Golf in Scotland

Jul 31, 2013

Earlier this year, my good friend, Steve Kupfer, invited me on a golf trip to Scotland.¬†Though I hadn’t played the game in nearly six years, I quickly accepted. So, this past April, the two of us, along with Steve’s life-long friends, Mike and Matt, played seven rounds of golf over a period of five days in the “home of golf”. It was unbelievably fun.

R&A Clubhouse, St. Andrews

R&A Clubhouse, St. Andrews

The trip began in Aberdeen and ended in Glasgow. Along the way we played the Open Championship “rota” courses of Carnoustie, Muirfield, Turnberry, and The Old Course at St. Andrews, along with some other wonderfully quirky links courses. For a week, our lives consisted entirely of driving, eating, sleeping, and playing golf. Additionally, we were able to carve out a wee bit of time to sample some of the local whisky.

By the end of the week I couldn’t wait to get back to Scotland to play golf again, had made two new friends, and couldn’t stop thanking Steve for inviting me on this amazing trip. For anyone who enjoys the game, there’s truly nothing like a pilgrimage to the “home of golf”.

The following photographs were all taken with my iPhone. I lack the skills to both play golf and use a DSLR simultaneously.

 

Day 1: Cruden Bay Golf Club

Day 1: Cruden Bay Golf Club

The caddies in Scotland added so much to the experience.

The caddies in Scotland added so much to the experience.

Steve and his caddie at Cruden Bay

Steve and his caddie at Cruden Bay

Classic Carnoustie

Classic Carnoustie

Steve, 18th hole, Carnoustie

Steve, 18th hole, Carnoustie

Me, after our round at Carnoustie

Me, after our round at Carnoustie

Steve. The wind, she was a'blowin'.

Steve. The wind, she was a’blowin’.

Day 3: Kingsbarns Golf Links

Day 3: Kingsbarns Golf Links

Matt and Mike kept us laughing the entire week.

Matt and Mike kept us laughing the entire week.

Mike. Oh, those bunkers!

Mike. Oh, those bunkers!

Kingsbarns. What a beauty!

Kingsbarns. What a beauty!

Mike and Steve enjoying some beverages in between rounds.

Mike and Steve enjoying some beverages in between rounds.

Coming home! The Old Course, St. Andrews

Coming home! The Old Course, St. Andrews

The iconic Bridge shot. St. Andrews

The iconic Bridge shot. St. Andrews

Muirfield, 18th hole and clubhouse. Already setting up for the Open Championship.

Muirfield, 18th hole and clubhouse. Already setting up for the Open Championship.

Oh, just a wee dram...

Oh, just a wee dram…

Turnberry. Final day of golf.

Turnberry. Final day of golf.

Turnberry. Rain gear off.

Turnberry. Rain gear off.

Steve, Matt, and Mike after our final hole of golf.

Steve, Matt, and Mike after our final hole of golf.

The end of a beautiful week

The end of a beautiful week