So the leading minds in the game agree Tiger should take a break from the tour and like a reformed A-lister straight out of rehab, should ‘go find himself‘. So Tiger before you rush off and book a week on the yacht docked off the coast of Hawaii, here are a few reasons why you need to visit the Home of Golf. It may be the only true way to reconnect you once more with the game you had conquered for two decades.
Falling back in love with the game is not easy but a week spent in St Andrews might just be your best chance. A golf town that connects young and old, rich and poor with the game tangible on the meandering cobbled streets. A place that you must be fond of having won your only two Scottish based British Open titles in 2000 & 2005, am I right? Like George Peper & Lorne Rubenstein describe in their respective books cataloguing their time spent immersed in Scotland’s golfing culture within the towns of St Andrews and Dornoch respectively, fiat may see you discover a similar reconnection with the game of golf. That’s our hope and a book deal would be a bonus.
Below is our customised golfing itinerary.
Day 1 – Arrive at St Andrews
Fly into Edinburgh Airport.
Pick up Automatic Rental Vehicle and make 1 hour transfer to St Andrews
*Check-in at Bed & Breakfast on Murray Place
Day 2 – Golf on the Old Course
**7.32am tee-time on the Old Course, St Andrews
13.58pm tee-time on the New Course, St Andrews
Dinner spent watching golfers putt out on 18 with a world famous Anstruther Fish & Chips in hand
Day 3 – Golfing Like it Should Be
15 minute Transfer to Crail ***7.52am tee-time at Crail & 2.30pm tee-time at Elie
Transfer back to St Andrews
A few evening pints in the Dunvegan with some locals
Day 4 – Sunday in St Andrews
Day 5 – Departure Date
Transfer to Edinburgh Airport (Approx 1 hour)
*Murray Place is a street within a couple whiffed chips of the Old Course and home to dozens of lodging options in St Andrews, most of which are bed & breakfasts. A stay in your usual out of town country retreat would not suffice for this visit given our objection to reconnect you with golf and its people. A central base is much more appropriate. The lodgings will mean you will have the opportunity to engage with other golfers and not just Americans which you find often congregate at the larger multinational hotels.
You can also walk freely to the course equipped with your mandatory Nike single strapped carry-bag without fear of a dreaded selfie altercation.
Residing here for the entirety of your stay in St Andrews also makes the short evening return from the many pubs in the town that much easier.
**Taking advantage of a premium advanced booking reservation you will be reunited with the famous links of the Old Course on a still clear morning. Every hump and hollow is magnified by the morning sun rising over West Sands and your heart will inevitability thumb on an eerily quiet first tee box. Paired with local members your foursome should race round in 3 hours in which time you can enjoy a laugh and a joke. As you stand on the 12th tee of the Old overlooking the Eden Estuary all your troubles will seem a distant memory.
***Crail and Elie will provide a historic flavour to golf as it once was. The course design and shot making opportunities include blind shots, shared fairways and even a periscope. Both courses are pure links providing a different test of golf everytime you tee it up. If the wind blows buckle up and grit your teeth, like the good old days.
After rounds at Crail & Elie golf here will remind you it’s a sport to be enjoyed. Unlike Torrey Pines however we ask that you get changed in the well furbished clubhouses between rounds rather than the parking lot.
****The British Golf Museum behind the Royal and Ancient clubhouse provides a fascinating insight into the history of the game and champions of the past. A gentle reminder if you needed one.
We also recommend a stroll around the links of St Andrews which on a Sunday is open to members of the public to enjoy. While you’ll likely be joined by hundreds of others including families, dogs and a hazardous kite or two be sure to enjoy the fresh north sea air. Do stay warm however as we know what happens to those glutes when cold.
If suitable please send your deposit to Scottish Golf Podcast ‘Your audio guide to golfing in Scotland’. We would also be willing to offer you a similar package in July for a week golfing in East Lothian at the Gullane links (2015 Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open) followed by a week in St Andrews from July 16th-19th . We will need to know soon though as we expect the town’s lodgings to be limited and the media scrutiny a ‘wee’ bit higher.
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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.
If left with any questions don’t hesitate to contact Ru or Graylyn by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.