Scotland, has long been known as the Home of Golf and attracts fans of the sport from around the world. Many come to play the world-class courses in Ayrshire, including Royal Troon, Turnberry and Prestwich, which have all played host to The Open. After a challenging round of golf, the 19th hole is a popular spot to wind down but there are many hotels and resorts where you can combine golf with some rest and relaxation at a spa – a winning combination.
Combining spa treatments with golf breaks are becoming more and more popular because after a long day of golf, sometimes up to 36 holes, the muscles in the body are tight, strained and tired. Having a pre or post golf deep tissue massage, focussing on the back and shoulders, can help the golfer loosen up ahead of their next round of golf.
Probably the most popular activity away from the golf course during a golf and spa break is spending some time in the sauna. Much has been made of the health benefits of sauna bathing. And with good reason. Physically, nothing is more reinvigorating than a deep, healthy sweat every day. Tension fades, muscles unwind and mentally, we emerge relaxed, revived and ready for another round of golf!
Golfers know that their feet is part of their body that is most tired after a round of golf. Which isn’t surprising as a round of golf can mean that you walk up to 8 miles. That’s why many golfers book a foot massage during their golf and spa break in Scotland. Foot massages help restore sore and aching feet by exfoliation, a nourishing mask banishes dry, cracked heels and even improve the look of calluses leaving skin smoother and brighter.
Another popular treatment with golfers, especially in Ayrshire, due to the nature of Links courses and the proximity to the sea, is a hand massage. Designed to nurture hard working hands with a blend of skin smoothers and softeners. Dry skin, from the sea air, is repaired, weak or brittle nails strengthened and the best part? Your hands are arms will be blissfully relaxed before you hit the golf course next.
Scotland really is among the best places in the world to enjoy both a testing round of 18 holes before heading back to the hotel and taking full advantage of a relaxing massage, sauna or spa treatments.