4 Arnolds and 4 Peases flew into Glasgow where we happily arrived with all our bags (a first) and were met by Celtic Fairways bus driver (Drew).
We checked into Turnberry Hotel and warmed up on the par 3 course out front of the hotel. Brad Arnold’s (on right below) first shot was a hole-in-one: A great way to start the trip. We teed off on Turnberry’s Ailsa course that afternoon into a 25 mph wind on a gorgeous sunny day. Woody Arnold waxed the group with his trip best 72. Our caddy, Gordon (in center below) studying for masters in dietetics, was the best we experienced all week.
Brad, Arch, Woody, Greg Arnold at Turnberry
Next day Prestwick – very cool track – lots of blind shots – rain set in early and stayed. Brad Arnold, our highest handicap at 8, set the scoring pace with 77.
That afternoon we dined on fine sandwiches from Publix and played Royal Troon. The wind picked up to 40mph but the rain subsided to a light drizzle – we enjoyed a little hail on #16. Woody was low man at 79.
Overnight in Bonham hotel in Edinburgh
Tuesday—Muirfield “a gentleman’s club that just happens to have a world class golf course attached”- Outstanding experience, lunch (coat & tie and street shoes required) in clubhouse only slightly less impressive than golf course. We played in spitting drizzle and very strong wind. Adam Pease low man at 81.
Played North Berwick in the afternoon. Turned into a balmy day. #15 the original Redan is great hole, but not as good as Seth Raynor’s Camargo #15. Brad Arnold and Greg Arnold shared low man honors at 76. This is a terrific course only slightly tainted by the constant smell of manure.
Peases and Arnolds at North Berwick
Overnight in Rusack’s Hotel overlooking 18th hole at St Andrews Old Course
Wednesday — Kingsbarns. The weather and course were perfect.—Magnificent large scale layout, A MUST PLAY with many “postcard” coastline views. Greg Arnold went low at 75.
Moved over to Castle course for afternoon round. The only thing our group liked about Castle was the outstanding hot dog fare at halfway house. Course design is overdone – wispy mounds obscure the fairway targets from tees — architecturally a dumb design with brutal green contours and fairway bunkering and routing that is over-the-top. Avoid this course like the plague! Gordy Pease led the way with 75.
Finally some nightlife at Dunvegan Hotel just up the road from Rusack’s.
Thursday — Took the morning (pouring rain) off for some sweater shopping and a tour of the R&A hosted by Sir Charles. Highlight was a sneak into the Secretary’s office to see view of surrounds and 18th green from balcony.
Then we headed out for afternoon round at Carnoustie. Despite benign conditions, we had a tough time scoring – just like Jean Van De Velde. This was a favorite course for several of our group. Jay Pease gets on the lowman scoreboard with 78.
Friday — OLD COURSE on a fantastic weather day. Huge double greens, invisible pot bunkers — course was lush green in great shape. Without wind, the Old Course was defenseless. Greg Arnold and Jay Pease led the way with 72s. We waited on #18 for Eduardo Romero to tee off #1. Jason Pease almost holes out from fairway on 18 and Eduardo tells him “Good Shot!” Shaken by the experience, Jason goes on to a 3 putt bogey.
Moved over to New Course that afternoon for our 10th and last round of the trip. A classic links but not a lot of flair – feels a bit monotonous after the Old Course – maybe because we are tired. Greg Arnold led the way with a 72.
Saturday – flew home to Buffalo NY and Columbus GA.
OVERALL: A great trip. We are now making reservations for another Scotland experience in July 2011.
- Tennant’s is the Beer of Champions
- Nothing worse than a bad caddie that can’t keep his mouth shut.
- Must Plays: Turnberry, Kingsbarns, Old Course, Carnoustie, North Berwick, Muirfield
- Good Play: Prestwick, Royal Troon, New Course
- God Awful: Castle course
- Pray for good weather
Woody Arnold — Zipline CEO