again in 3 years. One question for you is how early are you able to book tee times (Other than the Old Course since that is not till Sept of the year before we go?)

Thank you so much for all of your help.

D.C., July 2011, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

My brother Scott, our wives & I got back from our trip to Ireland on 8/2. I don’t even have the words to tell you what a marvelous, easy, stress free (other than the golf) trip this was for us. The Killarney hotel & all the staff were terrific! They couldn’t do enough for us and the town of Killarney was perfect. Be sure to recommend O’Connor’s to your future guests staying in Killarney.  We will definitely be returning as soon as possible and we’ll be sure to have our trip planned, again, by Hidden Links Golf. You guys are the BEST. Thanks again.

A.H., July 2011, Southwest Ireland

Hi Lauri,

Just wanted to drop you a note about our trip to Scotland from 7/4 – 7/14. First off I want to thank you again for all your help and quick responses to my questions and concerns.

All the maps that were loaded on to our portal were exact and extremely helpful. The shuttle for our rental car arrived within minutes at Edinburgh Airport and the express drop off at Glasgow airport was very convenient.

Our golf experiences on the Old Course and New course of St. Andrews, Royal Dornoch and Turnberry truly made the trip a most memorable one. I would highly recommend a caddy to anybody playing these courses for the first time as their knowledge is invaluable and only adds to the experience.  (I parred #18 on the Old Course and received an applause from the gallery. THAT made my whole trip!!!)  There were light showers on and off but it never rained hard enough to ruin the golf. I had a good rain suit which was worth it’s weight in gold. Our last day we played Turnberry Ailsa course; it was sunny, warm and no wind – it was perfect!

The first four nights we stayed at the guesthouse in St. Andrews. I would highly recommend this place as it is off the main road at the end of a cul-de-sac. Chris, the proprietor, is very delightful and helpful. The accommodations are very nice and all the different breakfasts delicious.

Our next stay was one night in Taynuilt. I can’t say enough good things about this hotel – it was fabulous!  The staff were all very friendly and helpful, the food was wonderful – a very pleasurable experience, and our room overlooking the loch was just beautiful.  This is another place I would highly recommend!

Our final stay was two nights at in Troon. This is also a very nice place but hard to beat Taynuilt!

All-in-all, it was a very memorable trip, an experience of a lifetime.  I am glad we went through Hidden Links for our trip as I can’t imagine doing all that was done for this trip on my own. And knowing somebody would be available, while in Scotland if needed, was peace of mind.

Again, thanks for everything and I will definitely recommend Hidden Links to others.

Thank you!

C.B., July 2011, St. Andrews, the Outer Hebrides, and Ayrshire Scotland

Dear Jeff and Lauri:
I returned to Poland on Monday from Scotland after a wonderful 5 days of golf and relaxation; I had the time of my life and appreciate all you did to arrange a great trip for me.

The hotel you picked was perfect for me.  It was perfectly located near everything I wanted in St. Andrew’s and the room was what I needed. It was nice to have the bar downstairs to relax in and have the breakfast option included.  The rental car went very smoothly for me and it was great they had an automatic transmission car available for me to rent. While I did a little damage to the side-view mirror, on the whole I was very happy with the company and they were able to provide me with a GPS to get to the courses easily, especially Carnoustie.

I had three days of great weather and two days of overcast and rain. I played St. Andrew’s Old Course and Carnoustie in great weather and played Crail and Kingsbarns in overcast and rain.  While wind wasn’t really a factor, the rain wasn’t terrible and was something I was prepared for with an umbrella, rain glove, waterproof jacket and pants.  It’s good you include those things on the list as a reminder.  I stopped by the Links Clubhouse at St. Andrew’s to ask where I needed to stand to wait on Saturday morning and they showed me it was at the starter’s hut on the first tee.  I got there at 3:30 AM on Saturday morning and there were a few people ahead of me; the starter arrived at 6 AM and I was able to tee off at 7:20 AM for a fantastic experience where I shot 81.  I appreciated the e-mail Lauri sent to me on Friday letting me know what the slots were for that day; the Starter was nice and got me out as soon as he could.

Carnoustie was great; I had a really nice caddy and the staff there were very nice. It was probably my favorite course and the caddy was cool.  My caddy at Kingsbarns said it is described as the Scottish pebble beach, and I cen see the similarities. It was a great course and the staff there and clubhouse are very nice.

I went to a couple of restaurants you recommended, including the Claret Jug on my first afternoon there.  It was a nice atmosphere and nice place to watch the Bridgestone Invitational.  I went to some other places in town as well.

I’d be happy to give you any other impressions you would be interested in.  I was just so thrilled to be there and was happy at everything you did to help make the trip so awesome.  I can’t wait to go back to Scotland and book my trip through Hidden Links.

Thanks Jeff and Lauri!

A.K., August 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri has been a joy to work with – very responsive and on the ball.

W.H., September 2011, Aberdeen, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Hi Lauri,

I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you what a fantastic trip we had to Scotland! I thought it would be a trip of a lifetime and it was. We had great weather for 90% of the trip and everybody had a great time. I have already referred your company to a couple of my clients who are interested in going to Scotland. All of the courses were fun and exciting, but Kingsbarns was the consensus favorite. I can’t believe how fast the trip went and I am looking forward to returning in the near future. The hotel you booked for us in Edinburgh was awesome and right by the Castle. Also, the B&B’s were exceptional, St. Andrews had the best French Toast I’ve ever had there and the owners were incredibly nice. Thanks again!

J.C., June 2011, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

Lauri, The guys had a great trip,loved the golf & loved seeing Scotland.
Thank you so much for all your help, I couldn’t have done it without your
help. Thank you & Hidden Links so much.

S.G., July 2011, Ayrshire, Carnoustie, and St. Andrews Scotland

Scott –

We are just back from our trip and we had a great time.  We had a terrific stretch of weather, played some incredible courses, and saw some amazing sites.  We also enjoyed the Killarney B&B and the village location.  Thanks for helping to arrange the stay and the golf.

I do want to note to you the outstanding job that Laurie Carr did for us last weekend.  As you may have heard, I received an email from Aer Lingus on Saturday the 23rd at 1 pm informing me that our 7:30 pm flight from Boston to Shannon would be delayed significantly.  Aer Lingus wasn’t able to provide a departure time, as the plane had not even yet left Shannon for Boston.  So, they offered us the opportunity to fly to Dublin that evening.  As that flight arrived an hour earlier than our scheduled Shannon flight would have, it seemed to be the right thing to do to limit the impact on our vacation time.  The flight worked out perfectly fine and it also gave us a brief chance to see Dublin, too.  (The Boston to Shannon flight ultimately left at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, about 7.5 hours later than expected.)

When I learned of the delay and made the flight change, I knew that I then had to alter the rental car, as it was due to picked up in Shannon at 6:25 a.m. on Sunday when we arrived.  I called Laurie at about 1:30 pm on Saturday on her office phone.  I left her a voice mail and she called me back within 5 minutes.  She noted she wasn’t at her desk, but that she would get right on this and arrange the rental for us.  She did all she could on Saturday given it was after 6 pm in Ireland and she assured me that she would make this work for us.  When we arrived to Dublin at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, we made our way through luggage and customs, just in time for the Rental Car desk to open.  When I got there, they had a car they were arranging for us.  And, at about 6:20 a.m. local time in Dublin – and while I was at the counter – the agent received a call from Laurie, making sure the rental change was all taken care of.  Given it was 1:20 a.m. local time in Atlanta, I really can’t say enough about how committed Laurie was to helping us.  She really did an outstanding job and I wanted you be sure that you were aware of this.

Again, most important here is the acknowledgement of Laurie’s commitment to help us.  I can’t say enough about how impressed I was by this.   Thanks again for all of your help.

M.E., July 2011, Southwest Ireland

Words will not express my appreciation of Scotland and Hidden Links and the people that made it all happen. The courses, accommodations, John and the people of Scotland made for a wonderful experience for the whole gang of duffers onboard our trip. For the moment all I can say is I want to return the The Home of Golf. Your staff should be commended for their prompt replies to our many queries. I will route them more business as best I can.

Thank you again.

J.S., July 2011, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Lauri and Jeff,

We returned from Ireland last night and I wanted to say how absolutely thrilled we were with our amazing driver, David, and the superb job he did of driving us all over Ireland.  He is the nicest, most considerate man and we all enjoyed his company tremendously.  He is an excellent driver, very resourceful about key places to see, and the Mercedes Sprinter was so spacious and comfortable.  The entire two weeks was picture perfect thanks to you for everything you did.

Please know how appreciative I am to both of you for your expertise in arranging everything for us. Our family sang your praises the entire time and said that we never could have done this trip without the arrangements you lined up for us.

L.T., July 2011, Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, and Adare Ireland (sightseeing tour only!!!)

Hi Jeff,
The crazy eights are back from Scotland. What a wonderful country. The men played five rounds of golf and are still deciding which course was the favorite. The food was delicious. In fact, we even ate Haggis and Black Pudding. Every hotel and restaurant catered to dietary needs without the blink of an eye. The itinerary that you arranged was excellent and allowed us to fill our days with many interesting sights.
Joel and I took over 600 photos and are in the process of creating a DVD for the group.

It is obvious that you understood the assignment of golf and sightseeing and got the balance perfect.
Thank you.

Zena Silber, July 2011, Dornoch, Skye, Turnberry, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Lauri, we are just back from our golf vacation and wanted to let you know that everything went very well and the package you put together for us was first class! Our spot in St.Andrew’s  was exceptional and enjoyed by all of us. We enjoyed each course you selected, with the Old Course being probably the most memorable, followed closely by Kingsbarns! Also, had only a slight mist for 2 of the 72 holes we played – better to be lucky than good I guess!

Anyways, just wanted to pass along our thanks and appreciation to you all. I will recommennd Hidden Links to all without reservation. Thanks again.

N.L., July 2011, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

They chose Hidden Links from the internet after your competitors suffered by comparison through the work of Ian who devised a great itinerary for them and with Lauri completing the arrangements.

B.H., July 2011, via accommodation provider in Ayrshire

Sorry it took so long to get back with you, I shot even at Kingsbarns because I cannot putt worth a damn! It was like that all week though-I did not care because we were having the best time. Everybody enjoyed it and the weather was a bonus. Thank you for EVERYTHING!

R.A., July 2011, Troon and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff,

My father and I just got back from our trip and we have to say that everything was first rate. You and your staff did a wonderful job of coordinating everything from accommodations to the rental car to the golf courses selected. All of the hotels and B&B’s were fabulous and the people that ran them were nothing short of pleasurable. Every single course was in tip-top condition and we could not have asked for better weather from Scotland. The rental car held up very well for the duration of our trip as well as provided us with a smooth ride. Quite simply put, I know we threw this thing together sort of last minute and for that I am appreciative. It went off without a hitch and hopefully we can make it back someday. Thanks again Jeff.

M.A., July 2011, The Scottish Highlands, Pitlochry, Carnoustie, Elie, and East Lothian Scotland

Lauri

Good morning,, we had a “great trip”,, thank you,, mentioned on more than one occasion as we talked to others about the great courses we played . Royal Dornoch and Brora were a great surprise…that Hidden Links had done a fantastic job putting our trip together.

We are considering Ireland for next year, around the sametime,,,can you get me the details about that,, would like to book early,,, thank you,,

B.C., July 2011, Dornoch, Muirfield, and St. Andrews Scotland

Good Morning Lauri and Iain –

I needed a day to recooperate, but back in the office now.  I echo Erik’s sentiments and would be happy to be a reference for you guys.  We had a tremendous trip and you were very accommodating and responsive the entire way through even with our last minute requests.  The courses knew who we were once we arrived and the guesthouse was very clean and in a great location.

The owner and I had a nice conversation before we left and she mentioned the Open is nearby in 2013 and at St. Andrews in 2015.  We would be interested getting a proposal for one of those and bring along our wives and watch the open and play some golf as well.  Give us a couple of months and we would like to start talking about that.

Once again, thank you for everything, all the guys had an excellent time!

M.M., July 2011, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Iain and Lauri,

Thank you so much for all of your efforts in planning our trip. Rob and I had an absolute blast and the itinerary was an incredible collection of courses. It was a week that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Hope that you both have a great summer.

B.J., July 2011, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

all – spent 6 days at the Open, 2 practice days (t and w) and all 4 championship days.  wow – what a deal, what a course, what wind, rain and some sun (all day fri).  hard rain sat all day w/ wind, hard rain sun for 1hr w/ wind to 35mph.  this was some fun and like vtc said we may not have been on tv.  we stayed in ashford about 1 hr away west and drove each day, spent 10 english pounds ea day to park, cheaper than train and having to walk to the course. we had greatest weather fri 68 and sunny.  this is only the third day w/o rain since we’ve be in england, it either spits rain, drizzle or rains hard, maybe for a 1/2 hr or all day, never know and sounds like home.  But we have more sun and warm weather.

yes – we had a drink in the clubhouse at royal st george golf club – only us could do that.

this is great !

we are in wales tonight – leaving tue for golf and up the west coastline to fishgaurd (port town for car ferry) for more golf and ferry back to ireland into cork by the 21 july.  4 days to site see, play golf, drink pints, pub craw, eat.  then on to the irish open were we plan / try to be on tv.  the irish open will be on the golf channel at home 28 to 31 july.  try to watch.

right now vtc is working on downloading pics to e-mail tonight – mon 18 july.
more bits and pieces later

K.P., July 2011, Southeast England and the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, Wales, and Southwest Ireland

Lauri,

I want to thank you for your help in setting up such a memorable trip for us.  The guesthouse was great, the courses were magnificent and the weather was perfect.  The caddies commented several times on how lucky we were that the rain stayed away.  I speak for the group when I say that we will recommend Hidden Links to our clients and friends in the future.

E.W., July 2011, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Dear Iain & Lauri

We are back in Australia now after our fantastic week of golf in Scotland.

I just wanted to drop you a line to say how well our trip went. From the time we picked up the van in Glasgow, through every tee time and each of the great accommodations, we were never in any doubt that our bookings were expected and welcomed. Your maps which were included in the portal were comprehensive and the tour tips were also valuable. We especially liked staying at the Hotel right on the course at Royal Troon. Although the B&B in St. Andrews was also spot on.

We had good weather and pretty fair golf – which also helped! By the way – Kingsbarns is everything everybody says – it’s a must.

Thanks again – I will recommend you to friends if ever I’m asked.

G.W., July 2011, Troon and St. Andrews Scotland

Jack and James had a wonderful time..thanks to your planning!  It was the trip of a lifetime for them…thanks for making my job of “organizing” it so easy!

One of my brother-in-laws is thinking about putting together a trip for next year.  The group he travels with may prefer some of the higher end hotels instead of the B & Bs Jack and Jamie enjoyed.  I assume ya’ll have connections to put them up where ever they may request, but wanted to ask before I passed along your contact info.

Thanks again for arranging a spectacular trip!

N.W., July 2011, St. Andrews and Turnberry Scotland

Iain,
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for a great trip. We were very pleased and had great luck with the weather. It was a great trip and we had a blast.
Thank you

R.M., June 2011, Turnberry, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Thank you Lauri!

It really was the trip of a lifetime! I am sure that we will go back again in a couple of years. You work at a “Top Notch” organization and you are excellent at what you do!

Thanks again!

D.C., June 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

The trip was great Lauri!  The B&B was awesome (Hazel rocks!), and the flat was perfect.  The location of both were wonderful  thanks fro reworking the drivers on Friday for us to go to Edinburgh.  We are already discussing when we go back to Scotland….guess who we’ll call to coordinate?  Hidden Links!

Have a great week,

D.N., July 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

Laurie,
Great trip.
Dick

D.L., July 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

Bob,

Thank you for putting together a great trip for us.  It was memorable, perfect. Greywalls is worth staying at longer, and spending time lounging like British nobles.  Kilspindie is very homey and friendly, completely self contained.  Very good food, bar, convenient parking and centrally located.  And the courses were superb (even if our games were a little less than superb). And we managed to squeeze in 3 rounds elsewhere – the New Course on Sunday, Musselburgh before Gullane, and (just me) Kilspindie on Thursday (18 holes, 7-9pm).  Gullane was by far my favorite.  Everyone was very welcoming, no problems with anything.  I’ll certainly recommend your service to anyone who’s interested.

G.G., July 2011, East Lothian Scotland

We had a wonderful time on our recent trip to Ireland, the weather was better than advertised, and golf was terrific.  We learned enough to realize we need another trip emphasizing Northern Ireland, Donegal and NW Ireland in the future.  The accommodations were terrific. We couldn’t have found some of the lodging quality on our own, and appreciated the food and activity recommendations.  We will recommend you to others and use you again.

B.C., June 2011, Royal County Down, Dublin, and Southwest Ireland

Hi Lauri,

We arrived home today and I want to take the time to write to you to let you know that we had a marvelous time. The transfer from Glasgow airport to St. Andrews went smoothly. Michael and his staff were outstanding in their service, friendliness and attention to details. The room was spacious, comfortable and we had a magnificent view. When we met our driver Arthur, the vacation became even better. He gave us outstanding service every day, all day long. Not only was he an excellent driver (and some of the roads were pretty scary), but also he was a non-stop wealth of information about every area of the country that we visited. When we asked to go see Edinburgh which was not on our original itinerary, he gladly obliged us and made many interesting stops along the route. I have a new found appreciation for the beauty of Scotland and its people. We are grateful that he made our trip such a wonderful experience for us.

The room upgrade in Boat of Garten made our stay there more enjoyable. Thank you for taking care of that.

The golf courses that you selected for us were great. The scenery was breathtaking, especially in the Highlands. I would recommend your services to others with no hesitation. Thank you for all your assistance.

H.G., June 2011, St. Andrews and the Scottish Highlands

We had a great trip! Everything went smoothly and our driver was particularly helpful. Even with very mixed weather, the trip as a total success. Thanks to you all.
BTW, we are considering a group of 4 for London next year. Wentworth, Sunningdale, Walton Heath, maybe a night or two on the South coast as well.

I will let you know.

A.P., June 2011, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Dear Lauri and Scott,

Just returned from our Southwest Ireland trip, two hours ago. Acting as the planner for the group, I had certain apprehensions about the organization of our trip. When I first contacted you, it was from your internet advertising and website, I had no personal referrals from any previous customers of yours. Well let me tell you, as I speak for our whole group, that this was probably the most memorable trip we ever had! The organization from your end was immaculate! We were extremely impressed with the transportation, the bus was spacious, clean and we certainly preferred that to driving ourselves, worth every penny extra. Our driver, Tom, was so charming and attentive, he added to the whole experience of Irish hospitality, we were sad to have to say goodbye
to him. All the arrangements were perfect, pick-ups were on time, starting times were exact, caddies were arranged, the Hotels and Lodges were great. We particularly enjoyed our five nights in Killarney, the Treacy family and staff were so accommodating and the location is perfect, just away from the core but 5 minute walk to everything. The icing on the cake was Doonbeg!  What a resort! It was the culmination of a perfect trip in a 5 star lodge with impeccable service, comfort and decor!  Thanks once again for looking after us, we all agree that we were so lucky to have you as trip advisors and organizers, we would recommend you any day without reservation to prospective travelers. On behalf of the group, many thanks and best regards,

J.M., June 2011, Southwest Ireland

Lauri, the Scotland trip was very enjoyable for both myself and my wife. St
Andrews is a wonderful town and I would not have minded staying there the
full 2 weeks!  Besides the Old Course, I really enjoyed West Berwick as it was my second favorite. It was my last stop and I finished with a florish, paring 15, the
Redan hole, 16, and a birdie on 18.

Because I missed my Cruden Bay round I slipped in a round at Castle Stewart
which I also enjoyed thoroughly  (other than the wind which was furious).

Thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip.

R.B., June 2011, St. Andrews, The Scottish Highlands, and East Lothian

Iain,
We wanted to thank you for your assistance with organizing our trip to Ireland.  We had a fantastic time!  All of the accommodations that you set up for us were fantastic, as were all of the courses.  We will highly recommend your services to our friends that are interested in golf travel abroad.

L.D., June 2011, Southwest Ireland

Hi guys. Sitting in the lounge at LHR waiting for my flight. Thought I would give you my comments and ratings on the courses and hotels I stayed at. All ratings are 1-10, 10 being excellent.
Portrush- 8
Royal County Down – 10
Portmarnack – 7
Cruden Bay – 6
Western Gailes – 8
North Berwick – 9
Stoke Poges Course – 8
Stoke Park Hotel – 11

Really happy I stayed at Stoke Park Club. On my first night there, I asked if they had a DVD of Goldfinger to watch. They found a copy, hooked up the player and set it up for me. NC. Great service, great food and wonderful accomodations.

Thx for all your help.

J.S., June 2011, Northern Ireland, Dublin, Cruden Bay, Troon, and North Berwick, London England

It was a great trip!  Thanks to everyone for putting this together.  Everything went smoothly, even driving on the left side of the road (only 1 minor glitch, but no issues).  It’d be nice if they used more than just white paint on the roads out there!

Jim may have been disappointed we avoided most of the severe rain, but no complaints here.  The worst weather came at the perfect times, during our drive from the East Coast to the West Coast, and during our drive to the airport, so all in all, it was awesome.  We recommend Hidden Links emphatically!

M.L., June 2011, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Thank you so much for making this a great trip for Brandy and I.  I tell people all the time about your service.

T.D., May 2011, Turnberry, Gleneagles, Carnoustie, and St. Andrews Scotland

We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of Golf for the Cure.  An idea that started as a “what if” conversation between the two of us far exceeded our wildest expectations… thanks to all of you.  We sincerely hope that you enjoyed your day of golf and/or your evening at the dinner auction.  We truly appreciate your patience during the check-out process.  As is the case with most first-time events, we learned some very valuable lessons (starting with… don’t do check-out in the dark!).  We truly apologize for any inconvenience.

We are efforting getting folks a few items that were not distributed last night.  If you are missing anything or have any concerns, please feel free to email us.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and auction and prize donors for taking a chance on an unknown event!   Without your support, it would not have been nearly as successful.

Thank you too to our volunteers – members of the Northwestern Alumni Association of Portland, KATU colleagues, friends who got roped into helping us and even a few early guests!  We could not have done it without you!

And finally, if my accounting from the wee hours of the morning is correct, we actually raised more money than announced – closer to $58,000!  That’s equivalent to 753 potentially life-saving mammograms… 12-percent of what Komen funds locally right now.  Not bad for a day of golf…

Shellie Bailey-Shah & Neerav Shah, June 2011, Co-Chairs, Golf for the Cure

Words can’t express how thrilled and pleased our foursome is to have experienced Scotland last week. The itinerary, accommodations and golf were absolutely superb! From Turnberry through Kingsbarns the weather cooperated and we enjoyed. Your attention to detail truly made the difference as all destinations, and courses, expected and welcomed us.

Thank you again! I look forward to my next trip with Hidden Links.

J.S., June 2011, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Dear Hidden Links,

We recently returned from our golf trip which included several days at Turnberry before heading to St. Andrews and our B&B.  I am writing you in regard to our experience there with our hosts, and to comment on our driver Tommy.

At the B&B our beautifully decorated rooms were clean, comfortable and spacious.  We found the owners to be genuinely warm hosts who eagerly shared their knowledge of the area by providing suggestions from great restaurants to local pubs.  Our trip could not have been better under their watchful care.  Jackie even encouraged  us (the two novice lady golfers) to play the nearby 9 hole par 3 course and even provided clubs to make it happen.  What a thrill to say that we played golf in Scotland!  We thoroughly enjoyed our morning and I even managed to par the last hole.  Through their efforts, our first trip to Scotland was indeed wonderful.

Tommy (I am afraid I can’t recall his last name) arrived and drove us around the last day in Turnberry, on to Edinburgh, and then to St. Andrews for a few days.  He was always willing to suggest new places and proved to be very patient when waiting for the ladies to return from the various castle gift shops.   Thank you to Tommy.

J.H., June 2011, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff ,  great week in Troon, all was great , Hotel , chauffeur , caddies and most importantly Golf Courses . Would say that I would  have enjoyed a second round
at Royal Troon and that Prestwick is a “funny” golf course to say the least… not sure where next year  , some like England ,most likely Northern Ireland , will have to see …thanks Jeff

G.M., June 2011, Ayrshire Scotland

Iain and Lauri,

I’m writing to thank you for helping us arrange such an amazing trip.  Our entire group had a blast and I’m already trying to figure out how I can get back there as soon as possible!  Everything was fantastic.  Hazel and Laurie were great and Eddie our driver was the best.  Thanks and we’ll look forward to hopefully working with you again in the future.

Take care,

R.H., May 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Jeff and Laurie–

Our trip to Scotland last month went very smoothly, despite not the best weather. It never got out of the 50s, and only a couple of times–in the sun, in sheltered gardens–did I take off my pile jacket outdoors. And there were hurricane-force winds in Scotland on Monday, May 23!

Luckily we were in St. Andrews by then–the interior roads, the trains, and big firth bridges were all closed that day. Rob had heard the forecast on Sunday and changed his tee time at Kingsbarns from Monday to Tuesday. On Monday instead, we walked around St. Andrews town in the wind-whipped rain. Believe it or not, people were still trying to play the Old Course that day!

Turnberry was terrific, and you were right, Jeff, that it would be an excellent way to start off the trip. The food was great, the room was great, and the pool! One of the best we’ve ever swum in, and just the thing for travel-weary bodies. Culzean Castle and its gardens are only 5 miles away. We stopped to see them on the way from Glasgow, and I went back and painted there while Rob played golf the next day.

The Dornoch Hotel was in a different league of course, but still very lovely and very personable. The bartender and a young guy who might have been the owner were tickled to give us a primer on single malts Saturday evening before and after dinner. The hotel restaurant was excellent. If you send people up that way again, tell them not to miss Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, a few miles north. Very impressive castle and gardens, home to the Earls of Sutherland since the 1300s. One of the earls helped start the Dornoch golf course.

The St. Andrews Hotel was in yet another category, but still quite nice, as you know. During our stay, the rest of the hotel was filled with 14 Swedish dentists on their annual golf outing, which was why we couldn’t have an ocean view. Michael is a terrific host, suggesting a Plan B for the “Hurricane Day,” where to buy souvenirs, how to get to Edinburgh by train, and how to get onto the Old Course as as single. He also steered us to a lovely drive (through the Trossachs, west of Perth) on the way back to Glasgow.

Kingsbarns is a lovely course. It was sunny but still very windy that day, and Rob had a good time if not the best score. There’s a manor house/garden literally next door, where I painted and walked the grounds while he golfed. Then I nestled in a comfy chair in the excellent Kingsbarns clubhouse with a book and a pint of Belhaven Best and waited to see Rob and his caddie reach the 18th green outside the window.

Getting onto the Old Course turned out to be demanding, partly because the hurricane day so disrupted the schedule, as did a town tournament scheduled for Thursday that week. Rob was up and in line Tuesday at 4:30am. There were already 8 or 9 ahead of him! He knew from the schedule published the previous afternoon that there weren’t enough slots for him to get a morning start (since he’d was playing Kingsbarns Tuesday afternoon). Wednesday afternoon was our only chance to go to Edinburgh, so he got up even earlier Wednesday morning–3:30am and he wasn’t the first! He watched dawn over the North Sea and tried to stay warm. He did get off at 8am, which let us catch the 1:46 to Edinburgh. BTW, as a single, it turned out he couldn’t do the ballot–that’s only for two or more. (If our own schedule hadn’t been so constrained, he could have gotten a late-afternoon tee time without having to get up so early.)

Still, despite some missed sleep there, it was a terrific trip. For me, a nongolfer, the best part was driving through the countryside, and if I were going again, I’d definitely spend more time in the Highlands. I’ve seen a lot of spectacular U.S. scenery, but we’re a big country and the scenery is spread apart. In Scotland the topography is so concentrated. As we drove from Turnberry around Glasgow to Loch Lomond up the A82 through Glencoe and the Great Glen, we could not believe how the land and scenery changed from pastoral to urban to picture-perfect loch to snow-capped Munroes to Loch Ness shimmering in the clear white light of the Highlands. (That was also the day we went through 7 rainstorms!) The time we were there, the bluebells in bloom–we saw an entire mountainside covered in blue in the Trossachs–as was the gorse, which decorated all those hillsides in festive yellow ribbons. Not to mention all those cute sheep!

It’s a trip we’ll never forget. Thanks for pulling the pieces together for us!

A.S., May 2011, Turnberry, Dornoch, and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff/Lauri,

I want to thank you for all of your hard work in getting our trip together.  I think that everyone really enjoyed the whole experience (in some of our cases for the 2nd time with you!).  Doonbeg stood out to me as the highlight.  Both the accommodations and the golf were top notch!  I hurt my elbow during the second back to back day of 36 holes and my golf game paid the price, but it didn’t stop me from taking in the scenic courses we played on from that point in time.  Old Head was a special experience as well.  Getting the opportunity to stay at the course was one I won’t soon forget.  We really lucked out on weather as whole.  Our day on Lahinch was a blustery one with light mist and we saw around 3 holes of showers on our second round at Old Head.  I think that we really experienced the “luck of the Irish” in that regard.

From the start to the finish, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.  Thank you again for your efforts in pulling this trip together for all of us.  I hope to find a way to get back out there for another golf journey in the year’s to come.

J.B., May 2011, Southwest Ireland

Thanks to you personally for being so responsive to my various e-mails over the months, which is always enormously appreciated.

T.T., May 2011, Troon and St. Andrews Scotland

Just wanted you to know I echo Sam’s comments it was fantastic. Sam did leave out the top highlight, he made a 1 on #6 at Kingsbarns, a 310yd par 4. Thx I’m sure we will book again.

D.R., May 2011, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri,

Thank you very much!  The trip far exceeded all of our expectations and I would not hesitate to go back and do it again.  Maybe Ireland next time.  It is actually very hard to determine what, if any, would have been the highlight as they were all amazing in their own way. The weather was probably better than we could expect (vs an expected average) but that being said there was a constant wind daily.  I think we played muirfield in a 35-55mph wind that just never quit.  It made the 25 mph winds seem tame.  We had very little rain and think the gloves may have been used for but 1 hole all week.  Did I mention the wind though? Toques and rain gear were the order of every round but it didn’t make it less enjoyable.  No round was played without at least 1 quad but that
was part of the fun.

Thank you very much for all the coordination as logistically it worked well and if I ever get permission from the boss to do it again I will certainly be in touch.

S.O., May 2011, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Guys,
Everything worked out very well. We loved Kingsbarns on and played the New Course also on Sunday afternoon which we liked as well the weather on Sunday was great- about 60 with almost no wind and sun all day. We were in line on Monday at 4:20AM and there were 3 people ahead of us. We went off as a single at 7:30, 2-ball at 7:40 and single at 8:30. There were over 30 people in line by 6:30 so it is a good thing we went early. It was a crystal clear day with almost no wind. We played Crail in the afternoon and really liked it is well.

We played a total of 162 holes of golf and had only 5 holes of rain and only 2 holes were bad rain! Amazing! Carnoustie was the old tough day and a little bit of a bummer because it was so windy. Our caddies said they would not have played the Open on that day. We had 50 MPH steady winds with gusts to 70!

We ranked the courses in the following order:
1. Turnberry (by far the best)
2. Kingsbarnes
3. Old Course
4. Carnoustie (bc of history)
5 Tie Prestwick
5 Tie Crail
7. New Course
8. Gleneagles

We would give and A+ to every course except Gleneagles. We liked it, but it was like a states course and lots of hills!

The accommodations at Turnberry were outstanding, Carnoustie was very nice and the B&B was nice in St Andrews. The directions to everything were spot on. The van worked well.

Thanks again for everything and making this such an amazing trip. I think I can speak for all of us in saying this was a trip of a lifetime. Hopefully we can convince our wives to do another trip in a few years.

S.S., May 2011, St. Andrews, Gleneagles, and Ayrshire Scotland

Thx Iain
Be carefull! Margaret has invited your mother to play golf with our ladies, when she comes back to atlanta, to see her grandkids. And no, she did not buy them drinks, but did invite the ladies, into the ladies club, for lunch  Hope to see you soon

P.W., May 2011, Turnberry, and St. Andrews Scotland, Manchester England

I just returned from Ireland on a trip done through Hidden Links and everything was outstanding.  The coach driver we had was excellent and would recommend him to anybody.  He helped make it a great experience.

Looking forward to Scotland in September.

K.S., May 2011, Southwest Ireland

Morning Iain, Lauri
As a former Soldier, I wish you both a Happy Memorial Day, today.

