Overview

U.Va. alumni, parents or friends are invited to join us on this golf outing to England’s west coast and north Wales, home to three of the top-20 and seven of the top-36 courses in the UK and Ireland. Three of the links courses are among the World’s top-75! These are among the UK’s best and most challenging golf courses located on some of the most naturally beautiful coastline in Britain.

We offer you the opportunity to play two of the famous Royal links courses – Birkdale andLytham & St Annes which have hosted the most prestigious championship, The Open, several times. We will then play Royal St. Davids, established in 1894, and the unique 26-hole championship course   Nefyn and District Golf Club on the Lleyn Peninsula with a sea view from every tee. Then we will finish up at the Open Qualifying course Conwy perched on Wales rugged west coast.  Together the world-famous venues that we will play have hosted the Open Championship no fewer than 29 times since 1897. Join us and emulate the feats of Open greats such as Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Tom Watson.

Program Highlights

  • Play five of the best golf courses that England has to offer.
  • Enjoy fine accommodations in excellent hotels in Blackpool, Conwy and Knutsford.
  • Experience some of the world’s most majestic coastal views along England’s west coast.
  • A non-golfing companion program including meals, excursions and some site seeing is available at a discounted rate.

Faculty

Barry Parkhill

Cavalier basketball legend Barry Parkhill has led alumni travel trips to play golf in Scotland and Ireland and is an avid golfer. Barry was appointed the associate director of athletics for development in 1998.  Parkhill’s first association with the University began in the fall of 1969 when he enrolled as a scholarship basketball player. From 1970-73, he established himself as one of the greatest all-purpose guards in Atlantic Coast Conference history. The second player in school history to have his jersey number (#40) retired, Parkhill earned his bachelor’s degree in education from U.Va. in 1973. He then played three seasons in the Americian Basketball Association, first with the Squires and later with the St. Louis Spirits. He returned to his alma mater in 1977 to serve as a graduate assistant coach under former head coach Terry Holland.

Parkhill was the head basketball coach at The College of William and Mary (1984-87) and St. Michael’s College (1989-90). In between those two head coaching jobs, he worked as a consultant with Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance Company. He served as an assistant coach at William and Mary from 1978-83 under his brother Bruce and at the Naval Academy from 1990-92.

Itinerary

1 -

USA – Manchester, England

Depart home for Manchester, England.

2 -

Manchester – Blackpool

Morning arrival at Manchester Airport. A short drive brings us to our seafront hotel in the resort town of Blackpool. Check in, unpack and relax or take a stroll along the seafront before we gather for a welcome reception and dinner.  THREE NIGHTS, HILTON HOTEL  (R,D)

3 -

Royal Lytham/St. Anne's

It is a short drive this morning along the coast of Morecombe Bay to Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the course that has been chosen to host the 2012 British Open Championship.  Lunch is included in the clubhouse today.  At the end of the day, we return to our hotel in Blackpool for a free evening – perhaps some fish and chips at Harry Ramsden’s (possibly the most famous “chip shop” in Britain).  [Excursion to the Lake District for non-golfers]  (B,L)

4 -

Royal Birkdale

Our journey south today takes us across to the other side of the Ribble estuary to the town of Stockton and another world-famous course – the Royal Birkdale.   Nestled among the sand dunes of the Irish Sea coast, Royal Birkdale was recently voted the number one course in Britain and has previously hosted two Ryder Cups, the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup, the women’s British Open and nine Open Championships.  After a leisurely day enjoying the course and its facilities, we head back to Blackpool for a free evening. [Day in Liverpool for non-golfers – Beatles tour] (B)

5 -

Blackpool – Conwy, Wales

This morning we head south, passing through the industrial heartland of England, and on to North Wales.  We break our journey at Chester, an old Roman town, complete with city walls and the remains of an amphitheatre.  The town is also known for “The Rows,” a series of covered, elevated shopping walkways dating from the Victorian period.  We’ll have a walking tour of the town center and free time for lunch, before continuing along the coast of North Wales to our hotel in the shadow of Conwy Castle. Dinner is included tonight at the hotel. THREE NIGHTS, THE CASTLE HOTEL  (B,D)

