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Ru walking the fairways of Castle Stuart with Henrik Stenson. Image: Kenny Smith

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The weekly podcast covers a range of topic areas across Scottish golf tourism and travel. Most weeks Ru is joined by a guest to either share their recent visit to Scotland or provide industry insight.

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Ru Macdonald was awarded Golf Tourism Scotland Young Person of the Year in 2013 for work across the industry. Now seeing an opportunity to provide opinion and greater understand of Scottish golf travel, Ru offers informative content for budding golf travellers across a range of new media forms. A keen golfer, Ru plays to a handicap of 9 and is a member at Cruden Bay Golf Club.

Ru’s efforts to grow his personal brand and the Scottish Golf Podcast since the start of 2014 has been supported by current roles at Luggage Forward – the leading international door to door golf club and shipping company together with providing social media and golf tourism consultancy to a number of organisations in the Scottish golf tourism sector.

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Ru is joined on the podcast by American Graylyn Loomis. For four years in between semesters at St Andrews University, Graylyn swapped beer tokens to instead play some of Scotland’s best golf courses. A fan of golf architecture his detailed Scottish golf course reviews always prove popular on his website Now back in the States Graylyn’s love of Scottish golf remains as do the memories making him the perfect co-host.

5 thoughts on “About Us”
  1. Paul Kinnaird April 27, 2015 on 7:20 pm

    Listened to your podcast regarding Prestwick. You and Graylyn commented that it has a very small membership. My caddy and another in the group told us that Preswick has the most exclusive membership requirements of all the clubs in Scotland. They both said it is harder to get in Prestwick than even HCEG. If what they said is true it would answer your question as to why the membership has not taken in more of Glasgow and Ayrshire. Love the podcast. Paul

  2. Craig April 29, 2015 on 4:54 pm

    Looking to do a 16 day trip. 6 days in St. Andrews & 5 days up in the Highlands to play Royal Dornoch. Is it too much to try and get Muirfield in (flying there) and then get over to Turnberry?

  3. Ru Macdonald June 8, 2015 on 11:50 am

    Craig & Paul – replied via email. Thanks Ru

  4. Matthew Ramos July 31, 2015 on 8:14 pm

    I listened to Episode #68 today. I visited Scotland on a solo golfing pilgrimage in 1993 just before I started graduate school. My adventure started in Edinburgh with several days of golf in East Lothian then I would head to St. Andrews. I made advance arrangements to stay in a B&B in Edinburgh, but decided to “wing it” in St. Andrews. When I arrived in town I headed for the visitors center to arrange my accommodations. I could not have been more fortunate. Since I was on a tight student budget, I took one of the cheapest places I could find: Hamilton Hall. I only knew it was a dormitory for the university. I had no idea it was right across the street from the Old Course! For something like £25/night! I drove over, parked my car right next to the Martyrs’ Monument and left it there all week! I bought a multi-day pass, played the Old Course that evening and again the next morning plus numerous rounds on New, Eden, and Jubilee. My room consisted of a single cot and a desk with shared (dormitory) showers and toilets. I met three young lads on holiday from London. We played together for several days. But their car broke down, so the three of them crashed in my tiny room on the floor. I remember we watched cricket in the evening. SO many memories!

    What a joy it was to just walk across the street with my clubs to the Old Course! I had intended to only spend two days in St. Andrews before heading north to Dornoch, but with the amazing place to stay (both location and cost) I couldn’t bring myself to leave. I finally made it to Dornoch last summer as an overseas member. I am grateful for your podcast because I had forgotten the names of Hamilton Hall and the Monument, but not the memories!

    Love your podcast! Would love to help/participate in some way!


  5. Tim Heddlesten December 22, 2015 on 2:11 pm

    As a frequent Scottish links golfer, I can attest to having learned the hard way many of the lessons you can learn here by listening to the Scottish Golf Podcast. Ru has comprehensive knowledge of the entire country and will steer you in directions not found in books and other websites. Their on-the-ground wisdom will save you money, increase your fun and most importantly put you on courses that you might have otherwise missed. Thanks, Ru.

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