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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:46 PM

Going across the pond for the first time, helpful tips?

Gailes Links

Prestwick Golf Course

Royal Troon - Old Course

Ardgowan Hotel

Championship Course at Carnoustie

OPEN – St. Andrews Trust Course? (still in the bidding process)

Kingsbarns Golf Links

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 05:44 PM

I'm going in June.  We're staying at the Golf View Hotel, right across the street from Prestwick, and they've been very helpful in making our golf bookings.  I've never been to that part of Scotland, so I'll be paying attention to the courses, the pubs, and the restaurants.  In St Andrews, I've stayed at the Burness House B&B, which isn't far from the Ardgowan, and might offer a little better price.  My favorite pub in town was the Whey Pat, for the best selection of hand-pumped real ales, and an escape from the American golfers who fill up the Dunvegan.

Other than that, have a great time.  Pack your waterproofs and enjoy.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 06:25 PM

@OP - have a gander at some/many of the threads in the UK sub forum and here, loads of people have written reviews, had q&a's and the like that take care of every generic question possible.

@Davep043 - if you like cask ale (and being away from golfers as a bonus) I'd recommend the Central Bar on Market St.
They had a bonkers amount of working pumps - 10 IIRC - last time through.

And I'm sure you know already, but for anyone else, these two sites are great for finding a pub where you can get a warm brown beer :)
https://whatpub.com/
http://beerintheevening.com/

Edited by duffer987, 09 February 2018 - 06:26 PM.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 06:38 PM

What does "still in the bidding process" mean?  Just curious.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 08:12 PM

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 10:17 AM

View Postduffer987, on 09 February 2018 - 06:25 PM, said:

@Davep043 - if you like cask ale (and being away from golfers as a bonus) I'd recommend the Central Bar on Market St.
They had a bonkers amount of working pumps - 10 IIRC - last time through.

And I'm sure you know already, but for anyone else, these two sites are great for finding a pub where you can get a warm brown beer :)
https://whatpub.com/
http://beerintheevening.com/
Thanks, Duffer, I enjoyed the Central as well as the Cross Keys.  On my upcoming visit, I'll be in Prestwick for 4 nights, and at Duck's in Aberlady for 4 days.  I'll definitely be checking out the two websites before I go, it will be nice to find a good spot within walking distance.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 01:26 PM

View Postdavep043, on 10 February 2018 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postduffer987, on 09 February 2018 - 06:25 PM, said:

@Davep043 - if you like cask ale (and being away from golfers as a bonus) I'd recommend the Central Bar on Market St.
They had a bonkers amount of working pumps - 10 IIRC - last time through.

And I'm sure you know already, but for anyone else, these two sites are great for finding a pub where you can get a warm brown beer :)
https://whatpub.com/
http://beerintheevening.com/
Thanks, Duffer, I enjoyed the Central as well as the Cross Keys.  On my upcoming visit, I'll be in Prestwick for 4 nights, and at Duck's in Aberlady for 4 days.  I'll definitely be checking out the two websites before I go, it will be nice to find a good spot within walking distance.

Cannot go wrong with Ayr and East Lothian! I'm making a quick flying visit to see friends, so will likely only play Renaissance Club (and maybe sneak in North Berwick) while in the neighbourhood.

I used to live in CAMRA country so developed a taste for a proper pint and do base accommodation locations on it :blush2:  It's why I prefer England/Wales to Scotland for trips, easier to find a hand pump.
If you do end up needing to hop in the car for pints and good food, I'd recommend the Goblin 'Ha in the village of Gifford, 15 mins dead straight south from Aberlady. We had 6 of us there a couple years back and everyone agreed it was one of our better meals on the trip.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:44 PM

I like your itinerary. Consider staying at the Sandhill House. It's one of the best B&B's I've ever stayed at. It's backyard abuts to Royal Troon.  http://www.sandhillhouse.com/house.htm

If you aren't able to get a tee time at TOC, I'd suggest skipping Fife and stay in Ayr, adding Western Gailes, Dundonald and Turnberry in lieu of Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and another Links Trust course.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:04 PM

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 04:09 AM

View Postduffer987, on 10 February 2018 - 01:26 PM, said:

View Postdavep043, on 10 February 2018 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postduffer987, on 09 February 2018 - 06:25 PM, said:

@Davep043 - if you like cask ale (and being away from golfers as a bonus) I'd recommend the Central Bar on Market St.
They had a bonkers amount of working pumps - 10 IIRC - last time through.

