Scotland Blog 2012

Golf in the Kingdom

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Skibo Golf, Carnegie Club, Dornoch, Scotland
• Played Old Course, St. Andrews with Linda, Ann and Mike, arranged by former Athenian and lifelong Bulldog, Tony Parker, now curator of golf collections at the University of St. Andrews after a career as history professor at Dundee University here. Blessed to have Pam McKay as my senior caddy—incredibly she’s from Dornoch, my Scottish hometown, and she gave me a sand lesson that is still working!
• Played Stonehaven just south of Aberdeen with Linda and Ann. It’s a girls trip now. Amazing course in high winds—downhill directly to the sea, uphill climbs, cross fairway shots, walk around and hit across a chasm! Golf bags on trolleys/pull carts blown to dead soldier status constantly. What a romp! What a laugh!
• Played near Dornoch three very different courses: Struie (thanks to Maureen), Bonar Bridge on family night (thanks to Linda and the lovely people here who have a monthly mixed scramble for all ages!), and the incredible, very elite Skibo / Carnegie Club course (thanks to Lewis). Linda proclaimed the latter to be the finest course she’s ever played!
• And I’ve played Brora along the sea, where my heart has pulled me for the past four years. I’ve now become a “country” member at Brora through December 2013 so you know I’ll be back. Special thanks to the welcoming ladies group there, to Fiona my Brora Open partner (I came in 2nd in my flight!), and to my young friend, Liam, who took me out last year on the course he’s played since a child. More on Brora with pictures someday soon.

I’ve learned about “Opens” here during this season! What a deal: pay only an entry fee of $12-20 and greens fees are covered! I’ve played opens at Brora and Royal Dornoch (where high grasses knocked me down!), and will play Tain on Saturday.

To learn more about all these courses up here in the barely discovered northeast of Scotland, check out my article “Beyond the Bucket List: Dornoch and the Northern Highlands” in the July issue of Southern Distinction! You can find it at:

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