Margaret and I arrived home, yesterday after spending a few days in the Highlands, Lake District, and the Peak District in Derbyshire.

Let me tell you folks, with the exception of the Diva playing up, the rest of the group, were Extremely, extremely, happy with the trip, including the Hotels, and also to say that Michael was the epitome of “mine host” Could not do enough for us, and his staff was equally gracious.

We will all, have no hesitation going back. The Bus Driver John was superb, even Peg, fell for him. I will be E Mailing Michael, and John separately, with my thanks.

The Golf was Scottish Golf, at its best, The rains stayed off while we golfed, and the winds stayed between 32-51 MPH, On the wednesday we played the Old Course, Gusts to 51 MPH!!!! and the Caddies told us, that if this had been a tournament, it would have been called!!!
We were aiming 50-75 yards left from some of the Holes, and even then it was not enough #11-12 for example!!! par 3 and I had to use a Driver.

Everyone said that this will trip will stay in their memories, for ever A “bucket List” memory! Everyone agreed that Kingsbarns was the top course of all 5! I agreed. Some who have played Pebble Beach, said that K was similar, but much more scenic.

We could not say enough about the Hospitality and Kindness of the Scots,  use any part of this appraisal, for recommending your company. It was great.

Talk to you soon.

P.W., May 2011, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Heading home today – just wanted to let you know the trip was excellent.  Only problem was the wind/weather, but of course you can’t control that.

In particular, we thought Joe was a terrific driver (very important given the heavy driving itinerary we built).  Not sure if you have much control over the drivers you get for your groups, but I would highly recommend him.

C.G., May 2011, Northern Ireland and Southwest Ireland

Lauri,

I couldn’t remember if I had sent you a note, so if I haven’t forgive the lateness of this.  We had an absolutely fantastic time.  The accommodations were perfect, the transportation outstanding (Steve was just excellent) and the golf . . . memories to last a lifetime.  Twice on the Old Course was phenomenal.

Thanks to you, Ian and the entire team.  I will recommend you to anyone who asks.  In fact, I already have.

C.S., May 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

I wanted to say thanks for all of your help on planning this trip for us.  We had an amazing time.  Patrick (Paddy) was our driver and made our trip extra special.  He
went above and beyond each day and we have invited him to stay with us when he comes to Texas.  He has an amazing personality and I would highly recommend him for future bookings. The entire staff at the hotel in Troon made us feel like we owned the
place.  They took care of each and everyone of us in great detail.  Loved staying there.  I wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Troon.

I stayed in the flat in St. Andrews and it was great.  My dad stayed at the main house and said they were very kind as well.

I would highly recommend the Dunvegan bar to any golfers that go to St. Andrews.  Amazing photos and golf experience. Great staff as well.

Thanks for lining up all of the buggies for my Dad.  He had one everywhere he wanted one.  We had caddies at every course, instead of just Troon and Carnoustie, and felt obligated to use them because of the starters’ demeanor, but we made it work.

I would not let anyone go to Troon without playing Turnberry, probably our favorite.

Thanks again for everything.  I will forward your info to anyone interested in booking a similar trip.

K.G., May 2011, Troon and St. Andrews Scotland

Played Jubilee on Thursday and the Old Course on Friday (2 and a half hour wait but worth it!).  Weather was brutal but a great trip overall.   Thanks.

D.R., May 2011, Troon and St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri and Iain!

You guys are the best….thanks very very  much…..we had a blast and Hidden Links was a big part of making our vacation perfect.

We had a dozen companies contact us about our Scottish Vacation …but Iain was just so knowledgeable and helpful from the get go. We just knew that it was the right move to engage with Hidden Links after we asked a million questions and got a million and one answers.

But here is the bottom line. A lot of companies do really good when things are all fine. But when things crash and start to tumble (like what we brought upon ourselves by trying to drive in Scotland) you guys jumped in head first and saved our vacation from being a catastrophe.  Not only did you solve our self inflicted inexperienced move, you improved our travel buy knowing and retaining a great driver who made our trip much more enjoyable than we ever expected. And Lauri’s follow up has been so professional, consistent and helpful.

Many Many Thanks!!

We will be back………there is no other choice for us but Hidden Links!

R.S., April/May 2011, Dornoch, Skye, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff,

I just wanted to extend a big thanks to you and your team. What a great trip! Everything was perfect. The golf. The accommodations (what a view). And the service. From the moment we stepped off the plane everything went without a hitch. You can be sure I will recommend Hidden Links to anyone considering a golf trip and I will be in touch when I plan my next trip.

B.F., May 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

I am very impressed by your support. One very loyal client earned today. Thanks again Lauri.

R.S., May 2011, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Good Morning Jeff & Lauri,

Well we are all back in the real world (fortunately/unfortunately).

Just wanted to thank you for all your work and suggestions as it all came together perfectly and went off without a hitch including NO RAIN!

It’s too bad you couldn’t influence some of our scores but a great time was had by all.

Thank you,

P.H., May 2011, Ayrshire, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Hello Iain and Lauri. Thanks for the quick response. I couldn’t be more pleased. I echo everything Robin has said. We all had a wonderful time. The Country is beautiful and the people very gracious. I want to especially point out what a wonderful job John did. I felt as I left him I had left a dear Friend behind.The Golf courses were spectacular! I enjoyed every minute of it. I had never played Golf using a Caddie before and it was educational as well as needed…and fun! I especially want to point out my Caddie at Kingsbarns. His name was Gordon and I really enjoyed his company as well as his knowledge. Plus he helped me pull off the shot of my life on #5 that I will be bragging about for years!
Last but not least let me commend you both for a job ”Well Done” as I found out is said over there instead of ”good shot”. Your response to all of our problems was fast and thorough. As I like to say…It’s is easy to steer a ship in com sea’s. It is how you react when the weather gets rough that makes you a Captain. You both came through with flying colors and I thank you for that. I will recommend your services to anyone in need.
We do plan on going back someday with a couple of buddies to just play golf and we will once again call on you. Now all we can do is wait and make sure there is soft ground to fall on when we open our next Visa Bill!
Cheers,

R.R., April/May 2011, Dornoch, Skye, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews Scotland

Hi Iain and Lauri,

I just wanted to take some time and tell you THANKS for arranging such a memorable trip. Our group could not have had a better time than the one you planned for us. It will be in our minds for a lifetime. If we ever decide to go back, you will be the first ones I call. Thanks for arranging the golf at Kingsbarns, it was truly one of the most beautiful courses I  have played.

P.G., April/May 2011, St. Andrews Scotland

Hello Lauri,
Just wanted to take a moment of your busy time to say Thank You! It was a perfect trip. Your planning and guidance was impeccable. Obviously you had no influence but the weather simply wonderful which added greatly to our enjoyment. I have recommended people to Hidden Links and will continue to do so. Thanks again,

K.K., April 2011, Southwest Ireland

Lauri,
The trip was beyond spectacular.
Thank you for setting it all up.
We could not have had a better time.

I look forward to contacting you about our Ireland getaway in a couple years.

R.A., April 2011, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

Hello Lauri,
Returned Saturday night from our week in Ireland.  I don’t think we could have had a better time.  Thanks for your help organizing everything. Our driver (Ger) for the first 5 days did an excellent job.  If you ever go on an Ireland trip ask for Ger as your tour guide. Wanted to let you know the trip was a success.
Thanks,

G.W., April 2011, Southwest Ireland

Sitting in Darby’s having some dinner at the bar and just struck up a convo
with some guys that low and behold are one of your groups. Nice guys and
are really enjoying themselves.

They said to tell you that their driver was incredible and the van/bus was
great. I think the name of the driver was Ger

Anyhow, just thought I’d pass that along. Hope all is well and see you next
week!

Third party reference, April 2011, meeting one of our groups at Doonbeg

Good Morning,

Thanks very much for your email.  It is actually a pleasure to give you a glowing reference for Hidden Links.  We have been working with them for years and they are one of our top producing clients.  The guys there really know what they are doing, are very thorough and always have their clients needs at the top of their minds.  They really and truly couldn’t be easier and more friendly to work with.

I cannot think of a single circumstance where we have had an issue with payment or anything of that nature.  As I said, they are genuine people who really put the focus on the client and their needs.  Honestly could not say enough good things about them!

So with that being said, I do hope you choose to give them your business.  I assure you, you will not be disappointed and we will certainly give you a very warm Irish welcome when you arrive at Doonbeg!

Thanks very much Marty and best of luck with planning the trip.

December 2010, The Lodge at Doonbeg reference for potential Hidden Links group

As far as Hidden Links, they are great. I have taken 2 trips with them. In 2007 I took my 2 sons and my brother and the trip was fantastic. This was my second trip to Ireland, the first with HL, so I knew the courses we wanted to play, the accommodations were low cost B&B because it was guys and we weren’t to fussy but the trip went off without a hitch. Tee times, reservations at the B&B’s were perfect.  I put a second trip together(with HL) with 8 couples, yes 8. Husbands and wives. We had a motor coach with a driver and that was great. The driver would get us things we wanted to drink and eat during our travels and he was extremely accommodating. Once again I knew where we wanted to play and the tee times were perfect and the hotels we stayed at were spectacular. Now we upgraded because of the Little Generals(our wives) that accompanied us and believe it or not there was NOT one complaint by anyone- including the wives. Seriously we had no problems = tee times were made, rooms were ready and the motor coach was excellent.  And remember 8 women that never complained  now come on Scott that was amazing. I am going to forward you our itinerary to my latest trip and a picture gallery. I am not sure where you are planning  to play and there are no bad places in Ireland, west , east and north, but the last 2 trips were similar to the one I will forward to you after this email.  If it were my first rip I would recommend Old Head(a must). Waterville(another must), Tralee, BallyBunion, Doonbeg and Lahinch- basically our trip this past fall. Jeff and Lauri are great to work with – very accommodating. In fact I am getting calls from some of the wives wanting to know when our next trip is – probably Northern Ireland(2012) and of course with HL. Good luck and if you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.

F.P., December 2010, client reference

Jeff & Iain:     Like Atlanta, Greenville has had plenty of snow to keep us close to home.  During this time I have been putting together my scrap book of photos and memories of our wonderful trip that you put together for us this past May.

Brings tears to my eyes to think how much fun it was to be on such a marvelous golfing adventure with my sons and friends.  Thanks again for all that you did to make it the trip of a lifetime.

Just so you know what the “bunch” that you took care of looks like, I have attached a photo of us on the first tee at Carnoustie.   From left to right:  Sid, my son Michael, me, my son Seth, Chris, Martin, Wally (Martin’s dad) and my brother Fritz.

Thanks again for a wonderful memory.  My appreciation to Lauri for her part in the trip as well. Hope 2011 is a fantastic year for all of you.

I will certainly be in contact with you when we want to do another trip.

B.F., October 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Hidden Links,

I am finally getting around to emailing you regarding the exemplary service provided by John during our stay in Ireland.

We travelled with the K.B. group the first week of August of this year and were blessed to have John as our driver/guide. On the days the men golfed, we ladies shopped and went sightseeing. He did an excellent job coordinating our trips and keeping us all entertained. He was very accommodating with any special requests and/or unscheduled stops we needed to make. His recommendations regarding restaurants, shopping tips, etc. were spot on. Even on those narrow Ireland back roads, we always felt safe (even if we didn’t always show it!)

He was courteous, attentive and quite fun to have as our guide; we all laughed a lot. He certainly helped make our visit to the beautiful and friendly country of Ireland that much more enjoyable.

Please send our regards to John!

Thanks again for a great trip!!!

J.N., September 2010, Southwest Ireland

Greetings,
Hope this finds each of you well!
Just wanted to let you know that we had a terrific time in Scotland, the trip you put together for us was perfect!  We especially appreciated the weather, no rain, no wind, and sunny…we got lucky!
Thanks again for your flexibility, responsiveness, and help making this a trip we will never forget…. Best regards

F.R., October 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Hello Jeff – I can’t believe we’ve been back from Ireland for almost 2 months & I haven’t written you yet.

Overall, the trip was pretty spectacular!  Firstly, we had the best week in forever (according to all the people we met) as it didn’t rain AT ALL!   Absolutely unbelievable – Greg actually wore shorts everyday to golf as it was really beautiful sunny weather – almost everyday got to at least 72-75 degrees.  I’m petrified to go back to golf because we’ll never get that great a weather-week again.

So, I’ll give you my  feedback on the different phases of the trip:

1)  Hotels – the Killarney Hotel & Doonbeg were FIRST CLASS!  I’ve stayed in some pretty posh places around the world & these were great.  Wonderful food (who could believe it at a hotel) and the best service you could ever wish for.   We got upgraded at the Killarney to a junior suite and it was lovely – the bath was gorgeous & spacious – there can’t be an American alive who could find anything to complain about in that bath!

2) Tony our driver – he was great!  We actually tipped him very well (more than recommended) as he graciously schlepped us all over – always with a sunny disposition.  We were never late for golf and he was always there when he said he would be.  One of the first things he did was organize the cell phones so we could have his number 24/7.   The smartest thing we ever on this trip (especially with our itinerary) was to get a driver.  Our friends were in Northern Ireland golfing at roughly the same time (although they did not have the weather we did) and they were always driving to another hotel so they could be close to the golf course.  Of course they report that the Brits did a much better job with roads (which I vaguely remember from my time there 25 years ago!) which makes it easier.  Had we attempted our agenda with  a self-driving package, we would probably have missed every tee time except for Doonbeg (since we could walk there!).  Tony knew how to avoid the traffic in the small towns early in the morning which we would have been smack dab in the middle of.  So thanks for getting us such a great chauffeur.

3) Food – fantastic at the hotels, Kinsale was wonderful, Killarney was fabulous.   We wound up eating at the hotels almost every night as the food & service were great.  Ditto for the breakfasts at the hotels.
4) Golf – NEVER again to Ballybunion – that course killed me.   We loved, loved both Lahinch & Doonbeg.  We may actually go back & stay in Lahinch & golf both courses twice.   I also never knew that surfing was so big in Ireland – especially near Lahinch.  That was fun to see.  I was really sorry I didn’t suck it up & go to Waterville as my husband said it was really great.    But we had no problem at any course – tee times, caddies, carts – everything was organized and on time.
We had a great trip – my husband is making noise about going back to Scotland, and we agree that when we do, we will definitely call on Hidden Links to put our trip together.  Thanks so much for all the great work.  Everything went exactly as we planned & we got fantastic weather.  I’ll happily recommend Hidden Links to anyone doing a golf vacation in the British Isles.

A.K., September 2010, Southwest Ireland

Good morning Lauri,

Thank you for sorting through the mess with the rental car companies.   I can appreciate what a challenge it must have been for you.  As usual Hidden Links has been great in keeping the customer happy!

Thank you all for your help.

L.S., October 2010, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Lauri:

Back from Ireland and want to thank you, Jeff, and Hidden Links for an amazing trip.  The accommodations were fantastic, courses awesome, people great, and weather perfect.  The last day at Old Head we played under crystal clear blue skies and the temperature about 55 F; a perfect last day.  Also, we had a mishap with the rental car on the way to Ballybunion which resulted in TWO flat tires.  Fortunately I had purchased the extra insurance which lowered my deductible to 100 Euros, down from 1,000.  Patrick, from the main office could not have been nicer about the whole thing and arranged for a crew to come fix the tires.  Not the favorite part of the trip but, the people were very nice and we still got in our golf that day. Thanks, again.

T.H., October 2010, Southwest Ireland

Hi Iain

We have just returned from the Scottish golf trip and we would all like to thank you for the excellent organization and selection of the schedule and hotels. We were blessed by excellent weather with no rain, but everything that could be planned properly was done so such that all the bookings were in order with caddies available at all locations and all the hotels were welcoming. It would be difficult to give all the highlights but the day at Muirfield was very special.

All our thanks to you and your team

D.L., October 2010, St. Andrews and Muirfield Scotland

By the way, you and all your suppliers doing a fabulous job: And John is outstanding!!!! Will touch base when the trip is over but very pleased so far. Thanks. Jubilee in the morning.

G.D., September 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff and Lauri,

I would like to thank you both for the excellent trip that you planned for the 4 of us to Ireland.  The accommodations were excellent, the routing for the playing of the golf courses was very well done and made for easy drives every day, if you can say that driving in Ireland is easy.  The weather was OK.  We didn’t miss a day of play because of the bad weather.  Had some rain, very light, wind 15 to 20 mph everyday with some days gusting to over 30 mph.
Thank you so much for your work on it.

W.A., September 2010, Southwest Ireland

Laura & Jeff,

First —-   THANK YOU for putting together this fantastic golf trip.

This is actually my second attempt to provide you some insight into our trip….I lost the first one about 99% of the way thru so this account will be more brief.

Golf… all of the courses lived up or exceeded our expectations.  Turnberry, Western Gailes , Muirfield, North Berwick, Machrihanish, Troon & Dunbar/

Transportation..Our driver Brian was fantastic. Unbelievable driver, tour guide, historian and just a great personality.

Accommodations… each had their uniqueness. FOOD at all was excellent as was the treatment by all of the staff..very friendly and accommodating.

Muirfield Luncheon—truly a not to miss experience !!!!!  Food, ambience & aura of the clubhouse. A Highlight..no doubt !!

Weather—ranged from over cast to brilliant sunshine. We were even treated to incredible waves at both North Berwick & Dunbar.

In summary it was truly a great trip.  If you would like more details or specifics please let me know .

THANKS AGAIN !!

L.S., August 2010, East Lothian, Ayrshire, and Kintyre Scotland

Iain. I just got back from ten days in Ireland on a golf trip put together by Hidden Links. Jeff Flynn did a spectacular job putting it all together. We had twelve guys and played mostly northern Ireland courses (Royal County Down, Portrush, Portmarnock, etc.) Everything was fantastic including the golf, accommodations and transportation. I look forward to our trip to Scotland in May and hope you can make it to Interlachen in November for some golf and frolic. Cheers!

W.H., September 2010, Northern Ireland and Dublin

My two long time friends and I were looking for a special vacation to celebrate our 50th brithdays. After searching the web for some help, I found Hidden Links. It was a perfect match. They asked what we were thinking of doing and came up with a plan. We tweaked it a little and came up with exactly what we were looking for. It wasn’t a canned vacation, it was planned to our specific ideas of what we were looking for. They didn’t miss a beat. We had a great driver, all the accomodations were great and the golf was spectacular. We look forward to using them in the future.

J.U., August 2010, Southwest Ireland

Good Morning Jeff and Lauri,

Just a brief note to say THANKS, our trip could not have been better.  Everything ran like clockwork,  the accomodations, drivers (Martin), golf courses and WEATHER were all spectacular.  Although our quest to play great golf and drink all the Guinness in Ireland failed we all had a GREAT time.  Cheers!

R.O., August 2010, Southwest Ireland

Just a short note to thank you for organizing a great trip for us. Truly enjoyable.

All the best

K.R., August 2010, Southwest Ireland

All I can tell you is that Iain and his team will do a fantastic job of looking after you.  They are extremely professional, polite and a joy to deal with.

We preferred the flexibility of renting a car ourselves and being on our own calendar around our pre-booked t-times (we spent a couple of days exploring Edinburgh and its Castle and the incredible Royal Military Tattoo.  Driving on the ‘other’ side of the road on Scotland’s smaller roads can be a challenge if you are not used to it!  I was born in England so I am comfortable, but you may prefer to be part of a group that is driven around in the excellent car and/or bus services that Hidden Links can offer.

Also I am not a ‘Ritz Carlton’ kind of a guy when golfing.  I prefer nice smaller hotels or B&B’s preferably with a Great British Pub ‘built in’.  As one example we stayed in St. Andrews, where Jinty and her staff were fabulous.  Nothing was too much trouble and the grub was terrific!  However if you want ***** all the way, Iain can book you in that kind of hotel or even some fantastic castles!

Iain has course knowledge second to none and can advise you on some ‘hidden’ gems.  within a call or two Iain had us hooked up.  We started in the Kingdom of Fyfe with St. Andrews as base, playing the Eden, Old and Jubilee courses, Kingsbarns, Crail and Elie and then went west to Machrihanish, Dunaverty and Islay (Machrie) to sample golf and single malt whisky!  IMHO it’s the ‘gems’ that are the best overall enjoyment.  Nothing wrong with standing on the 1st tee at the Old Course, mind you – my son and I just wanted to experience golf as it was meant to be played – on the ground, walking.  Iain has it all set up and when you arrive the course treats you just like a member!

Regardless of your tastes and budget, Iain is your man.  The only other tips I would give you are:

1.     Let Hidden Links do it all (including car hire if you go that route).  You will get great value for your money!
2.     Book the transatlantic portion of your trip ‘non-stop’ (presumably to Heathrow as not many airlines fly non-stop to Scotland).  We had a connection from Atlanta to DC that was delayed due to bad weather and our clubs got there a day after our 1st round and we had to rent (Iain even assisted with that!).  BA knows the country better than anyone and IMHO will take care of you better than most US airlines, especially if you are ‘all the way’ with them.  Book direct with BA and pay a few more dollars and save the hassles of connections!
3.     The tee box markers in Scotland have been well thought out with your ability in mind.  What we play as ‘blues’ here typically are ‘yellow’ at St. Andrews and are meant for single digit handicap golfers.  Whites are plenty for most of us! (I play off 12 and had my hands full on the Whites).
4.     For the marquee courses get a caddie.  We did this on the Old Course and Kingsbarns.  What great guys and what fellowship we had (and some of the best jokes I have ever heard!).  Iain can lay those on for you as well.

Happy to chat if you care to ring.

Best Regards

A.R., Reference for client, August 2010

Lauri and Jeff,

Thank you both for all your help with the trip. My son and I had a great time and enjoyed the places we stayed. They were centrally located, clean and nice. We were very lucky with the weather with sun most of the time. Example was playing the Old Course. The day before people walked off after 9 holes the wind and rain was so bad. We drove into town with blue sky, little wind and had to strip off clothes it was so warm. We could have left our rain gear at home for the trip.

B.C., August 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff,

I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know what a great trip we had to Ireland.   Everything went flawless thanks to Hidden Links.  The accommodations were outstanding.  Our transportation couldn’t have been better with our driver friendly, courteous, and highly professional.  Best of all were the courses.  It is impossible to have a favorite as they were all so good each having their own character.  By the way did you put together the sixty degree weather with modest winds for our trip?   All in all Jeff thanks for everything you did.  Expect to hear from Keith and/or Chris in the next couple of weeks regarding next years trip.  I have handed off that responsibility to them but advised them it would be crazy not to use Hidden Links again.

T.K., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Lauri – Once again thanks to you and Jeff for putting together a great trip. With 8 couples I was wondering how things would work out, but the accommodation’s were great, the golf venues were perfect and the motor coach fit us to a T.  I am sure we will talk again about a future trip. Thanks again.

F.P., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Lauri and Iain,

I wanted to thank you for setting up a wonderful trip. The three of us all commented on how it couldn’t have been set up any better. We also wanted you to know that our driver Tom made our trip.  This guy was fantastic and a great tour guide. If you want a written testimonial to your services, I would be happy to write one, just let me know. Again we had a great time and hope we will be using your services again in the not too distant future.

J.U. July 2010, Southwest Ireland

We all had a wonderful time.  The real key was Artie our bus driver.   He was wonderful and everyone got along splendidly with him.

The hotel was very nice and we all loved being in that part of Edinburgh.   The staff was very accommodating.    Not all of us got our luggage in time to dress up for dinner that first night (Artie must have made 5 trips to the airport)  and they allowed us to have dinner more casually.  The dinner was very good. We had an early tee time a N. Berwick and they opened breakfast for us that morning at least an hour early.

The golf courses were all great.  Everyone’s favorite golf course was Kingsbarns.  I forgot how beautiful it was.

I was really  shocked that 14 people could get along that well and the trip to be such a huge success.

Thanks again for taking care of us.   Please share these comments with Jeff.

S.E., August 2010, Edinburgh and St. Andrews

Jeff and Laurie,

Just wanted to tell you we had a great time in Ireland. Every detail was taken care of, and our driver, Eddie, was superb. He was there on time every day, plenty of local knowledge, and NEVER rushed us. Even after some long driving days, he was more than willing to take us anywhere we wanted to go.

At times the weather was brutal. We played Ballybunion in sideways rain and sustained 50 mph winds. It was a challenge, but was also something to talk about when we got back. I think the only thing we could have done to improve it was that we left little time for any sightseeing. A good example was the last day when we played Lahinch. By the time we finished golf and had dinner, we didn’t get back to check into the Hotel until after 9:30 at night. By that time, the castle was long closed and  it was hard to go out.

Can’t wait to book our next trip to Scotland. I would be happy to be a reference for Hidden Links, your team did a great job!

I enclosed a picture of all of us at Waterville I thought you might enjoy.

J.M., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Jeff, please share with your Hidden Links team the very high satisfaction our group had with regarding the entire Ireland trip. All aspects of the trip were finely coordinated and the personalized service was superb down to the finest detail.

We are looking forward to retaining HL in the future.

D.C., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Everything went off perfect and will use you again when we travel back overseas. Maybe Scotland in a few years. Trip was great, transportation was always on time or early and the courses were as good as I had remembered. The weather varied from sunshine a low winds to intermittent rain with winds at 50 mph. Overall not much rain but plenty of wind. Thanks again.

T.W., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Iain,

Good morning!  Just wanted to check in and let you know we are having a wonderful time.  The weather has benn absolutly perfect (65 degrees, sun, and very little wind)  Old Head was breathtaking and Ballybunion is the pinnicle of links golf.  I shot 79 from the tips at Old Head which won me a pint at the local pub.

Just wanted to say that our driver is excellent.  He is kind, knowledgable and accommodating.  Glad to have him.

Kinsale is a great town and our accomodations in Kinsale and Killarney are fabulous.   I will put together a formal note with pics at the end for your website but I wanted to check in and say GREAT JOB!!!!

J.B., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Iain and Lauri:  Thanks very much for everything.  We had a great time and all of the arrangements worked perfectly, including the accommodations and directions.  We ended up being able to split up our 18 at Kingsbarns and play the Old Course in between nines.  We are already looking forward to our next trip (probably Ireland but maybe northern Scotland).  I am sure it will be the same crazy amount of golf so we’ll need your help!  I’d be surprised if anyone has matched the amount of golf we played and where in just 3.5 days.  We ended up playing Turnberry, Prestwick, Old Course, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, Panmure and to top it off we played the old course at Musselburgh the morning of our flight home.  Thanks again and we’d be happy to serve as a reference for your business.

J.W., August 2010, St. Andrews, Ayrshire, and Edinburgh Scotland

We had a wonderful time in Ireland.  Everything was set up perfectly. Even the weather cooperated.  Doonbeg is awesome!  Ballybunion was a real challenge in a 30 mph wind but we still enjoyed it and played all 36 holes.  The Killarney Golf and Fishing Club was a nice break after that.  Waterville was a fun course and Dooks gave us the real links
experience (they don’t water their fairways and the ball rolls forever (which was both good and bad!).  We didn’t play Lahinch because we were both a bit weary and it was Becky’s choice to sleep in on her birthday. We’ll save it for the next time.  Highly recommend renting the GPS along with the car (which we did). We found our way onto roads so narrow and infrequently traveled that grass was growing in the middle, but the GPS always led us home.

Thanks again for all your help.  We’ll do this again!

P.M., June 2010, Southwest Ireland

Since I’m finally back from my Scotland Golf Trip and had a moment to look back at what had come to pass; I wanted to express a testimonial for my appreciation for the handling of all my bookings with Hidden Links.

The booking was handled par excellence and the personalized service was second to none. I am completely satisfied and the experience in booking with Hidden Links exceeded my expectation.

Special mention to Iain and Lauri for their updates and open communication.

I look forward to another booking for Ireland in the not too distant future.

Cheers,

M.Y., August 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Lauri,

I just wanted to  say thank you to everyone at Hidden Links , our trip to Scotland was spectacular.  Our driver Robert was exceptional  and the weather was perfect.

M.B., August 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Bob and Jeff:

Although we have been back for over a week, I am now just getting to sending you a note to let you know that our trip to Scotland was fabulous!  All of your help in guiding us to the courses we played and our hotel accommodations were just great.  Mark and I both loved North Berwick where we were greeted by Big Malcolm, the General Manager and Little Malcolm, the starter.  It’s such a unique course and the view of the course from the hotel is amazing!  Muirfield was tough especially with the wind and light rain we had, but what great history there.  The Jubilee Course was great and it helped that we had perfect golf weather that day.  It poured rain the morning of the day we played the Old Course, but thankfully it stopped just before we teed off.  Playing there was like golfing in a museum.  Just as we hit our drives on the Road Hole, a bagpiper somewhere nearby started playing “Amazing Grace,” and if we didn’t know that we were indeed alive, I would have thought I had died and gone to heaven!  It was pretty surreal.  Then of course, walking up 18 is quite the experience and one we will always remember.  After talking with people who were putting their names on the daily  ballot for the Old Course and not getting on, I was happy that we paid to have that guaranteed time.  It would have been such a disappointment to go there and not get the opportunity to play.  Kingsbarns was perhaps one of the most beautiful golf courses I have ever played.  Challenging, especially the second day when it was about 50 degrees and 35 mph wind, but fair and the caddies and customer service there are top notch.  Playing Ladybank on our last day in warm, calm weather was a welcome way to end our journey.

We enjoyed meeting and playing with the Grahams and it was nice to play with the same people for 3 rounds.  I am attaching a picture of us on 18 and with the Grahams at the Jigger Inn after our round at the Old Course.  We met many nice people and found the people of Scotland to be so kind and generous.  Edinburgh is a beautiful city with wonderful history and it would be fun to go back and spend a bit more time there.

Now after this trip, we want to plan a trip to the Highlands, so I will be contacting you for your suggestions of where to play and stay up there.  Everything on the trip was well planned and executed, thanks to Hidden Links and I will be recommending your company for those seeking a golf adventure to Scotland!

Thank you again for all your help and patience in planning this trip of a lifetime!!

All the Best,

M.D., July 2010, East Lothian and St. Andrews Scotland

Hey All,

The wife and I just got back from Scotland last week. We played 7 courses in 8 days and had a day in Edinburgh for the Festival.  We used Hidden Links HIDDENLINKS.com to help us plan the trip and they really were spot on in descriptions and suggestions. I would reccommend them to anyone wanting help in planning out a travel to Scotland.

M.D., August 2010, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

First of all, let me tell you that we had a great time on both Part A and Part B of the trip.  We were blessed with uncommonly good weather with no rain and only a couple of days of fairly stiff wind over the 10 days.

On the first couple of days we had a combination of good news and bad news although the good side outweighed the bad.  Our flights were all on time or early so that went well.  The rental car people were very helpful and willing (with a little coaxing) to work with us on the vehicle exchange later in the week.  Also, the vehicles were both well taken care of and drove very well.

As you know from our conversations, we like to play the day we arrive and wear ourselves out and then finish the day with a dead tired 10 or so hours of sleep.  The tee time on day 1 at Carnoustie was 3:50 p.m. which meant we finished in the dark at around 8.  We were all very tired and still had to drive the 45 minutes or so back to St. Andrews.  We caught a late meal and got to our rooms at about 10:30.  That is when we got the good news of being successful in the lottery at the Old Course the next day.  The bad news was that our tee time was 6:50 a.m. and we were advised to be there at 6.  That meant we only got about 5 hours sleep after having hardly any for the previous 24.  Don’t misunderstand, we were still excited and pleased for the opportunity.

A good dose of adrenalin for the chance to play the Old Course carried us all the next morning and the weather and caddies were great.  We had a wonderful time and got the good photos that you would expect when you play the Old Course.  Personally I played well and parred the 17th for the first time in 3 tries so it was all worth it.  A funny side note was that Lou had not remembered to bring his handicap card from Shoal Creek so he got on his laptop and got the pro shop at Shoal Creek to make an image of his current card.  Since we had to get up and out so early the next morning we had no way to print it out.  So Lou carried his laptop down to the course and when the time came, he showed the starter the copy on his laptop.  The starter said this was a first for him in all the years he had been doing this.  By the way I remembered him as the starter in 1992, the first time we played the course, so I know he has been doing this a long time.  After our round we had lunch at the Dunvegan and contemplated what to do with the afternoon.  I decided to sit down on my bed for a second and woke up about 2 or 3 hours later.  Everyone else did the same and it helped us get caught up a little on our sleep.

