From Golf Town to Scotland: Golf Country

TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - A visit to any of Golf Town's 48 locations across Canada could result in the trip of a lifetime to Scotland: the Home of Golf this September. Throughout May 2010, Golf Town, Ultimate Golf Vacations and VisitScotland are offering a fantastic Scotland golf vacation for one lucky winner and a friend. The prize will include flights to Scotland with Canadian Affair, five nights accommodation, car rental, and three rounds of golf on some of the best greens and fairways in the world.

Scotland is home to more than 550 golf courses, situated amid some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and comprising a huge choice to suit every skill level. World-class quality, value for money, and above all, a fantastic and unique golfing experience is guaranteed. You are never too far from a golf course with more than 400 courses less than an hour from a city or an airport, while the average green fee is (pnds stlg)45 which is only around $70 CAD.

Throughout 2010 Scotland will showcase some of the country's top courses and world's best golfers. July sees the Open Championship return to the Home of Golf and the St. Andrews Old Course, marking the 150th anniversary of the first Open. Loch Lomond once again plays host to the Barclays Scottish Open while Carnoustie, in the Historic Heartlands of Scottish Golf, welcomes the Barclays Scottish Senior Open.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of the highlights of the European Tour, returns to St Andrews in October. In the past, the tournament has drawn some of the greatest stars in the world of golf, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie to name a few, along with well-known amateur players such as Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant and Samuel L Jackson.

The Ryder Cup will also return to Scotland in 2014 as the Home of Golf hosts the biggest event on the global golf calendar for the first time in more than 40 years. The event, to be held at Gleneagles in Perthshire, will once again put Scotland's golfing credentials on the world stage as all eyes turn to the famous PGA Centenary Course for the 40th Ryder Cup Matches.

Scotland is a must-visit destination for all true golf fans. Visit Golf Town throughout May or go the and you could find yourself transported to Scotland: the Home of Golf.


    Notes to Editors:

    -   VisitScotland is Scotland's national tourism organisation. Its core
        purpose is to maximise the economic benefit of tourism to Scotland.
    -   For more information on planning and booking a Scotland vacation,
        please visit

    Ultimate Golf Vacations
    -   Ultimate Golf Vacations is one of Canada's largest sports and travel
        companies, offering group and custom FIT golf vacations to worldwide
        destinations, including

    Prize trip details
    -   5 nights, 4* accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, based on
        2 people sharing
    -   3 rounds of golf in total
    -   Car rental
    -   Round-trip, coach-class airfare on Canadian Affair for 2 people
    -   Prize redeemable in September 2010 only

    Magnificent Seven Golf Events in Scotland

    -   Barclays Scottish Open: 8 July - 11 July 2010
        Loch Lomond Golf Club, Dunbartonshire
        The Scottish Open has been played at Loch Lomond since 1996, just two
        years after the course was opened. In that short time the tournament
        and the venue have grown in stature, with brilliant notices from the
        worlds best golfers, to become a highlight of the European Tour.

    -   The Open Championship 2010: 15 - 18 July 2010
        St Andrews
        The Open Championship will return to St Andrews in 2010, from 15 to
        18 July, marking the 150th anniversary of the first Open played at
        Prestwick in 1860. The Local Final Qualifying courses will be
        Kingsbarns, Ladybank, Scotscraig and St Andrews Bay, Torrance course.
        This will be the first time that Kingsbarns and St Andrews Bay have
        hosted LFQ. Also, in 2010, the Junior Open will take place at Leven
        Links and Lundin Golf Club, courses that in the past have hosted a
        number of R&A championships including LFQ.

    -   Barclays Scottish Senior Open: 22 July - 25 July 2010
        Carnoustie Golf Club, Angus
        Since the inaugural tournament in 1987 The Senior Open Championship
        has become firmly established on The Seniors world golfing calendar
        with its popular blend of fierce competition, relaxed atmosphere and
        camaraderie. The 2010 Senior Open Championship comes to the
        magnificent layout at Carnoustie where Loren Roberts will defend the
        title he won at Sunningdale last year. The Championship is sanctioned
        by The R&A, European Senior Tour and The Champions Tour and is
        recognized as one of golf's five Seniors Majors.

    -   The Dunhill Links Championship: 7 - 10 October 2010
        St Andrews
        The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, to be held in St Andrews, is
        one of the highlights of the European Tour. A unique event with the
        world's leading professional golfers playing alongside well-known
        amateurs over three of the world's best known links courses (St
        Andrews, Carnoustie, Kings Barns).

    -   Walker Cup 2011: 10 - 11 September 2011
        Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
        The 2011 Walker Cup match will be played at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club,
        the sixth oldest course in the world. Royal Aberdeen is one of the
        finest links courses in Scotland and will provide a stiff challenge
        for the game's top amateur golfers. The Walker Cup Match is a 10-man
        biennial amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed
        of players from Great Britain and Ireland.

    -   Curtis Cup 2012: 8 - 10 June 2012
        Nairn Golf Club
        The 2012 Curtis Cup will be hosted by Nairn Golf Club as the club
        celebrates its 125th anniversary. The club, which lies on the
        southern shore of the Moray Firth, is the most northerly venue yet.
        The Curtis Cup Match is contested every 2 years alternately in the US
        and GB, by women amateur golfers. One team is from the USA and one
        team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (GB&I).

    -   Ryder Cup 2014
        In 2014, Scotland will host the biggest event on the global golf
        calendar for the first time in more than 40 years when the 2014 Ryder
        Cup comes to Gleneagles. The event will put Scotland's golfing
        credentials on the world stage as all eyes turn to the famous PGA
        Centenary Course for the 40th Ryder Cup Matches. This will be the
        first time Scotland has hosted the event in its capacity as the third
        largest sporting event in the world and it is expected to attract in
        excess of 40,000 spectators daily.

        The first informal competition between British and American teams was
        held on The King's course at The Gleneagles Hotel in 1921. A strong
        British team that included James Braid won the competition and
        started a golfing rivalry which has lasted nearly a century and is
        now known as the Ryder Cup Matches.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at Images are free to accredited members of the media/


For further information: For further information: Claire Dickson - PR Executive, VisitScotland, +44 (0)7917067850, OR Anne Cousineau, Public Relations, (905) 875-0606,

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