Showing posts from January, 2016

2016 Spring Golf Package

2016 Gailes Golf Experience West Coast of Scotland
A wonderful way to begin the 2016 golf season with this Scotland Spring golf offer at three of our classic links courses situated within 10 minutes of 2016 Open venue at Royal Troon and less than 1 hour from Glasgow. March 2016
3 rounds golf at Western Gailes, Glasgow Gailes & Dundonald Links 2 nights Bed and Breakfast at Lochgreen House Hotel Two golfers sharing a room £ 350 per golfer
April 2016
3 rounds golf at Western Gailes, Glasgow Gailes & Dundonald Links 2 nights Bed and Breakfast at Lochgreen House Hotel Two golfers sharing a room
£ 405 per golfer Western Gailes, established 1897, is a classic Scottish links golf course that should be in every golfer’s must play list. It has been final qualifying venue when the Open is at Royal Troon and Turnberry, has hosted the Curtis Cup and 8 Scottish Amateur Championships.
Glasgow Gailes, established 1892 recognized as the world’s 9th oldest golf club, it is a wonderful traditional lin…

Winter Golf St Andrews

There is a common misconception that little golf is played in St Andrews Scotland during the winter months because of our extreme weather.

May I assure you all that we are not buckled under a ton of snow, rain and howling arctic winds, well not all the time. I am finding that now we have relocated from a wee village north of Glasgow to our new permanent house in the village of Kingsbarns, 6 miles down the coast from St Andrews, that winter golf is very much apart of life for the local St Andrean golfers.

All the local golf clubs, including mine at the St Andrews Golf Club, have a full program of winter competitions from beginning of January through to the end of March that I can participate in, if the mood takes, as well as some fun golf with family and friends.

The visiting golfer should be made aware that golf on the St Andrews Links courses during the winter months, November through to March, is played from an astro turf mat. These are used to protect the fairways from heavy divot…

St Andrews Practice Range

We had our first visit of the New Year to the St Andrews Links Golf Academy the other evening to use the Practice Range. Many more visits are going to be required to bring my golf game up to a decent level for 2016...Fore!

It was good to see that the range has been given a spruce up for the season ahead with a lick of paint and new mats in the covered bays. It is a great facility on the edge of the town adjacent to the Old Course Hotel and St Andrews Links Eden Course.

Lad's Scotland Highland and St Andrews Golf Tour

We have just completed this wonderful Highland and St Andrews Golf Tour for our client Mr C and his Lad's Golf Party when they are over from Washington, USA, in July 2016.

Mr C will arrive first for a 3 day mini Highland Golf Tour before meeting with his four friends at Fraserburgh Golf Course in the North East of Scotland. We pick up Mr C at Glasgow Airport and transfer to Highlands and the first stage of his 10 days of Scottish links golf...
15th July - pm Tain GC a Tom Morris design it celebrated 125 years last year16th July - am Brora GC enjoying 125 years since a James Braid redesign. It is played alongside a beautiful deserted beach and the majestic Sutherland Hills16th July - pm Royal Dornoch GC marks 400 years in 2016. Present layout by Old Tom Morris in 1886 and he produced what is described as the most natural golf course in the world17th July - am Castle Stuart celebrates return of 2016 Scottish Open last played and won here in 2013 by Phil Mickleson We are staying for…

Old Tom Morris Golf Book

2016, a New Year, and the beginning of a new golf book about St Andrews. This time it is one that I purchased rather than have it thrust upon me by a well meaning relative, one I have been meaning to read for quite some time 'Tom Morris of St Andrews, The Colossus of Golf 1821 - 1908'.
Published 5 years ago it has been given an astounding amount of accolades for the depth of research and warmth of writing that has made it such easy reading for the everyday golfer who likes a good book about the origins of golf.
I took a walk down and around St Andrews ancient Cathedral and graveyard at the end of 2015 paying my respects to the Old Tom Morris family.
Perhaps this was the catalyst to purchase and begin reading the biography of the grand Old Man of Golf.

Ryder Cup Fiver in my Change

A lovely surprise on going through my change from the local bartender at the weekend was this commemorative 2014 Ryder Cup Scottish five pound note, in pristine condition as well. These £5 notes were produced by the Royal Bank of Scotland and given to all attending spectators at the 2014 Gleneagles event. Good to get a wee reminder that 2016 is a Ryder Cup year with the event in the USA at Hazeltine National Golf Club during late September. It is always exciting to watch the golfers jostle for a place on their respective teams as the media start to build the tension as the tournament nears. 
If you are in Scotland and would like to golf at Gleneagles do not hesitate to contact Caddie Golf Tours for information about tee times, accommodation and travel...Fore!