- November 3, 2020 // The Consummate Pro
Whenever we create a bespoke itinerary for a client to the best golf courses in Ireland or Scotland, the one element that often gets left to the end is transportation. Before a client ever gets to step on a 1st tee, or sleep in a bed, they need to get there, right, and we know just how important that is. Here are four of the most important things to consider when choosing your golf vacation transportation: –
1. Port of entry.
More often than not, your first point of arrival in Ireland or Scotland for a golf trip will be an airport. Airports as we all know, are very functional, and often busy spaces. That is why we offer a personalised meet and greet service for all of our arriving groups. Irrespective of whether you are taking one of our luxurious chauffeured motor coaches or vans, or you are heading to the car hire desk for a self-drive, we guarantee you that there will be someone there to welcome you personally.
2. Chauffeured or Self-drive?
We highly encourage all of our clients, but especially any first-time visitors, to opt for a chauffeured transport option. There are many benefits – the ability to relax and not worry about navigation, time schedules, traffic delays, and tolls. You can also enjoy a post-round beer or two and not concern yourself with falling foul of local law enforcement. (The blood/alcohol limits in the UK & Ireland are extremely low). Virtually all of our executive coaches have tables on board, so a game of cards can be enjoyed or they provide you space for a laptop perhaps to catch-up on some emails. You also alleviate yourself of the stress of driving on the opposite side of (a very narrow!) road from what you may be used to.
Self-drive may well be an option for the experienced traveller, but even then, we still encourage clients to consider the former option, simply to remove any of the worries above. Your golf vacation transportation is an important decision and we are happy to hep guide you through it.
3. Road isn’t the only option!
Some of our most popular itineraries involve a partial transfer by boat. Taking a ferry from Scotland to Ireland, or from Wales to Dublin for example offers some significant advantages. First off, these are substantial passenger and vehicle ferries that traverse the Irish Sea with multiple sailings from Belfast to Cairnryan, and Holyhead to Dublin daily. So, if you are part of a group tour and being chauffeured for example, your driver will arrive at port and take the vehicle directly onto the vessel. There is no passport control on the ferry between Scotland and Northern Ireland and only basic checks on the Holyhead to Dublin service. The upshot of this approach is that it completely eradicates the tedious airport check-in process, having to haul luggage on and off a coach, into and out of airports, and the endless security lines thereafter.
These ferries have all the modern conveniences you would need, including 1st class lounges, on-board shopping, a spa and multiple entertainment zones, food courts and bars. Upon arrival in your port of destination, you will re-join your coach on the vehicle deck and seamlessly continue the journey to your hotel. Just think, without having to venture near an airport, you could play Royal Troon in the morning, hop on the Scotland to Ireland ferry and be in Portrush by tea time without having had to remove your shoes or unpacked your hand luggage. Similarly, you could play Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s or Royal Birkdale in the morning, and be in Dublin in time for a night out in preparation for your round at Portmarnock Golf Club the following morning.
A growing number of our clients are also taking advantage of a helicopter to navigate Ireland and Scotland during their golf vacation. There is no doubt about it, if it is an option for you and your group, using a helicopter will greatly increase the number of options available to you. The obvious thing to note is that it is going to save you lots of time. Set against the alternative of a coach journey, with inevitable traffic, challenging roads and remote golf course locations, a helicopter is the efficient and fast door-to-door option. It easily permits you to play 36 holes in a day if that is of interest. However, for some golfers who wish to tick off a list of their “must-play” courses on one bucket list trip, a helicopter will allow you to do this without the need to make a return journey. A growing number of clients will utilize a helicopter at least once in their trip. A flight to or from The Old Head of Kinsale for example, or from Turnberry across to Royal Portrush, are two of the most popular because of the stunning vistas and scenery and the time saving factor.
No matter what your preference, we at The Consummate Pro are here to advise you what the best modes of transport are for your particular circumstances and trip itinerary. When you are coming to play the best golf courses in Ireland or Scotland, be reassured that we have the experience and knowledge to design the perfect golf vacation for you and your group, to your exacting standards. We appreciate just how important a decision your golf vacation transportation is, so please let us guide and assist you with your future plans.