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Episode 80 – Your 8 Scottish Golf Vacation Questions Answered

Ru & Graylyn are back together this week to answer a range of listener questions. The pair discuss everything from winter golf in Scotland to transport options in and around St Andrews.

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1 – St Andrews Transport?

Anything golf in St Andrews resident co-host Graylyn Loomis can share his first hand experiences. On this occasion the St Andrews alumni shares when he faced the daily summer commute while caddying at Kingsbarns. The pair concluded that you won’t be out of pocket by utilising the local taxi firms but best stick with the same company in the hope to arrange a deal. Also best to get in touch a few weeks prior to your trip as the town can often leave the taxi firms very busy.

2. How Many Regions?

Our message is getting through. Howard asks how much is too much when it comes to a maiden golf trip to Scotland. Ru & Graylyn agree again that two regions is about the most you can squeeze into a 7 day trip and that anything more is a little ambitious. That said day trips can be made to neighbouring regions.

3. Should I Play Skibo?

When in the north should you play the ultra exclusive and expensive Skibo Castle? In short no. Ru outlines some links courses to play when in the Scottish Highlands that neighbour Royal Dornoch which include Brora which he describes as mainland Scotland’s most authentic course.

4. Where To Play Hickory?

Tim Alpaugh came on the podcast to share his hickory golf trip to Scotland on Episode 64 which makes great listening for hickory enthusiasts and ‘mainstream’ golfers alike. Graylyn also touches on a forthcoming game planned with Tim whom he profiles on his website.

5. Bag Drops In Scotland?

A great question and answer that might surprise you. Ground handlers/golf ops aren’t prevalent at many of the golf courses and clubs that you’ll be visiting. When checking in ask the pro where you can safely leave your clubs. Usually they’re very accommodating but this really isn’t something to worry about.

6. Can I Golf During The Scottish Winter?
At last Ru & Graylyn split opinion on this one and interestingly its the ‘soft American’ who enjoys a stroll on the links in the depths of winter while the ‘hardy Scot’ is enjoying hot chocolate wrapped up by the fire. Graylyn runs through some must have items to best enjoy a winter round on the links and details the pitfalls that frost delays can have on getting on the Old Course via the daily ballot. Its also worth noting that golf in Scotland during the off season is considerably cheaper and the weather as Ru points out isn’t as brutal as you might imagine!

7. Rain Suit To Buy?

A question that comes up a lot and often a big outlay for some. Our recommendation certainly won’t help keep the costs down as you pay a premium for the best but Galvin Green rain-suits are worth the investment. Check out Graylyn’s thorough Galvin Green gortex product review here. A cheaper alternative to Galvin Green is the US alternative Zero Restriction which neither Ru or Graylyn have had much first hand experiences with but note their strong write ups.

8. No Old Course Time?
The ballot results of the Old Course, St Andrews advanced tee times leaves hundreds of golfers contemplating whether a trip to St Andrews is even worth it? Nonsense. On this recent blog post we outline how your chances of walking and playing at The Home of Golf aren’t lost yet and why your 2016 trip should still very much be on.

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Ru’s State of The Game Podcast appearance can be listened to below.



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