Another month closer to the golfing season here in Scotland as we prepare for the mass invasion of golfing tourists to our golf infested islands. For those looking for some early season golf in Scotland play the North and East regions of The Highlands, Aberdeen, St Andrews and East Lothian as these areas will see the greatest benefit from the dry and mild winter season.
Have you heard that one of the largest sporting events in the world descends on Scotland this September? Ryder Cup has a daily television audience of over 500 million and has grown astronomically over the last decade. Far removed from the very humble origins in 1927 at the very same venue of the 2014 event Gleneagles. A match which for years had the American team face a Britain and Ireland team in a friendly capacity. This episode features the Ryder Cup exhibition which is currently in residents at the Stirling Smiths Art Gallery and will continue on around Scotland in the run up to the Ryder Cup later in the year. Hear Episode 9
Early in February the Scottish Golf Podcast caught up with arguably St Andrews’ most famous caddie, The American Caddie Oliver Horovitz. He joined to share some useful hints and tips for playing the most sought after round of golf in the world at The Home of Golf. Oliver, a Harvard graduate has revealed the secrets of caddying in St Andrews and much more in his book now available in paperback. Oliver’s love of caddying and Scotland was evident throughout the interview so it was no surprise when he revealed plans to return again in June for some more caddying! Hear Episode 10
An insightful two part interview featured during February with a man not known to many but who is fulfilling a dream only millions of golfers could dream of. Alan Mcpherson describes the amazing lesser known golf courses he has passed on his way to playing almost every course in Scotland. Ranging from the Open Championship courses to the most quirky hidden gems, the journey has been a fascinating one with number 655 due to be completed in the summer. The diversity of golf courses on offer in Scotland is in Alan’s opinion a real strength to Scotland, courses which are attractive and affordable for any golfer. It would be amazing to think how many miles Alan has traveled as he unearths every golf experience Scotland has to offer whether that be on the road,track or in the sky as Alan explains. What is even more remarkable is that Alan is doing this for charity with all proceeds including waved green fees going to Cancer Research UK.Hear Episodes 11 & 12
Friday 28th February, the annual Scottish Golf Awards in Glasgow took place at a glitzy ceremony where the golf industry came together to celebrate Scotland’s golfing successes in 2013. The most notable winner of the night was Bernard Gallacher receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award which he jokingly put down to him having a life scare after a cardiac arrest while attending a dinner in Aberdeen. Bernard who was involved in every Ryder Cup, in some capacity, from 1969 to 1995 appeared for the first time since his health scare looking very well and op[optimistic for another exciting Scottish golf year. Other notable winners included Junior Club of the Year Fortrose & Rosemarkie and Volunteer of the Year Liz Taylor from Prestonfield Golf Club. Both these awards were of significant interest to the Scottish Golf Podcast as it is imperative that the Scottish golf culture is preserved and golfing participation is encouraged from an early age, something which Club Golf are working extremely hard in achieving.
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