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Easter in St. Andrews

We have came over to the Kingdom of Fife for what will be close to two weeks, staying in our wee bolt hole 'Hamilton House' situated four miles outside St. Andrews. Golf was going to be played this afternoon on the Strathtyrum Links, the smaller of the six 18 hole golf courses that make up the St. Andrews Links, but a heavy downpour has scuppered that thought!

Some work on understanding the laptop, wifi connections, fine tuning Caddie Golf Tours forthcoming tours and preparations for the planned barbeque tomorrow afternoon may be better use of a wet Saturday afternoon.

If truth be known the lovely LB has done all of the barbeque prep! Potato salad, marinaded chicken and gutted sardines have been accomplished while I sit building up an appetite!

Out to St. Andrews this evening for a couple of beers and dinner at Pizza Express. Hopefully we shall have some golf first thing in the morning to continue our marathon golf contest, lasting throughout the year, that currently stands…

April 2011, St. Andrews.

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Looking forward to returning to St. Andrews this weekend and experiencing some old familiar haunts that were last seen in November of 2010, which seems an age ago especially after the extreme winter that Scotland went through.

St. Andrews Caddie Pavilion...my 2nd home!
Swilken Burn protecting the 1st green Old Course
I have been informedthat I will be able to pick up my 'Yearly Ticket' for golf on all the St. Andrews links courses tomorrow. I have been patiently waiting for this opportunity since 2005...so frustrating caddying upon the Old/New/Jubilee/Eden/Castle golf courses over the season knowing that you will only ever be able to play them once, if at all during that year. 
The Dunvegan Bar, a favourite.
A local on the course.
I did have the 'Yearly Ticket' for three years but mistakenly gave it up when I moved away from the town. Nobody informed me that I could transfer it to an 'outside' category and I did not have the where-with-all at the time to request suc…

Flying to Malaysia with charl! Glad one of us has a green jac... on Twitpic

Flying to Malaysia with charl! Glad one of us has a green jac... on Twitpic

Rory McIlroy just confirms what a delightful young sportsman he is...and his time will come.

MVI 2095

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My golfing buddy from Phillidelphia, Alan, posted this little vid on You Tube the other day. From the top of the rise above the 5th green & 6th tee on the Old Course he films the panorama of the Old Course, New Course , Eden estuary, St. Andrews town and yours truly popping up at the end...I can never resist a camera!.

This was taken during 2009 and Alan will return in July this year bringing along the Guru Tony (as mentioned in the vid), Shane and Todd .  Yet more new blood for the Old Course!

The Masters Theme Song on Piano

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This delightful pastiche is from a long time friend (and part-time-caddie) who continually pops up in the Caddie Pavilion...every year!



...goodness the subtle influences of his University term in St. Andrews, Old Course Caddie life and Scottish culture (re: taking the PISS) are beginning to show in his recent output. I think this is a good thing!

Golf at Balfron with LB, David & Sean. Halved match with ... on Twitpic

Oystercatcher Golf Success

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A grand weekend of classic Scottish links golf, windy, sunny and a wee bit of drizzle, was played over three superb courses that none of the Oystercatcher Golf Society had visited before, Kilmarnock Barassie, Prestwick St. Nicholas and Dundonald Links all based on the West Coast of Scotland.

Three Oystercatchers hanging around outside Marine Hotel
Boyne relaxes in bar of Marine Hotel


18th green & clubhouse at Royal Troon

The party stayed at the Barcelo Marine Hotel in Troon and were very impressed with the location adjacent to Royal Troon Golf Club, the bar (of course), the spa and our rooms which were surprisingly spacious, warm and had super comfy beds.

LB 7th fairway Barassie GC

Matt & Al, 1st green Prestwick St. Nicholas GC
The Oystercatcher girls on 6th green Prestwick St. Nicholas GC
Boyne, 16th Dundonald Links
All the courses, pictured above, were within a 5 miles of the hotel and access was simple and well posted. We certainly got lucky with the weather and all finished up wit…