• Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) Hidden Links recommends NOT trying to time the weather!  Pick the dates that work best for your group, whether spring, summer, or fall, and then go with them!
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) a 7-night trip, not including the travel days on each end, is ideal.
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) Hidden Links recommends NOT trying to reach a specific group number.  Go with what you've got and don't spend your time trying to "recruit!"
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) bring the nongolfers if they want to come along!  With so much daylight April through August, and so much to do "off the course" no matter when you travel, your tour will be just as memorable for the nongolfers and we at Hidden Links will provide all the sightseeing direction you need!  If you get a driver, the driver will be available to take the nongolfers sightseeing while the golfers are out on the course.
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) Hidden Links recommends that you don't preschedule too many 36-hole days.  Very few have ever come home wishing that they had played more golf!  There is plenty of opportunity to schedule afternoon and evening rounds once you get there.  Prescheduling only 18 holes per day leaves your options open in case of bad weather (heaven forbid!) or fatigue.  Hidden Links recommends that 36-hole days be played at the same complex.  For example--Carnoustie Championship and Burnside, Ballybunion Old and Cashen, 36 holes at Royal Liverpool, etc.
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) Links golf can be demanding golf!  7 days on the toughest courses can leave anyone worn out.  Consider including a parkland course or a shorter, "local" seaside course to give yourselves a warmup round and/or a chance to catch your breath in the middle of the tour (and an opportunity to break 70, 80, 90, or 100!).
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) Don't automatically dismiss the parkland venues as they are not necessarily "North American" in style and can offer some of the most stunning scenery imaginable.  Gleneagles Kings Course offers quintessential Scottish golf for example in the foothills of the Highlands, nice and "bouncy" and a veritable "links in the sky".  The Killarney Golf & Fishing Club's two parkland courses play in the shadow of the Magilicuddy's Reeks mountain range along the shores of beautiful Loch Leane.  Druids Glen has its own "Amen Corner" that might be the closest you ever get to Augusta National, and the most famous castle resorts offer parkland golf in medieval settings unlike any you can find at home.
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) we receive consistent feedback from groups saying that they wish they had not tried to play "every" course and, if they could do it over again, would pick a few of them to play at least twice.  The first round serves as "familarization", and during the second round they really "know where to go."
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) don't forget the "Hidden Links!"  You may find that the most memorable rounds of your tour (especially in Scotland!) are the ones at the "local clubs" away from the multitude of tourists.
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) yourselves time to see the sights and truly experience the country you are visiting!  Taking the first day "off" means a stress-free trip over.  With no starting time deadline, there are no worries if (gasp!) travel delays are encountered.  You can always find a course to go play that first afternoon, without having to preschedule.
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) avoid too many long round-trips to and from the courses even if it means changing accommodations more frequently than you might initially have in mind.
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) 3 and 4-star hotels are generally just fine but they are also where "everyone" stays.  Consider trying our "4-Pint" and "5-Cask" options and perhaps splurging for the 5-star treatment for at least a couple of nights!
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) a "view" room can be overrated especially if you don't spend a lot of time in the room.  Additional space though can make your stay a lot more comfortable!
  • Tip from the "Tour Caddie" (SM) unless you really enjoy the roads in the British Isles, it is worth spending a bit more (perhaps not as much as you think though, considering fuel costs are included in "driver" quotes) to have someone else take care of the driving!  We have yet to encounter anyone who comes home and says that they loved navigating the roads!
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