Kingsbarns was as advertised and we had a wonderful experience there.  Rain threatened us but held off and eventually just went away surprising the caddies who were sure it was coming before we finished.  The next morning we were off to Turnberry and the trip was pretty uneventful except for my trying to take a short cut and instead adding probably 20 – 30 minutes to our drive.  It still only took 3 hours.  It was our first trip to Turnberry and it was quite impressive.  The accomodations were first rate and the staff were very courteous and helpful in handling our bags as the rooms were not ready when we got there and we needed to go on to the golf course.  This was our first day of fairly stiff winds.  I am glad we had a day like this for Tommy and Jon as that gives you a better understanding of Scottish links golf.  In the middle of the course where you are more exposed to the wind there were times it was hard to stand much less hit a good golf shot.  It was a great fun day to face the challenges of the golf course.  It was in great condition.

The next day was a little more difficult because of the scheduling problem created by Lou’s and my decision of where we wanted to go for Part B.  As you know we had to drive from Turnberry to the Glasgow airport.  It was helpful that we were able to check into our rooms at the Holiday Inn early as that allowed us to go ahead and turn the van in and get our car.  Although we were very cramped in the car with 4 people and 4 golf bags, the trip to Troon is only about 30 minutes so we survived that all right.  We ate lunch at the hotel and then went to the golf course.  We had good weather once again.

All of the courses we played in Part A were in excellent condition and, I think, everyone was very pleased with the trip.  I heard nothing but good comments from Tommy and Jon on all aspects of the trip, except maybe for the extra driving that we had to do which was caused by Lou’s and my Part B plans.  I will send you a separate e-mail about Part B.

Thanks for everything,

Now for Part B of the trip.  Although we had to get up and out of the hotel on the first morning very early, it was a great and beautiful drive from Glasgow to Kennacraig to catch the ferry.  I think it was the first time I had taken a ferry for a trip that far and it was an enjoyable experience. We enjoyed the relaxed feel of The Machrie.  We thought the golf course was an absolute hoot.  We counted 6 holes on which the green was completely out of sight, including the flag stick, on the approach shot.  Others were at least partly visible.  After we played it the first day, we figured we would do better the next day since we had at least seen where the holes are.  We joked that we would probably play it worse the next day than we did the first and I think we probably did.

We visited a couple of the distilleries just outside Port Ellen that afternoon including Lagavulin which is our favorite single malt scotch and Laphroig.  We learned a lot about the scotches and really enjoyed out time there.  Our favorite part was probably late on the second day (after several drinks in the bar) when we decided to go back out in street shoes, because we saw some light still left, and played the first 5 holes with 2 clubs and a putter.  We probably also played those holes at least as well as we had previously.  All in all except for the water problem we really enjoyed the atmosphere and the “old style” golf at the Machrie.

The next morning we once again had to get up very early to catch the 7 a.m. ferry for which we had to be in line by 6:15.  After a short drive to Machrihanish we had a real treat in store for us.  The accommodations at the Ugadale Cottages was outstanding.  They were first rate in every way and Lou and I felt that we were not worthy of such lush rooms; however, we were very glad to be there.  We played Machrihanish Golf Club that afternoon and enjoyed it immensely.  The next day we went out to Machrihanish Dunes. I think the layout is very difficult but beautiful and with some seasoning and maturing, it will be a great golf course.  The situation with the greens could not be helped or anticipated, but it definitely affected our enjoyment in playing the course.  I believe they will need to widen the fairways some as the rough is so punitive that the course is hard to enjoy unless you hit it very straight which in normal windy times will be very difficult to much of anyone to do.  I still am glad that we played there and would do so again if the opportunity arose.  The other negative thing, and I don’t think they can do anything about it because of the nature of the SSSI’s control over the land, is that it is often a long walk from green to the next tee.  I noted to our caddy that the ground seemed to be harder there than in many of the other courses.  He said that was caused by using a very heavy roller on the fairways to smooth them out a bit since they could not prepare them the “normal” way.

Our drive back to Troon and Western Gailes was nice and uneventful and we were the last golfers to tee of at Western Gailes that day.  It was in great shape and we had a wonderful time out on the course.  I believe that Western Gailes is as good a course as most any in Scotland.  It lays on the land in such a wonderful and simple way and is a true joy to play.  We had a nice night at the hotel.  They had a wedding reception there that night and we heard some really good music before we retired for the night.

It was another great trip and we hope we can make another some day.  Thanks for all your arrangements and help along with Lauri.  If you have any questions or other things about the trip that you would like to discuss, just give me a call.

H.C., July 2010, East Lothian, St. Andrews, Ayrshire, Kintyre, and Islay Scotland

Dear Iain and team,

Thanks for helping me put together such a fantastic and memorable trip. The logistics worked out to perfection. The two properties where we stayed were uniquely different but both world class. We absolutely loved every single course. Club members and staff at each clubhouse were very hospitable. For the whole week the weather was as sunny as Ireland ever gets. We were absolutely giddy. I’ve already recommended Hidden Links to several friends. Here are a few photos of our great week.

C.D., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Hello Iain:
Here we go with a synopsis of our tour!
• Fife
• Our hotel is exactly the type of mid-priced hotel/restaurant/pub to be based at for golfing in Fife.  We had a great room – even had AC!  Jinty and Paul are splendid hosts, the grub and beer are excellent and you are close to everything.  They even have more than 4 TV channels!
• Saturday on the Eden Course.  A great tune-up and nice walk to boot. While it isn’t the longest course, we would come to learn over our 2 weeks that length means nothing on a Scottish links; neither does the par-rating.  The starter was from Georgia and had a definite southern twang which was a shock!  The course was in fabulous shape and Kyle made the most of an excellent set of Taylor Made stiff-shaft irons from Auchterlonies that we rented.  Played in well under 4 hours amid some light showers.  Fantastic opener and great views of the other courses.
• Sunday at Elie was a delight to play on a nice day.  Sorry we missed you for dinner!  The course is well situated around the town and is really ‘part’ of the town’s life and soul.  From people walking their dogs with them as they played to male and female singles out for a round, the views – especially after #12, were terrific.  It was unfortunate that we were stuck behind a foursome with Caddies who held us up on just about every hole and shot!  They didn’t even offer to waive us through and I think at the finish (we waited about 5 minutes to hit our approaches to 18 while they took photos on the green!) they were 3 holes behind the group in front.. A round that we could have done in ~3 hours took 4 ½.  Nonetheless, I would highly recommend the course which was tough but fair.
• Sunday walking the Old Course was a must and fun on a nice day.  We had lunch at the restaurant by the Links check-in and shops.  Great to see the layout from the ground especially the Loop.  Toured the Cathedral and the castle and had a great dinner in the nice Thai restaurant.  The fair was in town right down Market Street so it was noisy and very busy!
• Monday on the Old Course had us excited and nervous.  I did a little video at the caddy shack in memory of my Dad and family who made the trip possible and it will be on YouTube with some other stuff shortly.  Kyle put his t-ball up the right and I cranked one to the left just short of the burn.  Kyle hit the green and I shanked one to the bleachers but hit a nice recovery.  A par and a bogey and we were off to a nice start.  Great caddies (Kyle had Simon who is a hoot) made the day memorable and ensured we didn’t lose too many balls.  I had an adventure on #2 – playing it off the adjacent New Course fairway.  We were paired with a husband/wife from Sweden who were nice. A great experience which for me was made truly memorable for me on 18.  I hit my drive of the day (we measured it at 315) and then hit my A-wedge to 15 feet.  We walked up to some applause which was flattering and I nervously stood over the putt and – drained it for my only birdie of the day.  It almost didn’t go in but I suspect someone watching me from on high nudged it into the cup (thanks Dad!).  Just breathtaking and I got a lump in my throat.  Just a spectacular, memorable day.  I gave my caddie an extra tenner!
• Tuesday had us on the Jubilee with our same Swedish couple.  They had caddies but we didn’t.  The Jubilee IMHO is very, very tough and harder than the Old, but very enjoyable and fair.  The caddies with the other pair indicated that most of the pros that play the Dunhill Links tournament score worse on the Jubilee than any other St. Andrews course.  Some good holes and some bad ones, but a great experience and even the weather complied, though we had thunder and lightning rain and wind all in the one half hour.  Again I birdied 18!
• Wednesday at Crail was a challenge due to some extensive and persistent rain for the front nine which blew hard off the water.  It is quite a challenging layout and I enjoyed it.  Kyle was getting a summer cold and was feeling off sorts so he went in after 9.  I finished out with a couple of Swiss gentlemen who we were paired with, but once again we got stuck behind a ‘group’ foursome with caddies and one chap on a cart who, based on the way we saw them play, were using the wrong tee-boxes for their ability.  I think a lot of Americans look at the card/yardage and say. “Let’s play the whites” (our blue equivalent) and don’t realize that it’s links golf.  The whites are really for single digit handicap folks – the yellows are plenty for the typical golfer.  The yardage does not give an inkling of the courses natural defenses!  I loved the final holes from 15 on ‘around the corner’ and the challenging par threes!  Great hot lunch and a pint in the excellent refurbished Clubhouse
• Kingsbarns was a real treat.  We had 2 terrific caddies and were paired up with a nice gentleman from Wales as a threesome.  The course is magnificent and was Kyle’s favorite I think.  He played very well.  Despite being challenging, it is fair.  You take your medicine when you make a mistake, but you find your ball and carry on.  Not too many blind shots and caddies really helped.  We had a nice weather break in that the front nine was played in glorious sunshine and ~65 degrees.  We had a shower at the turn but the weather relented and let us finish up sunny and dry.  The only negative – once again we were stuck behind an American (based on hearing them talk) foursome who played slowly from the back tees and kept getting into trouble off the tee.  They were also putting out everything like it was the Masters!  At least we got to take some good pictures while we were waiting!  My caddie Andrew, was from Dundee and we talked football a lot as well as him ‘coaching’ me around the layout. His favorite caddie story is of one of the Older St. Andrews guys arguing with an especially tight Scottish punter that, “In 25 years Sir, I have NEVER been over-tipped”. Classic! You can tell the American influence (the food prices in the clubhouse were much higher than anywhere else we went including the St. Andrews restaurant) and more carts about, but the maintenance and quality of the upkeep was fantastic.  Kyle’s caddie John could not believe how far he hits it and it took him 3 holes to club him properly!  He heads to Naples in the winter and asked Kyle to contact him if he wants a game – Kyle’s girlfriend’s Grandma lives down there so he can hook up.  Great practice facility.  Most courses strangely have nothing to warm up on at all.  The St. Andrews practice area was closed for post-Open refurbishing so all we could do was chip and pitch on the Eden area behind the 17th tee on the Old.
• Edinburgh beckoned us and we arrived eventually at the hotel.  A nice hotel, but no parking so we had to use the NCP that cost £20 for 24 hours.  We toured the castle and shopped a little and then had dinner at a nice pub in town before heading to the Tattoo which was breathtaking.  Glad to know they are building new grandstands from next year.  The seats are tiny and VERY close together.  The weather held up and the event was memorable indeed.  Early rise the next day and off to Glasgow.  I think there must have been a million people in town for the many Festivals!
• Onward to the West.  Our GPS threw us a curve on the way to Kennacraig as it took us via the OTHER (15 minute) ferry that saves a lot of time/mileage (to Tarbert) and we didn’t quite figure that part out.  We arrived just in time to see the 11 o’clock ferry steam away so we had 2 hours to kill exploring the new marina as well as some shopping in Tarbert as a bonus.  One has to roll with the punches!  The ferry to Port Ellen was a nice 2 ½ hour ride on a spectacular day that was extremely relaxing.  We pulled into Ilay amongst gobs of sunshine and headed straight to the Machrie Hotel.  They put us in one of the chalets and Ian the (English) manager was most accommodating.  Machrie is – realistically for me – unplayable.  It really is a gorgeous walk and we had a marvelous day – despite the midges biting us to pieces until we bought some Deet!  The sun shone brilliantly and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  I lost more balls that day than the entire trip – I think 14 total.  There is no ‘first-cut’ – just fairway and deep rough – and you can be 2 feet off the fairway and not find your ball because of all the blind landings.  Same with green approaches – you have really no yardage idea to the pin or where you want it to roll up from.  I enjoyed seeing it but it just is beyond my ball-striking ability I’m afraid.  Kyle was much the same way.  God only knows what it’s like when the wind blows!  The hotel food was very good if a little on the pricey side, but service in the bar and restaurant (I think all the waitresses are from the Eastern Block) was super.  We could even watch the golf and the EPL on Sky in comfort.  Nothing but BBC and ITV in the room though.  We toured Ardbeg and had lunch there in the Old Kiln Café which was nice.  Kyle got his Whiskey book stamped and signed.  Very peaty malt with a lot of bite – perfect for Kyle’s cold!  Monday dawned with grey skies and drizzle which intensified into full-blown rain throughout the day.  A good day to go Malt sampling!  We went to Kilchoman, Laphroaig, (where Kyle bought a foot of land and planted a flag!) and Lagavulin, but the highlight was Bruichladdich.   Under the watchful eye of Master Distiller Jim McEwen, this distillery has ‘got it’.  Despite having a TV crew in tow, Jim took a half hour out of his day to meet and talk with Kyle.  He gave him a signed poster as well as autographing his book and also signed a bottle we purchased.  Each bottling is small scale with several being of limited availability. Different cuvées are regularly created by Jim, who with over 40 years’ experience in the whisky industry is a master of additional cask evolution (ACE) – the art of matching various characteristics of Bruichladdich vintages with alternative cask types and wood origins for greater complexity.  We bought the 18 year old latest release.  Amazing and peaty yet very ‘creamy’ – just a treat to explore and learn.  Back on the last ferry in the rain to Kennacraig and the wet drive to Campbeltown where we arrived at about 8:45pm.
• Machrihanish is a splendid course but the day we played it was blowing about 25 mph!  Very enjoyable golf with tough but fair conditions, but the wind was very tricky all the time on some of the narrower shots.  There seemed to be lots of bigger groups (we were behind a 16-man tour) so with the weather it turned into a 5 ½ hour round with lots of waiting.  Again people were playing off tees that were beyond them and a lot of time was spent hunting for lost balls.  This was a constant thread throughout the tour unfortunately.  Why do people think they can play better than they really can I wonder?  Excellent grub in the Machrihanish Clubhouse for lunch.
• Dunaverty in Southend was quaint and just what we were looking for.  We LOVED the square/rectangular greens and it was in absolutely tip-top shape.  The ‘clubhouse’ was ‘shabby-chique’, but the head chap was very nice and ‘walked us around the card’ before we teed off.  They don’t have a yardage book or a practice area there, which almost doesn’t matter actually.  We both really loved this place to bits and met several really nice locals on the way around who we stopped and chatted to.  Another one right up there with Elie for hospitality.  Even though its par 66, it is a great test.  Views were amazing and we could see Aran and Northern Ireland clearly.  We beat the weather around and played the whole 18 in just over 3 hours in shirtsleeves.  Fantastic!  Back to Machrihanish for a fish and chips lunch.

In conclusion Kyle and I would like to say a big thank you to you and all the folks at Hidden Links for a truly fantastic trip.  On the whole it was amazing and very well organized.  We would absolutely use you on our next trip and would be very glad to be a reference for you.

Many, many thanks

A.R., June 2010, St. Andrews, Islay, and Kintyre Scotland

Hello Iain and Lauri,

Thanks for the heads up I lined up at 440 AM by the time | got to the starter and I was 13th person in the queue. Able to tee off at 920 ‘ish with one of the R&A member named Jack Johnson. Very Windy conditions makes it a rough going but totally exceeds my expeatation for the experience.

Iain I did stop by at Dunvegan after my round for a pint and sure enough Sheena was standing outside and told her that I could not pass at least to a pint since Iain Mclean highly recommends it. She knows you and she came up and chatted a bit it was very nice.

Well, thanks again just wanted to let you know that I did get on the Old Course.

M.Y., June 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Hello Jeff,

Thought we would let you know that we had a fantastic time in Ireland. It was the best summer Ireland has had in 20 years so that definitely helped to make it so amazing. Every day we played was perfect. What wonderful courses they were! And the views from each one was stunning. We were so lucky to be able to play them. We were well looked after at each course we visited, and there was no problem with any of our tee bookings. Perfect.

Anyway, it was a wonderful holiday and I have been telling my friends that they too must visit Ireland. Thanks for all your help.

R.J., June 2010, Southwest Ireland

Lauri and Iian.

Lauri I am hopeful that you can forward this email to Iian as well, since I do not have his email.

We are enjoying the trip immensely.  We have already begun talking about the next one.  Maybe Ireland?

I have to tell you, that you guys think of everything.  As were stepping up to the tee on the 18th at the Old Course, a bagpiper started playing Amazing Grace.  It was magical.

Everything has worked out perfectly, and we are presently getting ready to depart Glenmorangie.  We love it here.  The first night there was another couple, the second night a family of 11, and last night, just us.  We were the Lord and Lady of the Manor, or whatever you would call it. This has been a wonderful stay for our trip North.

Off to play Castle Stuart today.

M.G., August 2010, St. Andrews and the Scottish Highlands

Jeff & Lauri,

Wow, the trip of a lifetime.  Two bad weather days and six good weather days.  Not bad for Scotland.  Great hotels and can’t say enough about private rooms especially room number 3.  Jack and Sheena know how to do it right.  First day ballot winners and the extraordinary, Robert.

Not sure when the next trip will happen, but I hope it is soon.  Thank you both for your time, patience and professionalism.  References are on me.

A.W., August 2010, St. Andrews and Ayrshire Scotland

Hello Lauri,

We are having a fantastic time!!! Hidden Links has hit another homerun with this agenda… We made our time on the Old Course today, Jake shot a 76 and dad a few more  🙂

R.M., August 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Hi, Jeff and Lori.  Just returned from Europe late Tuesday night.  Just
wanted to thank you for your work on our trip.  We had a fantastic time
and everything ran super smoothly.  Both Kilspindie and the
Dunvegan were perfect for us (although driving the vans through the
archway at Kilspindie was exciting!).  The golf courses were spectacular
and we were lucky with the weather.

All of us managed to play the Old Course which was a magical moment for me
– being able to play that golf course with my three sons, one of whom was
even par until #12, was something I’ll never forget.  I managed to somehow
putt into the bunker on the road hole and it took me four shots to get out
– I manged a smooth 10 on that hole, but parred 18 to just break 90.
Muirfield was awesome and Carnoustie a monster.  Kingsbarns may be the
most beautiful golf course I’ve ever seen with number 12 being the best
par five I’ve ever played – one of the young guys made par from the beach.

Overall, it was fantastic experience.  Once again, many thanks.

B.S., August 2010, East Lothian and St. Andrews Scotland

With regard to the trip……it was fantastic.  I just got back this Monday as I went on to London and Paris.  Getting back to the trip,  everyone loved it.  Turnberry was my favorite.  While Kingsbarns was spectacular, I had the feeling I was in the states, unlike the other courses.

I realize the New Course is a “put”, but I disliked it as much this time as the last time I played it.

All the guys complimentary of Hidden Links, the coach was fantastic, the schedule great, and dinner at the Dunvegan was so good, we went back a second time.  Thanks to you and Jeff for your help on this.

T.J., August 2010, Turnberry and St. Andrews Scotland

I awakened at 3:00am, got to the starters window at 3:45am and was #1 in line; it had rained earlier that morning and we got a  couple of small showers before the starters arrived at 6:10am. #2 arrived about 4:00am and by 6:00am there were 12 in line. I was told that I might go out at 6:50am (which I did), so I rushed back to the BB&—got Mike up and told him he still might have a shot at it.

He got there just before I teed off….#19 in line and got out at 4:00pm. GREAT trip, the people were so nice as we met many interesting citizens and travelers. The entire experience exceeded our expectations, what a wonderful time—the golfing adventure of a lifetime !

Many thanks to you, Ian and your staff !!

J.G., August 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Jeff:  First off I would like to say that Hidden Links organized a superb trip for us up North; we had the best time and it was wonderful to have all of the reservations, tee times, etc. all taken care of excellently.  We would recommend you to anyone planning a golf trip to the British Isles.  In all, you did a wonderful job and we are already thinking about a return in 2012; we’ll be in touch!
Regards,

J.M., July 2010, Northwest Ireland and Northern Ireland

Laurie,

We were successful getting on The Old Course today.  FYI, we were in line @ 3:05 am and were #3 and 4 for the ballot.  The #1 guy was there @ 1:30!  The first four made a foursome and we were the first group out @ 6:30.  It was a great day on the links and we were thrilled to play.

It has been a fantastic trip of a lifetime!

Thank you,

A.K., July 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Jeff,
I have been home now for three weeks tomorrow. I can hardly believe it!! Strangely jet lagged, it has taken a bit more than two weeks for me to feel normal, and to get through the average night without strange dreams and sleep patterns. Maybe it’s getting harder as I grow older, or maybe it is because of the terrific number of touring things we crammed into the days, which we only realize, now that we are looking at our pictures.
Anyway, the golfing tour you delivered to us was a definite highlight in an already very special trip. The package went flawlessly. The hotel in Killarney was excellent, friendly and very comfortable, with truly magnificent food and service. A really special start.
Ballybunion,New and Old, gave us excellent golf, and looked after us nicely with gear.
We had three whole rounds not having to share, so your choice of bookings could hardly be better. Our lay-day was very welcome and we ventured over to Kenmare, where we lucked in with a day of set dancing and instrument playing by young competitors. A fun and fascinating and relaxing outing, ending with a beaut massage over at the Park facility and a catch-up for drinks. Tralee, again was a nice contrast..I even managed to par Brock’s Hollow! Old Head was a really beaut windup to the tour.
We had to share a round with an American father and son pair, from whom, after hearing of their experiences, we learned how lucky we had been that you handled our arrangements so nicely. And of course the views, course challenges and the play were tremendous fun. I birdied the 7th! We enjoyed Kenmare, too. Do you know, we never once had rain or uncomfortable conditions while we were playing, though it rained and blew plenty all around those times. Just before we arrived Old Head had actually been closed due to rotten weather, but we had a perfect day, sunny and a light breeze!
Remarkable!  We certainly appreciated Lauri’s remarkably complete preparations and travel briefs, and late re-arrangements, when we needed them. The car and the pickup and return arrangements, worked well for us, and, as I was the driver, I can say the rental car people were friendly and obliging, and the car well suited to all our needs. It was the best way for both Brenda and I to relax and enjoy ourselves after a very hectic and pressured French tour.  So heartfelt thanks to you both from me and from Brenda.
A great pleasure dealing with you and Hidden Links.  We both promise we will try to do something similar again, and when we do, we will look for you first.

B.B., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Hi Iain,,

How are  you? Have been meaning to write and let you know of our experiences in Ireland..we had a wonderful time, the most amazing weather, almost got sunburnt.

For me, I loved Waterville (had 43 pts there) and Ballybunion the most, Peter probably rated Lahinch as his favourite. Having said we loved these the best certainly doesn’t mean that we didn’t enjoy all the others, we did and could have kept playing for a few more days. Our accommodation was good, and differed a lot. Favourite was Killarney, I think due to the personal and very friendly and welcoming nature of everyone there. Doonbeg, being more upmarket, had a different feel, but no less enjoyable (love a little bit of being fussed over every now and then).

All in all, an amazing week in Ireland, pretty much hassle free, we loved it.

Next trip (hopefully) to Scotland in two years time..will keep in touch and let you know.

Thanks again for all your help

J.B., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Hello! Iain my thanks to you, Jeff and all of the staff at Hidden Links for a job well Done!!

For someone who had never ventured out of the United States, this trip was a huge decision for me to make. But, after selecting Hidden Links and going through the planning process and the final itinerary it became very clear that I was going on a Trip of a Live Time! Now, I can say, I made the right Decision!

From the moment I set foot on Scotland soil until I left – Not One Problem confronted me. The accommodations, transportation and golf were exceptional!
It is very obvious that Hidden Links draws from the many years of experience in this business and, the professional staff executes successfully.

Hidden Links should know that my expectations were very high for this trip – they were exceeded! And, I will be calling should the opportunity arise again for a golf trip.

Please feel free to use my comments for your customer Testimonials.  Should a prospective customer wish to speak with me you may give them my cell

L.E., June 2010, Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff
Wanted to update you on our trip. From my perspective everything went entirely
as planned. Thank you for putting together exactly what we wanted to do.
Some high points:
– Your advice on air flights was good. We allowed a 4hour layover in Newark and
our plane was 2 hours late,so we make it comfortably.
– All pickups were on time and usually 15 minutes early. Joe was extremely helpful.
– Joe arranged for our foresome to play Ballybunion on Monday. Was a holiday so
tee times were available. No caddies tho.
– All accommodations were as promised
– Driver in Scotland was Steve and he did a fine job and was our drive each time so was nice.
– Sight seeing went well and we toured a Whiskey Distillery. Two of us were able
to squeeze in 10 holes on the Queens course at Gleneagles.
– Weather. This was the lucky part. Drizzle one day at golf and only cloudy for
the others. Temp in mid 60’s and modest wind.

All in all, it was a great trip and we would be happy to recommend Hidden Links.
Thanks for your help.

J.T., June 2010, Southwest Ireland, Gleneagles and The Scottish Highlands

Lauri, Iain and Jeff,
On behalf  of my brothers and myself  I’d like to thank you for all you did to make our golf trip to Ireland so enjoyable.  We had a marvelous time and every part of the trip worked out fine.  The golf courses were superb and we were welcomed and expected at each course.  Mike and I really appreciated the fact that you changed our Lahinch tee time as we had been a bit concerned about that 5:40 starting time all week.  Our weather worked out great, we were sprinkled on a few times at Waterville otherwise dry and windy. The hotel accommodations were also fantastic, great places.  We enjoyed being along the coast at Kinsale and found some great pubs to enjoy the traditional music at night.  Again we were always expected and the rooms were very comfortable.
We would definitely recommend Hidden Links to others that may be thinking of taking of a similar trip.   Again, thanks to all of you for making our trip work out so wonderfully.

P.O., June 2010, Southwest Ireland

Jeff
We had a great trip. The lodgings were great and your guarantee of good weather actually happened. I have referred friend to you. I showed them the itinerary as well. We told them how good your services were. Thnx again for a great trip.

T.P., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Great.

The drivers were very good.  Prompt and courteous.  Made the trip that much more enjoyable.  We loved Castle Course except for its extreme undulating greens.  Very picturesque along the water but the greens were like The Old Course greens on steroids. Kingsbarns was fantastic and a favorite for all of us until we played Carnoustie.  We managed to be the first group off as walk ons at the Old Course.  Walking out on #1 and back on #18 is a religious experience.

It was nice having our own rooms at the Carnoustie Hotel.

The Old Course and Carnoustie were in great shape since we followed The Open and the Seniors Open.  The weather was mid 60s with rain on the Old Course for about 4-5 holes.  Short sleeve shirts and/or light jacket all week.

Thanks for putting this together for us.  Will recommend you to anyone who inquires.

P.F., July 2010, St. Andrews and Carnoustie Scotland

Hi Lauri,

Per our conversation, following is some feedback from Bill and I regarding our recent trip to Wales, England, and Scotland.

• Overall, trip was fantastic and exceeded our expectations!  The Hidden Links team did a great job of making all the arrangements.

• Wales was the favorite part of my trip and the people were very, very friendly.

Lodging evaluation:
Fairways Hotel — very good — recommend
Royal St. David’s Bungalow — only drawback was sharing a shower with 4 people (2 strangers) — would ask people in advance if they are comfortable with that arrangement — can’t beat the location, however — probably recommend
Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s — recommend — shared showers, but there were several — had a college dorm room feel, but each room had it’s own sink, which was nice
Troon Hotel — very good — recommend
St. Andrews — very good — recommend — great location
Holiday Inn Glasgow — recommend — terrific location

Golf Course evaluation:
Royal Porthcawl — loved it
Pennard — great experience — where else can you tee off over cattle and step over electric wire to get to the greens?
Royal St. David’s — ok course, nothing terrific, but worth playing
Nefyn & District — views were fantastic, but needed a hard hat to play the course —
Royal Birkdale — fantastic
Royal Lytham — the most difficult course we played, but a good track
Royal Liverpool — worth playing
Royal Troon — worth playing, but not as good as Royal Birkdale
Prestwick — terrific course
Muirfield — ok course (flat fairways) and the lunch was as good as advertised
Kingsbarns — a fantastic golf course — too bad it’s only 10 years old, but probably the best golf course of the trip
Old Course — ok course, but very commercial — did not have high expectations, so wasn’t disappointed

Hope this information is of some help for future travelers.  Again, thanks for all your help in making our UK visit a fantastic trip!  We will certainly recommend you to our friends!

T.P., July/August 2010, Wales, Northwest England, Ayrshire, Muirfield, and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear Lauri,

First of all let me apologize for not profusely thanking you sooner for all that you did in making our trip to Scotland the trip of a lifetime.  it was everything I had hoped it would be and more.  Every step of the way everything that you had planned for Glenn and me went perfectly. Even the weather cooperated!  In all the many days we only had one day of rain- unheard of in Scotland according to my Scottish friends.  The highlight was of course,  playing the Old Course.  I don’t know how you knew to call us with our unexpected tee time two minutes after we arrived at the Russack’s, but I am so glad you did.  The whole time we played I kept pinching myself – I just could not believe we were there.  Our experience certainly made watching the Open on TV much more fun this year.  I also cannot say enough great things about North Berwick (so glad we didn’t miss it), GlenEagles (for its elegance and great golf course) and Turnberry (playing there
and staying there was another dream come true for us).  I will forever think that you and the team at Hidden Links are pretty special and will look forward to planning another trip with you soon.  Again, thank you so much for everything and very best wishes,

M.W., July/August 2010, St. Andrews, East Lothian, Gleneagles, and Turnberry Scotland

Jeff,
I just wanted to thank you and the Hidden Links staff for the excellent job you did with the arrangements for our recent golf trip to southwest Ireland.  Everything was perfect.  The courses could not have been better.  Starting the trip at Old Head was a great way to kick things off.  The course was spectacular, the accomodations were great, and the service was excellent.  Killarney was quite an experience.  We arrived Sunday night after a big football game and the whole town was drunk.  The location of the lodge was perfect as it was just a short walk to the pubs.  Although the rooms could probably stand some updating, we were very comfortable there and the owner of the lodge was very accomodating with adjusting the breakfast schedule and drying us out after a day of sideways rain at Waterville.  The courses we played out of Killarney were all great.  We had great weather at Tralee, sideways rain at Waterville, and 30 to 40mph winds at Ballybunion.  We then headed to Doonbeg which was a great way to end the trip.  Everyone raved about the 4 BR links cottages.  Lahinch was a special place and we were able to squeeze in an extra nine holes in light rain.  We also enjoyed the course at Doonbeg which was probably in the best shape of any of the courses we played.  We played a morning round in near perfect conditions.  We liked it so much that we went out in a steady rain for an unforgettable second round.  We were especially pleased with our first driver.  I believe his name was Johnny.  He couldn’t have been nicer, and he was happy to stop for beer and other provisions and provide us with a bit of Irish history.  All in all, the trip was fantastic.  I did not have a single complaint from any of the other 7 men on the trip.  You and your staff did an excellent job, and we will certainly contact you when we want to return to Ireland or perhaps Scotland.

G.M., July 2010, Southwest Ireland

Scott,

An absolutely wonderful adventure with my son.  Weather was decent; no rain-outs on scheduled golf days.  We tried another course on a non-scheduled course & got rained out after 9.  To see the Open, to play those magical championship courses & to experience the warm hospitality of Scotland is a vacation experience that will be hard to match.  Thank you for your efforts on our behalf.  We put almost 1500 miles on our rental vehicle so we got to see a great deal of the country as well.  I should tell you that when we played Carnoustie, there was a small problem with our tee time & they informed us that they would get us out but we would be the last group  (5:00 p.m.) before they closed the course for the Senior Open which was to start later that week.  When we checked in  with the starter he asked of we could do them a favour……I said of course….what could we do for them……He said, that a pro playing in the Sr. event had just flown in & wanted to play a practice round…..could he play with us.  We played 18 holes with 3 time PGA winner (last victory @ the Deuthche Bank with Tiger in the field) Olin Browne.  What a treat.  A very nice, intelligent & articulate professional that was a joy to play with.  He invited us for a beer afterwards & spell bound with stories of  Tiger, Jack & Arnie….all people he knew & had played with.  My son was in awe.  This
is just one of many great experiences over the 2 weeks.

Our next trip may be to Ireland….though I would love to go back toScotland…..I will certainly be in touch with you at that time.

