We’re Going Back To Scotland + Winners Of Golf Gear Giveaway

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The other day we shared how my Dad, my brother and I booked an international golf trip with a booking service. It was so easy, all we had to do was tell them where we’d like to go, and we were presented with several options. Then we just focused on playing a good round of golf and enjoying ourselves.

Winners Of Golf Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners of our golf giveaway with PerryGolf. The following winners will receive an email or DM on twitter with instructions on how to claim their prize.

  • Trevor: In an answer to #3, I’d love to do a golf trip in the wine regions of the South of France. I’m doing my honeymoon there next year and that would be a cool addition!
  • JP: Definitely most interested to golf in its home country of Scotland, then relaxing afterwards over a glass of single malt on the rolling hills of the old country…
  • RaiderHoosierWould look for a booking service with examples of real trips and that has “levels” of pricing packages. 
  • Samual: 3. Scotland. Amazing scenery.
  • Phil#3 – southern Spain. Valderrama is the Augusta National of Europe. Sotogrande is close behind and there are many others of tournament quality/condition. Best of all, Spain is a bargain these days.
  • ShawnOld Head. Course looks unbelievable
  • GregoryGradyI’m curious what the cost was of the booking service that you used. I went to St Andrews and wasn’t able to get a tee time at The Old Course since I didn’t plan early enough. I probably should have gone through a planning company like you did, I’m just curious how much it costs. Or do they just book for free and take their cut in commissions from the hotels, etc?
  • JonBWould love to play royal dornach, carnoustie, St. Andrews old  
  • Christian  I’d love to play at Royal Melbourne West in Australia
  • EdI would love to play St. Andrews.

Why We Are Going Back & Booking With A Service Again

The first trip to Scotland was a special trip, one that we thought may never happen, and one that slipped past generations before us. My grandfather asked his son (my father), who was at the ripe age of 30, to accompany him on a golfing trip around England and Scotland. But life got in the way. Years passed by. My father never got around to taking his father up on the invitation to spend time as father and son golfing some of the greatest courses where the game of golf began. Business got in the way.

My brother and I, on the other hand, played golf with my grandfather as kids and took that for granted. With each passing year, our grandfather’s game got more recreational. My father on the other hand, had won a junior amateur title, played college golf (with Tom Kite among others), and continued to play as a business man. It was a fun sport to us that allowed us to get on the course as a family. We took lessons on the weekends in town. We learned the game of golf. We were taught to respect the game as kids.

Fast forward. Our father got more busy with work. Our grandfather passed away. We moved on from recreational golf and attended college. Got married. Had kids. Had more kids. Got busy with work and business. The continuum ensued.

It was inevitable we would repeat the same story as our father and grandfather…

As a father now, and as a son, I think about what my grandfather would have thought about when his son was too busy to attend the trip to Scotland with him. I also thought about what it would mean as a father to have your child tour around some of the oldest courses on this golfing trip…again!

…until we decided to take this last trip I didn’t know how much of an impact it would have on me. So that is why we are going back…again. We’ve got a lot to think about, which of the top British Open rotation courses we’ll play, which cities we’ll visit, how we will all get across the pond in Business Class. And this time we’re bringing our children too! Can’t wait until 2016.

18th Hole at St Andrews

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  1. Do yourself a big favour and play the courses that are nothing to do with the rotation. There are so many other awesome tracks that get overlooked and are truly amazing. You’re not getting on Muirfield so head next door to Gullanes 1 & 2. The views are spectacular as well as giving you a birds eye on Muirfield. Then 5 mikes away is North Berwick. Superb in so many ways including the first redan hole and a green protected by a gated wall! Head northward toward St. Andrews and enjoy Crail. If there is even a hint of a breeze you will be tested. Superb links turf. Going up through the center of Scotland find Pitlochry. A short but testing highland beauty. If you want the ultimate experiences then find anyone who can get you on to Royal Dornoch. It is in my mind the purest course I have ever been honored to play and then head out to th Western Isles for Macrahanish. Pure, pure, pure.
    It’s a bit spread I know but if you get away from famed tracks you will find masses of hidden gems that will forever remain in your memory.

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