And I'm sure you know already, but for anyone else, these two sites are great for finding a pub where you can get a warm brown beer :)
https://whatpub.com/
http://beerintheevening.com/
Thanks, Duffer, I enjoyed the Central as well as the Cross Keys.  On my upcoming visit, I'll be in Prestwick for 4 nights, and at Duck's in Aberlady for 4 days.  I'll definitely be checking out the two websites before I go, it will be nice to find a good spot within walking distance.

Cannot go wrong with Ayr and East Lothian! I'm making a quick flying visit to see friends, so will likely only play Renaissance Club (and maybe sneak in North Berwick) while in the neighbourhood.

I used to live in CAMRA country so developed a taste for a proper pint and do base accommodation locations on it :blush2:  It's why I prefer England/Wales to Scotland for trips, easier to find a hand pump.
If you do end up needing to hop in the car for pints and good food, I'd recommend the Goblin 'Ha in the village of Gifford, 15 mins dead straight south from Aberlady. We had 6 of us there a couple years back and everyone agreed it was one of our better meals on the trip.

Iím not so sure about the Goblin ĎHa these days, but food at the Ducks is good. Try the fish and chips at The Old Clubhouse in Gullane - you wonít be disappointed!


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 04:25 AM

View Postdavep043, on 10 February 2018 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postduffer987, on 09 February 2018 - 06:25 PM, said:

@Davep043 - if you like cask ale (and being away from golfers as a bonus) I'd recommend the Central Bar on Market St.
They had a bonkers amount of working pumps - 10 IIRC - last time through.

And I'm sure you know already, but for anyone else, these two sites are great for finding a pub where you can get a warm brown beer :)
https://whatpub.com/
http://beerintheevening.com/
Thanks, Duffer, I enjoyed the Central as well as the Cross Keys.  On my upcoming visit, I'll be in Prestwick for 4 nights, and at Duck's in Aberlady for 4 days.  I'll definitely be checking out the two websites before I go, it will be nice to find a good spot within walking distance.

Where are you playing whilst staying at the Ducks? I live in East Lothian. There arenít many places to eat/drink in Aberlady to be honest apart from the Ducks, Old Aberlady Inn and Craigielaw.

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:00 AM

View Postscoop79, on 11 February 2018 - 04:25 AM, said:

View Postdavep043, on 10 February 2018 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postduffer987, on 09 February 2018 - 06:25 PM, said:

@Davep043 - if you like cask ale (and being away from golfers as a bonus) I'd recommend the Central Bar on Market St.
They had a bonkers amount of working pumps - 10 IIRC - last time through.

And I'm sure you know already, but for anyone else, these two sites are great for finding a pub where you can get a warm brown beer :)
https://whatpub.com/
http://beerintheevening.com/
Thanks, Duffer, I enjoyed the Central as well as the Cross Keys.  On my upcoming visit, I'll be in Prestwick for 4 nights, and at Duck's in Aberlady for 4 days.  I'll definitely be checking out the two websites before I go, it will be nice to find a good spot within walking distance.

Where are you playing whilst staying at the Ducks? I live in East Lothian. There aren't many places to eat/drink in Aberlady to be honest apart from the Ducks, Old Aberlady Inn and Craigielaw.
We'll be playing North Berwick, the Glen, Gullane #2, and Dunbar.  We're high on the wait list at Muirfield, so that may take the place of one of the other rounds.  Mr. Duck is a member at Kilspindie, so we may try to get in a late round there.  My buddy made the arrangements, I might have picked something in North Berwick if it had been me, just to have more variety in pubs, but I'm sure we'll enjoy our time at Ducks.

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:58 PM

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I'm not so sure about the Goblin 'Ha these days, but food at the Ducks is good. Try the fish and chips at The Old Clubhouse in Gullane - you won't be disappointed!

Fair enough, have you been out there recently? I checked online reviews for the past 6 months - since it's been a couple years since I've been out there - and they were all positive bar one.
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