All of our hosted trips with Cowan Golf aim to deliver exemplary service and focus on making the trips as successful and enjoyable as possible for the Professional and their members.
Your trip includes:
- A dedicated webpage
- Updates, General information, daily scoring updates
- Post trip picture gallery
- Private, online registration page
- Credit card processing
- Waiver forms
- Ground transportation
- Tournament Operations
- Pairings, scorecards, scoring, special events
- Food & Beverage
- Group dinners
- On course/post round
- Off course activities
- Commercial Airline reservations
- Private Airline reservations
Our experiences are fully customizable and created with the help of the Golf Professional who knows their memberships best.
Trip Prospectus for 2017
Dates: August 22-27th, 2016
Hotel: Westin, Bear Mountain
Length of Trip: 5 nights, 4 rounds of golf.
Price: $2199 USD
Other: Group dinner, cocktail reception.
Changes for 2017
- Dates will be similar time of year as it is easiest for the private courses to accommodate us and before they aerify.
- Trip will include visits to more well known courses, possibly Chambers Bay & Sahalle dependent upon size of the group.
- Hotel change: This year we'd like to incorporate downtown Victoria more as there is little to do after golf at Bear Mountain. Considering the Delta Ocean Pointe as our strongest contender. Lovely views, great location but away from traffic.
- With added days for Seattle or Vancouver, and the upgrade in hotel, there will be at least a 20% increase in price.
A small selection of pictures from 2016
There are 5 distinct regions in Scotland we are focused on for golf; Ayrshire, Inverness, Aberdeen, Fife, & East Lothian. Each equally stunning, each with world championship courses, and each with a unique experience beyond the golf.
To give you an idea of scale, Edinburgh and Glasgow are about an hour's drive apart. Edinburgh to Aberdeen is about 2 1/2 hours, and Edinburgh to St. Andrews, in Fife, is about 90 minutes.
Most acclaimed courses in each area
Aberdeen: Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay, Trump International, Murcar Links
Ayrshire: Turnberry, Troon, Prestwick, Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, & Glasgow Gailes
East Lothian: Gullane (1), Muirfield, North Berwick (West), Archerfield (Fidra & Dirleton), Dunbar, Renaissance Club, Royal Burgess
Fife/Dundee: St. Andrews (Old, New, Castle), Kingsbarns, Crail, Panmure, Carnoustie, Lundin,
Inverness: Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Brora, Castle Stuart, Moray, Skibo, Boat of Garten, Spey Valley
Other: Loch Lomond, Machrie, Machrihanish, Gleneagles
As you can see...we will not be short on golf. No matter what part(s) of the country we travel to, there are at least 2 or 3 Top 100 Clubs to play and dozens more you've never heard of that are just as good. One of the many wonderful things about the summers in Scotland are the long days and the opportunities for fun.
I generally like our guests to feel somewhat settled and that they are not living out of a suitcase, even though they are. So, as magical as it would be to travel the entire country, it just isn't practical without a very large budget. I'd suggest we limit your trip to no more than 3 areas at the most.
I have a close relationship with the Secretary of the Eden Club who own Pittormie Castle outside of St. Andrews, and with Loch Lomond Golf Club, who also have a world renowned course and beautiful accommodations. They are difficult to gain access to and very pricey, but if you're looking to wow you members, these are two one-in-a-lifetime places that you must consider.
An additional option you see on the map is Gleneagles, host of the most recent Ryder Cup matches. I have not visited there but by what I've heard and read, it is world class and has many other activities which would keep you busy. This would be a great one night/2 days of golf stay.
I'm fortunate to have a friend in former Ryder Cup Vice Captain, Peter Baker. He is a long time touring professional in Europe and one of the most respected people in the golf community. He and I have spoken about involving him in hosting groups like ours either playing with, dining with, or speaking to your group. He can also gather a few Champion friends (Jacklin, Woosnam, Torrance, etc) together for activities as well, which would create an unforgettable experience for your members. If you have interest in this for your member trip, please let me know and we'll discuss the numbers with Peter.
Edinburgh will quickly become one of your favourite cities. It is majestic, easy to walk, and full of interesting (pubs) places to see. If you like history, you'll love this city. Glasgow is a much more metropolitan city, but equally full of historic architecture. If you choose to include these in your trip, I think it would give the members a nice contrast to your coastal golf component. East Lothian courses are 45 minutes from Edinburgh, and Ayrshire is about 45 to an hour from Glasgow. I wouldn't suggest staying in either city and driving in and out, but it can be done. Either way, they are there if you need them.
London is an option for us as well. Perhaps for a day or 2 of sightseeing, football, or the like. There is very good golf, but if your going to London to golf, you may as well stay there for 5 days or more and that's an entirely different trip.
Football (soccer), fly fishing, quail hunting, cultural attractions, special interest tours (castles), and whisky tours are most unique to this trip. Football (let's be cultured, shall we) doesn't start until late summer and quail hunting until Aug 18th, but the rest of it isn't as seasonal. Scotland has some of the world's best rivers, and you know about the castles. Football is huge. One of my best experiences was getting "kilted up" and going to see Scotland play the Czech Republic at Hampden Park in Glasgow for a UEFA qualifying match. The atmosphere was electric. Eating meat pies and downing pints in a local pub before the match made the experience even better. We can do this and its a blast.
Whisky (Scotch to us) tours share the art and history of Scotland; the two are closely tied. There are dozens of tours available regardless of what part of the country we are in, and there are options to bring the whisky to you during a private group dinner or event. Lastly, Knockhill is a Racing Circuit just north of Edinburgh in Dumfermline which has many different racing and driving experiences available.
Most of the transportation will be done in small coaches/mini-buses if the group is of any substantial size. If you're looking to impress rather than be practical, there are companies that will helicopter you into many of the course sites. Additionally, if you want to do the North of Scotland (Inverness), the train is an excellent option.
Shortly, I will have a form for you to complete which will provide us with better insight into your interests. That, along with a few other destinations will be updated here. Keep checking back.
Kelowna & The Okanagan
Kelowna British Columbia, Canada is the playground of the west coast, and lies between Vancouver in the west and Calgary to the east. It is THE vacation spot because of great desert weather, water activities, an abundance of golf, hiking, biking and lifestyle athletics. However, the icing on this cake is it is quickly becoming a world renowned wine mecca. Just recently, Mission Hill winery hired away one of the world foremost winemakers, Ian Morden, all the way from New Zealand to push their product further.
One of the additional advantages that Kelowna has for us in Las Vegas is daily direct flights, and a small airport, making travel easy. It is a great go-to vacation for your members because it has nearly everything you'll ever need for the perfect getaway.