In 2009 Scotland will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of world-famous poet Robert Burns with Homecoming Scotland 2009 – an events programme celebrating Scotland’s remarkable contributions to the world on the themes of Burns, golf, whisky, ancestry and Great Scottish Minds.
One of jewels in the golf programme is the return to Scotland of the British Open which will take place in Turnberry in Ayrshire and is expected to draw thousands of golfing fans from all over the world to the Home of Golf.
To highlight the 2009 programme of celebration and to provide all golfers travelling to the country with as much comprehensive information as possible, the new Official guide to golf in Scotland 2009 has just been launched by VisitScotland. Every element of this guide is geared towards helping visiting golfers make the most of their stay at the Home of Golf. The guide is available free of charge and can be ordered via the VisitScotland golf website: http://samsscotland.visitscotland.com/
Scotland’s official golf ambassador Sam Torrance guides readers through the brochure sharing his personal golfing tips as well as urging all golfers to make 2009 the year they visit the Home of Golf. “Golf is a big part of ‘Homecoming Scotland’ and rightly so as we gave the game to the world,’’ Sam points out.
The brochure is user-friendly and professionals and groups as well as individual tourists can gain great benefit from it when planning their trip. The introductory pages give visitors an overview of the history of golf in Scotland, list the major events and tournaments in the Scottish golfing calendar and connect the reader with the social aspect of the game – an essential part of the experience!
To make it easy to navigate, the guide divides Scotland into six golfing regions – Highlands & Islands, North-East, Historic Heartlands, Southwest, Central and Southeast. Each section begins with a detailed map of the particular area locating all the golf courses on it and a description of the highlights of that region before listing all the courses and the facilities available.
It’s now twice as simple to make planning a golf trip to Scotland as effortless as possible. To complement the Golf Guide, there are now two ways to plan on-line and book a trip. Golfers can use http://samsscotland.visitscotland.com to find over 550 detailed contacts, golf itineraries, golf passes, some fantastic golf trails including the legendary James Braid trails and get some insider knowledge from the winning Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance.