For Those Who Love the Game…

For those who love the game of golf, there is nothing more spectacular than Scottish golf. A trip to Scotland is a virtual necessity, for its a chance to take a step back into history, and take a step up for the appreciation of what the game was, is, and ought to be. But, planning a golf vacation in Scotland is as tough as a 190-yard fairway bunker shot, with a ball buried under the lip.

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Let's talk "starting times". Since most Scottish courses are private, the members are in the driver seat, so guess where everyone else sits? Tourists staying at hotels on or near the courses do not receive any special preference, even if they can figure out when the courses are open. The venerable OLD COURSE at St. Andrews is closed Sundays. At Royal Aberdeen, visitors are allowed to play Monday through Friday between 10:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm only, and only after 3:30pm on weekends. At Royal Troon and Prestwick, visitors cannot play on weekends, period. Royal Troon is only available for starting times during a one and a half-hour period in the morning and again in the afternoon on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only, and, no women are allowed. Women are allowed on Western Gailes, but only if men accompany them.

Many courses require that you arrive and depart in "jacket and tie", and changing in the car park is not permitted. (You "trunk-slammers" can't just show up, change your shoes on the bumper and expect to play.) Some courses permit shorts, but only with the traditional knee-length socks.

In Scotland they'll tell you "the game is made for walking" and walk you will … there are few golf carts in Scotland. Caddies are a bit hard to find at the remote gems in the Highlands, like the Nairn Championship Course and at Royal Dornoch. It is possible to rent a "trolley" (a pull-cart), but not until after midday on St. Andrews. The following statement is printed on some course information sheets "only a limited number of trolleys are available, as the course is suited for carrying".

Many of the courses also state that cameras, video equipment, and cell phones are strictly forbidden (Hooray for the no-phones rule!), however, be sure to bring your handicap certificate!

Planning that long-dreamed-of Scottish golf vacation requires unusual skills, which few possess. One real-estate executive reported that his otherwise reliable travel agent had booked him into some cities so he could play the great Scottish courses. Upon arrival, the courses were closed to visitors at each of his stops. The next year he found Golf In The Kingdom, Inc. and J. Michael Meadows, member of St. Andrews Golf Club, and has returned to Scotland every year for the past three years, because as Don Anthony of Melbourne, FL says, "Golf In The Kingdom creates golf tours with starting times, providing a wonderful experience of golf and country … a treat any golfer who loves the game and it's history would enjoy … Book me again next year."

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