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I have just joined and my name is Ian and I am from near St Andrews in Scotland. 

 

I am member of Leven Golfing Society which is the 11th oldest golf club in the world, formed in 1820 and celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2020.

 

I retired a couple of years ago and caddy a little during the summer months at Fairmont St Andrews where you will find two fine courses, the Kittocks and the Torrance.

 

I also started a golf tours company offering Scotland Golf Trips, so if anyone needs any information on Golf in Scotland feel free to ask away and I will do my best to help.


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Welcome to MGS Ian, where you can learn and have fun at the same time.

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Driver: Tour Edge Exotics EXS w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Wilson D7 GW(48*) & SW(54*) Cobra King F8 LW(58*)all wedges have Recoil 460 regular shafts Putter: 33" Bellum-Winmore 707 putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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Great to have you, Ian!  A Scotland golf trip is definitely on the bucket list...

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

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Welcome!  Wish I had played golf back when I visited Scotland in 1978!  

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We don’t stop playing the game because we get old; we get old because we stop playing the game.”

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Welcome! I don't know what I would do if I loved near St Andrews... maybe run more so I can take in the beauty.

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**May the fade be with you**

 

Driver - :taylormade-small:  SLDR 9.5 Paderson KINETIXx IMRT Green Stiff / 255 cpm
Fairway Wood - :titelist-small:  910F 3 wood
Hybrids - :callaway-small:  Big Bertha Diablo 21deg
Irons - :titelist-small:  710 AP2 4-PW Standard Lie/Flex
Wedges - :taylormade-small:  XFT 50, 54, 60
Putter - :cameron-small:  California Monterey
Ball - :wilson_staff_small:  FG Tour

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Scotland is a bucket list trip for me. What is the best time of year to go? What's the minimum amount of days? What should you plan for as far as a total trip cost? What mistakes should people avoid when making the trip? Finally, how is that new trump course?

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Scotland is a bucket list trip for me. What is the best time of year to go? What's the minimum amount of days? What should you plan for as far as a total trip cost? What mistakes should people avoid when making the trip? Finally, how is that new trump course?

Hi there.

 

Best time is between April and September, with June, July and August normally having the best of the weather. Saying that you have to come prepared for all types of weather, even in August.

 

I would recommend a minimum stay of 7 nights.

 

Cost would obviously depend on the standard of accommodation and the golf courses you choose to play. You could stay in reasonable accommodation, play some wonderful links courses that don't charge the earth and rent a vehicle for around £900 (less than $1400 at £1=$1.51). Then you would have flights on top of that.

 

At the other end of the scale, if you play all the top courses you would be looking at around $1,500 just for 6 rounds of golf. 5 star accommodation such as The Old Course Hotel can be over $1,500 and with chauffeured transport and caddies every day you would be looking at $4,000 excluding flights. 

 

For a middle of the road tour with reasonable Hotel, 3 top courses and 3 value courses and self drive vehicle, you should budget around $1800. 

 

Some mistakes that should be avoided is planning to play in several areas of the country. Travel times from  Turnberry to St Andrews can be almost 3 hours. St Andrews to Royal Dornoch another 4 hours. If you do not plan it sensibly, you will spend half of your golf trip travelling.

 

If you wanted to see a number of areas plan to play at least 2 courses in each area, Turnberry and Royal Troon, Muirfield and North Berwick and St Andrews and Kingsbarns. Alternatively, Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart, Cruden Bay and Trump Aberdeen, Carnoustie and St Andrews. 

 

A great website is Via Michelin, where if you go to the route planner and enter two locations and it will give you both the distance and estimated driving time.

 

Book your tee times for the more popular courses well in advance to secure the times that you would prefer.

 

If you want to play the Old Course there are several ways to try and secure a tee time. I will cover that in a separate post.

 

If you are planning to enter the ballot every day, it would be wise to base yourself in the St Andrews area 

for most of your trip. Also check out the busy days for the Old Course. You will find that September is the worst month to try to get a St Andrews Old Course tee time as most days are busy will Club Competition finals the entire month. 

 

Finally, the new Trump course. I have not had the pleasure of playing it yet, but will be this coming season. I can report that one of the guys I play golf with who is a 5 handicapper and has played all over Scotland and abroad played it in the autumn and said it was one of the finest golf experiences he has ever had.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Ian


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Re Old Course St Andrews Tee Times

 

There are several ways to try and secure St Andrews Old Course Tee Times.

 

Here is a link to some information on how to get tee times

 

St Andrews Old Course Tee Times

 

Ian


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Welcome aboard.

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:titelist-small: TS2 Driver Hzrdous Smoke Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:titelist-small: TS2 Hybrids  Mitsubishi Tensei Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:mizuno-small:  MP-59 5-PW; KBS Tour (Regular Flex)
 :callaway-small: PM Grind Wedges
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Hi Ian,

 

Its nice to have another voice from this side of the pond. I have to admit I have not yet had the chance to visit Scotland to golf but it certainly is on my list of things to do.