L.M., July 2010, The Open at St. Andrews and Carnoustie, Scotland

Lauri,

We are back from our trip to Scotland and we had a wonderful time.  Hidden Links did a fantastic job setting up all of the hotels, tee times and transportation.  Everything went extremely smooth and I will definitely keep you in mind for our next trip – possibly Ireland.  Also, I will definitely recommend your company to future travels if the opportunity presents itself. Thanks again for your assistance and putting up with all of my special requests.

J.H., July 2010, St. Andrews Scotland

I wanted to drop a note to say we were extremely pleased with the vacation plans made for us. The accommodations were lovely, especially Catherine in Tipperary. The schedule worked perfectly. Overall it was a pleasure working with your company and we would use it again.

M.H., June 2010, Tipperary and Southwest Ireland

Jeff  –  Just a short note to follow up on the trip.  Great golf  Swinley Forest and Rye were spectacular  Managed 16 rounds in 9 days (added West Hill and Hankley Common while near London) . Thank God for a couple of rounds with buggies.

Q.J., June 2010, Norfolk, London, and Southeast England

Jeff,

Natalie and I are back in town, so I wanted to write and tell you what a great time we had.  Everything was booked and planned exactly as you promised.  Thank you so much.  We absolutely loved Doonbeg!  The staff, course, and accomodations were second to none.  I played in some rough weather at Old Head, however, everyone there was so impressed I didn’t quit it made me feel much better (they had a ton of cancellations that day.  The weather really was awful!).

A special thanks should also go to the great staff at Killarney.  Our air conditioner was not working properly, so they upgraded us to a Junior Suite at no charge.  They bent over backwards to take care of us there; very nice people.

Thanks again for everything.  We loved our trip and can’t wait to do another one.  I will be happy to recommend your company to anyone interested in a golfing vacation.

E.P., June 2010, Southwest Ireland

We all had a great trip, could not have been better. Joe was just terrific and great fun and an excellent guide. So thanks again, and we are all talking about a trip again in a year or two, probably to Scotland this time to play golf.

D.J., June 2010, Southwest Ireland

I have had numerous dealing with “Hidden Links” since early last year when they booked Guests with me for the British Open at Turnberry. I have to say they have been a pleasure to deal with and extremely efficient. Without exception, all the Guests who have been sent to us by “Hidden Links” have given us excellent feedback with regards to the effortless way they deal with enquiries and suggested itineraries to suitable t-off times on the key golf courses to the accommodation they recommend & provide. From my experience you will not go wrong booking with Jeff & his team at “Hidden Links” as they are totally professional & respected. Hope that my opinions help you.

B.R., accommodation owner in Ayrshire, Scotland, sent directly to a Hidden Links client who was asking about us before booking the tour

Hi Jeff and Lauri, Well, we all made it back from a wonderful two weeks in beautiful Scotland. It never ceases to amaze me personally how much I enjoy my travels to this wonderful country with magnificent vistas, hospitable people and spectacular golf venues. I want to personally thank all of you for a great itinerary. Perhaps it was a little aggressive with the extended travels to the north and then onto the Kintrye region, but we all enjoyed the vastness of the country. Our hats are off to Arthur Lamont, our driver. One cannot say enough about Arthur’s care for us and making it special for each of us in his caring special way. Arthur is to be commended and praised. We had very nice weather with a little rain now and then and just enough wind to make experiencing the Links of Scotland very challenging at times.

Assessments of the trip:

A) Cheryl and I enjoyed our stay at the Atholl Palace Hotel at Pitlochry. It certainly is a beautiful part of Scotland and would make a great venue to hub from for those who want to experience the surrounding area. The Spa is a nice place to relax and pamper one’s self.

Gathering of the group:

1) Starting in Edinburgh, The Royal Scots Hotel was nice and comfortable and certainly close for all of us to enjoy the sights.

2) North Berwick is still a great venue to start a golf trip of this nature and we all enjoyed the experience. We all had nice caddies that added to the enjoyment of the first day of golf.

3) A little rain put a small damper on further sightseeing in Edinburgh before traveling to St Andrews but I think all of us had sufficient time to enjoy this great cultural city.

4) St Andrews, what can I say. It is always a treat to spend time there and enjoy the experience. The Old and the New are always a treat to play and to walk around the town is always enjoyable. I personally have a highlight to savor the rest of my life with a birdie at the Road hole to cap of a nice 76. The Scores Hotel was nice and certainly very convenient to all the activites.

5) Moving to Cruden Bay with all but too brief a stay at the Marcliffe Manor at Pitfodels. The rooms and food at Marcliffe Manor are certainly second to none.

6) The ladies all enjoyed their experience at Cruden Bay with all its beauty. We were short a couple of caddies but still had a great experience.

7) I got a little carried away with routing us through the Whisky trail after leaving Cruden Bay but all of us seemed to enjoy the day that turned into a longer journey.

8) The Royal Dornoch experience continues to rank with all the very best that I personally have played. Our entire group ranked it at the top of the list. Pat, Art and myself played an extra 18 with the same passion as the first trip around. Again, we were short a few caddies but made due with what we were given. The extra round was done with trollies and we had a fun time.

9) On to the Kintrye peninsula, what a gorgeous drive down from Dornoch. It is a long trip but we all enjoyed our day and all the beautiful scenery.

10) Ugadale cottages are very nice and we all certainly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere. They delivered food to one of the cottages and enjoyed watching USA play to a tie with England. It certainly made our stay with the Scots there better as they were all in support of the USA against England!! The staff at the pub and cottages was great and added to our overall experience. Herb is to be commended for his service and support. On the last day, Craig left a wallet with a fair amount of cash under the mattress. When he discovered the problem at the Hilton Airport, we quickly made several phone calls to find the wallet. Thanks Lauri, you hopefully saved the day for Craig and his wallet.

11) Machrihanish Golf Club was a pure delight after the experience at the Dunes. Again, Pat, Art and myself went to the Pro shop at the Old course after the round at the Dunes and they let us out in the afternoon with trollies. We had a great time challenging the layout with the several blind shots. All of us went out the next morning on the old course and had a delightful last round in Scotland. The ladies with their caddies had a great time. The men too had a great experience with just three caddies. I personally could not have had a better ending to a glorious trip with an eagle two at the last hole by holing a wee wedge from 100 yards for a nice 73.

Thanks to Hidden Links, we shall all be able to cherish our trip to Scotland for many years to come. I personally look forward to a return visit to this great country with all it splendor and tremendous golf.

J.L., June 2010, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Aberdeen, Dornoch, and Machrihanish, Scotland

Lauri: Just want you to know we had a wonderful time. Even the weather behaved for the most part. The Brooksby House was a wonderful place to stay. Caryn and Chris were great hosts and we would definitely stay there again! For our first trip, staying at the Royal Scots Club was fun because of the history. Our trip and golf at North Berwick was delightful. What a neat small town with lovely homes. The course was beautiful going along the water with great views of two different light houses out on the rocks. All our golf rounds were great. They had us listed, we had our caddies as requested. It was fun getting to talk to them and learning more about the area from them. Of course the most inspiring was playing the Old Course. The feeling as you walk down the first fairway knowing who else has done that is very emotional. But all the courses were incredible and we played all five rounds. There was only one day, the second time we played Kingsbarnes that it rained hard. Of course we played all 18 anyway. Quite an experience. Thanks for giving us a trip of a lifetime. Perhaps we will do again.

T.C., June 2010, St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland

Thanks for a wonderful trip. Everything was absolutely fantastic. We will all definitely use Hidden Links for any golf outings to the UK and will give strong recommendations for the top notch planning and execution. Thanks again.

J.D. June 2010, St. Andrews, Scotland

Bob, My trip report below. You said, a light packer is the happy traveler, how true. And never take golf bags… BA lost mine at Edinburgh airport for two days. I already miss dem Scots at Royal Scots Club who drank Glenfidich with me, calling each other ‘bradah’….

Playing The Old Course:

Like most golfers, one of my goals has been playing The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Our initial itinerary was created and the tee time reservations were made eight months ago, but due to the uncertainties created by Iceland volcanic eruptions and British Airways strikes, four revisions were made until the last minute of the trip.

Other than the natural and manmade hazards that we encountered during the trip, with thick wallet when we left LAX gotten very thin when we left London, we consider this trip to Scotland was a success. We are happy to say that Los Coyotes is a nice home to come to after enduring the tough Scots’ course rules, terrifying pit bunkers, intimidating marshals, unforeseen difficulties such as airline losing the clubs, having to ride a train from Edinburgh to London missing the final round of golf due to cancelled flights. Without a doubt the other happy camper is our cat Cokey to have her daddy back home.

To my friendly Scottish friends: although I heard that you guys fought your enemies throughout the history and when there wars no war to fight you were fighting yourselves, I salute you and thank you for bringing the great game of golf to the world and still continuing to maintain the rules and regulations to enforce all the rules so the golfers practice honest behaviors on the course.

St. Andrews: Home of the world famous The Old Course. It’s an old city with rows of ancient buildings. We found the city clean and people very friendly and women very pretty. For five days we did not see any graffiti.

Edinburgh: This is the capital of Scotland. It is a large city with many people and lots of historical remains. We saw crowded streets and graffiti as seen in any large cities.

Strolling on the downtown streets, we ran into a Korean restaurant where we notice several young Korean women dinning with Scottish lads. I figured out that their fathers in Seoul had sent these precious daughters to earn MBAs and PHDs in Edinburgh universities but they were making out with local lads in the mean time. The couple next to our table already had a tiny baby with them, so I guess some of them will plant their roots in Scotland and might forsake their dad and homeland. Now you know why I sent my only daughter to USC.

The day at The New Course: It’s adjacent to The Old Course and was built in 1865, so the name New is only meaningful when comparing it to the Old Course, which was built hundreds of years earlier.

Because the airline lost my golf bag, I had to play with a rented set. I start with three lost tee shot balls and three double bogeys in a row on the first three holes. By the time I had survived the terrifying pit bunkers, I had shot a 104 and my wife Clara had beaten me by 7 strokes with 97! My caddie wouldn’t believe me when I insisted that Scottish rental clubs and I don’t get along very well.

The caddies get about 50 pounds (about $85) including tip per round but I tipped them 60 pounds each (about $100) for putting up with me, and they volunteered to caddy for us at The Old Course the next day.

Entering the bar at our hotel, I announce to the bartender: My name is J.L. from Fullerton, California and I lost to my wife by 7 strokes, and I need a shot of best whisky in yor town! Someone in the bar shouts, “Glennfidich!, so I tell the bartender Ok, Glennfidich, double on the rock!. The bartender asks me what about the Mrs., I said they tend to be talkative if they get drunk so give her a coke. Someone in the bar yells: Give the winna lady Glennfidich!. Before finishing less than half of her whisky, I notice her quiet, being knocked off!

A quick primer on Scottish dialect: doity fahv yahds from hiah to the bahnka = thirty five yards from here to the bunker; To Let = For Rent; poridge = oat meal; mate = buddy, I hahv = I have, etc.

The day on The Old Course: This is the place where golf was born and the first British Open was played on this course in 1400 AD. Behind the first tee box is the world famous R&A (Royal and Ancient) Golf club house where women or visitors are never allowed. The bearded Scots Board Members wearing skirts and pouches, gather here to review and set rules and decide on golf matters that are followed by all golf organizations throughout the world such as USGA, Korean PGA, LPGA, SCGA, etc. What we do here at Los Coyotes regarding golf rules, etiquettes, game formats and any golf related matters are all coming from this very ancient building.

Behind this is British Golf Museum building. We were happy to see our American heroes such as Palmer, Watson, Nicklaus, John Daly and Justin Leonard and others display sections. We noticed in the LPGA section that Jiyai Shin, a Korean pro who is the current world ranking number one, had left her visor, shirt, shoes and some other memorabilia for display in her booth when she shot 66 and won Women’s British Open.

R&A sets out some tough rules of play here at their home course, as they review and revise the Golf Rules every year (such as Rule 14-5a etc. that we use every day) for all of us in the world to follow:

· You have to show your handicap certificate to the starter. (My 15 and Clara’s 7 were acceptable to him?!).

· They never refund the greens fees, meaning you have to be there 15 minutes before your tee time and play in rain, storm, emergency, sick or whatever. (A scratch player, a young man from Dallas who apparently got sick the night before joined us as our 4-some member. He had a bloody nose and threw up three times but kept playing. No mercy here so I comforted him all along as I learned that he used play Los Coyotes when he was young!).

· You have to finish in 4 hours or less. There are marshals at every other hole watching and pushing you to play faster, and they will kick you out if you protest like we do at LCCC sometimes!.

· No carts of any kind are allowed so you have to walk with your caddy. My doctor’s letter requesting to give me a cart for my left foot tendonitis was no good.

Fortunately British Airways had located my clubs and delivered to my hotel last night. It started light rain at the first tee box and the four layers of clothes got me warm but awkward swing produced a short but straight tee shot (my usual short but usable). My 3 wood gets the ball on the green and I two-putted for a par, which boosted my moral thinking that I will have a good game today, but wait, on the second hole I find the terrifying deep pit bunker again. After three whacks later I manage with a double bogey.

A tip on those pit bunkers: you need at least 60 degree wedge with high bounce, at least 16 degrees, hit about 3 inches behind the ball instead of usual one inch behind as we do here, and finish high at follow through in order to get out in less than three or four whacks. Watch how the pros do in dem bunkers during the British Open in few weeks.

Noticing that I was having putting problems all day, Clara challenges five dollars when we reach the 17the hole with the confidence she got from day before. Aha, her 3rd shot finds one of the deepest pit bunkers. When she was pulled out of the pit by her caddie, I noticed she was fuming so I decided to keep my mouth shut and never claim my winning money. (I had taken pictures of all of her 6 whacks as evidence that she shot a minimum double par that hole).

The world famous 18th hole of The Old Course: it’s an awesome sight to look at the huge par-4 18th green with the R&A Club House and British Golf Museum in the back ground. We both hit the best tee shots of the day. Clara’s 3rd shot is just on the fringe and my second shot with 4 wood lands 6 feet from the pin. We now come to the world famous Swilcan Bridge and take a pictures, where everyone from all over the world coming to play here takes picture with the R&Q building and our hotel in the back ground. Be sure not to miss this little bridge at the 18th hole when you watch the British Open in few weeks on TV. If you are playing this hole some day, have your camera ready.

When we reach the putting green, we notice a group of spectators had gathered as they always do when a group reaches the green. Clara makes a long one-putt to make a par. The spectators applaud and cheer.

My other playing partners had putted out and stepped aside and say Jay make your six footer birdie. My caddie pointing to a spot few inches right of the cup says It’s birdie time, mate aim right hiah. I suddenly feel shaky hands and Voila! I did it again I hit the ground first and move the ball less than a foot! I now face a tough 5 footer, which I yanked to the left and make a 3-putt bogey. I hear nothing from the spectators or anyone. I hope no one heard what I called myself at that moment.

Thus, an obscure ol’ fart from California shot 88 on The Old Course on this nice day in St. Andrews and lived happily ever after.

J.L. June 2010, St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland

Everyone is home and had a terrific time. We got SO lucky on the weather….65-75 everyday and never got rain. The group is already talking about 2012. I suspect there will be some turnover, but a core will be the same. Brian was a great driver. I hope we could get him again….if he would have us again!

B.K., June 2010, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and Turnberry

Hi Iain! I just wanted to let you know the holiday was terrific. The weather was great, the hotel was fine. North Berwick and Gullane were great. I also played well which was a bonus. Thanks for organizing everything. I have told my friends about the site. My brothers and I are thinking about Ireland. We’ll definitely use you again

M.A., June 2010, East Lothian, Scotland

Jeff and Lauri, We had a great trip so I wanted to send a note of thanks. There wasn’t even a minor hiccup with the tee times and hotels. And, I wanted to particularly applaud Roy and our driver Tony, for their kind professionalism. You have made four big fans of Hidden Links.

All the best

P.P., June 2010, Southwest Ireland

We are back from a unbelievable Scotland Golf Trip. Everything went as planned we only had rain one day the weather was great 60 degrees or better. Your agenda worked perfectly the courses were great the B&B did a great job. I think ending with the old course help make this a trip of a life time for all of us.

S.W., June 2010, Ayrshire and St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff –Just a brief post mortem on our trip. Everything arranged by Hidden Links went very well. I think we were all pleased and credit is due to you and Lauri.

The weather at Carnoustie was unfortunately godawful – cold, very rainy and windy. It also rained hard on our day off, but was beautiful at Dornoch and Kingsbarn and good at Prestwick and Ailsa i.e. no rain. Your recommendations on gear and clothing are right on, especially on the necessity of two pairs of golf shoes. It could be a good idea to do as the natives do – rain pants at all times to foil the wind when it’s not raining. Thanks again for your good work and regards.

P.M., June 2010, Dornoch, St. Andrews, and Ayrshire, Scotland

Just a quick note to say thanks for making our trip an experience of a life time. Everything went great. The golf was super. Our round on the Old Course exceeded our expectations and will be a memory we will cherish for a long time. Scotland is now on every ones list of places to return to. The Brooksby House is a unique place. We walked to dinner, the golf courses, and several other places in town. Chris and Caryn are exceptional hosts and made our stay all the better. They were full of useful information and supported us in everything we wanted to do. Thanks again for a great planning job and your support. We will all be recommending Hidden Links to anyone who is looking for the Golf Experience of a Life Time.

L.V., May 2010, Dornoch to St. Andrews, Scotland

Iain—-Yep, we had a great time. Super accommodations, not one rain drop all week, superb golf courses and wonderful restaurants. The suggestions from Hidden Links for sightseeing and dining were excellent. I gotta tell ya that we couldn’t have done any better than getting Senan for our driver. Senan helped us to sort through the possibilities and to decide what we could do and see during the time we had. While in Killarney, Senan brought the girls to the Skellig Island museum and to the Blasket Island Center, as added points of interest. In Dingle he suggested lunch at the Half Door to avoid the crowds. The fish chowder there is possibly the worldÂ’s best. As we spent time together we came to know a little of SenanÂ’s family, too. We formed a true bond with this delightful young Irishman. He taught us about Irish history, shared Irish humor and sparked a love in us for Ireland. During our drive from Dublin to Killarney, Senan helped Steve to make a list of all the counties in Ireland and their abbreviations on Irish license plates. Steve was able to spot at least one vehicle from each place. Our trip was more fun and more interesting and our memories of Ireland are much richer and more varied because of Senan. Thanks again Iain and all the best. If we head over again, or if anyone else we know is going, we will make sure to use or recommend you. All the best.

B.B., May 2010, Southwest Ireland

Hey, we had a blast. The weather was perfect and it was a fantastic trip. Thanks for everything.

B.W., May 2010, St. Andrews, Scotland

Dear Jeff, I wanted to send you a note to thank you for helping plan one of the more memorable trips of my life. Any time that you book something over the internet with a company that you haven’t been able to walk into their offices, there is always a little shadow of doubt. Having now completed our trip I would certainly consider you a group that I have confidence in booking any future trips with and in recommending. You and Lauri bent over backwards to help accommodate our group from the start all the way through some of the last minute changes that took place.

Any time you have these trips you are going to have “hiccups” somewhere along the way, but that wasn’t my experience. Everything flowed smoothly and allowed me to focus on enjoying being in Scotland and enjoying friends and some of the best golf the world has to offer. For that I thank you because it was a much needed escape that you helped to fulfill my expectations. I couldn’t wait to get back and thank you again for all of your efforts and tell you how much I am looking forward to booking our next trip together with you. I know that we have already shared your company with several other individuals that I hope you will be hearing from and I hope they have as wonderful an experience as I have had with you and Hidden Links.

B.A., May 2010 St. Andrews, Muirfield, Gleneagles, and Turnberry

Hi Jeff! We had a blast! All the golf courses were excellent! And we certainly lucked out on the weather! Kingsbarns was our favorite picturesque course. Our accommodations were great! Mike was great and I would certainly recommend the flat, Laurie & Hazel were very nice. Thanks again for everything!

B.H. May 2010, St. Andrews, Scotland

Lauri, Just finished the Old Course and it was nice and sunny with a bit of wind. Thank you for all your help, we had a tremendous time. We would highly recommend your company to anyone thinking of Scotland. Cheers!!

C.B., May 2010, St. Andrews, Scotland

HI Guys! I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that everyone had a great time. The trip went without a hitch. Great job. Another six satisfied customers!! We will definitely think of you for future trips and also recommend to friends. Thanks!

C.C., May 2010, Southwest Ireland

Hi Jeff. I can’t believe I’ve been back nearly two weeks and still not written to tell you what a great time we had in Ireland and Scotland. Everything you were in charge of ran like clockwork: the taxi drivers (Vince in Ireland and Eddy in Scotland) were outstanding – please let their companies know what a great job they did. The accommodation at St. Andrews was really good and Doonbeg was absolutely outstanding. The food everywhere was great! We felt very welcome at each of the golf courses and were blessed with excellent weather throughout the trip. I don’t know if we’ll get the chance to do such a trip again. It was always intended to be a once in a lifetime experience – and it really was! The enclosed blog ( if you go back a couple of posts) will give you some idea of our on-course experiences and how much fun we had. Off course, too, was a terrific experience and you’re more than welcome to use me as a reference for anyone who is thinking of doing a similar tour. It wasn’t a cheap trip – but it was worth every penny!

D.B., May 2010, Doonbeg and Ballybunion Ireland and St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff, Iain and Lauri – thanks to all of you for putting together our trip of a lifetime – everything was excellent – even the weather cooperated the majority of the time. The places you selected for us to stay were outstanding and everyone there was most kind, helpful and took care of us in great style. Our driver, Bob, was great – he was there when he was supposed to be and delivered us safely to every place we needed to go. I think Bob enjoyed being our driver – hope so anyway- as everyone joked with him, etc. and he seemed to have a good time with it all. I plan to write to Trip Advisor.com and commend those that took care of us where we stayed and ate. Will do the same for your firm. Please thank the owners for their wonderful hospitality shown to our group. We are grateful for all that they did and appreciate their part in making our “trip of a lifetime” all that it was. As for restaurants – the Claret Jug and the Glass House in St. Andrews were outstanding and service was exceptional. Thanks again for all that you did for us.

D.S., May 2010, St. Andrews and Turnberry, Scotland

Jeff: Just a short note to say thank you and to let you know that our recent golf trip to Ireland was great. The golf courses were great, except I doubt we would play the Ballybunion Cashen course should we make another trip. The lodging accommodations were great at all locations. We had the best weather anyone could ask for in Ireland as it only rained on our last day of golf on the 28th. Thanks for everything you did in helping me put this trip together.

D.B., May 2010, Southwest Ireland and Dublin

Jeff and Lauri , well we played our last game today at Kingsbarn ,great golf course. All went really well for this breat vacation , the hotel was great , very nice people , the golf arrangements were smooth , so all in all a great week and my partners are as well very happy , would not hesitate to recommend you and/or to do this again, thanks

G.M., May 2010, Edinburgh and St. Andrews, Scotland

Hi Lauri Just played our last round at Kingsbarns. It was a real treat. All good with the van in Scotland and everything else. I’ll give you a full report when

I’m back home. Many thanks again for your great work.

(after returning home) Hi Lauri, Jeff Back safely and all very happy. Thank you both again for your great work in helping to put together a truly fantastic and memorable trip. We voted our day at St.Andrews playing the New then the Old as our best. Next was the day at Turnberry when we played the Ailsa twice. Loved Kingsbarns and rated Royal County Down very highly although it was a mongrel in the wind. Perhaps Royal Troon was the only disappointment given Ryannair flies over every 8 minutes!

Although we played a lot of golf, we coped fine with a few rub-downs and visits to the hot-tub! There were fabulous spa facilities at Doonbeg, Adare Manor, Slieve Donard, Turnberry and the Old Course Hotel. The accomodation was all great. The Old Course Hotel allowed us a great late check-out. Had amazing rooms at Adare Manor. The villa at Doonbeg with 4 rooms off a central area was great. Breakfasts everywhere were excellent. We found a couple of the early tee times a bit hard and would try for no earlier than 10am in future. As the light lasts til 10pm, there is no hurry. Some rounds took 5 hours so good to allow at least 2 hours between rounds to get lunch etc! Thanks again. We hope to do it again in a couple of years. Regards

J.G., May 2010, Old Head, Waterville, Ballybunion, Adare, Lahinch, Doonbeg, Royal County Down Ireland, Turnberry, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, and St. Andrews, Scotland

Dear Jeff, Just returned from our Scotland trip and wanted to thank you for all your company’s hard work. Everything was as described and thoroughly enjoyed/ What a pleasure arriving at a golf course and they actually expected us with no vouchers. Thanks again, Sincerely,

J.L., May 2010, Troon and St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff, We are back and all had a great time. We loved The Park and Doonbeg and you were right, The Moy House is out by itself and I’m glad we didn’t stay there. Next trip, and we are already thinking, I would like to get a menu of costs for room upgrades. I realize one of our group was pounding to hold costs down and communicated that to you, but with hindsight, I would have upgraded. By the way, I would go back just to play Royal County Down!

J.H., May 2010, Southwest Ireland, Royal County Down, and Portmarnock

Iain, This is just a note to thank you and Lauri for putting an outstanding trip together. Everything went smoothly and we were blessed with perfect weather throughout. When the sun is shining there is hardly a better place to be than Scotland. The accommodations were uniformly excellent. The Ugadale Cottages are really the only place to stay in Machrihanish. Thanks for the upgrade. On Islay, Glenegadale House was very good with our hostess Rachel providing outstanding service. She got the vote as best service employee on the trip! The Kinloch Lodge ( my choice!) was beautifully located, the accommodations were very nice and the food excellent. The Culloden House was close to the top of our list – super convenient and great staff. In Glasgow, we stayed at the new Blythswood Hotel (the old RAC building) and I can recommend it without reservation. The courses were at their best. We were well satisfied with Hidden Links and will use your service again. Feel free to add us to your reference list. Well done and thanks again. All the best,

L.P., May 2010, St. Andrews, the Scottish Highlands, and Machrihanish

Dear Jeff, I want to thank you for all you and your company Hidden Links for arraigning such a great trip for me and my son. Everything worked out to the TEE. The hotel arrangements were perfect and the golf was fantastic. We were very pleased with our vacation and you can be sure that i will recommend you highly. I will have a close friend of mine getting in touch with you in the near future for a golf trip. Again thanks for making my sons 40th birthday special. Sincerely yours,

M.W., May 2010, Southwest Ireland

Good Morning Jeff! I just wanted to let you know that the Golf Tour you design for me and my friends is Scotland went like clock work. The rental van was perfect and all the courses you set up were awesome with no tee time delays. The weather was outstanding and can you believe it did not rain for 10 days, how is that for luck. The courses we played were in prime time condition and the people we met were so helpful and nice. I just wanted to thank you personally for the great job you did for us and allowing me to bring home some many great memories. I also would like to thank you Jeff for helping my wife locate were we went when missing the original Glasgow flight! I will always speak highly of Hidden Links and of their great employees. Thank You

Q.M., May 2010, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Royal Troon, Prestwick, and Turnberry, Scotland

Lauri, my son and I wish to thank you and Hidden Links for your help arranging such a wonderful golf experience at St. Andrews, Scotland. Our driver, Richard, was a pleasure. He was prompt, helpful, and delightful to visit with. Our accommodations at Grayfriar’s were very comfortable and perfectly located for our interests. The hotel staff were very friendly and promptly attended to a small problem I had with the room air conditioner. We were very comfortable. Your suggestion that we play Kingsbarns twice was exactly the right one. We enjoyed the course immensely. Everything seemed to go like clock work. We were blessed with very favorable weather. We got rain on three of the courses that did not last longer than twenty minutes in total. Oh yes, the whiskey was also very good. It has been a pleasure working with you and Hidden Links. Again, thank you very much.

R.B., May 2010, St. Andrews, Scotland

Hi Lauri, Just wanted to let you know I was able to play the old course again on Friday. We really had the trip of a lifetime. Thank you and everyone at Hidden Links for your help. If anyone ever needs a reference please don’t hesitate to use us! Best,

R.H., May 2010, Turnberry, Troon, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, and St. Andrews, Scotland

Hello Iain, I recently purchased some Ecco Street Premier shoes in brown and I liked them so well that I wanted to get them in black. It seems that they are sold out in this country. Apparently, they are available in Europe. I was wondering if you could help me purchase a pair in size 45? I appreciate any help that you can give me. Please just let me know if there is anything you need from me.

Thank you.

D.K., May 2010, Southwest Ireland (NO REQUEST TOO SMALL!!!)

Jeff, Thank you for another wonderful trip. We played ten rounds of golf on the most scenic golf courses in the world and did not get one day of rain (The Scotland trip three years ago we only had one day of rain for 11 rounds). Again, as with Scotland the trip went off without a glitch. You did not warn me that the last five days of the trip the temperature would be 73-80 degrees with little or no wind and sunny skies. We hit the best weather Ireland has ever had for ten days straight. The golf, the food, the accomadations, the weather, our driver and the Irish people were fantastic. Thanks to you and Lauri for another perfect ultimate golf experience.

T.R., May 2010, Old Head, Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion, Doonbeg, and Lahinch, Ireland

Iain, Our golf trip to Ireland just wrapped up and we are back in North America. Just wanted to send you a quick note to express our gratitude for an outstanding tour put together by your team. The weather was beyond outstanding, shorts and sunscreen everyday with very minimal winds. All the courses you recommended were beyond compare. The highlight as far as accommodations go was the Killarney Hotel, very spacious rooms and fun atmosphere in Killarney. Also, one of the highlights was our driver Johnny. He was incredibly knowledge about the Irish history and went above and beyond his duty to make sure we had everything we needed. All in all it was an outstanding trip. We can’t say enough good things about how smoothly everything went. Our many thanks to you and your team for putting together our package and making our trip a very memorable one. Much appreciated Iain,

T.R., May 2010, Southwest Ireland

Good Morning Lauri,

I met the W.B. party, Flight CO 022 at 6 55 am. Transferred the group to the Westin Hotel in the city centre. Picked up group on Friday and took them to the K Club where they played 36 holes in superb weather conditions (25C and sunny). Dropped them back to the Westin after golf. Picked up the group on Saturday and brought them to the Island Golf Club where they enjoyed golf in sunny conditions – 24C or 76 F. Dropped them back to the Westin. Picked up the group on Sunday morning and took them to Portmarnock Golf Club – again sunny and 24C – best weather so far this year. Dropped group back to Westin. Group picked up this morning at 6 30 am from Westin and transferred to Dublin Airport to catch Continental Flight at 9 am. Lead cilent and his colleagues thoroughly enjoyed their stay and were very happy with all the arrangements.

End of Report.

W.B., May 2010, typical “report” from Hidden Links driver, Dublin Ireland

Quick update. Elie was absolutely fantastic. Excellent recommendation. Next to the old course, our favorite round. Caddies came from kingsbarns and everything we were hoping for! Thx. My uncle called his friends Keith and Carolyn McGregor and Keith rode his buggy for eight holes with us and they joined us for lunch. A very special day. Off to turnberry tomorrow Blessings!

(upon return home) Iain, Our trip was fantastic. Thank you for setting up everything and working with us to make certain that the whole experience was one that we will never forget. I will wholeheartedly recommend Hidden Links to others.

W.G., May 2010, St. Andrews and Turnberry, Scotland

Dear Jeff, Laurie, and folks at Hidden Links, I know it has been a while since we had our trip (we arrived home April 29, 2010), but I thought I would check in…and thank you! Rob and I had a WONDERFUL vacation. Would you believe that we had no rain during our trip? We arrived to 14 deg. Celsius temperatures and sunshine in Dublin April 7th, and the weather only got better as our trip continued. Your itenerary package with the maps made navigating the West Coast of Ireland quite comfortable. I can’t say enough about Killarney, and the Killarney Royal Hotel. Killarney was a great ‘base camp’ and I wanted to take up permanant residence at the Killarney Royal Hotel. It is by far the most comprehensively perfect place I have ever stayed. Rob had a grand time in Tralee, playing golf with 3 locals who made him feel most welcomed. I had lots of opportunity to hike the countryside while Rob golfed. I managed a section of the Kerry Trail when Rob played Waterville, and a 30 km hike in Kilarney Park on the day he played Old Ballybunion. Doonbeg was wild, remote, and romantic. Due to the volcanic erruption in Iceland interupting intervational travellers, it was very quiet at the lodge. The weather was phenomenal, however, and Rob loved the course on which he managed an 88. We visited the Cliffs of Moher, and toured through the Burren after Rob played Lahinch. On our arrival in Kinsale, were were upgraded to ‘the Postmaster’s Suite’ at Old Bank House. Rob claimed Old Head to be another stunning course where he managed to break 90. The limo ride from Kinsale to Rosslare Port was lovely, comfortable, and easy, with the driver most kindly answering our many questions and pointing out points of interest. A paragraph or two is insufficient to adequately describe the wonderful time we had. I am hoping to contact you again in the future to arrange another golf vacation for my husband…with me tagging along!

