Avid readers of this site have read dozens of tips and pieces of advice for planning a Scottish golf trip. After years of speaking to readers and helping them plan their trips, I’ve realized more and more that a different set of advice is required for large groups. What comprises a large group? I consider any more than a four … Read More
A Guide to the Pubs in St Andrews, Scotland
A post-round pint can add greatly to a golf experience and that is especially true on a major golf trip like one to Scotland. Unfortunately, in a new place, it can be a complete shot in the dark about where to go. In this post, I will do my best to shed light on the pubs of St Andrews and … Read More
Best Time of Year to Visit Scotland for Golf
This post is the third in a series about planning a golf trip to Scotland. The first post was How to Plan a Golf Trip to Scotland and the second covered Where to Play on a Golf Trip to Scotland – enjoy! When golfers think about a golf trip to Scotland, “where to play” is the first thing that comes to … Read More
How I Planned My Own Dream Scotland Trip
Much of this website is dedicated to planning Scottish golf trips, and while I’ve helped hundreds of people take trips of their own, I still get very excited every time I get to plan one for myself. Over the last year I’ve been piecing together a trip to Scotland with a group of my best buddies. It will be a … Read More
Renting vs. Hotels and B&Bs on a Scotland Golf Trip
Whenever I receive many emails dealing with the same question, I quickly realize that I need to write an article about the topic. This golf season in particular, I’ve received tons of questions about renting an apartment in Scotland instead of staying in a hotel or B&B. Many groups realize they can cut costs by renting an apartment or home. … Read More
How to Choose a Golf Tour Company & Are They Worth the Money?
To my own (and my wife’s) detriment, I’m always the guy who tries a task myself. Buy a dining table? I can make one. Faucet won’t work? Don’t call the plumber. I’ve always been the same way with my golf trips and this website is an extension of that. I’ve dedicated hundreds of hours to content about courses and how … Read More
Golfer’s Guide to Scotland’s North Coast 500
How to Get a Tee Time on the St Andrews Old Course
Getting a tee time on the St Andrews Old Course isn’t the easiest or most straightforward process. In this post I break down the various methods to secure a tee time that include one lesser-known option! The Old Course Daily Ballot The ballot is a random drawing to determine a given day’s tee sheet on the St Andrews Old Course. … Read More
The Scotland Golf Trip To-Do List
I write this with less than two weeks to go until I depart for my latest trip to Scotland. It will include two weeks in the Highlands, a 500+ mile road trip (the North Coast 500), and rounds ranging from hidden 8-hole courses to Trump Turnberry on the southwest coast. I can’t wait! The majority of my Scottish travels came … Read More
How Does Bandon Dunes Compare to Scotland?
Should I go to Bandon Dunes or Scotland? How different are they? The weather is the same, right? How about the cost? These are all common questions that I receive via email and social media from website readers. And, up until earlier this month, I could never answer it! I lived in Scotland for four years playing golf almost every … Read More
Where to Practice Golf in St Andrews
This is the 12th post from Liam Frean in his Living as a Links Golfer section of the site. Click here to read more from Liam as he lives as a student at the University of St Andrews. It isn’t always clear where you can practice golf in St Andrews. And, if you’re like me, you tend to find inspiration … Read More
Are Guaranteed Old Course Tee Times Worth the Money?
Well, the first answer is that all guaranteed St Andrews Old Course tee times aren’t created equally. You have the advanced ballot tee times allotted by the St Andrews Links Trust, you have a select number handed out by local B&Bs or hotels, and then you have the allotment from golf tour companies. All of these options may get you the … Read More
Where to Play Golf on a Trip to Scotland
This post is the second in a series about planning a golf trip to Scotland. The first post was How to Plan a Golf Trip to Scotland – enjoy! Deciding where to play golf in Scotland may seem like a simple choice of ticking off the best courses, but the decision can make or break your trip in many ways. … Read More
How to Plan a Golf Trip to Scotland
This article is the first in a series about maximizing your time and money in planning, booking, and experiencing a golf trip to Scotland! The second article is Where to Go on a Golf Trip to Scotland! The key to planning a successful golf trip to Scotland is knowledge. One of the goals of this website is to provide golfers … Read More
Visiting Scotland’s Distilleries
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
History of the Hamilton Grand
The building that has become the Hamilton Grand is a famous feature behind the 18th green of the St Andrews Old Course. The building features in many photos of the legendary course, and it stands in the background of every Swilcan Bridge picture. Some call it the second most photographed building in all of golf, second to the clubhouse of … Read More
Should I take a Caddie in Scotland?
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