As listeners to the podcast know we try to inspire, educate and celebrate Scottish golf travel every week providing an on the ground account from The Home of Golf. A man that shares a similar ambition but on a wider scale is the Golf Channel’s travel correspondent Matt Ginella. Often the envy of every golfer Matt travels the globe reviewing the best courses and resorts to help inspire golf fans to travel. Ahead of the Ryder Cup Matt and his production team headed to Scotland to showcase the best destination of them all and we caught up with him on his return.
Day 1 – Trump’s Turnberry Tour
On arrival Matt is personally shown round Turnberry by new owner Donald Trump and talks through his plans to transform one of the most iconic Open Championship venues as mentioned on the episode. Matt believes Trump will drastically change the below stretch of the Ailsa Course but only under the careful stewardship of the R&A.
Day 2 Magic in St Andrews on July 4
The next stage of the trip had Matt visit The Home of Golf which included a late night visit to Old Tom Morris’ grave and the round of his life on the the famous links of the Old Course. Matt talks briefly about Recounter, a reportage photography agency which captured his round on camera and recreated it in through photography in a bespoke coffee book. A service which is proving to be an ever growing addition to buddies trips in St Andrews and across Scotland. Read more about it here.
Day 3 Gleneagles and the Scottish Highlands
Glenagles was a topical stop for Matt ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup and a logical route on Ginella’s Journey’s. What was less conventional was the route from Gleneagles in Perthshire to Aberdeen which involved a spectacular drive through the Scottish Highlands.
Day 4 Cruden Bay with the Scottish Golf Podcast
A morning rolling the greens at the Scottish Open venue Royal Aberdeen was followed by a short drive to Matt’s favourite golf course in Scotland, Cruden Bay. Matt spent the afternoon golfing with Scottish Golf Podcast host Ru Macdonald.
Day 5 Castles, a Loch and a Monster
The next leg of the trip was a drive to Castle Stuart which included a visit to Loch Ness in search of ‘Nessie’ and a tour of a castle. Matt during the podcast episode mentions the people he meets along the way in Scotland which included a hat swap with Bagpiper Spud.
Days 6/7 West Coast of Wonder and ‘Whacks’
The last leg of the golf trip had Matt return to Turnberry to play the Ailsa golf course which involved a round at Prestwick. The superlatives of Cruden Bay Matt believes can also be said about Prestwick, the home of the first twelve Open Championships. The final leg of the trip was a helicopter ride over to the Kintre Peninsula home to Machrihanish Dunes.
More on Matt’s trip can be seen on The Golf Channel’s video clip below.