Nothing flash was the remit for Robert Thompson and Ian Andrew during their current visit to Scotland supported by Visit Scotland as the country gears up to Ryder Cup 2014. We met for lunch after the pair battled round Trump International Scotland that morning to talk Scottish golf travel and the surprised joy in fighting a cold 20-30mph wind.
Both gents having travelled many times to Scotland on golf trips felt the urge to fill in the gaps between the famous golf courses they had played previous while ensuring time to play the topical courses of Trump and the Old Course, St Andrews better known to the golf enthusiast. While recounting each golf experience with me in the country pub across the street from Trump’s luxurious golf resort, the joy in playing such unheralded Scottish golf courses was evident. From Elie and Crail near St Andrews to Murcar and Fortrose and Rosemarkie in the North and east.
Simple, yet satisfying. Scotland golf travel has for too long been dominated by the British Open venues of Royal Troon and Carnoustie but this a la cart offering is just for starters. Credit to Visit Scotland in the work they are doing to help showcase regions of Scotland helping unearth such delicacies.
As the wind and rain batter the windows of my office here in Aberdeenshire I don’t have too much of a desire to join Ian and Robert for a knock round Fraserburgh, no matter how charming the layout of the next hidden gem on their itinerary. No, the satisfaction of knowing Scotland’s diverse golf offering is being served up to the world is enough for now.
A full recap of Robert and Ian’s trip to Scotland will be available on the podcast once the pair have returned home, rested up and had the opportunity to fully reflect. That links ‘breeze’ takes it out of you, trust me!