Sunday, June 19, 2016 Father-Son Tradition arranges a dream getaway to the birthplace of the game for a Connecticut man and his son

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – Father’s Day will produce many priceless memories and experiences this year. Tom Gross of Norwalk, Conn., has started a young but memorable annual tradition with his son Parker, who is 24 years old and living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

At least once a year the two men take a father-son golf or fishing trip. Their bourgeoning ritual of exploration and world travel already has taken them to everywhere from Alaska to Ireland to Pinehurst to Wyoming.

In May, they made their inaugural pilgrimage to the “Birthplace of Golf” ... Scotland.

Tom Gross works in marketing for a Stamford-based reinsurance company. For the father-son trips, he favors employing the ease, expertise and often money-saving convenience of a tour operator to help plan all aspects and elements of their trip.

For their trip to Scotland, Gross selected to make the arrangements — which proved a good call. prides itself on being able to arrange the perfect golf vacation to Scotland, or anywhere else around the world, for any type of player or group. Whether it’s the greatest tee time of them all at the Old Course in St Andrews or an Irish links odyssey, the golf travel experts at are now assisting Americans with their golf vacation of a lifetime in the British Isles at a price that won’t break the bank.

“I talked to three golf tour specialists but found Chris (Bowles) at Golfbreaks the most knowledgeable and helpful,” explained Tom Gross. “Chris set up the trip exactly the way I wanted. And the price was very reasonable.”

For the Gross gentlemen, both 10 handicaps, each playing between 20-25 rounds a year, the lineup arranged by included Kingsbarns, Castle, Gullane, North Berwick, and of course The Old at St Andrews — “all unforgettable,” according to Tom Gross.

“The courses that we would vote as among our favorites in all our travel thus far have been St Andrews, Old, Kingsbarns, Old Head, Pebble Beach and Whistling Straits,” said Gross. “Parker had his first hole-in-one last year at Whistling Straits.”

“In the St Andrews area, I would say that Kingsbarns and Castle were the most spectacular visually and are must plays,” Gross said. “The golf was great and I strongly recommend taking caddies. Being invited into the clubhouse at North Berwick on our second day was special. In fact everybody we came in contact with along the way seemed to go out of their way to make us feel welcome.”

As for accommodations, often the most important element of the trip,’s selection of hotels in North Berwick and St Andrews, meanwhile, was “perfect,” according to Gross.

“Small but attentive service, with excellent kitchens,” he said.

Founded in 1998 just outside London, England in the shadow of Windsor Castle, and built on the principles of outstanding choice, value and service, has arranged golf trips for more than 1.5 million British and Irish golfers. With offices also in Charleston, S.C., and San Francisco, Calif., this award-winning and highly respected company — a partner of both the European Tour and The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland — is now helping American golfers take the stress out of arranging their golfing pilgrimage. That means taking care of everything from tee times and accommodations to flights and ground transportation, as well as offering the best prices and packages to suit all budgets.

For one father-son combination, arranged a dream getaway.

“The courses lined up were great,” said Gross. “The best value in a world-class golf trip I have had so far.”

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