Travel Two Ways: Scotland or Scottsdale

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Putting practice at The Phoenician.

One Splurge, One Steal

Two golf getaways for two budgets.

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Golf course bird’s eye view.
The Old Course at St. Andrews.

By Susan Hanson
Photography by Kevin Murray (St. Andrews) and Mark Boisclair (Phoenician)
 
Scotland–The Splurge
 
Fly: Rest easy in a lie-flat bed with British Airways, flying business class between Chicago and Edinburgh. Then return home from Glasgow (both flights via London).
 
Golf: Pay homage at St Andrews during a golfer’s pilgrimage around Scotland. Enjoy guaranteed tee times on the legendary Old Course before heading to Gleneagles for rounds on both the King’s Course – site of the first Ryder Cup match – and the PGA Centenary Course, host of the 2014 event. Finally, test the fairways on the fabled courses at Turnberry Resort. This ten-day customizable vacation with Elysian Golf includes accommodations, greens fees, VIP chauffeured transfers, and more.
 
Train: Find the perfect club at Turnberry Resort’s TaylorMade Performance Lab, which uses motioncapture technology to analyze every aspect of a golfer’s swing. Or meet one of Turnberry’s pros for two hours of holistic coaching.
 
 
Scottsdale–The Steal
 
Fly: Gogo inflight Internet makes time fly while traveling round-trip in economy class between Chicago and Phoenix with US Airways.
 
Golf: Set at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician in Scottsdale has all sorts of Sonoran Desert diversions, from birds-of-prey shows to guided tours of the hotel’s two-acre cactus garden. Ranked among the country’s top golf destinations, the 583-room resort also features three diverse nine-hole courses designed by Ted Robinson Sr. and Homer Flint. Booking The Phoenician’s current promotion – which includes daily, unlimited golf on all 27 holes – is guaranteed to make your friends green with envy.
 
Train: Spend an hour with one of The Phoenician’s PGA experts and improve that swing or get fitted for new clubs. Then again, a 90-minute couple’s massage could be just what the golf doctor ordered after all those rounds.
 
Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, August 2014.

Going for the green in Scotland.