C.W. April, 2010, Southwest Ireland

My trip is coming to a close and I wanted to tell you how pleased my wife and I were with all facets of the trip (except for Bob, Gianni, and Norman not making it). The lodging, golf, weather and craic were all excellent and I would not have changed a thing. The most outstanding thing about the trip was Roy’s extraordinary service exceeding our expectations at every turn. Dare I say that we would unlikely return to Ireland without using him again. My wife had a shortage of medication due to her delay here and Roy helped us solve that problem and ended up driving us back to Milltown to pick them up on what was, in essence, his day off. I would gladly recommend Roy to any of your clients.

Great job, Jeff.

G.C., April 2010, Northwest Ireland, Doonbeg, and Ballybunion

Jeff and Lauri, Thank you so much for planning such a wonderful trip for us. The golf was great and so was the wind. It rained the for the first 5 holes at Kingsbarns and never rained again while we were playing. Kingsbarns was my favorite course. Playing the Old Course is something I will never forget. Got to play with Manny and Spencer from British Columbia the last 2 days. Good guys. Fit the trip in between closures of airports due to the volcano. Just adds to the stories. Thanks again and look forward to working with you in the future.

P.B., April 2010, St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff/Lauri, Safely back in Australia after the most amazing time in Scotland, and a bit of sun and fun in Italy. I’d like to thank you for organising such a great time for Peter and I at such great courses in Scotland. Everything went like clockwork – the hiring of the car and clubs, the accommodation and the bookings on the courses were as smoothe as silk. Thanks for your efforts, and hope to use you again in the future. All the best

P.H., April 2010, St. Andrews, Cruden Bay, Dornoch, the Isle of Skye, Prestwick, and Turnberry Scotland

Hidden Links made our trip one to remember. From accomodation to tee times to afordability, our trip was planned to suit our members needs. Delighted with trip, A+! Guys had a blast and they ate at Dunvegan every night! The staff at Hidden Links makes travel easy and helps make me more valuable to my club.

A.C., April 2010, Turnberry to St. Andrews, Scotland

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your efforts in making this a great trip. It all went well even the US laocated person was able to make it. The frankfurt 5 ended up driving since the flights were cancelled but other than that it was all good. Again thanks, it was a once in a life time trip.

D.C, April 2010, St. Andrews, Scotland

The group had a great time… Thank you for your expertise.. You will be hearing more from me..

T.B., Travel agent trusting his clients to Hidden Links, April 2010, St. Andrews and Turnberry, Scotland

GOOD MORNING, LAURI & JEFF! On behalf of our group we would like to thank you both for the wonderful job you did in organising our recently completed tour of Scotland and Ireland. We thought it appropriate to comment about the superb organization that provided us with many wonderful memories during the two weeks. The timing could not have been better as far as the weather was concerned’we went to the U.K. very well prepared’everyone of our 12-strong party bore matching rainsuits, waterproof golf gloves, umbrellas and in some cases, two pairs of golf shoes! In the whole time of our trip I think we witnessed umbrellas being hoisted for maybe a couple of holes at Lundin Links. The rest of the time we were bathing in glorious sunshine and warm breezes!
Scotland: St.Andrews:

The choice of hotel, “The Dunvegan” and its “Auchterlonie Suite”, was absolutely top notch! We could not have asked for a better location, nor could we have expected more welcoming hosts than Sheena and Jack, or a more perfect scenario for our “de-briefing” sessions in the evenings in the Auchterlonie. The rooms were comfortable, spacious and made one feel very much at home. Having the living room/ dining space and kitchen in the Auchterlonie Suite was an absolute bonus. Our daily breakfasts were spectacular, cooked to individual order, plentiful good food that stoked us for the most part until dinnertime! We also enjoyed the pub, your staff and its famed atmosphere after the games were done. The schedule was very well timed around our golf games and provided us with ample opportunities to explore the “toon” and its multitude of golf shops littered all over. The transportation was excellent, always on time and the rides not too distant from the golf courses each day. We were also impressed with the variety of restaurants available as alternative dining spots throughout the week.

All of the Scottish courses were enjoyable, but of course the highlights were both the New and Old courses at St.Andrews. Almost everyone in our group hired caddies for the Old Course and most of us felt that this really enhanced the Old Course experience. We walked VERY TALL down that first fairway, with our various caddies toting clubs and bringing up the rear! The day was made even more special for the fact that it was the Friday of a Bank Holiday weekend, the gorgeous weather attracting hundreds (maybe thousands!) of people, hanging over the rails, watching the golfers come in on the 18th’making it a very nerve-wracking, spine-tingling, exciting experience as we each finished off memorable rounds. Some of us even benefited from spontaneous rounds of applause as we shook hands! How good can this get?

Your life saving research and timely call to Jack that day, alerting us to the misinformation about our flight to Shannon from Edinburgh on Saturday, was MUCH APPRECIATED! Without you being on the ball I am not sure how our schedule in Ireland would have been affected. And, we appreciated the cooperation of the Coach Driver at such short notice having to make that very early trip to Edinburgh airport. Also, we thoroughly appreciated Jack rising at that ungodly hour to help us on our way with freshly brewed coffee to sooth rattled nerves!

Sheena was very persuasive and almost succeeded in her request for us to stay longer’apparently she and Jack really enjoyed the fact that these 12 Canajuns brought such wonderful weather with them!

Scotland was a REAL pleasure, and our time there went by far too quickly! Hopefully there will be future opportunities to enable a return visit’

Ireland: Killarney:

My previous memory of a visit to Ireland in the early nineties was confirmed: the Irish people are so genuinely friendly! Not surprising! The countryside is lush and green and even more spectacular when bathed in sunshine’making for happy people enjoying the good life.

Once again, the choice of accommodation for our week was top notch! Killarney Lodge is beautifully appointed, comfortable, centrally located and made very welcoming by our hostess, Catherine. We continued the good food experience here in Ireland having excellent breakfasts every morning.

The golf courses were ALL interesting, but our group was almost unanimous in their overall assessment: they were tougher than anything we had experienced previously. Many of us were KILLED by these courses. Mahoney’s Point and Dooks were the most sympathetic, but Ballybunion’s two beauties were so demanding of accuracy and so unforgiving if one strayed from the fairways; we did get very badly beaten up during those two days. Not to say that the experience was unappreciated, we would venture to speculate that given the opportunity to repeat, we would! One of the consolations though was the awesome scenery; because of the Seniors’ Open, Ballybunion’s Old Course was set up to play tough and the rough was a serious death threat! Never mind losing a ball, we sometimes didn’t think that we would find the searching player’

At the end of our week in Killarney we were all of one opinion about James (Seamus) our bus driver, proud with his gleaming new Mercedes 12-seater coach’he rocked! He seemed to go out of his way to help us, booking times at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club at the last minute on the first day of our unscheduled arrival, taking us to the shops on several occasions for liquid refreshments and snackies, and offering advice as to good eateries and pubs to visit. His attentiveness was much appreciated by all.

Overall:

Our planning for this trip involved much of the past two years; with your constant involvement to design a trip to our liking, we think you did an outstanding job, right down to the last details. From the start, the supply of DVD’s for both Scotland and Ireland helped to give us a realistic insight and feel for the experience we actually had, and they also served as useful reference points along the way. The summary booklet you provided just before the commencement of our trip, was very well put together, and again, useful to pass information on to our families who were not with us during these two weeks.

We have become very strong supporters of “Hidden Links” and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your services to others.

Thank you again’you have given us memories that will be with us forever!

M.C., May 2009, St. Andrews Scotland and Killarney/Ballybunion, Ireland

Well, we are home, unpacked, rested, have traded pictures among each of us, and now have some of the most wonderful memories and recollections of an experience of a lifetime. Our trip was almost perfect and you were responsible. When we got to the first tee at Kingsbarns at 4:00 pm for our first round we met a group just coming off the 18th. They saw us unpacking clubs from travel bags and asked, “First day?” When we answered yes, they went into a litany of the weather they had experienced. Basically, hail, rain blowing straight sideways, everything but snow. We put on our rain gear and went to the first tee. By the time we got to the first green (395 yds later) we were in bright sunshine and peeling out of our “oilskins” and had blue skies for the rest of the week. You, of course, picked that week back in August of 2008. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the trip. Your advice on course selection (we would never have found Kingsbarns on our own), using a driver for our transportation, the choice of guesthouse (a three and a half block walk from the Old Course), and all the other suggestions based upon your experience in these trips were absolutely excellent. The trip couldn’t have gone any better or been more enjoyable. Lauri’s assistance with my tee time on the Old Course was timely and right on the money. I played an hour ahead of the other four and was able to go out with two locals (St Andrews members who were playing a match and were willing to let me tag along). I got an excellent caddie (Fraser) who the starter said was one of the best. I believe him. I finished early enough to go back and meet my buddies on the 16th green and memorialize their play on the Road Hole and Tom Morris in pictures. I can’t say it often enough, you guys were terrific and I have already recommended Hidden Links to 7 or 8 friends asking about our trip. We are already talking about another trip and making it ten days instead of five.

Once again, thank you for a really memorable trip.

D.S., May 2009, St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff we are back from our golfing vacation and I must say it was a tremendous experience. Everything worked out to a tee, no pun intended, tee times and drivers very punctual, weather beyond our highest expectations and the hotels very convenient. I would play any of the courses again without hesitation. The Old Course lived up to expectations. Kingsbarns was exciting to play and beyond our expectations and may have played the hardest. Crail looked simple but sure had some bite at times. Overall a great experience. It was nice having caddies. They were usually a lot of fun and usually very knowledgeable. Thanks for your suggestions and execution. We will be in touch again sometime and I would certainly refer friends.

R.S., May 2009, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Gleneagles Scotland

Hey Jeff, just got back yesterday and we just wanted you to know what a wonderful time we had. you did an outstanding job of setting things up and picking courses. we ended up playing all 4 days as we played gullane #3 on day 3 instead of touring Edinburgh. We did still go to glenkinchie for their tour which was way cool. thanks for putting us on Craigielaw as that turned out to be our favorite with Gullane #2 a close second, although North Berwick was spectacular also. Do you arrange trips to ireland? might be our next stop. thanks again jeff…..

S.O., May 2009, Edinburgh and East Lothian

Hi Jeff, Just a quick howdy and a very big thankyou for organising the few days at St. Andrews for me. It was just fantastic and all the bookings went like clockwork apart from British Airways send ing my clubs to Glasgow. Thank you once again, it was one of themost enjoyable and certainly one of the more memorable experiences of my life. Thanks again, Cheers,

P.E., May 2009, trip of a lifetime from Australia to St. Andrews

GOOD EVENING, JEFF! I think you might have saved our lives! Thank you for being so alert, even if it means us getting up in the middle of the night… Talk later, I have to get a few hours sleep!

May 2009, M.I.T. International Tour, Hidden Links to the rescue again!

Overall – Great trip, excellent golf courses and accommodations. I am extremely happy that you talked us into Old Head – certainly the highlight from my standpoint. I cannot think of another course with greater views and beauty. One thing that certainly came in handy from our standpoint was the GPS. Especially in some of the towns where the signage is limited, the GPS kept us on track. I would recommend it for those travelling to Ireland. thanks for all your assistance and your quick turnaround. We will be coming back to you when we look to book our next adventure. P.S. – The weather gods were on our side. We received light showers on 3 holes out of our total 180 holes!

D.R., May 2009, Southwest Ireland

We are still recovering from a great week in Ireland and digging out from a missed week of work, but here is a quick note. #1 We had a great time, and the arrangements were excellent. #2 Irish people everywhere are warm friendly accomodating and beyond customer focused. #3 Van was great, and beyond a few warnings from the oil light we were very happy with the Vito. Rental pickup and drop off were painless #4 All golf courses were amazing (too amazing for my handicap!).

• Old Head was spectacular. There is no other word. The last memory that will fade from our minds is trying to hit the fairway on #12 in a 60mph crosswind.
• Kinsale was fun, and the food was great
• Friar’s B&B was great, I would recommend this to friends.
• Killarney was a great venue to stay in, and the lodging was the best, customer service #1. (they opened early twice for us for breakfast; and they prompted the request!). I would highly recommend this place to friends. Mary and Catherine were both great.
• The drives to and from Killarney were manageble, and entertaining. Thank goodness there are no tapes of the conversations in the van.
• Dingle was fun, the people at the course very nice and there was no hoards of golfers to deal with
• Waterville was fun, relatively easy when compared with Old Head, Ballybunion, Tralee and Lahinch
• Ballybunion was really hard, but very scenic, and the cashen course had some holes amongst the dunes the likes of which I have never seen.
• Tralee was difficult (for me, not so much for the others) but all enjoyable
• Lahinch was also great.
• We went adhoc on all dinners and activities, and that worked out exceptionally well.
• Bunratty was very good, and as accomodating and flexible as any of the other places, perfect as transit point to Shannon We were really pleased with your work. We cannot go every year, but we’ll be ringing you the next trip (rumoured to be west of Scotland) I’d like to have a break and play an easy course like Carnoustie. Thanks Jeff.

G.C., May 2009, Southwest Ireland

GOOD EVENING, LAURI & JEFF! Just wanted to let you know that our group is having a WHALE of a time here in St.Andrews…the hotel is FANTASTIC and the use of the Auchterlonie Suite is perfect for our group and our “de-briefing” sessions in the evening after golf. We have played Lundin Links yesterday and Elie today. The weather has been absolutely spectacular, sunny skies, warm, windless on Monday, a bloody gale today! But this is what we came for! Our hosts, Sheena and Jack are catering to our every whim: the food is excellent, the staff very friendly,we really could not ask for anything else. Thankyou for all of this…We have a very good driver (Graham) with whom I arrange pick-up times each morning, and this is working out very well for the group. Tomorrow after playing Crail, we decided to take in the “best fish and chips in Scotland” at Anstruther, so Graham is going to come and have dinner with us (our treat) and I think he is quite pleased about this! We have walked several holes on the Old course and keep pinching ourselves to make sure that this is not all a dream! It is SOOO different than the vision we see on TV. On Friday, before the Old Course round, we will have a morning session on the Ladies Putting Course and a few wagers, I am sure! This evening before dinner at the Dunvegan we all trooped down to the Swilken Bridge and persuaded a roadside observer to help us with the camera work…worked out very well: it turns out that the gent in question is the current captain of St.Andrews! What a treat…Thanks to both of you…I will write further when the trip is over.

May 2009, The M.I.T. International Tour, from St. Andrews, heading on to Ballybunion to play the Old Course in the middle of the Irish Seniors Open

Hello Jeff and Lauri, The boys from Connecticut wanted to say Thank You to Hidden Links for the absolute wonderful trip we had to Scotland !!

Our trip could not have been any better. From the fabulous courses (Old,Castle,Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns), to the best place to stay on earth, to the courteous, prompt, and friendly drivers, our trip was memorable from start to finish. We were even blessed with sunny days for all four rounds ! If ever asked (and likely if note even asked), we will tell everyone who is ever thinking of golfing the Ireland or Scotland, to start with Hidden Links ! All the VERY best,

D.P., May 2009, St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff, Just got back from Scotland. We had an amazing experience. Thanks for all of your great work and efficient planning. Everything went smoothly! Cheers.

J.H., May 2009, Prestwick, Dornoch, and St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff, Just wanted to let you know the trip was fantastic. We played 36 a couple of days. One extra round at North Berwick and one at Jubilee. I’m going to recommend you to a friend of mine planning a Scotland trip with his father…also happens to be my boss…so take extra good care of him.

D.C., May 2009, North Berwick and St. Andrews, Scotland

We just finished a 5 day Scotland Golf trip with you.. I don’t know if a simple thanks can really convey the appreciation we had for your organization. When I got home I was asked, “How was it”? The only way to answer the question, “perfect”? You folks do an outstanding job and we found everything to be exactly as you quoted prior to the trip. We will be back and will recommend your company to anyone headed your way.

V.E., May 2009, St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff, Just thought I’d drop a quick email and tell you the trip was fantastic! Hidden Links took care of every detail ‘.I looked like a genius ( a hard feat) to the other guys’.thanks for your help and I’ll definitely recommend your group when asked.

D.S., May 2009, St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff & Lauri, I want to thank you for a great package. Everything worked out beautify and we could not have had a better time. I will be recommending you to all my friends, colleagues and random golf partners. We are all-ready working on our 2014 and 2019 trips.

R.P., April 2009, St. Andrews, Muirfield, and Carnoustie Scotland

Hi, Jeff and Lauri. We had a wonderful time– everything went even more smoothly than we could have imagined. We even had great weather, sunny and upper 60’s some days and only one day of typical Ireland — very windy at Portsalon but not much rain. Thanks again for all you did; it was indeed the trip of a lifetime.

B.H., April 2009, Northwest Ireland

Jeff – A great trip overall for us – THANK YOU AND THE ENTIRE HIDDEN LINKS TEAM !! Thanks also for your tips on Ireland!

B.C., April 2009, St. Andrews and the “hidden links” of Fife, Scotland

Jeff, thanks so much for your help in all this..iI know we have shifted some things around and you’ve been very accomodating and helpful. I want you to know, we really appreciate that and will not only reccomend you to friends, but also hopefully use you for our eventual trip to Ireland! Thanks again!

J.M., March 2009, St. Andrews and Edinburgh

Hi Jeff, Well we have arrived home tired but happy. I wanted to let you know that the Golf Tour organized for us by Yourself and Hidden Links was absolutely Fabulous. It went off without a hitch from Golf bookings, transportation, meals and accommodations. The people were just delightful, friendly and very accomodating to our needs. Sheena at the Dunvegan was particularly helpful, friendly, accommodating and down right fun. Your tip about checking with the starter at The Old Course was right on as John and I went directly to the starter when we arrived on Wednesday and said “Would you have an opening for four crazy Canadians?’ He said OOOOO I don’t know about Canadians but Ok come back at 1:00 and I’ll get you out. I don’t think either John or my feet touched the ground as we ran up the hill to tell the girls we were teeing off at the old course in 1/2 an hour. It was a bright sunny, day and the thrill of a lifetime. I got up and down out of the road hole bunker and shot 78 and John was 75, including getting out of ‘Hell Bunker in one, and the girls loved the experience as well. The weather was good for all the golf except Turnberry where it rained all day but it was still one of my favorite courses. While we were at Turnberry, Sergio Garcia flew in by helicopter to do a promotion for Taylor Made around the European Tours’ ‘Road to Dubai’. The concierge at the hotel said he received $1million for 45 minutes, not bad. Carnoustie and Kingsbarns (the girls’ favorite course) were wonderful experiences and the Castle Course was fine but probably our least favorite because of the silliness of some of the greens and their undulations. Although it was worth it for the 17th hole over the gorge, which was a scary but thrilling tee shot. Anyway we can’t thank you enough for the attention to detail by Hidden Links which led to the outstanding quality of the whole experience, it truly was a trip of a lifetime.

M.T., October 2008, Islay, Turnberry, and St. Andrews

Jeff, I want to thank you for setting up one of the best trips I have ever experienced.The accommodations were wonderful, the people were great.We were fortunate to have good weather while golfing. We added the three of us playing the “New” course on Thursday, We were up early on Saturday and were the first ones to get onto the Old Course, I had a great caddy and a wonderful round with some locals. Again THANK YOU.

B.B., October 2008, East Lothian and St. Andrews

It was a pleasure to meet you on the first tee at Carnoustie and to have a brief chat with you before I teed off on Sept. 25. It was a great experience to play the Carnoustie Links on my trip to Scotland, especially after not being able to play on Sept. 16 due to a flight cancellation. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I believe the Links was the most difficult (but fair) course I played in Scotland. The condition of the course was also better than any other we played. I hope all went well at the Dunhill Tournament. I believe that our trip to Scotland was very unusual as we had no rain, no heavy winds, and warm temperatures compared to what I saw on TV when watching the Tournament last week. I didn’t know that Jeff’s Company had such connections to control the weather when we were there. Thanks for your help in getting me to play after the 24 hour late plane arrival.

Jeff I met with the above before he teed off at Carnoustie in beautiful sunshine with temps around the mid 60’s. Mr Lashar is confused and disappointed at the need to bring rainwear to Scotland, he has not needed it at all and is experiencing gorgeous weather. Obviously I apologised and explained there was little I could do but suggested he take it up with his Tour Operator. Seriously though he is having a fabulous vacation and speaks very highly of yourself and Hidden Links. No surprise there! Best Regards

D.L., September 2008, Hidden Links client letter to the GM at Carnoustie Golf Links, comments relayed back

Jeff, My apology for not sending you and your staff this note earlier. After taking the trip to Northern Ireland with my son Mike in early July, the summer became very hectic and I did not get the chance to send you this note until now. I want you and your staff to know that our trip was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had and I know my son Mike feels the same way. Your course recommendations, hotel accommodations and travel directions were all perfect and our trip came off without a “hitch”. Arriving on Sunday and playing Ardglass (with a little jet lag ) was perfect, since as soon as I saw this course and its clubhouse I knew the trip was off to a right start. What a gem of a course and yes we were blessed to play in sunny conditions, teamed up with a local member and his teenage son who were gracious hosts after the round for dinner in their clubhouse. After spending a great night at the Donard Sieve Hotel, our next round at Royal County Down was right in line with my expectations. What more can I say that has not been said by all who walk this magnificent course. Again teamed up with great playing partners (a nice gent and his wife from Australia), the course proved to be a true test of golf and what scenery!!! After the round, my son challenged me to climb to the peak of those beautiful mountains that ring Newcastle and after our descend, our drive across Northern Ireland to the Bushmill Inn, while long, gave me an opportunity to see what a good navigator my teenage son was as he directed me around all those “round abouts”, etc. The Bushmills Inn is such a warm and inviting place and our accommodations were great. Port Stewart (our third round) allowed us to see links golf at his most challenging, since we had heavy winds and some rain. It did not stop us from challenging the course and my long hitting teenage son finally learned the value of a “choke down 3 iron”, as he navigated his way around the course and found out that hitting below the wind is actually fun. Ballyliffin (our 4th round) was well worth the drive. What a great links course and the scenery going there and on the course was spectacular. Finishing with 36 at Portrush was a perfect way to end the trip. The first 18 was windy, but sunny on the championship course and the 2nd 18 a mix of heavy rain and then sun. We teamed up with a father/son twosome from Scotland for the last 18 and had a wonderful “Walker Cup” match. My son “ended up” birding the last hole, of the last round, on the last day, to give the US the cup…Our new friends from Scotland graciously bought refreshments after the round. There is something very special about playing golf with a son and especially in a setting like Northern Ireland. In addition to the golf, we took in spectacular scenery and sites, enjoyed some great food, met a ton of nice people and talked and talked some more as we played each hole as father/son and friends. I told a close friend of mine that this trip allowed me to “enjoy the kid that my son is, but also to experience the man he has become”. In closing, my son has promised to take me back to Ireland after he has graduates from college (he even offered to pay), so we can re-kindle the memories of this trip and make more memories in the future. We will surely turn to your company to plan our next trip and again, thanks for putting together a most memorable one for the two of us. I have attached a picture of Mike and I (plus some others), that was taken on the par 3 18th on the Valley Course at Portrush (the hole Mike birdied to win our Walker Cup match-don’t ask what the old man carded-actually it was not bad, but surely was not a birdie…).

C.C., Northern Ireland, June 2008

Hi Jeff & Lauri! I have not had time since I got back until now to e-mail you but I want to tell you that our trip to Ireland was absolutely fabulous!!! So thank you so much for making sure that everything was perfect!! Again, thank you for a memorable journey,

D.G., Southwest Ireland, “Ladies only” tour, September 2008

Hi Lauri, Just wanted to drop you a note this am about our trip. I had a wonderful time and you did a great job of organizing the trip. Our accommodations were wonderful the golf courses spectacular. Thanks so much for making my trip so enjoyable. Do you plan trips for couples as well or do you deal in only larger groups. I would love to take my husband back sometime.

S.B., Southwest Ireland, “Ladies only” tour, September 2008

Jeff: GREAT trip. You deserve thanks for all that went well, which was everything, except the weather, for which you share no blame. Missed the round at Royal Co Down. They said it was only second time all year they had to close for weather. Old Head had sustained winds of 50 mph, with gusts up to 70. Not really golf. Most other days included wind and rain, but that is what we expected. But we also had a few nine’s that were beautiful. Driver was great. Dave was great as was all of the lodging. Never found a pub we didn’t like. We were in Dublin for the weekend of the Hurling championship, which added much amusement. Thanks for putting this together. Hope you use you again in the future.

T.T., Royal County Down (almost), Dublin, Old Head, Tralee, Ballybunion, Lahinch, on the single worst weather trip in the history of Hidden Links, still had a great time, September 2008

We had a great time-thought I’d give you a synopsis. Robin is first class and has a great coach. he took good care of the ladies. Carnoustie–great course in very good shape. Bunkers were everywhere and we visited them and the burns. A course we would replay. Hotel was above average. Dalhousie House restaurant was good. Old Course-ecstatic to get on via ballot.Course in great shape and we would have been lost without our good caddie. Castle Course-very good course, but young. It has some similarities to Bandon Dunes.Two or three of the greeens were too severe and the others were like playing Augusta National. Gary was our caddie and was the best of the trip. We would replay. B&B-vg and convenient to everything. ladies loved St Andrews. We had good food at McKays, Doll House, Glass House. We had a good time at the Dunvegan and talked to Sheena. Cruden Bay- great course were we could not hit our driver in play. Murcar-excellent course with maybe the best greens on our trip. We really had a good time. Marcliffe Hotel-first class with an outstanding restaurant and staff. Staff was very helpful. We had a good meal there and at Rustico’s (Italian) downtown. Royal Dornoch-this was the course I always wanted to play. Weather was about 17C with a 2 club wind-perfect. Course was in great shape. Brora-a good course. We played in a 3-5 club wind and it was a challenge. VG greens with average fairways with ample fertilizer around. Eagle/Bank House-Anna and I were at the Bank House at it was the better of the two. The restaurant was good. We ate at the Sutherland House in Dornoch our last night. It rivaled the Marcliffe for the best food of the trip. The ladies loved the town. We all want to return in a few years. You get 5***** from us.

E.S., St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Dornoch, and the Highlands, August 2008

Lauri, This is just a quick overdue note to say thanks very much indeed for all your help with our trip. Everything went very smoothly and we really appreciate everything you did for us. In particular, the staff at the B&B in St. Andrews was exceptionally friendly and made us feel very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble for them and all five of us were even able to play the Old Course. Thanks again, and I’ll be in touch when we’re planning our next trip. All the best

G.S., St. Andrews, Scotland, August 2008

Jeff, thanks for your efforts … I may take you up on that rain-check for Kingsbarns … really. I’m thinking I’d like to come back here on my own in a year or two. I’ll let you know as soon as I figure it out in my head. Today I felt committed to paying with my mates, so we played Jubilee … in high winds … quite a bear … I missed a couple putts just defending against being blown over! All in all, the weather is good. The Old Course was inspiring to play … and I shot an 88 which is pretty good for a USGA 15 handicap. But scores aside, this has been an important pilgrimage for all of us. And I must say that Hidden Links has delivered nicely for us once again. We love staying close to the courses and this Dunvegan is a special place to stay … not to mention the charm of the town itself. Thanks again,

L.O., Letter from St. Andrews during trip, August 2008

Lauri – You are the greatest! The guys and I cannot believe you secured tee times on the St. Andrews courses. When you called last week, the magnitude of what you told me did not sink in until over the weekend. What a relief not to worry about the Old Course ballot each day. WOW!

C.C., St. Andrews, Scotland, August 2008

Hi Jeff, I had a great time in Ireland! We met so many nice people, and of course the country is gorgeous. I really love it there. Wanted to let you know about my experience at the hotels. Perryville House was really nice, and Barry was really helpful. Breakfast was excellent. The bed and pillows were amazingly comfortable. Also, there was a computer available at no extra charge in the sitting room. And they have peat in big baskets by the fire. It wasn’t cold, so they never burned the peat, but it’s a great touch. Katherine at Killarney Lodge is amazing. She pampered us like no one else! She got up early several mornings to feed us before the normal breakfast time, when we had to leave early to get Dean to his golf gigs on time. On Tuesday it rained so hard that Dean had to give up his golf game, and he came back to the hotel soaked (despite wearing all of his rain gear). Katherine dried his clothes and helped him dry out the golf bag, etc. Killarney Lodge is really nice, although the bed and pillows were kind of hard. The air conditioning was a real plus. There was a computer available at no extra charge, and Mary gave us tea, scones and biscuits each afternoon if we wanted it, which of course we did! Breakfast was delicious, too. I’m glad you booked us there for several days. It was my favorite.

D.M., Southwest Ireland, August 2008

You’re the greatest and will recommend you to all we can!

B.R., St. Andrews, Scotland, August 2008

Hi Jeff, I wanted to take a moment to pass on our thoughts regarding the recent trip we took through your company to Scotland and Ireland. Let me say that we had an absolutely awesome time and that all of the arrangements that you made came off without a single hitch. The trip exceeded our expectations. Thank you for your suggestions and the competency in all of your planning. I will not hesitate to recommend you and your company to any interested party.

L.M., St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Turnberry, and Dublin, August 2008

The trip was fantastic and we will definitely use your services again!!

A.C., Southwest Ireland, August 2008

Jeff, We all had a great time on the trip. I was very impressed with Russell the driver of the passenger van. Im not sure the name of the company, but please pass on my compliments for him. The Dunvegan was as I remembered, Jack and Sheena are the best hosts in Scotland Im sure, And the Auchterlonie suite is the best accomodations in St Andrews . You cant go wrong by booking there. I’m sure you have played Kingsbarns: Apart from the Old Course (simply for the history) I think its the best course I have ever been on. Also thanks for the push to have lunch at Muirfield. Just the opportunity to see inside the clubhouse,all of the history, it was great. We opted for another round- 40 pounds- and the sun came out for the best weather of the trip. We cant complain though, We never saw winds of over 10mph and played Carnoustie is sunny and calm weather. Thanks again for all you did, Ill be ready to head over again soon.

T.M., St. Andrews, and East Lothian, Scotland, July 2008

Lauri-Just a short note to let you know that everything went exactly as planned and we had a wonderful time.The golf courses were spectacular-we even got on the Old Course at St Andrews with our first ballot-the accommodations were comfortable ,clean and convenient;the vehicle was perfect for our needs and the weather-which you can’t take credit for was great-no rain but some wind.Thanks very much for your help in organizing this fun filled adventure.I would certainly recommend your company to anyone planning a Scottish golf trip.

J.K., Prestwick, Troon, and St. Andrews, Scotland, July 2008

You can’t go wrong booking your trip with Hidden Links. Jeff has done 2 for us (we are a group of 8)- Ireland in Sept ’05 and Scotland in May ’06. In fact we’re going back to Ireland this July and the plan is Scotland in ’08. The ’05 trip to Ireland I think will always be special as it was our first taste of links golf. If you’ve never experienced links golf’- you are in for a treat! And the golf courses up the Northwest coast of Ireland are breathtakingly beautiful. Carne and Enniscrone should be on everyone’s must play list, they are absolute gems! OK, they are a little off the beaten path, but that is what makes them so special as well. Royal Portrush, Ballyliffin, County Sligo, Donegal, and Narin & Portnoo were the rest of the courses we played. Also- if you get the chance, there is a nine hole course in Co Donegal called the Cruit Island Golf Club. It is worth the drive. You’ll fill your smart card with pictures just from there. It makes a great seco nd round in the afternoon kind of thing. Ask Jeff about it.

Let me tell you about Jeff. We happened across Jeff and Hidden Links through one of those friend of a friend deals. Jeff will work with you and your group to set up the very best that Ireland has to offer for the budget that you give him to work with. For instance, our Ireland trip was 1st class all the way- we had a deluxe 18 seat (so there was plenty of room) Mago coach with leather seats, tables, fridge, video, nice stereo, etc. Our driver was the best- we had so much fun with him. The hotels were all first rate. The Coopershill House in Sligo was amazing as was The Bushmills Inn in Northern Ireland. However when we did Scotland we opted for lesser accomodations (still quite nice, mind you) because the pound sterling exchange rate was such a killer. But that’s the beauty- Jeff will get you the best he can for the budget you give him. He takes care of every det ail. Our information packet from Hidden Links included all of our confirmations- including the names and phone numbers of the person confirming; destination guides (recommended pubs, restaurants, sites and attractions); travel tips; approximate travel times; caddies; handicap certificates (needed for Scotland); you name it- it’s in there. And, everyone over there knows Jeff personally, better yet- they love him. I think Hidden Links has a great name and I felt like we got treated more personally than just another bunch of loud Yanks busing around the ‘ol sod. Same goes for Scotland. Go with Hidden Links- you will not be disappointed.

