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    Golf’s Distance Debate

    Now that  the R & A and the USGA have issued their joint statement on their findings from their latest survey what are we being told ? “ Longer courses mean higher maintenance costs, greater environmental impact and rounds taking more time to complete “. Difficult to argue with ! ”Longer distances, longer courses, playing from longer tees and longer times to play are taking golf in the wrong direction “. Now the arguments can commence ! What no golfer wants to see is another classic old layout consigned to relative obscurity due to it being overpowered by today’s elite big hitters. In recent years we have seen the championship…

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    Ayrshire Golf Tour : what to see & do

    Whilst the region of Ayrshire, located in the south west of Scotland, is rightly proud of its reputation as a great golfing destination, there are many attractions to keep everyone busy when you are not challenging yourself on one of the area’s numerous links and inland courses. Starting your journey in Scotland’s largest city Glasgow and travelling past the towns of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon towards the world renowned Turnberry resort and its Open Championship Ailsa Course you will pass  Scottish National Trust’s flagship property and one of the country’s most impressive stately homes Culzean Castle. On the upper floors of the main castle building there is a small country…

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    Scottish Golf Tour 2020 : Good Hotel Guide part 2

    Set in beautiful countryside and located just three miles from Dunblane, Cromlix House occupies 34 acres of grounds. The original Victorian mansion was built on the site in 1874 as a family residence for the son of The Earl of Kinnoul. The House was converted in 1981, operating as a country house hotel until financial problems forced its closure in February 2012. This sad situation could easily have seen the end of this historic building. However when Scottish tennis legend and “ local lad “ Sir Andy Murray announced that he had acquired Cromlix in 2013, it heralded a fantastic future for the hotel and its staff. Following an extensive…

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    Scottish Golf Tour 2020: Good Hotel Guide part 1

    We are certainly passionate about the quality and variety of our Scottish golf courses and clubs. We also know that when you complete your day’s 18 or possibly 36 holes you and your fellow travellers will want to take full advantage of our well deserved reputation for hospitality. Since opening its doors in 1924 the Gleneagles Hotel ( http://www.gleneagles.com ), situated in the magnificent Perthshire countryside, has been committed to providing ” A Glorious Playground for people dedicated to Leisure and Pleasure ” An iconic country estate set beneath the beautiful Ochil Hills,The Gleneagles Hotel is located just an hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports; it even has its…

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    The Classic Scottish Golf Vacation

      So what do you look for when you and a group of golfing friends, family or business colleagues decide you are going to embark on a special golf vacation to The Home of Golf. You will no doubt want a strong collection of challenging but also rewarding courses; even better if a couple of those courses happen to be Open Championship Links where the great champions of the past have walked the same fairways before you. How about taking on the mighty Carnoustie as part of a tour to the north east taking in Cruden Bay,Royal Aberdeen and Monifieth,You could combine that with a couple of days located in…

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    Where are our Scottish Champions?

    Proud History; Great Courses; but where are the Modern Day Champions? Another US Open and another strong showing from England’s Justin Rose & Danny Willett, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy & Graeme McDowell and a classy euro trio of Henrik Stenson, John Rahm and Francisco Molinari. Not a Scottish golfer in sight! Back in may at the USPGA the sole Scot Russell Knox missed the cut at Augusta National for The Masters former champion Sandy Lyle was left to carry the country’s fortunes on his talented but ageing shoulders. We have spent far too long locked in this vicious circle where a lack of any superstar leaves the next generation wholly…