King James II of Scotland made golf illegal on pain of death. He thought it was distracting the country’s young men from mastering their archery.
Twanging bows and arrows is considered less of a vital life skill in 21st century Scotland but you can still score a bullseye with today’s Big Deal at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf and Country Club.
A great Father’s Day present, the deal starts with a basket of 100 practice balls on the driving range so that you can get your eye in. As well as a 15% discount in the resort’s restaurant, the deal also gives voucher holders members’ discounts on buggy hire.
The main highlight of today’s Big Deal is a round on the resort’s Cardrona championship golf course. Designed by former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas in 2001, the Par 72 parkland and woodland course nestles into the surrounding countryside.
The course has matured quickly and has already hosted the 2004 and 2007 Euro Pro Tour and both the 2007 and 2008 European Challenge Tour.
Wide, undulating USGA greens and a distance of over 7000 yards from the medal tees make Cardrona an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all levels.
As well as being fun to play, the course is rather easy on the eye. Dramatic and breathtaking views of the Scottish Border hills dominate every hole, while an abundance of wildlife and the generous fairways all lull you into a false sense of security.
However, beware the famous River Tweed, as it meanders its way through the course, lying in wait for your golf ball on the 3rd, 8th, 12th and 18th hole.
Sandy Lyle reckoned that ‘The Cardrona course will excite, challenge and thrill. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed’.
If you want to treat your Dad or indeed yourself, today’s Big Deal is:
£19 per person for 100 practice balls; eighteen holes and discounts on buggy hire and meals at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf and Country Club; a 60% saving on the standard £48