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#1 rfdegen

 
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:10 AM

My wife and I are planning a golf trip to Scotland late August/early September 2018. We're going to stay 4 nights in St. Andrews. A bucket list item for me is playing the Old Course. I'll look at getting on as a single, as Kathy is not handicap eligible.

 

Part of our dilemma is planning fights. Depending on our day of departure, flight costs vary.  An itinerary that takes us to St. Andrews Monday-Thursday is more expensive. Another would have us there over the weekend. I think tee times would be easier to get during the week. 

 

I'm a little confused about Sunday closures of the course. Are all the St. Andrews courses closed on Sundays, or just the Old Course?

 

Can anyone offer advice on our timing?

 

We are not going through a travel agent, or a booking company that has secured tee times. What were your experiences in booking tees times? Two methods for booking tee times, paying in advance more than two days, or within two days [pay at the starter]. If we book ahead and I get on the Old Course as a single, how do they handle our cancellation of the other tee time?

 

Any advice you can offer will be most appreciated.


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:26 PM

Or, you can just show up in Scotland or Ireland and look like a player. Have a Hogan bag with some old blades.  Works for me.  

 

There are a lot of local "munis" and you can just walk on, same as with the Open a while ago.  

 

Interesting they close down the courses on Sunday.  Family day. .  Here in America you can't miss making a day without making a buck.  Refreshing if you ask me.

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 08:50 AM

We're booked! 2 nights in Edinburgh, 4 nights in St. Andrews checking in Monday and leaving Friday, 3 nights in North Berwick, then one last night in Edinburgh before we fly home.

 

In St. Andrews we're staying at the Golf Inn. Out the front door, turn right and you're looking down the block at the Old Course #18 green. 

 

The leaves are coming off the trees fast here. Keep the ball in the fairway or you may not find it! Peak color was last weekend. After shooting a limit of woodcock in the morning, Kathy and I celebrated the upcoming trip by playing a little golf. It was 46-47* with a nice stiff breeze. Played the round in my Chuckie Taylors, as I forgot golf shoes at home.

 

Tomorrow afternoon might be my last round of Wisconsin golf for the year. I'm playing in a scramble at a convention in Nashville next week, then two hunting trips cover the last two weeks our course is open.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 07:04 PM

We're booked! 2 nights in Edinburgh, 4 nights in St. Andrews checking in Monday and leaving Friday, 3 nights in North Berwick, then one last night in Edinburgh before we fly home.

 

In St. Andrews we're staying at the Golf Inn. Out the front door, turn right and you're looking down the block at the Old Course #18 green. 

 

The leaves are coming off the trees fast here. Keep the ball in the fairway or you may not find it! Peak color was last weekend. After shooting a limit of woodcock in the morning, Kathy and I celebrated the upcoming trip by playing a little golf. It was 46-47* with a nice stiff breeze. Played the round in my Chuckie Taylors, as I forgot golf shoes at home.

 

Tomorrow afternoon might be my last round of Wisconsin golf for the year. I'm playing in a scramble at a convention in Nashville next week, then two hunting trips cover the last two weeks our course is open.

Let me know if you need a caddy!  

 

Talk of going over maybe next year or so.  A friend of mine wants to go, aka Big Hitter, and its always fun to go on a golf trip with him.  

Some golf and even better "tasting sessions".  Real Beer Matters! 

 

Up in Montana and getting ready to tie a few number 18's and 20's  dry flys tomorrow.  A couple large guys on the surface sipping blue winged olives.  That gets the heart pumping at 7200 ft.  

Friend called and wants me to meet him near "Cardiac" hill and fish the Madison into YNP.  Worried about the climb back out...

 

Interesting, I have a new custom 5 wt rod made especially for this river.  Hate it!!!  New technology, better everything but doesn't perform.

Maybe not enough spin... HaHaHa!  Always something. :rolleyes:  

 

 

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Posted Yesterday, 08:31 AM

Ha! Yes! Real beer matters! I hate watered down American beer. We have a local brewery here, Bull Falls Brewery. He has a Bavarian stile Pilsner on now that is really good. I love the English cask ales and will be tipping a few when we travel over there in 2018.

 

The trout expedition sounds like heaven on earth. Here in WI, I fish walleyes. Am taking by boat in today to get winterized and stretch wrapped to store for the winter.

 

Last eve it was 70* and the wind blowing like Scotland from the west. Our #6 is a 540 par 5, playing quartering into the wind off the left. Thirty yards of left to right drift off a drawn tee shot.  Third shot I'm about 50 yards out, played an 8 iron back in my stance, low runner landing in from of the green and rolling all the way within 6' of a back pin. A hole later I'm a 7 iron out, pulled the 4 iron and hit a low cutting runner that landed 20 yards in front of the green and ran up to 10'. Love it! Normal golf here is fly it high and land on target. Will practice the ground game to prepare for our trip next year.

 

Our golf season is coming to a close. The last two seasons I've gone from  a 1, to a 4 early this season. Frustrating. Worked a little with our pro on one bad habit. A buddy who is a +2 helped me more. His tips have me striping it with authority again. At 59 I'm still leaking distance, but my ball striking has been so much better towards summer's end. Back to a 2 now. I wish the season didn't have to end.


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