S.B., October 2006, Northern Ireland, Northwest Ireland, East Coast of Scotland

I am negligent in writing to you about our trip in early October to Scotland. Everything worked out beautifully. The accommodations were terriffic, transportation arrangements were perfect, and all tee times were right on schedule. The four of us thank Hidden Links for a wonderful trip and making all of the necessary arangements. We would not hesitate to call upon your services again.

S.S., October 2006, Turnberry and St. Andrews, Scotland

Hi Dan, I am writing to say thanks for arranging my trip to St. Andrews. I always enjoy myself wherever I go but my time in Scotland was ten times more exciting than I could have ever imagined. Just to see the Old Course started me smiling and I probably will be for a long time, but to actually play it was a dream come true. It is such a beautiful place, I suggest that any avid golf should go at least once. Also the old buildings and scenery are a must to see. Owner and her staff at St. Andrews were a pleasure as well. Thanks again!

R.M., October 2006, St. Andrews, Scotland

I have to blame you for my slight bout of depression. Had such a great time in Ireland last week it’s very difficult to get back to my regular life here.Ballybunion was superb.What a great course. Beautiful! David was a superb host. Adare, Tralee, Waterville, Lahinch wow ! Mary at the Brookhaven was a peach! Great gal! Loved the breakfast at The Killarney Lodge. Catherine really took care of us. Great people. The town and the people of Lahinch are fantastic. Had a great meal at The Corner Stone Pub and Restaurant. Then sang and danced with all my new friends at The 19th Hole Pub. Closed the place. I look forward to working with you planning next year’s trip. It can’t come too soon. Thanks again and again and again.

K.C., October 2007, Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion, Killarney, and Lahinch Ireland

What an amazing trip- absolutely fantastic golf courses. Being in St. Andrews and having lunch at the R&A clubhouse- priceless! Muirfield was outstanding- THE best greens I’ve ever putted on- so much subtlety to the contours- I can’t say enough about them! Royal Aberdeen was amazing- what a challenge! Carnoustie and Kingsbarns were even more amazing! And then there was Jubilee and the Old Course with all it’s history- Hell Bunker, The Road Hole– Wow!!! Let’s not forget North Berwick- what a great course- so much charm, so much fun to play- as was Cruden Bay! Boy, I’m giddy all over again just talking about it. Well- you’ve done it again. Another GREAT Hidden Links tour. Thank you for everything! You and your staff are the best! We can’t wait to go back and play the likes of Turnberry, Troon, Prestwick, Loch Lomond, Dornoch and Nairn!

S.B., September 2006, Aberdeen, St. Andrews, and East Lothian Scotland

Good morning Jeff-just back after following Ireland with a jaunt to .Italy. Jeff-you did an amazing package..it was absolutely flawless, not a single snag…….the accomodations were perfect-favourites were Blindgate and the Killarney. Royal ……the golf was heaven, the sun followed us everywhere including the day at the Ryder Cup…..I will most certainly highly recommend you to our friends. Both my husband and I were very impressed with the detail, professionalism and seamlessness of the portfolio…. Your service was top drawer!!!!!!! Many thanks-

P.B., September 2006, Southwest Ireland and the Ryder Cup

We wanted to let you know that every aspect of our trip was better than anticipated and we had high expectations. Accommodations were excellent. Each was unique. Drumnacroil House–Paula, Liam and the children really made us feel at home and couldn’t do enough to accommodate our needs or questions. Coopershill House–Lindy, Brian and Simon provided a step back in time living as country gentry. Stella Maris–Frances and Terence were very accommodating and interested in our golf exploits. Speaking of golf–We walked and carried all seven rounds. Two in driving rain (The grounds supt.at Carne said “it was as bad as it gets”) we loved it!! Cruit Island was breathtaking, Carne was the best, the rest were wonderful. We wanted to play links with and where the Irish play, we did. We only ran into one group of Americans. The drives to the courses gave us the opportunity to explore the countryside, find some great restaurants and shops. We spent our open night with relatives we hadn’t seen in forty years. They live four miles from Stella Maris, directly across the bay. I could go on and on but I won’t. We had a wonderful trip. We will be more than happy to recommend you to those we meet with an interest in a golf trip to Ireland. If you would like to have a prospective client talk to us, feel free to have them get in touch with us. Thanks again to you and your staff!!

J.K., September 2006, Donegal, Cruit Island, Carne, and Dublin Ireland

Excuse me for delaying so long in writing this note – The trip was excellent and a large part of that success was due to our driver. He is a very rare treasure. He anticipated every quirk and tried to alter or minimize it – he knew everyone and paved the road so well that his efforts went almost unnoticed. Throughout the trip he entertained us, baby sat us, educated us and provided us with safe and enjoyable transportation in a manner that made all of us adopt him as a comrade rather than a driver. We were never quite sure just when he was dead serious and when he was pulling the ‘blarney’ on us. Bottom line – he made Hidden Links look superb. We played 180 holes of golf and only had rain of any significance on a total of 8 or 9 holes. Problems of driver availability never came up – he managed to take us and return us from wherever we chose to dine and, quite often, we dined where he recommended. He even joined us on a couple of occasions. Should you ever be in the Pinehurst area, give us a call and we will try a round at CCNC.

J.C., September 2006, Northwest Ireland

Hello David, just wanted to tell you how much my brother and I enjoyed our trip to Ireland. The courses were great, the weather was great, the Guinness was great, and the welcome we received from you and your family was great. We couldn’t have had a better time. Thanks for putting it all together, and we hope to visit again sometime in the not too distant future.

J.G., September 2006, Ballybunion, Lahinch, and Southwest Ireland

Just a short note to thank you for setting up the arrangements that made this our very best golf trip and visit to Ireland. We had a wonderful driver, who added much to our pleasure. The golf in the North of Ireland is a good, if not better than that in the South or even Northern Ireland.

M.W., September 2006, Carne, Enniscrone, County Sligo, and Donegal Ireland

Jeff, Well, my feet are back on terra firma and I finally have an opportunity to write and thank you for all the work you did on our trip. We had a wonderful time. Our accommodations were wonderful (loved the Killarney Lodge). I don’t know if the driver we hired in Scotland reports directly to you or if he has some other chain of command, but I want to especially commend him. He made the day so much nicer. If I were about 40 years younger, I’d have a crush, but I’ll have to settle for adopting him. Thanks again for all your help. We’ll look you up if we ever go again.

N.M., September 2006, Southwest Ireland and St. Andrews, Scotland

David: Just wanted to tell you what a great time we had in Ireland. The courses we had were great. No offense, since you are a member of Ballybuinion, but the following is the consensus of the group of our favorites: #1 Lahinch #2 Tralee #3 Ballybunion #4 Waterville #5 Cashen Course. We loved Bally, but it was definitely the toughest course we played of the 5. I am a 6.9 USGA handicap and shot 89 at Bally, a 90 on Cashen, a 85 at Lahinch, a 84 at Tralee and a 79 at Waterville. We all thought the Cashen was pretty good. All the courses were great, so being #5 still isn’t bad. We thought your place was by far the nicest and is the nicest place I ever stayed at. The Killarney Lodge was also great as was the B&B in Ballybunion. All in all it was a great trip. Great courses and great accommodations. Thanks again for all your advise and for your hospitality.

D.N. September 2006, Ballybunion and Southwest Ireland

Hi David, Just arrived back home to Australia and wanted to make this my first email. Really cannot thank you enough for your hospitality, organisation and all round good job .You really are a genuine good bloke. We had a tremendous time thanks to you and Jeff in the States. Our whole trip was flawless and ran like a Swiss clock. Everything in Jeff’s folder worked perfectly. The highlight was certainly meeting with your good self. If you ever do consider a trip to Australia , I would be so happy to ensure I treat you as well as you treated us. Thanks again.

A.B., September 2006, Ballybunion and Southwest Ireland

Just wanted to give you some feedback on the trip. First of all it was Great. As far as the courses go, Gleneagles, Nairn and Royal Dornach were at the top of the list. We all had our individual favorites but we all agreed that Gleneagles was probably the best course we ever played. After that I would rank Boat of Garten, Brora, and Moray Old in that order. Each had things that were unique to that course, such as cows, sheep or jets. All the accommodations were fantastic. People were great, beer was cold. Thanks again for all your help.

D.N., September 2006, Dornoch, Nairn, the Highlands, and Gleneagles, Scotland

My husband and his father were thrilled with the trip and if they ever do something similar, we will contact you. We will tell anyone interested in a golf tour about your company. Many people they met while over there were wishing they had found your outfit before they went. (One gentleman stayed at a 5 star hotel in St. Andrews because they promised him a round on the Old Course. After 4 days, he finally lined up at 3am to get on himself.) Thank you again.

N.P., August 2006, St. Andrews, Scotland

It’s been just 1 week since we have returned from Scotland, but looking at the pictures and recounting the stories to friends and family ,you put together a fantastic trip for us. From the time we arrived at the Rusacks Hotel at noon and there was a message form your office that you somehow secured a tee time that day for us at 2PM. The course selections were fantastic and getting to each course with the directions you provided was spot on. I have told many people about Hidden Links and the service that you provide. Maybe next year we’ll look at Ireland as a golf holiday.

R.P., August 2006, St. Andrews, Scotland

Hey jeff, just got back to the office & all i can say about golf in Ireland is WOW, unbeleivable. i can’t say enough about the quality of courses, motor coach & accommodations that you set us up with. to the man, every single guy in my group came up to me at some point last week & expressed how impressed they were with the entire tour, so I figured I would pass that along to you. Pat was a great driver & hopefully he had a good time with us as well. we definitely lucked out wih the weather, one rainy day at Lahinch, but I wore shorts the rest of the time. we only had about 10 mile an hour winds or so at Old Head, so we really lucked out there-didn’t even need a jacket or windshirt it was so warm. Every course was exceptional in it’s own way, Waterville was very windy & for us proved to be the sternest test of golf, but it was well worth the drive out there. Anyhow, I couldn’t be more satisfied with the service and tour that Hidden Links provided. I look forward to the chance to book some more groups with you in the future & hopefully, I can get back to Ireland very soon with a smaller group of friends so i am not in charge of so much hand holding. Anyhow, if you are ever out in san diego, i would love to take you out golfing. This group is definitely going to do Scotland in 2008, but hopefully I will have a group or two for you in 2007. Take care & keep em long and straight.

B.B., August 2006, Southwest Ireland

We had a great trip, walked our behinds off. We played 36 holes almost everyday. I had my 15 minutes of fame on 18th at OLD Course, I almost had a birdie and “The Gallery” cheered. Mentioned your name at the Dunvegan,Sheena says hello. Talked to other Americans who were not too happy with their trips to date. They have your contact info and I have their b-cards. They play every year. Thanks again for a great trip…

M.K., August 2006, Dornoch, Cruden Bay, and St. Andrews Scotland

My husband Jim and son Shawn returned last week from one of your golf tours to Ireland. I am hoping you can help me with something. Your tour was the trip of a lifetime. He raved about it and would love to do it again someday. His birthday is coming up soon and I would like to surprise him with bag tags from as many of the courses as possible, but at least one! Is there any way you can direct me to someone in Ireland who could help me to do that. I would be very very grateful.

J.M., August 2006, Southwest Ireland

Jeff – Just a note to thank you again for your efforts in making our trip a huge success. It was all I had hoped for and more. I know the others in our group agree with me. The people and the golf was terrific. We particularly enjoyed our stay at the Dunvegan. Jack and Sheena really treated us right. And we had a great driver in Alan. All of the drivers were polite and on-time but Alan was especially helpful and informative.

G.L., August 2006, St. Andrews Scotland

Jeff, I wanted to give you feedback while my trip was still fresh in my mind. We had a great time !!!! I really appreciate your efforts on our behalf. Hidden Links did a great job of determining our needs ( type of accommodation, golf course etc.) and everything was taken care of ahead of time, making it very easy for us to just enjoy the vacation. The accommodations were a perfect blend of luxury and Irish country living. We were hosted wonderfully in every location and the trip was very well planned logistically to allow us to experience several different places. The golf was spectacular. One particular favorite was Ballybunion (old) where we were the first tee time of the day and saw virtually no one else on the course. The course is a good challenge, but very fair. Also, if there is a more beautiful golf course in the world, than Old Head, I haven’t seen it and don’t expect to.( birdied the Razor’s Edge) Thanks again. I won’t let any of my friends go to Ireland without you.

E.P., August 2006, Southwest Ireland

What an incredible trip! From our viewpoint, Tom and I would like you to know that we appreciate your efforts in providing us with a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m pretty sure that all of the group would agree with me that the first comment about the trip should be that we were very pleased with our bus driver. We couldn’t have asked for a more knowledgeable and professional individual. The decision to let someone else handle the driving was definitely the right choice! Joe went ‘above and beyond’ his job description to ensure that we had a memorable trip. From assisting us in transporting our luggage to recommending places to eat, Joe could not have been more accommodating to our schedule. He really became a part of the group, and our overall experience was so much better thanks to his efforts. Playing the links courses added a new dimension to our appreciation of the game of golf! I know that weather conditions and caddie preferences influenced our opinions, but in general, I think that the round atTralee was our favorite (especially for Tom, who had an eagle on the 18th hole). Waterville was a close second, and Royal Portrush was especially memorable because it was the only course where each of us had an individual caddy. At Royal County Down, the 6200 yard plus course was just brutal for the ladies (wind plus rain ‘ including lightning!), but just the fact that we played was significant in and of itself. And finishing at the Old Course at Ballybunion was the perfect conclusion to two weeks of Irish golf! Accommodations wise, it’s tough to beat the K Club. We paid (really, overpaid) for it, but there wasn’t any better on the trip ‘ right down to the rubber duckie in the tub! I think that most of us enjoyed the Bushmills Inn and Dunraven Arms very much. The Killarney Lodge was also a good choice, the hospitality was second to none. Katherine was extremely accommodating to our needs, and the breakfast menu was one of the best of the trip (I particularly enjoyed the cinnamon toast with bananas). While golfing was incredible, the food in Ireland was a close second! We had meals in a wide variety of places, and never left hungry. The soups and chowders were always delicious (not to mention very hot!), and everyone had at least one ‘toasted special’. In Killarney, the menu at Murphy’s Pub was very good, while the Italian restaurant Cuccinos was just outstanding. While the Jeromes were at the wedding, the rest of us took a day trip to Kinsale. We highly recommend the Fishy Fishy Caf’ for their lunch ‘ and a good wine selection, too. Each one of us will have special things that he or she will always remember. In addition to the golf, I enjoyed the Irish whiskey tasting at Bushmills, watching Gaelic football match at a local pub, and mingling with the race week crowd in the streets of Galway. While golfing certainly took up most of our time and energy, the total Ireland experience was so much greater than how we played. We appreciate your efforts in our behalf, and look forward to working with you in the future (heard there a few courses in Scotland worth playing).

T.M., August 2006, Circle tour of Ireland, K Club, Northern Ireland, Northwest Ireland, Galway, Ballybunion, Killarney, and Kinsale

Just wanted to thank you for setting up a superb trip! All the details were covered and the accommodations perfect. You were right about Greywalls it was fabulous. Thanks again

L.A., August 2006, Turnberry, East Lothian, and St. Andrews Scotland

Sorry to be so late reporting on our trip. In a word, “outstanding”. What a motorcoach. We were not expecting anything that large for eight guys, it was great. Will be hard-pressed to self-drive after that. Bertie was great too, he has that Irish humor and hung out with us several evenings and for several meals. He was a lot of fun and very accommodating. I hurt my back one day and he drove me around Sligo to a doctor’s office and then to a drug store. Donegal was a good course to play the first day. Not crowded, fairly flat, and could play it without caddies. What a good time we had at Paula Duffy’s B&B. She was so personable as were the four kids. Ballyliffin was one of my favorite Irish courses. It was a beautiful day with a two-club wind. We had two female caddies who were excelllent. Rosapenna was a challenge, the hardest nine holes I’ve ever played. Rosses Point was very enjoyable for the guys. (I didn’t play there because of my back.) It rained with some wind so the boys got a full taste of some typical Irish conditions. They had a good time with it. We wouldn’t play in those conditions here in the states. It never was too cold anywhere. The Radisson was comfortable. We pubbed that night having dinner at Fiddler’s Creek Pub which was good. We did some pub crawling after that. Sligo was a fun town as Donegal would have been had we more time there. On to Enniscrone and another wonderful course, especially the back nine. A good weather day. Sun and a three club wind. Drove to Belmullet after that and reached our lodging in the middle of an Irish wedding at Broadhaven. I had played Carne before. The back nine there is my favorite in Ireland. Closely followed by the back nine at Tralee and Ballybunion from hole seven on. Rain, sun and wind. We had a great trip. We will definitely use you the next time we go. Paula and Bertie spoke highly of you. Glad we were there before the heat wave heat. We like the challenges. Thank you for your assistance.

J.A., August 2006, Northwest Ireland

It just dawned on me that I forgot to send a thank you note for the outstanding trip that you put together for us in May. A great time was had by all even though three of the party managed to get lost on the trip over. I guess no matter how many times some people are told to allow plenty of time for international travel, they feel they can run from gate to gate and make all connections. I just want to take the time to thank you for a superior job. Alll the accomodtations and course reservations went off without a single hitch. Your services were absolutely outstanding and I will not hestitate to recommend you to all my friends that are planning a trip to Scotland or Ireland in the future. It will be at least a year before the lads dry out from the last adventure and I will most definately be in touch for an Ireland trip in the next year or so. I have always said when you find a quality product or service, “stick with it” Your selection of hotels, course reservations and advice on the Old Course reservation system proved to be outstanding. Thanks again and please feel free to use my name as a reference.

E.B., July 2006, St. Andrews, Scotland

Jerry and I would like to add our sincere thanks for a wonderful schedule and trip. Every detail went like clockwork thanks to your hard work. Every hotel was a delight and the hotel in St. Andrews could not have been more wonderful. Since our return some of our friends have asked about your tour company. We have heartily recommended they contact you when they are ready to schedule that ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.

C.N., July 2006, Highlands and St. Andrews Scotland

Just wanted to loop back around to you with some feedback on our trip…….simply GREAT is the only way to describe the experience we had. Everyone was thrilled! The Dunvegan was awesome. Jack and Sheena are a hoot and great hosts. Here’s some quick notes for you: The Old Course is what it is and I’d play it again on every trip, but it’s certainly a bit odd with the short par fours. I parred the road hole then birdied 18 though which will be a golf memory forever. And, Eden was a good warmup. Great idea! Muirfield was certainly a unique experience with the formality of the whole experience, but that’s not a bad commentary just that it was different. We actually got turned back from the gate as we were 90 mins early for our teetime rather than the appropriate 60 mins early arrival expected. The foursomes in the afternoon was a great experience for all. Kingsbarns was a favorite……a trip highlight. It was great to have that experience particularly with the Open passing through there again in ’07. We’re already in motion on Ireland for Summer, 2008. Let me know when we should start planning for that. Cheers!

T.G. July 2006, St. Andrews and East Lothian, Scotland

Good morning Jeff, I would like to thank you for assisting us with a most enjoyable trip to St. Andrews. Everything you did for us was top notch, and we couldn’t possibly have experienced such a great time without your assistance. From arranging The Hotel Dunvegan, to playing golf with Tom Gallacher, your choices were superb! To say Tom was a nice man would not do him justice, and his hospitality was so greatly appreciated by all of us! Without fear of equivocation, I would recommend, and I already have, you and Hidden Links to anyone. Again, thank you so much!

G.L., July 2006, St. Andrews Scotland

Well Jeff, what can I say but you again put together a first class trip. We had so much fun. The group was great and everyone got along. There was a last minute cancellation of one of the non-golfers. Still am not sure what happened there but since it was my boss I did not want to push the issue. First off, we had the best driver there was and I want you to know how great he was. He went out of his way for us. He was very knowledgeable and just overall a great guy. Everyone thought he was phenomenal. The Killeen House was great. We did not see much of Michael but plenty of Geraldine. I actually think the best food we had in Ireland was our dinner there. It was just fabulous. We ate at the recommended places in town but I still liked the food the best there. The courses were great. My personal favorite again was Lahinch. I just loved it there (of course this was also my best scoring day as well I shot an 87). I have to say my next favorite was either Tralee orWaterville. Both were great. A lot of people enjoyed both of those as well. Old Head ‘ I am glad I played it but I thought the other courses were more fun and had better greens. The scenery was unbeatable but the scenery is pretty impressive at the other courses as well. By the way, the day we played Waterville we saw both Stuart Applebee and Mark Calcavecchia, they said they were warming up for the Open. Pretty cool. Well Tony and I have already started to talk about our next trip over. We figure we will need to go every other year so that we can still go other places. But I think I have found my heaven on earth in Ireland. What I think I will change the next time is play some of the courses more than once. I kept saying I wish I was playing this course tomorrow because I would have done this differently etc. Jeff, I cannot tell you how much fun we had and am so thankful to have found you to put together these vacations for me. You will definitely be hearing from me again in the future. Thank you so much for everything.

D.F., July 2006, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Tralee, Old Head, Ballybunion, and Lahinch in Southwest Ireland

Our foursome was there 6/22 – 7/1. We were very happy with the trip. The accommodations were excellent. The golf courses were great. Everything was well-organized. The driving directions were well done. We enjoyed the golf, the scenery, and the people. Thank you for an outstanding job and for making this a lifetime experience.

F.S., July 2006, The Scottish Highlands–Dornoch, Nairn, Boat of Garten, and Cruden Bay

As you can see, we are back from a great trip to Scotland. You are lucky to be a member at Royal Dornoch! What a spectacular course! I just wish that we had been there to see it with the gorse in bloom.I probably would have stayed there for the rest of the trip. By the way, they loved the hats that I had made up! We all wore them there for our first round. The first time we played it, I shot a 76, as I mentally prepared myself to play a good round there. The second day, the two par 3’s in the front, killed me! The town was fun, as well as the hotel and pub. Gleneagles is just beautiful and tough. The course conditions were great, and the greens were fast compared to some of the others. We had a wonderful time at the Dunvegan, and Sheena and Jack couldn’t have been nicer, as well as their staff, especially Helen. We had the suite above the golf shop, and it was a lot of fun, a bit noisy at night, but fun. We played Kingsbarns in a heavy fog up to about the 16th hole, and then it cleared up. We all loved Brora and Elie, both are a lot of fun, and a good change of pace from the other courses. Carnoustie was a bit foggy, and true to it’s toughness, although one of the guys did shoot a 73. We had no problems at the Old course, and the conditions were very good. Muirfield is as tough as they come! We had a very nice time there, the lunch was a nice experience, although it was very hot inside. Overall the trip was a lot of fun, and as usual time flew by. Thanks for all your excellent work on this trip, and the ease that we were able to check in to the hotels and golf courses, it was great.

L.C., July 2007, Dornoch, The Highlands, St. Andrews, and East Lothian Scotland

Hi Jeff–Just a short note to let you know that we are, unfortunately, back in the good ‘ol USA from our wonderful five days of golf in glorious Ireland. Can’t tell you how much we enjoyed the trip and how beautifully you helped us plan for the “Trip of a Lifetime”!!! God was certainly with us as far as the weather was concerned. We played in the rain for TWO HOLES the first day at Lahinch and that was it!!! Some cloudiness at Doonbeg and Ballybunion, but nothing but blue skies and 70 degree weather at Tralee and Old Head. All of the arrangements were fabulous, but we cannot say enough about the B&B. Everything about the place was first rate from his joyous welcome to the rooms (one suite), the decor, to the scrumptious pancakes!! We would go back there to stay for an entire week of golf anytime. We took caddies at every course and the two at Tralee are not to be missed by any golfers you have playing there. Dominic and Dan were so outrageously funny, helpful, and gregarious that we invited them to savor a few Guinness at the end of the round. Our driver Anthony was extremely punctual, informative, and friendly and we asked him to join us for dinner almost every night. I took a consensus vote of the favorite courses and we were nearly unanimous in our rankings. Old Head and Tralee for scenic splendor, Ballybunion for classic design and toughness, Doonbeg for elegance, gracious servitude by staff, and club house magnificence, and Lahinch for a rude awakening to the rigors of Irish golf. So there you have it. Four happy golfers who would go back again tomorrow to experience true links golf, the warm hospitality of the Irish people, and of course, imbibe in a few more Guinness—just to help the Irish economy. Thanks again for all you assistance and your exquisite choices.

B.K., Southwest Ireland, July 2006

The golf courses were all outstanding. Links golf at its best…. Lahinch was certainly our favorite. A wonderful true test of golf in a fabulous setting. Old Head was the most beautiful … almost like being in a movie. An experience I will never forget.. and I do intend to play Old Head and Lahinch again on another trip. The old course at Ballybunion was also a great course. We enjoyed the golf and scenery at Waterville and Tralee. Thanks for putting the trip together, and give David our best. He was a true gentleman. Thanks him again for bringing my golf clubs to the course during the middle of the round(lost luggage at airport).

D.R. Southwest Ireland, July 2006

Hi Jeff — To sum it up the entire trip was awesome. The hotel (Barns) was excellent, especially the staff and the locals who frequented the pub at night ‘ engaging, warm and humorous. The weather ranged from misty mornings to sunny and hot and a little rain ‘ sprinkled ‘ in. The Barns, The Grange, The Dunvegan and the Road Hole Grill were all excellent choices for dinner. And what can you say about the golf? Just plain magnificent, especially the Kingsbarns course ‘ superb. The Old Course was a treat, Ellie a little challenging and Crail is a don ‘ t miss. Thanks to you and your staff for making everything just plain wonderful. When we go again we will definitely book with you. And by the way, I thought the driving was right up there with the golf! Many thanks,

D.H., July 2006, St. Andrews, Scotland

We returned last night from our trip to Ireland and everyone had a wonderful time!!! We learned a lot about visiting this beautiful Island. Our favorite places to stay were: Stella Maris, Killeen House, Coopershill House, Adare Manor, and Dromoland Castle. The food was out of this world but Francis at Stella Maris was a master chef and our dinner there was out of this world. The food at the Killeen House was not far behind. Mike and Geraldine ran the best establishment for that size Inn and was voted our favorite even though in all honesty Stella Maris, Coopershill, and The Killeen House were all unique in their own way and we would highly recommend them to anyone traveling to that region. Our next trip we do want to spend more time at Adare Manor. As far as pure beauty is concerned it took the prize. The last suprise is that given a choice between playing Cashen or “the old course” at Ballybunion I would choose Cashen every time. It was a great up and down true links course and a lot of fun to play and walk. Another party we met felt just the opposite. This goes to prove everyone has their own opinion. Thank you very much for arranging a very special trip for my friends and myself we had a spectacular time!

J.S., June 2006, Northwest and Southwest Ireland

Hi Jeff, we made it back from Ireland no worse for wear. Great trip! The golf was terrific as were the accommodations. The weather was good for the most part except at Royal County Down, gale force winds and rain made it impossible to play more than the first nine holes. Our two favorite courses were Doonbeg & Portstewart, due in part by getting some really good caddies. Our favorite accomodations were Bushmills Inn & Stella Maris. We had a great driver who really took good care of us. He knew where the best pubs were and had a great sense of humor. We will be requesting him when we book our next trip! Thank you for suggesting we upgrade to a bigger transport, we got a 12 passenger bus which was very comfortable. Favorite restaurants were Shanahans On The Green, The Atlantic Hotel, & Vaughans.Thanks again, I look forward to working with you on our next trip to Ireland.

B.P., Circle tour of Ireland, Dublin to Old Head via Northern Ireland, Northwest Ireland, Lahinch, Ballybunion, and Kerry

(Referral note to friend): I hope this email doesn’t come as a complete surprise. As you may recall you joined our group at Kingsbarns (and it cost you one UK pound). As promised I have provided the information of those who helped with our golf and vacation arrangements. Our overall trip was planned and arranged by Hidden Links, they managed quite nicely through all the changes etc that we kept throwing at him. It came off without a hitch (even the weather). The firm has done it’s research well. All of the accommodations they arranged were terrific and the tour driver in Ireland certainly knew his way around. Our driver in Scotland especially went out of his way to make our time enjoyable and interesting. While we did play five rounds in Scotland we also spent a considerable amount of time as tourists. Our driver took our suggestions and interests and turned them into a great time, including making the arrangements for our round at Kings Barns. Hidden Links did a fine job for us. The invitation to play here in Maine still stands if you get here for the fall leaf season.

S.R., June 2006 Southwest Ireland, Dublin, and St. Andrews, Scotland

Jeff, everyone made it back. As you suggested, we were so exhausted by Wednesday, we did not play the round on the New Course. Did get in a couple rounds on the Himalayas that afternoon with the old ladies. Great experience at Elie when Denise stayed 1 ‘ hours after closing to fix us some sandwiches and chips along with a couple of pints. Went out of her way to help us. So for a 38₤ tab, she got a 30₤ tip. Think she was happy.

S.M., June 2006 Ayrshire and St. Andrews Scotland

Dear David: Brian and I returned from Ireland on Sunday. What a great experience! The weather held up nicely for the remainder of our trip after Ballybunion. I am glad we made the trip around the Ring of Kerry, what a beatiful ride! Dooks alone was well worth it, a true “hidden gem”. Our game got better and better each day culminating with a great day at Old Head. What a magnificent setting for a golf course. It was just spectacular and a fitting end to our trip. Brian and I want to thank you for being such gracious hosts during our stay at Ballybunion. You both made our experience that much better.  Ballybunion will surely be on my recommendation list for my friends. There is no question we will be back sooner than later. Once again thanks for a very enjoyable stay and the pleasure of your conversation and hospitality.

D.K., June 2006, Ballybunion and Southwest Ireland

Jeff: Many thanks, again, for a trip planned to perfection. The course were, well…….; the accommodations and the hosts went above and beyond, etc. I just wanted to thank you again and to report that the trip was exceptional.

J.F., June 2006, Southwest Ireland

We arrived home last night from our trip to play golf in Scotland, today I only wanted to thank you for a fantastic agenda. I will email you later with some details. Thanks again, the “Brush Creek Boys.”

T.R., June 2006, Muirfield, St. Andrews, and Carnoustie Scotland

Just wanted to drop you a short line with some feedback from our recently concluded Scotland trip. First, the logistics were excellent and the entire trip from start to finish was smooth sailing. Many thanks to you and the Hidden Links team for making our experience so positive. The arrival in Glasgow was easy, with the baggage claim, rental car counter, rental car lot and a Starbuck’s all within a 50 yd. radius. Troon was a blast. The Postage Stamp got it’s pound of flesh and The Railway is among the best par 4’s in the world. The Westin Turnberry was nice as expected and we were able to squeeze in some time at the spa. We had a perfect weather day for Ailsa (the weather overall was quite good – no rain), and the Kintyre course was a pleasant surprise. It’s more American in layout and style (the golf is just OK) but is built on a perfect piece of property with some spectacular hilltop views. Greywall’s was off the charts, starting with the drive into the courtyard. As advertised the rooms were spacious and well appointed. There was even a proper shower in the bathroom, the ultimate UK luxury. The food, wine list, and bar were all first rate and the service was very friendly and welcoming. I’d stay there again even if not playing Muirfield. Gullane was great (both courses), with the back 9 on #1 giving us all we could handle into the wind. North Berwick was both fun and challenging and is always a highlight. The caddies at both venues were first rate. Well that about covers the highlights. All in all it was a great trip and we are looking forward to Ireland in 2008. Thanks again for the great arrangements.

M.H., June 2006, Turnberry, Troon, Muirfield, and St. Andrews Scotland

You did an unbelievable job with logistics and everyone had a great time. 75 degree temps and sunny skies didn’t hurt a bit either.

M.G., May 2006, Shannon to Old Head to Waterville via helicopter, then on to Ballybunion and Doonbeg via deluxe coach

Just a note to say thanks and report that all went quite well this past week. The golf was fantastic and for my first time to Carnoustie we had a four club wind. Wow! That North Sea side is tough, but, memorable and my foursome fell in love with all the Open courses to include the wind monster. We all need something to remember for next year’s Open on television. Keep your formula going as is. It’s the way to go, rooms, tee-times, and door-to-door trans. Two thumbs up. Thanks for all,

G.T., May 2006, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, and Royal Troon, Scotland

I want to thank you for the fine job you and your firm did for our Scotland trip. It unfolded as smoothly as silk, and we had a wonderful time. The courses were beautiful, the people were friendly and efficient, the hotels were precious, and the food was delicious without exception. I plan to take a similar trip to Ireland next year and will be calling you when I know the dates involved.

