When is the best time of year to travel to Ireland & Scotland to play golf?

Traditionally the golfing season starts in mid-April and runs through to mid-October. Most links courses open year round but may have restrictions on play during the winter season.

What is the weather like in Ireland and Scotland?

The best way to describe the weather in Ireland and Scotland is changeable, even in the middle of summer. We advise that you plan for all all types of weather during your stay.

What happens if it rains and I can’t play golf?

Rain should be expected at some stage of your visit. If you choose not to golf due to rain, no refunds or alternatives will be offered by the golf courses. On the very rare occasion that the golf course has been closed by the course management due to weather, you will generally be offered golf on an alternative day or a voucher towards future golf by the course.

What clothing should I pack for my golf vacation to Ireland or Scotland?

  • 2 pairs of golf shoes as it likely one pair will get wet
  • A rain suit
  • A warm hat, a waterproof hat and a baseball style cap
  • Dry, warm and wet weather gloves
  • Warm layers of clothing – sweaters etc
  • Plenty of golf balls as most likely you will lose some in the links rough
  • All the golf courses have golf shops attached where you can buy clothing, equipment and souvenirs
  • Knee-length shorts are allowed with socks at the majority of clubs

As the weather is very hard to predict hour to hour, we recommend that your clothing is adaptable, wearing a number of light layers of warm clothing. These can easily be taken off or put on depending on the weather conditions you are experiencing. A hat is also suggested as you may be battling winds as many of the courses are in coastal locations.

Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. Don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t need sunscreen in the summer months – when the sun shines in Scotland it’s quite strong, so wear a high factor and bring a sun hat.

Do I require a handicap certificate?

Proof of your golf handicap will be required at several courses in Scotland, notably St. Andrews and Muirfield. We suggest all golfers travelling to Ireland and Scotland bring evidence of their handicap from their home club.

When should I book my trip to ensure best availability?

For the Old Course St. Andrews, guaranteed tee times open up from April the year prior to play. Generally most courses will open their tee-sheets from July the year prior to play. Early planning is essential to guarantee tee times.

How do I play the Old Course St. Andrews?

There are two main ways to book a tee time at the Old Course:

  1. Guaranteed Tee Time – this is booked as part of a minimum three night stay package, with three nights accommodation in a 4 or 5 star hotel in St. Andrews, along with a guaranteed Old Course tee time, one round at either Carnoustie or Kingsbarns and a third round at either the New or Jubilee Course, St. Andrews. These packages are bookable from April and are for a minimum of two golfers.
  2. The ballot is a daily draw for a small number of tee times at the Old Course. Carr Golf are happy to make an application on our clients behalf but there are no guarantees of success. Successful applications are notified 48 hours in advance of play.

What currency is used in Ireland and Scotland?

In Southern Ireland the local currency is Euro. For Northern Ireland, Scotland and England the currency is the Pound Sterling.

Caddies in Ireland and Scotland

Carr Golf Travel will assist in requesting caddies if required during your trip. Typically caddies in Ireland will carry two bags. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, caddies will generally carry 1 bag each. Caddie costs are around €45 / £45 per golfer per round, plus gratuity.

Ride-On Carts/Buggies in Ireland & Scotland

It is most common for golfers to walk courses in Ireland and Scotland with the assistance of a caddie, if desired. Buggies are generally reserved for golfers who require them on medical grounds, on production of a letter from their medical practitioner. They should be pre-requested in advance of play, which we are happy to do on your behalf if required.

What types of transportation are available once in Ireland or Scotland?

Carr Golf Travel offer a variety of transport options including private executive travel. We have a range of vehicles available to cater for groups of all sizes.

Tipping in Ireland & Scotland

Unlike the US, in Ireland and Scotland we do not tip for every drink in a bar (although it is allowed and will be appreciated). 10% – 15% of the bill is the normal tip in restaurants. Caddie tipping is usually 10 – 20 Euro/Sterling per bag –  more if he or she has been exceptional.