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Episode 58 – Travelling to Scotland as a Non Golfer/Couple

Travelling to Scotland is a dream for any fanatical golfer but what’s it like for a non golfer?

Avid listener of the podcast and golfer Tad Herold got in touch with the below email expressing his willingness to share his recent trip to Scotland last October with his wife Melissa.

I wanted to let you know that my wife and I enjoy listening to your Scottish Golf Podcast. It is an enjoyable, well-paced, and information packed podcast that would help anyone contemplating a trip to the Home of Golf. We began listening about two months ago, ironically enough, AFTER our most recent trip to Scotland (which included an unforgettable round at your home course, Cruden Bay). I am taking on board many suggestions for our next trip over.

Melissa in Dornoch

Melissa in Dornoch

I also wanted to propose a podcast subject for you. You have had a number of podcast episodes regarding “buddy” trips where a group of men come to Scotland to play together. However, to entice another group of potential golf tourist, it might be nice to offer some insights to couples where one is a golfer and the other a non-golfer.

That is the case with my wife and I. My wife does not play golf, but I do. In 2013 we toured England, then went to St. Andrews where I played and she explored the town. In October 2014, we returned. During that trip, I played more golf, playing at Fortrose & Rosemarkie, Dornoch, Cruden Bay, and Crail. Then we returned for a weekend at St. Andrews.

Tad at Cruden Bay playing with members

Tad at Cruden Bay playing with members

I think there is a vast market of American men who would love to come to Scotland to play golf, but may find it advantageous to do so with their non-golfing wife. My wife and I are testament that those can, indeed, be wonderful holidays. Many may think that it would be a bad trip for the non-golfing spouse, but my wife would strongly disagree. She has enjoyed herself immensely during our times in Scotland.

If you would be interested in doing such an episode, my wife would be very happy to participate. We could give some tips that are specific to couples regarding travel and my wife could talk about off-course activities. It may also be lost on most Americans that, generally speaking, spouses are welcome to join their golfing husband or wife, following them on the course (something my wife did on two occasions). We could also talk about options for the playing spouse playing as a single, playing blindly with another group, or arranging a round with a club member, all options that I have used.

The interview with Tad & Melissa is a transparent reality of what a golf trip to Scotland is like with a non golfer or as a couple. So buckle up, take the wife for a road trip, press play on this episode and start the Scottish golf trip propaganda.

We’ll see the two of you soon.

podcastStay with us as we continue our winter series profiling Scotland’s best links golf courses you will likely visit on a golf vacation to Scotland in 2015. Subscribe on itunes.

For Scottish golf course reviews including a St Andrews Story section where golfers are asked to share their visit to St Andrews check out co host Graylyn Loomis’ website.

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