C.L., May 2006, Royal Dornoch, the Highlands, and St. Andrews, Scotland

I just wanted to say what a wonderful trip to Scotland I had. It was everything that was promised and more. When I say more I mean that even when my flight was delayed in Atlanta for over four hours and my first tee at Muirfield was missed, Jeff stepped in and totally saved the day. Not only did he come up with great suggestions concerning options he completely rearranged my first four days and nothing was sacraficed in the process. Greywalls was great, Turnberry was great, and the weather was perfect– not a drop of rain! Let me say in closing that I found every contact with your company to be extremely professional and accommodating with the client completely in mind. I look forward to contacting you next year for Ireland.

S.W., May 2006, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Turnberry Scotland

We just got back from our trip and let me tell you it was better than I could have hoped. The accommodations, the driver, the bus, and of course the golf were all fantastic. You guys put together a great package!

D.C., May 2006, Southwest Ireland

Just wanted to give you a quick buzz to extend our appreciation on a wonderful trip!!! Everything went great, we had no problems at all through the entire trip!!! The courses were great (and tough as &^#*), and everyone enjoyed an experience of a lifetime!! Many of us want to go to Ireland in ’08, so I will give you a buzz next year to plan another great outing!

B.F., May 2006, St. Andrews and Troon, Scotland

Just returned from the trip.. Fantastic was the word by all. All wanted to express our congratulations to the exquisite service we received at our locations The staff at both locations went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of. The taxi service was very promnmpt and couteous. Soecial thanks to Russell to got us back to the airport and our first driver who picked us up, whose name I have forgotten, did an outstanding job of pointing out all the sites along the way. Courses were outstanding and the group will most definetly recommend your service to any future clients. Thanks again.

J.H., May 2006, St. Andrews and East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you so very much for our lovely surprise of cookies and chocolates which have just arrived. You are so kind all of you and we don’t expect anything for helping you help your golfers have a great holiday. So this is a real treat – you definitely know how our admin office loves biscuits or chocolate. Mmmmm! You are definitely our No.1 tour operator! (even without the edible goodies). A pleasure to work with.

May, 2006, from one of our favorite golf courses in the British Isles, unamed for their protection!

The guys had a blast on the trip. You did a great job planning the trip. They loved the driver and the motorcoach. The courses were great and weather was clear…..Have a great day!

A.B., May 2006, Southwest Ireland

Hi Jeff….this note is way overdue but we had such a wonderful time in scotland!! the places we stayed at were just fabulous! Greywalls was exceptional….the golf was perfect! My husband was so excited to play on each and every one of them!! And thank you so much for pairing him up with Tom Gallagher….he so enjoyed playing with him at St Andrews and Muirfield!! And the weather….really great for us!! 50’s and partly cloudy….the little bit of rain we had never interfered with our plans!! Well thank you again for putting together a wonderful birthday trip for my husband…me too as i soooooo enjoyed the countryside!!!! I was ready to buy a little farm in the country and raise sheep!! :o)) My husband is a member of Prairie Dunes in Kansas and he said if you ever need help getting on the course to let him know!! Thanks again for a great great trip!!!!

S.C., April 2006, St. Andrews, Muirfield, Carnoustie, and Turnberry, Scotland

A quick note to let you know Dan and I had a fabulous time in England. Everything exceeded our expectations! We enjoyed the golf, especially the pace of play. Every round was under 3 hours, even one following a tournament! The weather was great, better than at home, but we were fortunate enough to get some wind and rain at Royal West Norfolk so we could experience the links at their best. Thanks again!

G.B., April 2006, Norfolk and London, England

Wanted to let you know we had a great trip to Scotland. The courses were terrific with vistas I never expected. Good weather also…temperatures averaged in mid 50’s…good golfing weather. Windy everyday but understand typical conditions this time of year. The courses were tough, but I’ll never forget playing the Old Course on our last day and was lucky enough to birdie # 18…what a way to end the trip.

T.W., April 2006, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, and East Lothian, Scotland

I need to ask you for a favor. My golfing buddy did something stupid and I’m hoping you can touch base with the nice folks at Aureol House to make sure I don’t owe them some money. Apparently, he fell asleep with a beer in his hand and ultimately spilled the entire thing on the bed. He dried it up but I can’t imagine it didn’t cause a major stain–it was a Boddington’s. For some reason, he was too embarrassed to tell them and just now told me. Can you make sure he didn’t ruin anything? Hopefully, they won’t think too poorly of your clientele. BTW, the golf was great!

J.P., February 2006, Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s, England

We got back safely on Sunday night and I wanted to let you know how well things went. Every course was perfect and the weather cooperated pretty well. The driving instructions that you sent were invaluable. I really don’t think we’d have found anything without them. If you need a reference for future clients, don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks again.

J.P., October 2005, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Returned to the States last night after our 8 days in Southwest Ireland and wanted to drop you a quick line to tell you what a wonderful trip we had. The information package was great and provided answers to all of our questions. The rental car was ready and waiting for us on arrival. As you know we chose to stay in 5 different bed & breakfasts so it required some daily travel – I wanted to say that the directions were excellent and made the adventure that is “driving in Ireland” much less hecic. All of the B&B owners were waiting on our arrival and made us feel right at home. Connie from An Tintean was nice enough to call over to the course and move us up to 9:50 am which worked out perfectly for us. We plan to return to Southwest Ireland in a coupld of years for another trip and will be booking our trip again through your company. We will spread the word about Hidden Links as it truly was a great trip that went off without a hitch.

M.L., October 2005, Southwest Ireland

Have been back almost 7 weeks and have been lax in contacting you. We had the most wonderful time in Ireland and would go back in a minute. All accomdations were absolutely perfect, golf courses spectacular and the people unbelievable……..You outdid yourself with our accommodations at Killarney Hotel, probably the best stay of the trip. Your planning allowed us to play golf, make trips, see the sites and just enjoy the great hospitality of the Irish people. Our trip started at Lahinch and we had a caddie by the name of Mike, who out did himself, with knowledge, stories and laughter. Each trip and round was even more beautiful, ending with Old Head which was probably the best golf course we have ever played. We were fortunate to have good weather at worst and fantastic weather most of the time. Anyone who has asked about the trip, we have passed on your name for future plans. Thanks again for everything and hope to be talking with you again about the next trip.

J.W., September 2005, Southwest Ireland

Had a great trip. We really lucked out with the weather. The facilities were excellent and we really loved the Killeen House. The Rosners and Charlie were great hosts and really took great care of us. Everything went smoothly. Once again thanks for planning a great trip and if you wish to use us as references please do so.

J.B., September 2005, Southwest Ireland

It is Thanksgiving here in Canada so I thought it appropriate to send a note of thanks for our trip. It was truly a memorable adventure and we cannot stop enthusing over it. We enjoyed ourselves and got to like Guinness and Jameson both (just ask Frank). We have told many folks about you since we returned so hopefully it brings you new clients. Thanks again from both Susan and I.

J.F., September 2005, Dublin, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Killarney, Ballybunion, and Lahinch Ireland

Jeff, Our trip was marvelous-Mark and Ann could not have been more helpful,warm and knowledgeable about the Dingle area,and Ireland in general. Our driver,Sean Kelly was fabulous and both added a real sense of comfort when traveling the narrow winding roads as well as serving as a wonderful Irish historian and story teller. The golf courses worked well, although playing Tralee in 40 mile per hour wind was a very special challenge. Thanks for all your help-please pass along our kudos re our driver.

C.A., September 2005, Dingle, Kenmare, and Adare Ireland

We had a fantastic time! Weather was perfect, one of our group played in shorts twice. Hotels–especially the Moy House, were great and our driver (Joe O’Leary) was the best. Thanks to you, everything worked like clockwork and there were absolutely no problems with any of the arrangements. it was also nice to see you at the Killeen House. Thanks a million for setting up this trip. We all felt it was the best trip we have ever taken and we look forward to doing it again. If you ever need a reference, have them call me.

J.H., September 2005, Southwest Ireland

I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful trip we had to Ireland. We spent 24 days, played 13 rounds of golf, and stayed at the most beautiful hotels. We didn’t have a single problem. i would recommend you to all my friends and you can certainly use me as a reference any time. Thanks for the great work.

P.H., August 2005, Circle tour of Ireland

My brother and I would like to thank you for the excellent job in arranging our 50/40 birthday golf adventure. As you know, this was a very special occasion for us and we were made to feel special by you, and at every “tour” stop in both Scotland and Ireland. The accommodations you selected were spot-on as were the restaurant and activity recommendations. There was not one glitch throughout the whole trip, including car rentals and directions. Although we chose the not-so-hidden gems, the behind the scenes work you put in was apparent in the trouble-free nature of our trip. We would just show up to some of the most famous courses in the world, check-in, and tee off. How does it get better than that? I will gladly recommend you and hidden Links to anyone who is interested in an unforgettable golf experience. Thanks again and see you the next time.

N.D.. August 2005, St. Andrews, Scotland, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our recent trip to Ireland. The schedule was aggressive but this is what we wanted and we enjoyed it. Thanks for setting it up, I especially appreciate all of the time you took to help me get buggies where they were available.

M.K., August 2005, Northwest Ireland, Lahinch, and Ballybunion

Jeff, I just wanted to drop you a quick line and tell you how much we enjoyed our trip. The weather was great, all of the courses were superb. We all agreed that Old Head was the most spectacular venue we could ever imagine for a golf course. Ballybunion may have been my favorite together with the back nine at Tralee. We especially enjoyed staying at Waterville House with its accommodations. I’m sure you know they have a driving range, a short game facility, and two putting greens, where Maggie and I managed to win drinks in the lounge area. That occasion turned out to be special as we met and had a lengthy conversation with Jay Connolly. All of the facilities were great and your planning and travel schedules all worked out very well. Thanks again Jeff, we’ll definitely be contacting you for future trips.

J.M., August 2005, Southwest Ireland

Jeff, thanks again for putting together this golf trip for us. We had a fabulous time, and all the courses we played were outstanding. And of the 10 days of good weather each year (so they said), we had 7 of them! You can guarantee that in the future, right? Also, the coach driver we had was wonderful, very professional, personable, on time, and did lots of little extras for us like a couple of additional dinner reservations, and gathering tee/ball marker packets and course guides before each of our rounds. We couldn’t have asked for a better week. Thanks again.

T.D., August 2005, Southwest Ireland

THANK YOU for all of your help! It was an amazing trip, with an amazing bus driver. All went like clockwork. We will definitely use your services again when this request comes up next time.

Brigham Young University Ladies Golf Team, August 2005, Southwest Ireland

Our trip turned out great. We were fortunate to have great weather throughout the trip. The accomodations were great, the van option was ideal, and the courses were as advertised, particularly the hidden gems. Thanks Jeff, we may do it again! Take care

S.T., August 2005, St. Andrews and Ayrshire, Scotland

Everybody had a great time and commend you for the itinerary, course lineup, and Dunvegan suite. Looking back we could not think of anything we would have changed. You were right–golf and lunch at Muirfield were one of the absolute highlights of the trip. Thanks again!

M.S., August 2005., Turnberry, Muirfield, and St. Andrews, Scotland

First day back from the vacation, my Dad and I had a wonderful time. Carnoustie is a beast, the Old Course was magical, and Kingsbarns was breathtaking. Panmure was a wonderful game, Crail was a beautiful setting and a solid course for us, and Elie was perhaps the best setting of them all. We did stop for a pint after a round at the 19th hole! Thank you so much for your help and I will contact you again I am sure for my next golf adventure.

T.R., August 2005, St. Andrews, Fife, and Carnoustie Scotland

JEFF: WE JUST GOT BACK FROM SCOTLAND YESTERDAY. IT WAS THE BEST TIME A FATHER AND SON COULD HAVE. MARK GOES TO COLLEGE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND THIS COULD HAVE NOT BEEN A BETTER WAY TO SEND HIM OFF. I’VE BEEN ON MANY VACATIONS AND MANY GOLF TRIPS OVER THE YEARS. THIS WAS THE MOST WELL PLANNED TRIP I COULD IMAGINE. THE HOTELS, B&B’S,PUBS AND REATURANTS YOU SUGGESTED WERE GREAT. THE DIRECTIONS WERE A MUST, ESPECIALLY WITH THEIR CRAZY ROADS. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE GOLF WAS THE MOST EXCITING IN THE WORLD. WE DID GET ONTO THE OLD COURSE THANKS TO YOUR ADVICE. YOUR WAKE-UP CALL THAT MORNING WAS WELL BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. I’VE BEEN HOME FOR A DAY AND HAVE ALREADY GIVEN YOUR NAME TO TWO FRIENDS PLANNING SUCH A TRIP. I’LL BE IN TOUCH MYSELF SOON FOR A FUTURE TRIP. THANKS AGAIN FOR MAKING A VERY IMPORTANT TRIP A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE.

S.G., July 2005, Turnberry, Prestwick, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, and St. Andrews, Scotland

The trip was a smashing success for Pop and me. He had a great time playing some of the “lesser” courses – though his favorite round not surprisingly was the Old Course – and we enjoyed very much (strange as it sounds) the driving between and around our destinations. The accomodations were solid everywhere, the Old Course Hotel very, very good. The service there was especially strong. As far as the courses: Dornoch is just first-rate, as you know. Golspie is not quite as memorable as Brora but both are worth a play if someone is staying in that area for a few days, as of course is Nairn, which based on what I’ve played anyway I would rate as the no. 2 course in the Highlands. Boat of Garten was a treat – lots of rumple on the fairways, great scenery, some very strong holes. Braid seemed to have a good way especially with par fours, mixing up the long and the short ones. As I told you on the phone, Kingussie was not quite as good as the Boat but was a real find for us – the course isn’t as strong overall, but it has even better scenery on the front nine than BOG, some really good holes and plenty of quirk also. These courses were great for us, in that they were lovely, fun and not too demanding (as well as altogether uncrowded, no tour buses). We liked both the Jubilee and the New quite a bit in St. Andrews. It was especially nice to be able to walk onto both without a time and play in three hours, too. We played Crail in pretty heavy rain and heavy wind, and loved it. There are some OK holes but some excellent ones too, especially the first five going out. Next time I might try Elie and Lundin Links, but Crail was a good call, very “authentic” (to my way of thinking), fun to play and very proximate to our base. Thanks again for all your help. My in-trip reports back to my colleagues here have some of them talking about another trip to Scotland or Ireland before too long.

J.G., July 2005, Dornoch, Boat of Garten, and St. Andrews, Scotland

Thanks again for putting arranging our golfing trip to Ballybunion, Lahinch, etc. and the weather was GREAT. You really do think of everything. Some feedback: No question that the place in Ballybunion was first class in terms of accommodations, a beautiful guesthouse. Killeen House was great, especially Mike’s bar…I don’t think there are any others quite like it. Everything went smoothly, and we can’t thank you enough for putting the trip together.

J.P., July 2005, Killarney, Ballybunion, and Lahinch Ireland

Well we made it and it was every bit a spectacular as you said it would be. All golf courses were wonderful as were your recommendations for food and pubs. Your lodging choices and villages for overnights were great. We will definitely will be repeat customers and have already recommended you to two other groups planning the trip. All in all it was wonderful and I would be happy for you to use me as a reference it you have the need. Thank you again.

M.C., July 2005, Southwest Ireland

Just a word of thanks for arranging the trip….Had a fantastic time! Golf and weather was perfect, not to mention being at the The Open, particularly at St Andrews! We will talk about a trip to Ireland in the future. Thanks!

M.W., July 2005, East Lothian and the British Open, St. Andrews, Scotland

We had a great time. Old Head was, of course, just spectactular. Mahoney’s Point was fine and Ring of Kerry was a pretty course also. Perryville House was very accomodating—they gave our son (who is a 5’11” 14-year old his own room at no extra charge because he was too big for their camp cot.) Killarney was great—they have some of the most service-oriented staff we have met on all our travels (to many places all over the world and in U.S.). All in all, it was a great trip and we really appreciated your help in arranging it.

M.F., July 2005, Old Head and Killarney, Ireland

Just want to reiterate what George said…everything that you set up was as advertised! Driving directions were “spot on!” Appreciate all of you efforts in making this a truly memorable experience. I will highly recommend you to some of my associates who are planning asimilar trip. Future trip there is not out of the question…next time I think we fly to Edinburgh and spend the time playing the other courses in St. Andrews…but Kingsbarns is a definite! Thanks again Jeff

D.K., June 2005, The Highlands and St. Andrews, Scotland

Absolutely Awesome! What a trip. Everything worked like clockwork. An oversized double queen room overlooking the 18th fairway of the Old Course–breathtaking! Even the weather was fantastic, although on our first day, at Brora, it did rain. Typical Scotland weather. Had a terrific round going on the Old until I hit my approach into the shell bunker on number 7 and took three to get out. What an experience! And what can I say about Kingsbarns? It is now my all-time favorite course. I could play it every day. Spectacular views and a great layout. The car worked out perfectly, we stopped at a number of distilleries, including Glenmorangie, Glenlivit, Dalwhinnie, and Edradour. We even had a sip or two. Thank you so much for all your efforts. You put together an incredible trip. It will be something I will remember the rest of my life. Thanks again

G.Y., June, 2005, The Highlands and St. Andrews, Scotland

Great trip. Everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you for all of your work. Let me say off the top that Tim was an excellent driver. Been on 4 of these, and he was the best so far. Nice, conscientious guy. RCD was great as always. The guys loved Doonbeg. Greenbrier and 19th hole were very nice. Killarney was fantastic. And Old Head blew the guys away — as it does most everyone. Great trip — and A plus, and my group had a better time than they even anticipated. We would definitely use your company again……and BTW, all the hotel operators spoke highly of you. You enjoy a great reputation.

J.C., June 2005, Dublin, Royal County Down, Lahinch, Ballybunion, County Kerry, and Old Head

Just wanted to let you know we all had a great trip. We were made most welcome everywhere we stayed and will certainly go back. You did a great job selecting hotels and courses, in particular the Beasleys at the 19th Lodge in Ballybunion really made us feel at home. What would you suggest for the 2006 trip?

P.B., June 2005, Southwest Ireland

The Ireland trip was great. The bus, the driver, Tommy, the accommodations,the golf, everything was perfect. Thank you!

D.K., June 2005, Southwest Ireland

Jeff…………..we had a great, great time on our trip………can’t thank you enough for helping it to happen. We really enjoyed our stay with Jack and Sheena at Dunvegan and Jim was a real plus with the transportation/local insights and good humor. All in all, one fine trip that we’ll all remember and cherish for a lifetime…………don’t hesitate to use me as a reference if ever needed.

T.T., June 2005, Ayrshire and St. Andrews, Scotland

Just wanted to thank you for setting up our trip. It was amazing and you lined it up perfectly with us finishing on Old Head. Kent and Scott have played Spyglass and Pebble Beach and say Old Head blows them away! We had for the most part perfect weather. No RAIN! Had 35-50 mph winds on Thursday at Tralee (what a course!). Kinsale IS the greatest little town I’ve been in. I’ve already given your name to some friends and will do so in the future to any who inquire. Thanks again and will look you up for our next venture to Great Britain.

M.K., June 2005, Southwest Ireland

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for arranging such a fabulous trip. The weather, courses and accommodations were all perfect. James, our driver, was excellent too. As they say on the old sod, “fooking grand”. You will be certainly be highly recommended, so expect to hear from friends of mine that will be going next year. If ever in CT, be sure to call me and we’ll play Wampanoag….a 1926 Donald Ross that I’m sure you’ll love.

J.B., June 2005, Southwest Ireland

Hi Jeff, All we have left are fond memories and blistered lips due to the sun. Yes, the sun. When I returned home my response, in advance, to any questions my father might ask was, “Great, now go ahead and ask any question”. Beyond the weather – that which you could not control, everything you could control was perfect. The tee times (late at Lahinch brought the evening shadows!), the accomodations, the pub suggestions, James – the driver, the general handholding, all great, great and great. There’s no way to express the superlatives except to say if I could have rewritten any of the entire trip, I couldn’t have. In my opinion: Best course was Lahinch. Ballybunion, awesome but too tough. Back nine at Tralee great. Old Head spectacular views, and Waterville is the one I’d join – could play it every day. I expect other opinions may vary. Feel free to have any prospects call me at the office

D.F., June 2005, Southwest Ireland

We are all either back or on our way to other destinations. We had a little rocky start getting out of the states but once we hit Ireland it was perfect. First the weather was sunny and mild every day we were there. Second the accommodations were great, everyone was very pleasant and helpful. Pat Pendergast is a great guy who met our every need. I want to thank you for all you help and making the arrangements flawless. The golf courses were in great condition and everyone had a blast. Everyone wants to go back and bring their wives. I will send you some pictures once we get them developed. Thanks again

A.D., June 2005, Southwest Ireland

I can never thank you enough for the time you invested in me over the past year in planning my husband’s birthday trip to Scotland. We are already planning our next trip which he would like to play Turnberry again and Gleneagles. Your precision, dedication to excellence became more evident with each day as we relaxed into the beauty of the people and country. What a great investment and vacation. Thank you more than we can ever express. As a way of feedback for you, Jim Williamson is a gem. Greywalls was exquisite as was Turnberry. My golf on the Old Course can be summed up with the caddies words “I think we will need a calculator for your score” The Cellar and Vineleaf were outstanding. At Turnberry by chance there was a corporate gathering who hired bagpipes and the guys had happy birthday by pipe! The Scottish Symphony was warming up for a concert at Culzean Castle and played Happy Birthday to someone in the orchestra but the trip had been so perfectly planned that Max assumed we had arranged it!!! A great success and wonderful time. Thank you! Have a great year and let me know which you would recommend for us in 2007. God’s peace

P.G., May 2005, East Lothian, St. Andrews, and Turnberry Scotland

We’ve been home only a few days, but while memories are fresh I felt inclined to give you a capsule review of your carefully designed week for us. While you certainly assembled a first-rate vacation, it was a golfing experience of the highest order. Getting off the plane and grabbing our van, we made the ‘ hour drive to Nairn, which proved to be just the right tonic following ten hours in the air. After playing that gem in short sleeves, we found the Glenmorangie House where perfect service, a four-course meal, and numerous single malts awaited us. The quick drive to Dornoch in the morning and the 36-holes we played that day will remain forever etched in our memories (is there a more beautiful course anywhere in Scotland?) before a 2nd night back in the lap of luxury back at Glenmorangie. Off to Carnoustie in the a.m., we toughed out another day of sunscreen and short sleeves before scoring “4” on the infamous 18th where Van de Velde choked with a triple. After toasting the Frenchman, we coasted into St. Andrews and the R & A, where the attendant greeted us: “Here are your keys for the Waldon House just across the 18th fairway, so after unloading there, feel free to park your van here for the duration and enjoy yourselves tomorrow – your tee time on the Old Course is 7:50am.” A great meal and a good night’s rest were all we needed to prepare for 36 on the Old that day, where 18-year old Mark (“The Kid”) fired a bogey-free 67 in our final round, one in which he could have outputted Tiger. However, our celebration that 2nd night proved to be a bit much for The Kid, who was in a queasy state at Kingsbarns the following morning, managing only a 73. The rest of us took in Kyle Phillips’ masterpiece under cloudless skies and couldn’t decide whether it felt like Whistling Straits, Cypress Point or Bandon Dunes. Lunch and beer gave us the blood sugar to seek the Western Coast and Turnberry, the only place that actually made us wish we’d brought the spouses. An outstanding meal, great service and a heavenly mattress set the tone for the astonishing Ailsa course, our first outing where wind ruled the day. The lovely drive to Prestwick ensued and we checked into the Golf View Hotel, walked across the street and played our 2nd 18 of the day at Prestwick. Unquestionably the most unique track of the trip, The Kid began with two bogeys before missing a 4-footer on 18 that would have given him 69, a score that made all the members proud. Sans sport jackets, they gave us our own room to down brews and take in the regal atmosphere of the Open’s birthplace, before concluding the evening with a superb dinner across the street. By the time we arrived at Troon for our final rounds, we felt like old pros. An amazing golf experience and every bit as hard as Carnoustie in my book, Troon capped a perfect week of weather, golf and companionship, skillfully arranged by Hidden Links. We’ll use your services again! Many thanks!

R.G., May 2005, The Highlands, Carnoustie, St. Andrews, and Ayrshire Scotland

As you can see, we’re back from a great trip. Everything went smoothly, including getting the Alberts clubs out of customs the same day. The staff at the Grand Hotel, especially Liam were extremely helpful. We were able to play Royal County Down the same day with all of our clubs. That, by the way, was my favorite course. It’s absolutely beautiful, the gorse was still in bloom so it really made the holes stand out. We all loved the Bushmills Inn the best, and the pubs and food there were fabulous, as well as the staff there, especially Stella and Kay. We also were very happy with Paula and her family at the Drumnacroil. Even her kids helped out! Our driver Joe O’Leary was really great and went out of his way to make sure that everything ran smoothly. He would even go to the extent of making “dry runs” to know the exact route and time to some of the courses. We were finally able to twist his arm to eat dinner with us our first night at Donegal. All of the other golf courses were great. I played good golf except the two rainy days, ranging from 72 at Cruit to 85, with a couple of 79’s at the Valley, and Donegal (from the medal tees, as there was a competition). I even shot an 80 at Royal County Down the day we arrived. The course at Rosapenna is excellent and tough. Just as last year, you were outstanding in the work and preparation of our trip, and we sure do appreciate that. It’s great to just walk into the hotels and golf courses and tell them that we were with Hidden Links, and have them tell us that they have been expecting us. We certainly are grateful to you for the smooth flow and comfort of our trip, and look forward to working with you again for next year. Any time you need a recomendation, feel free to contact me or any of the guys in the group. I’ll be contacting you soon about our next trip!

L.C., May 2005, Northern Ireland and Northwest Ireland

I think it’s safe to say that every guy on the trip had an experience they will never forget. Not only were the golf courses magnificent, the trip could not have gone smoother! Your attention to detail with our motorcoach, taxis, and accomodations made such a big difference. We played some of the most amazing golf courses in the world and didn’t have to worry about anything once we were there. I would not hesitate to recommend Hidden Links to anyone looking to take a tour in Scotland. Thank you so very much for helping us create memories we will never forget!

D.S., May 2005, Dornoch, St. Andrews, and East Lothian Scotland

Thought I had done this earlier in the week but forgot. The trip went great as the golf and the accomodations were fantastic. Old Head, Tralee, Lahinch and the improvements at Waterville got all the raves. Sure has changed in the 18 years since I first played there but what a great experience for all of us and our sons. Thanks again, there will be another trip in the future!

M.P., May 2005, The K Club and Southwest Ireland

What an Awesome time! My father made copies of your agenda/itinerary and gave it to his golf buddies. They’re all talking about going next year. Looks like we’ll be sending you a bunch of referrals. Service and accommodations were great at the Waldon House. Lots of history there. I shot a great score on the old course to top it all off. We also played the New course. Golf everyday…don’t know how my father did it. pure adrenaline. Well done

M.C., May 2005, Gleneagles and St. Andrews Scotland

It was one of the best golf trips I’ve been on, and I normally go on 3-4 a year. If we had it to do over we’d probably reduce the driving times We all liked the pubs and walking around the small towns. The golf was awesome! We played 36 holes 3 times and 27 holes once. We got a total of 10.5 rounds in. The weather was great. It only rained on us for 1 hole on Donegal. When we played Doonbeg the wind was 45 mph with gusts of 75. I really enjoyed Doonbeg, Lahinch, Ballybunion-old and new, and Sligo. Thanks for setting everything up for us. Everything was great!

T.W., April 2005, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, County Clare, and Ballybunion Ireland

We had a FANTASTIC time……look forward to catching up with you and thanks for all your help and attention to detail!!! You were great and we will tell everyone!!! Cheers
R.W., October 2004, Turnberry, Troon, and St. Andrews Scotland

Your Ireland arangements were terrific. Probably the best Hotel accomadations we have ever had. Gregans, Stella, Adare and Killarney were wonderful. Yeats was location significant and was therefore good. However the topper in my opinon was the guesthouse in Ballybunion it was as good as any 5 star that I have stayed in over the last 5 years. David was an excellent host. Ballybunion is as great a course as is in anywhere in the world and with the B&B and O’Connors resturant you have a winner and a centerpiece for any Ireland trip. Finally I believe that Killeen and Mahoneys Point at Killarney along with Dooks and Waterville give nice flexibility to the final days of a trip.

Believe me you done good

R.B., September 2004, Southwest Ireland

Now that I am finally getting settled down and caught up from my absence during my trip to Scotland that you arranged, I wanted to tell you that our trip could not have gone more smoothly. There were no hiccups or problem with any of our reservations at the hotels or golf courses. Further, in each instance, the golf courses knew that we wanted caddies and they were available that day. Highlights included our rounds of golf at Royal Dornoch, Troon, Turnberry, the Kings Course at Gleneagles, Muirfield and of course the courses around St. Andrews. Pete and I were able to obtain temporary memberships at the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and enjoyed a few hours one afternoon there. Again, thank you for your assistance and in addition to Mike, I would not hesitate to recommend your firm to my friends.

T.S., September 2004, The Highlands, the West Coast, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh Scotland

Returned yesterday from an incredible golf journey thru SW Ireland no worse for wear…..We all had a really great time….for the most part the weather was good….exception being the last day on the Old Course at Ballybunion—60 mph gale winds and horizonal rains but we also needed that to expierence what golf in Ireland can be. The lodgings were all good…..Mark and Catherine, Victor and John and Dierada were great hosts……would have to rate the Cashen House the best—–rooms were outstanding (we even got John up early one morning to fix breakfast so we could make our 8 am tee time)….all the selected golf courses gave us a different take on scenic views and difficulty……our ranking would be Old Head, Tralee (especially the back nine), Waterville, Lahinch, Old Course (this might be higher if we didn’t have to keep our heads down to ward off the wind and rain), Cashen course and Mohony Point——all were good. Our driver, Tim was a very accomodating guy—-making reservations for dinner—-hauling us around to shop for gifts and always punctual and really tried hard to please. All in all we had a great time and you did a great job is arranging the trip…..would certainly recemmend you to any of our friends who wanted to do an Ireland (and maybe others) golf trip…..thanks for all your help.

G.W., September 2004, Southwest Ireland

We are back and happy to report the trip went very well. Enniscrone, Carne, County Sligo were well worth the trip. Especially Rosses Pt. in my opinion. The accommodations and travel were outstanding. The weather was a little iffy at best but it’s the first time in eight trips I have encountered such tough conditions. Not so difficult that we skipped any rounds however. Again, we had a wonderful trip and I want to thank you for doing such a good job. I don’t think I will be going next year but am considering a St. Andrews trip for eight in 2006. I will look forward to working with you as the time draws a little closer.

L.J., September 2004, Northwest and Southwest Ireland

I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you that we had a great time on our trip to Ireland the first week of September. The weather was great all week and we played seven rounds of golf without a drop of rain. The hotels were very nice especially the Kilarney Lodge. Thanks again for organizing a great trip!

K.I., September 2004, Southwest Ireland

I apologize for not writing sooner but life is hectic at times. I know I can speak for all in saying we enjoyed our trip immensely. Golf, travel and the accommodations were great. We particularly enjoyed the B&Bs. The O’Leary’s were great hosts and made us feel welcome. Thanks for your help and planning!

B.H., September 2004, Southwest Ireland

Thanks for putting together a great trip for us last week. Everyone had a great time, and enjoyed all the links golf clubs we played . My twofavorites were Donegal and Royal Portrush. Having a bus driver was well worth it !!! I’m sure we will be putting together another trip through you. Thanks again

G.W., September 2004, Northern Ireland and Northwest Ireland

I would like to say “Thank You” for a fantastic golfing experience. The golfing trip that Hidden Links put together to Ireland this past week was First Class all the way and our entire group really enjoyed ourselves. The hotel accommodations and staff at each of the hotels were truly fantastic, the golf courses were first class all the way, and our bus driver (Brennan) was one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Thanks again for all your help!

D.B. September 2004, Southwest Ireland

Everything 100% perfect, everyone was thrilled with the job that you did!

