August 12 2011
Two golfing legends – Turnberry, whose Ailsa links course last staged the Open Championship in 2009, and Colin Montgomerie (first picture), the likeable statesman of British golf – have again combined forces to stage a three-day summer golf school.
Lucky participants will take a golf clinic with Monty himself on Friday August 19, with, naturally, a photo opportunity – at the first tee on the Arran course. Then it’s over to the pros at the Colin Montgomerie Links Academy, which is based at Turnberry, for a session on the Arran course, after which there are farewell drinks with Montgomerie (perhaps he’ll pay your bar bill if you get a hole in one…).
But the specialised tuition doesn’t stop with Monty’s departure: Saturday brings a session on the Kintyre championship course, accompanied by the Turnberry Professional Team, plus another clinic back at the Academy, while Sunday starts with a clinic and ends the golf-playing with a round on the Ailsa course itself, again with the Turnberry Pros.
The five-star experience (from £798 per golfer) also includes accommodation at Turnberry in a Classic room, two full Scottish breakfasts, three buffet lunches in the Turnberry Clubhouse, evening drinks on Friday and Saturday, fine dining in the 1906 restaurant on Saturday and a less formal dinner in the Clubhouse (second picture) on the Friday.
Montgomerie says: “Any golfer of any ability will benefit from spending a few days learning from a team of experienced golfers and understanding the unique skill set required to accomplish these tough courses.”
Personally, I don’t think a hole in one on a mini golf course will hold me in good stead, but if your driving and putting are up to the challenge, contact Turnberry as soon as possible, as there are very few places left.