 

Nick

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Why is it that fools and fanatics are always so certain, but wise men are never so sure.

 

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A hidden gem designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, opened in 1921, a beautiful, mature wooded valley course

 

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:taylormade-small: RBZ 3 wood

:mizuno-small: Mizuno JPX 825 5 Wood

:callaway-small: Diablo 3 Hybrid 21 degree

:mizuno-small:  JPX 825 5 Hybrid

:callaway-small: Big Bertha 2008 6 to PW

:mizuno-small: MP T11 52 degree, 56 degree

:nike-small: Tiger Woods forged wedge 60 degree

:taylormade-small: Corsa Ghost Putter + Superstroke Slim

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First of all, welcome to the forum, Ian.  I'll be really interested to read your contributions.

 

Zinger, Ian has given some great advice.  I'll add that I've planned two golf trips to Scotland (2011 and 2012) without using a tour operator. I have nothing against the tour operators, I just wanted to do it on my own, and enjoyed doing it that way. We estimated that we would be spending on the order of $5000 for a week, including airfare.  I never did add it all up at the end of the trip, I was afraid to really know.  If you're interested in more of my experiences, please get in touch. The most important thing, if you really want to play the Old Course, be ready to apply for advance tee times in September.

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:titelist-small: Irons Titleist AP2 714, KBS Tour S, 3 flat

:callaway-small: Rogue SubZero, GD YS-Six X

:vokey-small: 52, 56, and 60 wedges

:ping-small: B60 G5i putter

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I've played Kittocks :) 

 

Welcome to the forum. More Europeans is never a bad thing ;)

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Welcome to MGS Ian!  Great info for a Bucket List trip I really hope to make someday.

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What's In The Bag

Driver :titelist-small:

Titleist 913 D2 10.5* (set to 9.75* / Neutral) 46" Paderson KINETIXX Kevlar Green - R

Fairway Wood

Tom Wishon 949 MC 16.5* Fujikura Speeder 569-A

Hybrid  :cleveland-small: Hibore 22* Aldila VS Proto Blue

Irons  :ping-small: G series 5-P

Wedges :ping-small:Glide 54* SS / 60* TS - SCOR 53*

Putter     :nike-small: Nike Method 001 / P2 Reflex grip 35"

Ball

Master Grip Tour C4

Bag

Datrek DG Lite  

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First of all, welcome to the forum, Ian.  I'll be really interested to read your contributions.

 

Zinger, Ian has given some great advice.  I'll add that I've planned two golf trips to Scotland (2011 and 2012) without using a tour operator. I have nothing against the tour operators, I just wanted to do it on my own, and enjoyed doing it that way. We estimated that we would be spending on the order of $5000 for a week, including airfare.  I never did add it all up at the end of the trip, I was afraid to really know.  If you're interested in more of my experiences, please get in touch. The most important thing, if you really want to play the Old Course, be ready to apply for advance tee times in September.

Hi Dave

 

Many thanks for you kind comments.

 

Great piece of advice you have given regarding using the advance reservations method for those wishing to play the Old Course.  

 

Here is the link to the webpage Advance Reservations webpage for any golfers looking to play in 2016. Advance reservations are now complete for 2015, but will open up last week of August 2015 for 2016 season Tee Times.


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I've played Kittocks :)

 

Welcome to the forum. More Europeans is never a bad thing ;)

Thanks.

What did you thinks of the Fairmont Kittocks Course. It is one of my favourites in the area and much prefer it to the Fairmont Torrance Course. I could play it every day and not get bored. Not a true links course but great views and tremendous variety of holes.


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Thanks.

What did you thinks of the Fairmont Kittocks Course. It is one of my favourites in the area and much prefer it to the Fairmont Torrance Course. I could play it every day and not get bored. Not a true links course but great views and tremendous variety of holes.

 

Some very good holes on Kittocks. I remember a par 4 with a ravine in front of the green. We played into the wind. Hit driver, 4 wood, wedge - still 10 yards short :) The stretch of holes down by the cliffs is excellent. I really liked it. Could play it again. 

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Good to see another Scot,

 

I feel that we dont appreciate how good we have it some times - just heading up for my 11 oclock tee time on the old course guys.

 

:D

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Driver: TMaG R9 SuperTri TP Aldila Voodoo SvS6

FW Wood: Callaway xHot 3 deep Pro Projext X 6.0

2 Iron: Callaway x Utility Proto 18 deg Project X pxi 6.0

Hybrid: TMaG Rescue 09 21 deg Motore F1

Irons: 4 - PW Callaway X Forged 13 KBS Tour S

Wedges: Titliest Vokey 52' 56'

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo S

Grips: Golf Pride Decade Multi-Compound Cord

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