Robert Thompson, founder of canadiangolfer.com and Ian Andrew, one of the most outspoken golf architects in the business talk over their recent golf trip to Scotland. Interestingly the itinerary was packed full of lesser known Scottish golf experiences aligned to some topical golf courses the gents just had to visit. Be ready for a very interesting and resourceful guide from two leading professionals in the golf business. Below is a summary of the trip.
Both agreed an excellent location to walk onto the Old Course and around the Auld Grey Town
Ian has never been one for not passing comment on historical course reconstruction which he is so passionate about.This section of the episode (6mins) Ian boldly suggests the work of Winter 2013 should not have been done.
Lundin Links Golf Club
A good start for a trip near St Andrews to warm you up for a week of golf.
Ian talks at length of his love for this fantastic golf option at The Home of Golf. He notes it like a similar experience as playing the Old Course. ‘As an architect it was an educational experience to see the colt greens. if 27 is your limit, play 9 at Eden! Read Co-host Graylyn Loomis’ Eden review here.
Royal Aberdeen (Scottish Open 2014 Venue)
Both agree that the front 9 is an unforgettable set of holes. You get through 9 holes and you can’t help but say wow. Ian is really looking forward to watching the world’s best tackle the links at Balgownie for the Scottish Open and believes the players will love it. If the wind blows from a mix of directions it could prove a formidable and memorable tournament.
*Murcar Golf Links is also touched upon and will be featured in an upcoming episode ahead of the Scottish Open on the podcast.
Trump International Scotland Stay & Play
Ian Andrew noted it as the best site he had ever seen. While he missed the ground options for the windy days that aside the routing makes it one of the best courses ever built. Robert echos these sentiments but noted that he’d prefer if Donald Trump was reserved in telling the world this, let the golfing community decide!
The accommodation at the onsite MacLeod House was 5 Star luxury and enjoy by both.
Golf fans are very intimidated by cost around Scotland golf travel, Ian and Robert believe you are smarter off playing the lesser known courses as the experiences are of the equal, Don’t underestimate the golf that is on offer on the second tier courses. Some of the most exceptional holes (specifically quirky) are found on these. The smaller the club, the more personal the experience.
Each week we ask our guests to share their Scottish golf travel experiences in our Recounter.
Favourite Golf Course & Accommodation
Castle Stuart /Culloden House (Robert Thompson Top)
Eden Course / Ardgowan Hotel
FAVOURITE Scottish Shot
Second into #3 Castle Stuart
Bump and run into #13 Fraserburgh
1 Equipment Option
Wind jacket / compression shirt
Unfriendly people / Only playing Open rota courses
Parting bit of Advice
Don’t worry about the driving
Stay in one area and golf the lesser known courses