M.S., September 2004, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Just returning from our weeks stay in Ireland and wanted to thank you for all that you did to make the trip so enjoyable. We had a great week, highligthed by 50 mph winds and 8 rain suit changes at Ballybunion on Friday….but we figured that this is what we came to see and we finally got it! It was a great way to celebrate my father’s 70th birthday….memorable and enjoyable for sure. You did a great job and we are very appreciative of your efforts.

M.Y., September 2004, Southwest Ireland

We returned from out trip late last week. Had a great time and the arrangements were perfect. We especially enjoyed the trip to Machrihanish . The scenery and experience there and at Kingsbarns were extraordinary. We were very well received at every stop. We were able to play the Old Course on Monday and my son got on again as a single on Tuesday.(It’s hard not to pull your tee shot on 18!). All the other courses were great as well. B&B owner was a great hostess. I could go on and on. Thanks very much for an outstanding experience. ( I look forward to my next trip)

R.M., August 2004, St. Andrews, the West Coast of Scotland, and Kintyre

The trip was great. Everything worked out great and everyone had a great time. The accommodations were super, the transportation with Kevin as our driver was great, and the golf was superb. I will highly recommend your services to anyone who asks me what I thought of our trip. It couldn’t have been better.

B.C., August 2004, the Scottish Highlands and the East Coast

Just a quick note to tell you that the trip exceeded my very high expectations. All the arrangements were wonderful. The Old Course was a surprise. In absolutely perfect condition. And a very romantic place for a golf nut like me. Dornoch is the fairest course of the ones I played. Loved it. Prestwick was very windy, and the greens are pretty eccentric, but I thought the course was great fun. Turnberry was toughest for me, although I played it in short sleeves on a benign weather day. Still, a treat to be there. Rusacks was great, and the view from the dining room during breakfast can’t be beat anywhere. The hotel in Dornoch was very comfortable, we had (according to the bellboy) Vijay Singh’s suite when he was there for the Open at Troon. The bellboy may tell that to all the girls, but it was pretty terrific. And the hotel at Turnberry was just a great way to end our hotel hopping. The car was big and comfortable. And, with Mary Jane navigating, using your print outs, we only made two wrong turns the entire way. Played at St. Andrews an hour after we arrived on the first Saturday. Thanks for the suggestion. Gave us a day to sightsee in Edinburgh. We took the train back and forth. Edinburgh was well worth the day. And we saw a lot of castles along the way as we drove up to Dornoch and back down to Troon. Thanks for everything. We’ve played in Ireland and Spain. I’d go back to Scotland if I had to make a choice. Your efforts contributed greatly to our pleasure.

B.B., August 2004, West Coast of Scotland, St. Andrews and the East, and the Highlands

Just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know we had a great time in Scotland. The trip excceed our loftly expectations. Somehow we managed to dodge the rain most of the time. Even though it was one of the wettest Augusts on record we only had rain for about 6 holes over 7 rounds. The country is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the courses are awesome (I even played better than I thought I would). I have to thank you again for the excellent work you did to help us pull this together. We’re even starting to think about a return trip in 2006. We’d like to see if we can get some of our friends to join us next time. Probably a bit less extravagant and maybe include Ireland as well. I’ll get a hold of you in the next couple of months to start pulling toether some ideas.

J.M., August 2004, West Coast of Scotland, the Highlands, Gleneagles, and St. Andrews

We have been back now for one week and feel like we’re getting back to routine, but you could never say we are ‘over’ our trip to Scotland. I want to phrase all this as well as I can so you can quote me to customers – but the summary would be that the trip was perfect! Somehow you read us exactly and placed us just right – more off the beaten path where we could really see the country and meet Scots not Americans on the golf course. We met a great couple the first night at Machrie. He was a 4 time winner of the Kildalton Cross there and a dentist originally from there, now living in England. We played 2 days with he and his wife and it really made the Machrie magical. John was also an R&A member and he wrote me a letter and made arrangements for me to be an honorary member the day we were in St Andrews, which allowed me to tour the clubhouse on our day there! We never talked to another American until Royal Dornoch and all the people we did meet asked how we found out about whatever place it was that we were. We let them know it was courtesy of your insight and knowledge. The Glenmorangie House was a particular win – such a fabulous site – location, food, whiskey and fellow guests that were very interesting and pleasant. The access to distilleries was awesome and we took good advantage. We learned a lot, had fun and brought 8 bottles home. The swing inland to Boat of Garten was fantastic and we really enjoyed the Boat Hotel. In St Andrews the Dunvegan really is a phenomenon and ‘the’ place to stay. Jack spoke well of you and sends his regards. Obviously we had a genuinely great time and we want to thank you again. I really wanted you to know how much we appreciated your knowledge and skill in setting up what was clearly a unique and ideal trip. Please feel confident in giving our name as a reference. I have not found this level of service to be at all usual.

B.J., July 2004, Kintyre, Islay, the Highlands, and St. Andrews

I’ve been very tardy in thanking you for putting together such a splendid trip for us. Everyone had a great time. The courses were spectacular, especially County Louth, Royal Portrush, and Royal County Down. All the golfers in the group have entered into a bit of a conspiracy. We’re telling everyone that RCD was way “overrated.” That way we can keep it to ourselves. It just may be the greatest golf course + setting in the world! I’m trying to push the guys into getting serious about planning a trip for next summer. Best wishes

J.T., July 2004, Dublin and Northern Ireland

Just want to drop you a quick email to let you know that Stacy and myself had a wonderful trip to Ireland. You did a great job planning everything. We truly enjoyed the guest houses and golf courses that were recommended by you and the driving directions made it easy to get around. We both enjoyed playing the links style courses even though the 30 mph winds made the courses very tough. I consider myself a decent golfer, but the combination of the old course at Ballybunion and high winds made me feel like it was my first time on a golf course. Man, was it tough!!!! But I loved every minute of it. Thanks again, we will look to Hidden links for our next overseas golfing trip.

P.M., July 2004, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

Your professional approach to the two projects was to be commended. I enjoyed working with you and your team and I wish the project all success. Kindest regards as always. Renton

Renton Laidlaw, “Hidden Links Golf Guide to Scotland and Ireland”

I would like to extend thanks to you for setting up what turned out to be a fabulous golfing experience. Everything went smoothly and Geoffrey and I both had a wonderful time. Thanks also for suggesting Kingsbarns and Brora, the two courses where I shot my best scores. Kingsbarns was exquisite for such a young course and was quite beautiful. Brora was charming with all the livestock placidly grazing as we walked by them. The lunch at Muirfield was superb, just as you told us it would be. It was also reassuring to know that I can walk 36 holes in one day! The accommodations were always excellent and everyone we met was extremely friendly, particularly Jack and Sheena at the Dunvegan in St. Andrews. We appreciated how close to the courses these hotels were. Geoffrey, in particular, had a most spectacular view of the tenth hole at Muirfield from his bathroom! We were even able to see some famous people during our trip. Geoffrey and I were the in 14:00 group at the Old Course. Right behind us in the 14:10 group was Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. My caddy conjectured that Geoffrey and I may have even been investigated to make sure that Andrew was safe playing behind us. We even had to wait for a while on the 11th tee with his group. While we were in Dornoch, we stepped out of the Royal Golf Hotel to see Ernie Els and his family arrive by helicopter, landing on an area between the 18th green and the first tee. Royal Dornoch remains the most beautiful golf course I have ever seen (or ever hope to see) and Geoffrey even had his best round there, getting three birdies and playing the back nine at one over par. He even birdied #18, the last hole we played during our trip. I can always remember sinking a long putt to birdie the first hole at the Old Course. These are memories that can last a lifetime. Thanks once again for enabling us to accumulate these memories. We had a fabulous time and consider the trip to have been a thoroughly worthwhile experience.

B.C., July 2004, West Coast of Scotland, the Highlands, Gullane, and St. Andrews

We had a fantastic trip–it’s great when things exceed your expectations! Adare Manor was a fabulous place to stay–with special compliments to the entire staff. John King is an amazing guy, working before we arrived and daily to assure that every request and planned event was perfect. Thanks

D.P., July 2004, Southwest Ireland

Sorry this has not been sent to you sooner!!! We had the trip of a lifetime- wonderful 50th birthday- some wonderful stories for us to remember!!! I loved the links courses- great for women because if you can hit the ball straight it will go forever!!! our favorite accommodations were the Stella Maris (because of the owners) and the Hayfield Manor- but all were great- my favorite place to golf was Ballyliffin and the northwest and Van’s was the southwest- Tralee, etc. Thanks for a job well done- and we will be recommending Hidden Links to our friends when they go abroad to play golf. take care

D.C., July 2004, one-month circle tour, Northern Ireland, Northwest Ireland, Southwest Ireland, and Dublin

Well we got home yesterday after a great golfing trip to Ireland thanks to your fantastic planning and attention to detail. Mike and I especially appreciated your efforts to get us a better tee time at Lahinch. The accommodations were great and you might want to mention in your future material that, while expensive, the bar at the Clarence is likely the best anywhere. No bar mixes are used, only fresh ingredients, to make the best cocktails anywhere. We will be sure to recommend your services and look forward to a future trip.

P.B., July 2004, Dublin and Southwest Ireland

What can I say but thank you. Our trip was absolutely wonderful. The places were wonderful. It was so great. We will definitely be going back to Ireland. We loved the Killeen House the best. The Moy House was wonderful but much quieter which was nice at the end of the trip and to spend some nice time together. Scotland was very nice but the people in Ireland can’t be beat. I got a pat on the arse (English speak) one night as I was going to bed. Michael from the Killeen House gave me a hug and kiss when we left. That is my style of people. I just loved it and Tony had as great a time as I did. You really put together a wonderful honeymoon for us and I just wanted to again say thank you and I would recommend you to anyone. WHAT A GREAT TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D.F., June 2004, St. Andrews and Southwest Ireland

I made it back to the states late Saturday. The others of course are still in London with their wives. We had a wonderful time. After finishing on The Old Course about 6:05 pm, we teed off again for a second 18 at 6:20 pm! Travel golf bags arrived on time but regular luggage didn’t arrive until we got to the Dunvegan and Jack sent a cab back to Edinburgh to find them. All in all, the courses were great. General consensus is, that if we went back, we would not include Kingsbarns in the itinerary. We would all include Braid Hills. The round with hickory at Musselburgh Links was a trip. Since we didn’t have our luggage, we were making plans to skip the afternoon foursomes at Muirfield and try to get on North Berwick. But, our driver and the owner of Golf Inn came through with four shirts, four ties, and four (some ill-fitting) sport coats. Alan was most helpful. Always making sure we got to the golf clubs in plenty of time and were picked up at a time we appointed. Thanks again for all your help in putting this trip together for us.

S.M., June 2004, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and Royal St. George’s (England)

We are back from a fabulous trip! You’re right, this itinerary is really a great one. Teach Iorrais was very nice, the pub was great and the food in the restaurant was excellent. Later that night, there was live entertainment and the place was jumping. We had a blast that night! Golf at Carne started with a foggy day, but the golf course is spectacular, and very,very hilly, and was a lot of fun. We loved Enniscrone and Sligo, both are really nice and challenging courses. We had a beautiful day at Tralee downtown before golf, and then had a great day at Tralee, which was the favorite golf course of several of the guys. The 19th Hole is a beautiful B&B, where James and Mary could not have been any better to us. It was a treat to stay there and be pampered every morning at breakfast. They are excellent hosts. I am very happy that I listened to you about staying there. As usual Victor at the Greenbrier was at his best. We all enjoyed staying there. He went out of his way to get us into the Black Oak, as it was full, and we had a wonderful dinner and time there. We also had dinner a Vaughns and that was outstanding (if you go there be sure to eat the Seafood platter). Lahinch is a great golf course and a tough test of golf, but it was in nice shape and the weather was good, the fist time out of four that I played Lahinch without a drop of rain. We loved playing a Dromoland Castle. It wa a pleasant break from links golf, and it was in superb shape as there was an interclub tournament being played ahead of us. Lots of Garde, as Pres. Bush is going there this week. It took almost ten minutes to clear the front gate. Our last day at Doonbeg was nice. They had a 3 day member-guest that ended Sat. so we had some very nice greens as well as fairways.My brother John almost had a hole-in-one at the 14th, he left it about 6 inches from the hole. The Woodstock was very nice and we enjoyed the pub and the pub food. You did an outstanding job and we sure do appreciate that everything went so smoothly.Our driver Tim did an excellent job and as you suggested we gave him a nice tip at the end of the trip, which he appreciated. I would recommend him very highly to anybody. Again, I want to thank you for a great trip and all that you did for us to make it fun and without worries. We can’t wait to start planning our next trip.

L.C., June 2004, Northwest Ireland, County Clare, and Ballybunion

We returned from our Ireland golf adventure last Thursday. It was a fantastic 8 days. Everything went like clock work. Thanks so much for pulling it all together. I’ll recommend Hidden Links (and you) to others. You must do a good business over there. A couple of courses asked me for a voucher for the greens fees . When I said it was “prepaid” and mentioned Hidden Links they just nodded their heads OK with a knowing look on their face. Not sure when I might return but have a feeling it won’t be too long!

B.K., June 2004, Dublin, Northern Ireland, and Inishowen

Just a quick note to let you know that I had a trip of a lifetime to Scotland. You certainly know how to put at a trip together. Thanks for all you did in making this a once in a lifetime experience.

B.W., June 2004, West Coast of Scotland and St. Andrews

Had a great time. Accomodations were great, especially Waldon house (balcony overlooking the 18th green – how could you stay anywhere else). The Old Course was unbelievable, better than I expected. Turnberry was fabulous, beautiful day – probably the best setting for a golf course that I have seen. Putted in from off the fairway for an eagle 2 on the 18th so my ranking may have been clouded a bit. Troon–really windy day. Shot 36 on the front (including a triple bogey). Caddy told me I would not break 50 on the back nine. I bet him 3 pints I would – anyway to cut a long story short I rolled in a 16ft snake for a crowd pleasing 51 on the back. By far the toughest 9 holes of golf I have ever played. I can’t believe they are going to grow the rough higher for the Open! Really looking forward to watching it on TV now. Got tickets for the Scottish cup final just before kick off at below face value – unbelievable atmosphere, great day all round. In closing a fabulous trip, memories will last forever. Anyway the boys here in Manila were pretty impressed with the stories and are talking of organizing an 8-12 person trip for next year – I have passed on your details. Thanks for everything, organization was first rate and I will definitely be in contact in the future, I am hanging out to get back.

C.P., May 2004, The East and the West Coasts of Scotland

This is a long overdue email to thank you for the excellent job that you did putting our trip together. The itinerary worked out really well. None of the distances that we had to travel were too prohibitive. The Ballybunion Guesthouse was outstanding–giant rooms, great food, very accommodating. The Killarney Hotel was excellent. As for the courses, we all thought Waterville, Tralee and Lahinch were terrific. The transportation was great-plenty of room (although a bit harrowing on the Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry). As for the restaurants, in my estimation, Gaby’s in Killarney was the best spot we hit, but I would also give high marks to Vaughan’s, the Oyster Tavern and the Atlantic Hotel. And, of course, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the pubs. All in all, we had a great time and appreciate the help you provided. We will certainly contact you the next time we are planning a trip (Scotland might be next, although we still have many courses in Ireland to tackle). Again, thanks.

T.L., May 2004, Southwest Ireland

“I want to thank you for organizing a wonderful trip. The accommodations were great, the golf was wonderful, good food & drink (too much) but most of all, the people you introduced us to were amazing. We really had a good, neh GREAT time. As you are talking to Tim, David and the others at Moy House whose names we don’t remember give them our hearty thanks!”

Cheers! H.L., October 2003, Southwest Ireland

“You are a mind reader; I was just thinking yesterday that I was delinquent in thanking you for putting together such a great itinerary. We had a wonderful time and managed to make it through our aggressive schedule with our bodies intact. We had really great caddies everywhere, which really helped; the weather was great�only five holes with rain gear on. It is hard to say which course was my favorite, since we had such a great time everywhere; I definitely want to play the Ailsa, Royal Troon, Western Gailes, and Prestwick courses again. Well thinking about it, I would play them all again. All in all, just a wonderful time: great people and a cool trip. Thank you so much for your help in putting it together. ”

E.C., September 2003, West Coast of Scotland and the Highlands

” The trip was Fantastic! Many thanks to you for a great job organizing our experience. Everything went like clockwork. Having everything prepaid is so nice. We will definitely recommend you to all of our friends. Feel free to refer to us extremely satisfied customers. Mary commented that you were the best tour operator she worked with the whole season. Very professional, reliable and easy to work with. Kudos. Anyway, once again, you did a great job for us. I’ll be talking to you in 2005 for our trip to Northern England and Scotland. Send me few of your business cards as I gave the others all away in Ireland.”

T.R., September 2003, Galway and Southwest Ireland

” Thanks for setting up an unforgettable trip to the Emerald Isle. We had an unbelievable time some of which we have forgotten at Killarney after way too many pints. The accommodations could not have been better. We are already talking about the next trip and hopefully arranging a couple of foursomes but this time by coach. Anyway, we appreciate all your hard work in making this the best golf vacation we have ever experienced.”

R.C., September 2003, Southwest Ireland

” The schedule that Hidden Links put together was executed to perfection. The accommodations were better than what I had anticipated. Killeen House was magnificent. The golf courses were great. And the Irish people couldn�t have been easier to get along with. All in all, the trip was a trip of a lifetime.”

C.W., September 2003, Southwest Ireland

” It was a more enjoyable trip than we could have imagined. All four of us enjoyed it to the maximum. The competition at Crail was marvelous, I happened to be paired with the chap who ran away with the tournament. The whole experience at Brora was fabulous. The caddies that you arranged for us just happened to be the Captain of the club, the treasurer and the social secretary and the local preacher’s son. We had a great time both on the course and at the bar after the round. The whole town of Brora was interesting. We particularly liked playing Golspie, so we played there twice. Needless to say, Machrihanish was absolutely delightful, no crowds, no rush and absolute quiet and peace. We enjoyed interaction with the townspeople in Campbeltown. The golf course was our favorite of all and would suggest it to anyone who wants a lot of peace and quiet along with enough of a challenge for anyone. Dunaverty—a total delight. Not a great challenge but true old fashioned golf, with every conceivable fun involved.

Being able to drive the greens on par 4’s and not being able the reach the par 3’s in some cases. Blind shots on 3 pars and on 4 pars. Perhaps the best greens in the whole of Scotland.

In total, a great trip. We plan on following it up with a trip to Ireland next year.”

J.P., August 2003, St. Andrews, the Highlands, and Machrihanish

“To sum it up, I think your method of organization was fantastic. The highlighted maps, the restaurant recommendations, the way you put the trip together was really SUPERB!! We kept ranting and raving about you. It was really a first class trip and I feel lucky to have just stumbled upon Hidden Links through an online search. I had a good feeling about you after I spoke w/you, it seemed like you knew these places and could really give us personalized attention. I am forever grateful for putting this trip together for my folks’ 60th birthdays. We are looking forward to our next trip with you…Aloha and many thanks!”

K.C., August 2003, St. Andrews, Southwest Ireland, and Northwest Ireland

“The short report is that everyone had a fantastic time, golf and accommodations were great, driver did a terrific job, and total experience was well-balanced and fun. The second day at Dornoch was special, finishing late in the evening in very brisk conditions, with the smell of peat fires burning and the pipe band in the distance. North Berwick was an awesome add, as it ended up being a windy sunny day and again we played a late round and loved the vistas. Overall, that was probably the group’s most fun outing and everyone loved the course. Everyone in the group played the Old Course twice and one played it three times! We ran into Sean Connery several times and asked him to pose for a picture to which he said, “Come on. I just played 18 holes and I am very tired and would like to get back and rest.” Jack and Sheena were fantastic, and really are so well connected and helpful it is amazing. Very good folks. More later — you made some great choices and the group is appreciative, and will certainly try to send folks your way. Oh, and Glenmorangie House is absolutely one of the most pleasant places I have ever stayed. Great!”

D.E., August 2003, The Highlands, St. Andrews, and East Lothian

” Having had a few days to reflect on our trip and collect on paper the many mental notes made along the way, the overall conclusion remains constant in that we had a terrific time and we experienced golf unlike anything previously encountered. Clearly, this conclusion could not be reached without the thorough and detailed planning provided by Hidden Links. On a more specific level, the golf courses were absolutely marvelous. Although Pat, Dan and I may differ slightly in our opinions, Saunton, St. Enodoc, Royal Ashdown Forest and Royal Porthcawl are truly world class courses with features that challenge the most skillful golfer, but still stimulate the imagination and provide stunning settings. Saunton is a true championship course. St. Enodoc has an amazing mix of holes; namely, the quirky short part 4 (my personal favorite), demanding threes and wind riddled shots in between. A must for any links aficionado. After golf, we zoomed to London and settled into The Cottage for several pints, a wonderful meal and a cozy bed. The other must destination is Royal Ashdown Forest and the Ashdown Park Hotel. Truly an unmatched combination in the golfing/lodging category. Royal Ashdown Forest was the most enjoyable round as the course was an ever-changing landscape of short, medium and long holes. The varying contours were delightful, especially since the turf was never subject to a shovel, never mind a bulldozer. Porthcawl was a combination of all the above, but distinguished itself with its seaside site, creative routing and punishing rough (hay, heather, gorse, etc.) Pyle and Kenfig, Southerndown, Royal North Devon, and Pennard are throwbacks to another era of the game. P&K was great fun and provided some of the most memorable holes of the trip; to wit, the stretch from 11 to 16 through the dunes. Royal North Devon is a museum piece in and of itself as it is a layout conformed to the land and molded by golf as it stood in the 19th Century. Pennard is in a class by itself and I challenge any observer to capture the true nature of this links. Holes disappear and reappear, balls bound and rattle to unknown destinations and directional poles defy convention. Wild and wind blown only scratches the surface in trying to bring this course into focus. Swinley Forest was superb and provides a glimpse into a Club of the landed gentry of the United Kingdom. Despite a steady downpour, we enjoyed the course and the setting. The trip was a remarkable and rousing success. Hidden Links did an impeccable job of advising us and planning our trip. We were completely satisfied with the entire transatlantic venture.”

G.W., July 2003, South Wales, Southwest England, and London

” WOW!! England and Scotland blew away any expectations of what I thought it might be like. I am so hooked on it. Waldon House was wonderful and Doreen was the best. I loved the golf, the people, the town, and their whole way of life. What a wonderful experience. I can’t thank you enough for setting up the accommodations, and all the other information you gave to make this trip as special as it was.”

T.M. British Open 2003 and St. Andrews

” This had to be one of the most enjoyable trips we have taken—kind of laid back like Canada but green, green, green! The people were wonderful. The food was much better than we had anticipated. We loved the Moy House (as you predicted). The Killarney hotel was our favorite (thanks again for the upgrade to the palatial suite) and the Portmarnock beautiful also, but in a different way. The B&B in Ballybunion is very neat—immaculate actually—and we were treated very nicely. We would highly recommend you to other future travelers if you would like to use us as references. Also, we have already decided to go back in a few years—maybe sooner if our friends see the videos and decide on a more intense golfing trip! We are referring to ours as our “golfmoon” rather than simply honeymoon!!!”

D.W., June 2003, Southwest Ireland

“I must say that the trip you put together was a once in a lifetime experience, especially for my son. Everything went off perfectly. The accommodations were great. But the best was the stay at the R&A. We got a room on the 3rd floor overlooking the 1st tee and 18th green of the Old Course. The people were wonderful and we had a great time! We also had a great time using the temporary membership at the St. Andrews Golf Club. Directions and recommendations for places to visit and eat were right on. Can’t wait to do it again!”

D.K., June 2003, West Coast of Scotland, East Lothian, and St. Andrews

“We returned after a wonderful trip. Everything was done so well, accommodations, travel, food and arrangements for golf. Nothing went awry. Best of all, the golfing was spectacular and the weather was just perfect. My Dad thoroughly enjoyed his trip of a lifetime and was able to play at least 9 holes on every course. All of the accommodations were great. People were delightful at every bend, and most hospitable. The best no doubt was the Moy House. The 19th Lodge is essentially brand new and quite nice. Once again many thanks for arranging such a memorable trip. Everyone was impressed with it all.”

J.N., June 2003, Southwest Ireland

“We had a great trip to Ireland. Thanks for everything. I thought the courses we played were all very challenging and unique in their own way. My favorite was Portrush more because of the beauty, design and difficulty. If I had to play one every week, it would be Portstewart. The caddies there were terrific. They were all members and truly proud of their course (especially since they redesigned 2-11 themselves). I would like another shot at Royal County Downs. Probably the most difficult course I have ever played under some pretty mild conditions. Ballyliffin, as I think about it had some equally scenic and great golf holes. I really enjoyed playing most of the course a second time. I might add that on a whole, I thought these courses all were more difficult than any I played in Scotland. The trophy was a very nice touch and will probably make it to the office here soon. It looks like you have a great thing going with Hidden Links and we’ll be glad to spread the word. Also you have a great website. I have enjoyed viewing the other courses and pictures this week.”

T.D., June 2003, Northern Ireland and Ballyliffin

” Got back last night. Great time. Iragh ti O’Connor was fantastic as was Adare Manor. A few of the staff at Adare Manor remembered us from August 1999. Before we left yesterday, one of the guys hired a fishing guide and yanked a 12-pound salmon out of the river. The chef cooked it up for us for lunch before our departure. Unbelievable hospitality. The Tack Room raged on Tuesday night.”

M.M., June 2003, The Baltimore Cheese Tour, Lahinch, Doonbeg, Ballybunion, and Adare

“I can’t even begin to tell you what a great trip we had. To say it was a huge success would be an understatement. Everyone said it was their best experience they ever had on a golf trip. From the accommodations, the format, the organization and the awards dinner….everything went so great. Our driver was incredible. He and I are going to stay in touch. He became a part of the group…ate with us every night, and even gave a toast at the awards dinner! Thanks again for a great trip.”

D.F., June 2003, Northern Ireland

“We just returned after a wonderful trip. Everything was done so well, accommodations, travel, food and arrangements for golf. Nothing went awry. Best of all, the golfing was spectacular and the weather was just perfect. My Dad thoroughly enjoyed his trip of a lifetime and was able to play at least 9 holes on every course. All of the accommodations were great. People were delightful at every bend, and most hospitable. Lastly, our driver could not have been better. Everyone was impressed with it all. Once again many thanks for arranging such a memorable trip!”

J.N., June 2003, Southwest Ireland

“All of our group of 8 travelers wanted me to personally thank you for the wonderful job you did in organizing our trip to Ireland. We all agreed that no one could have done more to make our trip memorable. The hotels and bed and breakfasts were first rate and seemed to get better and better as we progressed. My traveling companions kept saying they couldn’t wait to see the NEXT place because we kept climbing the ladder. The restaurants you suggested for dinner were superb and our driver/guide made sure that lunch was just as good as dinner. The golf courses you recommended were outstanding. The most famous one, Ballybunion, was expected to be great but, frankly, the others were just as good. Links golf is interesting and fun. Thanks for knowin’ your stuff!”

G.R., May 2003, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Clare, and Ballybunion

Jeff — Just a short note to let you know that the trip went superbly: beautiful courses in great shape, weather fine, and comfortable friendly inns/hotels. FYI — A quick summary:

LAHINCH — terrific remodeling; Greenbrier was terrific choice — good food and great hospitality shown by Victor and his wife; we ate at Vaughan’s — after a special McHugh’s pub visit with the incomparable BB; I have already referred some traveling friends to Victor;

CARNE — great day, very welcoming; the layout is special indeed; Teach Iorrais was adequate — nothing too special, but friendly and accommodating for eight thirsty guys;

ENNISCRONE — parts of the layout are unbelievably spectacular; special night at Coopershill where we were treated like kings for a night — the grounds alone are worth a visit;

ROSSES POINT — surprise of the trip as the greens (which they lost in ’98 during our last visit) were top-notch; loved our day here, and visited a local pub for some good food after the round;

DONEGAL — great track, good greens; great day;

NARIN & PORTNOO — one golfer’s favorite course of the trip — utterly spectacular middle stretch of holes; remote, scenic, welcoming — and the very best Guinness of the trip;

CRUIT ISLAND — what a place — indescribable — photos will not do it justice; 6th hole could be the most scenic hole in the world; you were right — this was a highlight of the trip; sunset round in scenic solitude; could not believe this hidden gem in the middle of nowhere (the gents at Narin & Portnoo tried to talk us out of driving to Cruit Island after our round, but we refused to listen to their enticements of rest and Guinness); we marched in at dusk to a standing ovation in the clubhouse; memorable indeed;

BALLYLIFFIN — love this place — so remote and scenic and compact; two excellent courses; we played the old course in a driving rain, and loved every minute of it. The cottages were fantastic — perfect accommodations; owners very nice as well and probably the best breakfasts of the trip;
Thank you for all your efforts, and for making this tour so successful and memorable.

M.C., May 2003, Northwest Ireland

” We had a great time. Returned home on Friday, tired and worn out, but we really felt that the trip was a real highlight of our travels. Loved Perryville House. The Corcorans are terrific and we had a great dinner at Toddie’s. Golf at Old Head was spectacular, not only because of the scenery, but I broke 100 with a 98 and beat George for the first time. The weather was intermittently wet and very windy, which made for challenging golf. Sheen Falls Lodge was very elegant and the food was terrific ( although Perryville’s breakfast was the best of our whole trip). More of the same weather at Waterville, which we enjoyed also. Tralee was a real challenge with 54 Knot winds blowing the whole day, but the scenery is so spectacular, I’d do it again in a heartbeat, hopefully in less trying conditions. Our driver, Noel, was super and we really enjoyed his commentary on the way to our various destinations. He was such an asset, and we are very glad we decided to go with a driver instead of driving ourselves. The roads are so narrow and switching to driving on the left doesn’t look easy to do either. In other words, you did a great job! Thanks”

L.M, May 2003, Southwest Ireland

“I just sat down to write you an email….and here you beat me to it! Great minds think alike! Well, Gordon and I had a WONDERFUL time! Everything that you had planned……the golf, the hotels, the directions…….went perfectly! The hotels, golf, Guinness, ….everything was better than what we had expected and we will recommend you to every one of our golfing friends. It was a special time to be alone with my father ….doing something that we’ve both enjoyed doing together for so long….. playing golf…..and I’d like to thank you for your expertise and fine planning for helping to make it that much more special! I’ll give you a call for our next trip…..”

G.M., May 2003, Southwest Ireland

” The trip was a wonderful success. My boys said it was their best holiday ever and they loved links golf and could not believe that it was so different than Canadian style golf.  County Louth accommodations were basic but we loved their ‘authenticity’. Perhaps not all would have the same reaction but we think it was a wonderful part of the experience. All other accommodations were excellent. The hosts were fantastic at both B and B’s and made wonderful breakfasts. Both boys loved Portnoo and Jesse thought it was his favorite! We absolutely loved Glashedy and would encourage anyone we talk to make the journey. It is a truly spectacular course. My other favorite was at Sligo but I am a big fan of Yeats which added to its appeal. The view of Benbulben mountain on the 10th hole is in my view the most beautiful view on any golf hole I have ever seen. All in all, a fabulous time and I thank you very much for creating it for us.”

L.H., May 2003, Dublin and Northwest Ireland

We wanted to let you know that our golf trip to Scotland was WONDERFUL . You thought of everything. The weather was fantastic we didn’t have a drop of rain. The day we left Inverness it started to rain as we sat on the plane. Sandra and her husband were at the airport to meet us as we arrived. What lovely people. She is a jewel, we even stopped in Jenners Dept. store to say “Hi”. When we were at St. Andrews Campbell met us and we had such a nice visit with him as well. We loved every course and the Hotels where charming and lovely. Thank you for your efforts.”

G.L., April 2003, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and the Highlands

THE FIRST TESTIMONIALS (thank you for trusting us when we were just getting started!)

This year my son and I went on a trip of a lifetime with Hidden Links.  Two weeks spent playing the hidden gems of links golf in Ireland.  We stayed at wonderful guesthouses and excellent hotels.  All driving directions were on hand, we were never lost and never late.  It was what I considered a perfect trip!  I would highly recommend Hidden Links to everyone who is thinking about a trip to Ireland or Great Britain.  Thanks again Jeff and Hidden Links!

Jim Rocks, October 2002, Northwest Ireland and Lahinch

Thanks for your excellent assistance in arranging our recent golfing outing to Scotland.  From start to finish we felt your attention and concern for the success of our journey.  Your arrangements were perfect, your directions superb.  Your communication was also excellent and I will eagerly recommend Hidden Links to my friends.  Looking forward to the next time!

Michael Glancy, August 2002, Dornoch and St. Andrews, Scotland