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.

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.