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We live in interesting times, to say the least. Challenges never go away. They sometimes present greater distraction than at other times but history has shown there are ebbs and flows even in this aspect in life. Not to diminish the credit crisis many are facing, whether its individually or on a corporate basis, good times follow bad ones just as the opposite can be said. Its part of life and during these difficult times, believe it or not opportunities exit. The old saying is worth recalling, “Its always darkest before the dawn,” and sometime in the future, history will show, as it has in the past, that opportunities exist.
As fear grows regarding what the future may or may not hold, its easy to do nothing. Yet life moves on and when the media is in the business of selling fear, a pleasant distraction is perhaps more than ever just what someone needs. Value is a necessary ingredient in evaluating any opportunity, perhaps more so given the present state in the global economy and such an opportunity exists.
The Ultimate Golf Weekend – a chance to play four of Scotland’s outstanding courses, enjoy some of the most luxurious accommodation the country has to offer and to travel by transport so exclusive it’s in a class of its own – is on offer in a free prize drawing.
To celebrate the opening of Machrihanish Dunes, the first golf course to be built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (eat your heart out Donald Trump) and the only true links course to open in the West of Scotland for more than 100 years, enthusiasts from around the world are being offered the “chance of a lifetime.”
Winners of a free prize draw will play The Carrick on the shores of Loch Lomond, the world famous Machrihanish Golf Course, Shishkine on Arran and be among the first to tee off at the opening ceremony of Machrihanish Dunes on 2nd May, 2009.
“Machrihanish Dunes is a unique course and we want to mark its’ historic opening with something exceptional,” said Brian
Keating, the principal owner and developer
of Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course.“The
Ultimate Golf Weekend offers a chance to
play four of the best courses in the world
with the architects who built two of them. It’s
a once in a lifetime opportunity for any
enthusiastic golfer.”
The fantasy weekend starts on May 1st when
the winners arrive at the five-star Cameron House
Hotel, part of the De Vere Collection, on the banks of Loch Lomond. A stylish baronial mansion on the shore of Loch Lomond, Cameron House is now one of Scotland's finest luxury hotels. An unforgettable experience is awaiting with an easy welcome at the door and the warm, inviting textures of the rooms. It's true luxury.
First round of the weekend will be played on The
Carrick, a beautiful new 7,200 yards course
which uses every inch of the dramatic landscape
in the majestic shadow of Ben Lomond. Guests
can arrive in style by boat from Cameron House
to the course itself. Doug Carrick, considered
one of Canada’s best golf course architect will
join the winners during their round offering
insights no one else can offer on the jewel.
Day two starts with a spectacular flight by
seaplane from Loch Lomond to Kintyre for the
official opening ceremony of Machrihanish
Dunes where competition winners will be
among the first to tee off on the new 7,235
yards with acclaimed course architect David
McLay Kidd. Golf fans may recognize Kidd’s
name, who was involved in Bandon Dunes,
Oregon and The Castle Course, which opened
in St Andrews this year.
Following lunch, a short trip on the Kintyre
Express rib to the Isle of Arran, provides the
opportunity to play Shiskine Golf Course. Opened in 1890 and designed by Willie Fern the 12 hole course of 2,996 yards is considered one of the west coast’s ‘wee gems’.
After a luxury night in one of the new Golf Cottages at Machrihanish Dunes, www.thekintyregolfcottages.com, the ideal golfing weekend concludes with a round of Old Tom Morris’ Machrihanish Golf Course, which boasts the legendary 1st hole across the Atlantic, followed by a return flight by seaplane to Cameron House. Additional details can be found at www.theultimategolfweekend.com