Visiting Scotland’s Distilleries

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I am going to use this post to not only describe my favorite whisky distilleries in Scotland, but also to show off some of the lesser seen beauty of the country. Adding a non-golf point of interest to your golf trip can add great depth and enjoyment to the overall trip. I took the photos below on various adventures (all including … Read More

Behind the Tartan – James Braid

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Behind the Tartan is a series of articles that I have written for SEAMUS Golf. Each article in the series focuses on a historical figure in golf, tying them into a tartan headcover from SEAMUS. I am a huge fan of the company and am very happy to work together with them on this series. Check out their awesome products! When discussing the … Read More

A Conversation with Tim Alpaugh

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It seems like I have been running into more and more hickory playing golfers as of late. These “hickory golfers” tap into a purer form of golf, solely playing with clubs built pre-1935 while typically using replica golf balls. During my years in Scotland, it wasn’t uncommon to find a player down on the St Andrews Links playing a set of … Read More

Behind the Tartan – Old Tom Morris

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Behind the Tartan is a series of articles that I have written for SEAMUS Golf. Each article in the series focuses on a historical figure in golf, tying them into a tartan headcover from SEAMUS. I am a huge fan of the company and am very happy to work together with them on this series. Check out their awesome products! It follows naturally … Read More

Behind the Tartan – Allan Robertson

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Behind the Tartan is a series of articles that I have written for SEAMUS Golf. Each article in the series focuses on a historical figure in golf, tying them into a tartan headcover from SEAMUS. I am a huge fan of the company and am very happy to work together with them on this series. Check out their awesome products! It … Read More

Returning to St Andrews

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I am writing this on a flight returning from St Andrews, Scotland. This trip back to the town marks my first visit since my graduation from the University of St Andrews. My small personal to-do list during the visit included seeing old friends, a movie at the New Picture House, a curry from Jahangir Indian restaurant, and of course, a … Read More

Confidential Guide to Golf Courses Vol. 1 Review

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Tom Doak made a name for himself early in his golf architecture career. It was just after finishing his first design in 1988 that he wrote the first edition of this book. Forty copies were given out to his friends as a “thank you” for their help. The pages were filled with his personal reviews of golf courses around the … Read More

George Waters Interview

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George Waters is the author of Sand and Golf: How Terrain Shapes the Game. As you will read in the interview below, George has worked on courses all around the world with Tom Doak, Coore & Crenshaw, and many other great golf course architects. His new book covers many of the best golf courses in the world, looking at how nearly all … Read More

Where to Stay in St Andrews

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There are many great accommodation options in St Andrews. The town is filled with hotels and B&Bs, ranging from very expensive options all the way down to St Andrews Tourist Hostel. Because of the wide array of choices, it would be impossible for me to review all the hotels and B&Bs. I have included places in this post which I … Read More

Where to Play Golf in St Andrews

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The perfect first golf trip to Scotland uses St Andrews as a base of operations. Settle down into one of the many lodging options in town (to be discussed in a later post) and make day trips out from St Andrews to visit courses. I have witnessed, and participated in, many golf trips where people play 36 holes per day, … Read More

St Andrews Old Course Changes: Phase 2

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The second round of changes to the St Andrews Old Course took place in the winter of 2013. The renovations are occurred over the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th and 15th holes. To see the first phase of changes which took place over the winter of 2012, view the Old Course changes phase 1 here!  Martin Hawtree’s design changes have been implemented … Read More

What is a Links Golf Course?

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The question of “What is a links golf course?” was posed to me countless times during my four years in St Andrews. After a round on the St Andrews Old Course yesterday in 45MPH+ winds, I felt inspired to write a definitive answer to this repeated question. In addition to answering the question of what technically makes a links course, … Read More

St Andrews Old Course Changes: Phase 1

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Phase 1 of the changes to the St Andrews Old Course took place over the winter of 2012. These photos were taken on a typically cold and rainy Scotland day. To view the Phase 2 of the Old Course changes, which took place over the winter of 2013, view those here! 17th Hole 2nd Hole – Two bunkers short and … Read More

Should I take a Caddie in Scotland?

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I spent a full season caddying at Kingsbarns Golf Links, just outside of St Andrews, Scotland. Over the course of the season, I have averaged five “bags” a week. I have caddied for everyone from CEOs and former European touring pros to people who have only been playing a few months. All of the photos in this post are taken at … Read More

St Andrews Links – Behind the Scenes with the Superintendent

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If you have ever played at any of the St Andrews courses, thinking back on the round, did you see any greenskeepers? I seriously doubt it. The St Andrews Links hosts hundreds of thousands of rounds every year. Despite this huge number of rounds, the courses stay in incredible condition, and you never see work being done (other than the odd … Read More

What is the Masters Like?

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My purpose for writing this post is not to re-cap a Masters competition or explain the layout. Instead, I am writing to describe the experience of attending the Masters. Those who have been to the tournament know the excitement and anticipation associated with attending the event. At the time of writing I have been to the 2012 Masters, and this coming Friday … Read More