Forget the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, if you truly love golf, this is where you’ve GOT TO GO.
We’re talking about Scotland, the home of golf. This is where our game began and this is where DogLegNews is headed to check out some of the world’s finest links courses.
We’re off to Edinburgh then St. Andrews.
If the European wifi cooperates, we hope to share some of the flavor with you.
Here’s the itinerary:
Saturday (Oct. 21): Kingsbarns Golf Links. One of the most picturesque links courses,, site of this past summer’s Women’s British Open, ranked 69 in the world by Golf Digest.
Sunday (Oct. 22): North Berwick West Links: Matt Ginella, travel guru from the Golf Channel, calls this the best course no one knows. It has some breath-taking views, not to mention incredible golf holes. Ranked 50th in the world by Golf Digest.
Tuesday (Oct. 24): The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Known to most of us at Muirfield, the favorite course of Jack Nicklaus and inspiration for his Muirfield Village outside Columbus, Ohio. Oldest club in the world. Has hosted the Open Championship 16 times, ranked ninth in the world by Golf Digest. An incredible treat and honor to play here. The round will be followed by lunch in the clubhouse. Coat and tie required.
Wednesday (Oct. 25): St. Andrews Links, Jubilee Course. Established circa 1897. These days, if you want to play the Old Course, you are required to play one of the other courses owned by the St. Andrews Trust.
Thursday (Oct. 26): St. Andrews Links, The Old Course. Twenty-nine time venue for The Open Championship. Home to many of golf’s most historic moments. Hallowed ground, the Holy Grail. A bucket list item for anyone who plays the game. Ranked eighth in the world by Golf Digest. No. 1 in our heart and soul. Our hotel is just off the 18th fairway. How cool would it be to make par on The Road Hole? Gotta have a dream.
Friday (Oct. 27): Carnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course. The Open Championship has been staged here seven times. The 2018 Open Championship will be here next summer. Often called “Carnasty.” I’m sure we’ll find out why.
Saturday (Oct. 28): Head for home, memories of a lifetime.
In between, there will be pubs and a Single Malt Scotch tour, no doubt. Edinburgh may have more pubs per capita than any city in the world. We’ll find out.
Trip of a lifetime, for sure. We’ve waited too long for this one. Back to where the game grew up.