Frequently Asked Question
Frequently Ask Questions.
The currency in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland is the £ sterling, no other currency is accepted. The currency in the Republic of Ireland is the € Euro and no other currency is accepted. You should bring enough local currency to pay the
caddies as they will be required to be paid in cash after each round in their local currency.
This all depends on where your trip is based. Edinburgh Airport is the main international airport in Scotland and sees many arrivals from the United States and Canada. From here, you can easily reach the St. Andrews area, Aberdeenshire, The Highlands, and the West Coast. Glasgow Airport does receive some international traffic, but often, this will be a connecting flight through London or Amsterdam. Dublin Airport would be our recommendation for any tours in and around Dublin, Northern Ireland and those tours accommodating some Southwest courses. Shannon is increasing its arrivals and departures across the Atlantic and would be ideal for those trips solely based in the Southwest of Ireland. If you are traveling to England, the main hubs are Heathrow in the Southeast and Manchester in the Northwest.
It’s 24 or less for men and 36 or less for women for St Andrews Old Course. Proof of handicap must be provided (Generally a GHIN card or similar is what is expected) Handicap requirements vary at other courses, but our team will keep you informed when you book. For Muirfield, the maximum handicap for men is 18.
Yes, and our partner ShipSticks would be delighted to help. As a client of SGH Golf, you benefit from a discount on this service. See more information on our ShipSticks Page.
Once you book a golf tour, your tour manager will discuss your group's caddie requirements. Caddies are independent contractors and do not work for us or the golf courses. They can be requested but this does not guarantee availability, especially during busy times and the very beginning and the end of the season. Caddie fees vary at each course and we can update you beginning.
There is not an industry wide formula for tipping unfortunately but is generally done on the service received. We would recommend 10% - 15% in restaurants for good service and a good experience. Caddies we recommend a tip of £20 minimum per bag. Drivers we would recommend a tip of £15 - £20 per day, per person.
These are our recommended ranges but as with all tipping, it is at your own discretion.
Golf in the UK & Ireland is a walking sport and therefore golf courses have very few golf carts. These are used for golfers who are registered disabled therefore early booking is essential. Golf Courses will require a scan of your disabled badge and/or a doctor’s note to grant use.
Yes we can arrange this but as our minimum length trip includes 3 rounds of golf, the majority of clients choose to bring their own.
Absolutely, everyone is welcome, even non-golfers. We have a detailed "Things to Do" guide that you will be sent after booking a trip with us. This recommends lots of our favourite places to see including Distilleries, Castles, Museums and much more.
Absolutely! The Old Course at St Andrews is without a doubt one of the most sought-after tee-times in the world. This doesn't mean however that it is impossible to get a tee-time. There are four main routes to get a tee-time. Guaranteed tee-times from an authorised provider (which we are one of), a tee-time via the advanced application process, the daily ballot (lottery) and the standby list.
Here at SGH, we have put together a "Helpful Hints" booklet that contains some valuable information about your destination and includes a printable packing list. This details everything you should bring for a weeklong trip. Our 'Helpful Hints' is sent to the client once they confirm their golf tour with us.
As with any destination, pricing can vary due to level of accommodation, length of stay, number of golfing rounds etc. We have a minimum package of 4 nights’ accommodation with 3 rounds of golf but are confident we can find an appropriate package to suit every budget. Contact us to discuss your options.
Suitable golfing attire should be the norm at all the courses, however there are some exceptions when it comes to certain clubhouses. If you are lucky enough to have Muirfield on your itinerary, please pack a jacket, tie, and shoes, to sit and enjoy the clubhouse hospitality. This also applies to the Dining Room and Members Bar at Prestwick Golf Club.