6 -

Royal St. David's

A beautiful drive this morning through Snowdonia National Park brings us to the west coast of Wales at Harlech, dominated by its imposing castle.  After time for lunch we play Royal St David’s. Established in 1894, Royal St. David’s is one of the finest links courses in the world.  From here we head back to Conwy for a free evening. [Non-golfers have free time and visit Harlech Castle]  (B)

7 -

Conwy

A leisurely start to the day as we head out to play Conwy.  Set in a spectacular coastal location, Conwy has the high standards one would expect from an Open Qualifying course. The afternoon and evening are free – why not pay a visit to Conwy Castle? [Non-golfers enjoy morning excursion to Bodnant Garden]  (B)

8 -

Nefyn – Knutsford

This morning we drive along the Welsh coast, past the Isle of Anglesey and on to the Lleyn Peninsula.  Our destination is Nefyn and District Golf Club, a unique 26-hole championship golf course; a view of the sea from every tee; eight holes played on the now world-famous, well photographed ‘Point’, and sometimes described as North Wales’ “Pebble Beach.”  As we finish up our rounds this afternoon, we board our bus and head to our hotel to Knutsford, convenient to Manchester Airport for returning flights the following morning.  A farewell dinner is included at the hotel this evening.  [Non-golfers visit Portmeiron]  COTTONS HOTEL (B,D)

9 -

Knutsford – Manchester – USA

After breakfast, travel by motor coach to the Manchester Airport for flights back home to the USA

Accommodations

Hilton Hotel, Blackpool

Castle Hotel, Conwy

Cottons Hotel, Knutsford

Meals

Breakfast daily, one lunch, a welcome reception and three dinners. Wine included with welcome and farewell dinners.

Program Fees

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only.
Non-Golfing Companion program $3,295
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $695 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

  • Seven nights accommodations at the following hotels:
    Three nights at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool
    Three nights at the Castle Hotel, Conwy
    One night at the Cottons Hotel, Knutsford
  • Breakfast daily, one lunch, a welcome reception and three dinners. Wine included with welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Land travel by deluxe motor coach.
  • Green fees and tee times for all golf courses.
  • Additional sightseeing and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All gratuities to drivers and guides.
  • Group transfers with luggage handling at the airport and hotels in England and Wales.
  • Local tour manager to handle all of the trip details.

Price does not include:

  • Golf club or cart rental if needed, Caddies, International airfare, airport and departure taxes; airport/hotel transfers for those not traveling on the group dates; meals not listed as included; charges for items of a personal nature including laundry, beverages, and excess baggage charges; independent travel arrangements; travel and accident insurance; and passport fees.

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, Land only.

Non-Golfing Companion program $3,295 per person, double occupancy, Land only.

 A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $695 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

General Terms & Conditions

Operator Terms & Conditions:

HEALTH: All participants must be in good health. This program is active and involves walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. All locations may not be handicapped accessible. Any condition that may require special medical attention or other accommodation must be reported at the time of your reservation.

DEPOSITS AND FINAL PAYMENT: Reservations will be accepted in order of receipt if accompanied by a completed reservation form and a deposit of $500 per person. Final payment is due by June 13, 2011 and must be paid by check. A significant change in fuel costs, the value of the dollar or group size could result in a slightly higher trip price.

TOUR SIZE: The program cost is based on a minimum of 20 participants.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS: Refunds, less a cancellation fee of $300 per person, will be made if Siemer & Hand is notified on or before June 13, 2011. No refunds will be granted after that date. All cancellations must be in writing.

RESPONSIBILITY: A detailed statement of limitations and exclusions of liability of Siemer & Hand Travel, Inc. and the University of Virginia for loss of property, injury, illness or death will be provided to passengers upon enrollment and is available to prospective travelers upon request.

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