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Scotland Tour Companies

willywadswillywads Advanced Members Posts: 327 ✭✭
I have read through numerous threads and everyone seems to be happy with the company that they choose but there is not a lot of detail as to why and why the picked said company. I would like to know if anyone compared or has experience they would like to share with the following companies for a Scotland trip. We want a driver to essentially be a chauffeur the duration of the trip (not just from hotels to courses) if that matters at all. The final 4 companies I have it down to:
  • Morton Golf Holiday
  • Bonnie Wee Golf
  • Carr Golf
  • Perry Golf




The top are less costly which is why I am starting this thread. Any experience anyone has with any of the above companies would be greatly appreciated!



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Comments

  • tad950tad950 Members Posts: 50 ✭✭
    I was part of a large group (20+ players/ 2 tour buses) that used Perry Golf for a Ireland golf outing in July, 2018. Which was sponsored by our golf association. Our drivers were great. I really can't point to anything specific. But our trip was pretty much worry free.



    I contacted Perry Golf about a trip extension to Northern Ireland for two of us including a driver. And it was my understanding that the driver was ours to use throughout the extension. Not just for transportation to and from the golf courses. But you should confirm that.



    And I also suggest using a credit card for deposits and payments. Some companies require an additional 2.5% fee for using a credit card. That is in addition to any foreign transaction fees that your credit card might apply. I can't remember if Perry Golf has that additional fee, but I know Carr Golf does. I say that because I put down a deposit last April for a trip to Northern Ireland for April 2019. I tried contacting the tour operator in July 2018 (several times via email and phone). No response. I finally looked on Trip Adviser where this outfit was highly rated. The negative reviews were starting to come in. Apparently this guy had a cash flow problem, and skipped town (Tralee) with deposits from several groups. People that had golf trips planned for 2018 were left without hotel reservations, tee times, transportation. Fortunately I wasn't affected too seriously by the mess. I just had to fill out some forms with the credit card company. And I was fully reimbursed.
  • willywadswillywads Advanced Members Posts: 327 ✭✭
    Thanks for the insight. I am still looking and getting final pricing. From a cost stand point they are as follows from low to high:
    • Morton's
    • Bonnie Wee
    • Perry
    • Carr




    The first two are about $1500-$2000 cheaper and they are both authorized providers for TOC. My father went on a trip and his group used Carr and that was his first suggestions but with that big of a cost savings the first two have really caught my attention. If anyone else has any other input specifically with Mortons or Bonnie Wee it would be much appreciated.
    Ping G30 10.5* Aldila Rogue 70x
    Ping G30 14.5* Prolaunch Red FWx
    Ping I20 20* Aldila RIP alpha 85s
    Ping I200 4-P Project X 6.0
    Ping Glide 2.0 50*, 54*, 60* Project X 6.0
    Scotty Cameron Sqaureback #2
  • RBurlRBurl Members Posts: 54
    Our group uses Drum golf. They have been great for 4 years!!!!
  • adambommb29adambommb29 Advanced Members Posts: 201 ✭✭
    I noticed that this is the second post you have made about your Scotland travels. I felt like I had given a review of Morton to someone else but when I went back and looked I found that it was to you!



    When I first searched for tour companies to set up our trip I had emailed three different companies. I settled on Morton because the pricing was great and they were really responsive. We are heading over for the fourth time in four years this spring/summer and we have reached out to Morton each time because it has gone so well.



    We have always had one driver, Jim, in and around the St. Andrews area. We did get passed on to another fellow when we were in North Berwick because it was outside of where Jim lived, and it went well. The drivers have always taken us from hotel to course, but never chauffeured us around because everything is so easy to get to. Especially in St. Andrews, everything is just a few blocks away since it is a college town and it was incredibly simple to get around. You will just have to inquire what the pricing would be for this, but in my mind you are probably going to overpay for something you don't need.
  • willywadswillywads Advanced Members Posts: 327 ✭✭


    I noticed that this is the second post you have made about your Scotland travels. I felt like I had given a review of Morton to someone else but when I went back and looked I found that it was to you!



    When I first searched for tour companies to set up our trip I had emailed three different companies. I settled on Morton because the pricing was great and they were really responsive. We are heading over for the fourth time in four years this spring/summer and we have reached out to Morton each time because it has gone so well.



    We have always had one driver, Jim, in and around the St. Andrews area. We did get passed on to another fellow when we were in North Berwick because it was outside of where Jim lived, and it went well. The drivers have always taken us from hotel to course, but never chauffeured us around because everything is so easy to get to. Especially in St. Andrews, everything is just a few blocks away since it is a college town and it was incredibly simple to get around. You will just have to inquire what the pricing would be for this, but in my mind you are probably going to overpay for something you don't need.






    Thanks for the response, even more so since I overlooked the one in my last thread. In talking to Peter, he said it would be no issue for the driver to chauffeur us around and said it would not require any additional funding. My only hesitation was that the itinerary specifically states, drivers are included to the course, hotels and airports but makes no mention about anything else which is what brought my question on. Thanks again for your 2nd response.
    Ping G30 10.5* Aldila Rogue 70x
    Ping G30 14.5* Prolaunch Red FWx
    Ping I20 20* Aldila RIP alpha 85s
    Ping I200 4-P Project X 6.0
    Ping Glide 2.0 50*, 54*, 60* Project X 6.0
    Scotty Cameron Sqaureback #2
  • Cmoney710Cmoney710 Members Posts: 28
    Has anyone ever heard of Sullivan Travel?
  • Cmoney710Cmoney710 Members Posts: 28
    Are you able to negotiate at all with pricing?
  • gerdygerdy Members Posts: 14 ✭✭
    Not in my experience. Your price break will come during shoulder season. April and October.



    If total price is going to be an issue resign yourself to you may play TOC or you may not. The idea of staying up all night to save $1,500 doesn’t appeal to me. On the other thread there was mention of staying up all night yes, you’ll get on, but you won’t be playing with friends. Again, not appealing. Pay or resign yourself. They are the options.



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  • davep043davep043 Advanced Members Posts: 2,958 ✭✭
    Cmoney710 wrote:


    Are you able to negotiate at all with pricing?


    You want to play one of the most in-demand courses in the world, and now you want a price break? I think its unlikely, they'll have more people willing to pay full freight if you're not. The one thing you may be able to do is choose less costly options for lodging and other golf courses. You may not have to stay at the Old Course Hotel, they can book you into a guesthouse that's actually IN the town, for much less money. You don't have to play only the most expensive courses, they can book you onto lesser-known but still excellent courses nearby. I don't imagine that every tour service will be willing to make those changes, but some will. They'll still take their cut.
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