4Par, on 11 October 2012 - 07:06 AM, said:
Just found out my wife and kids have been planning this trip behind my back ! I'm turning 50, kids are doing great in college, and the wife just loves to travel..... We've never done anything like this though.....
My son and I will be playing, wife and daughter sightseeing and shopping....
So far they've arranged for rounds at Royal Dornoch, Carnoustie, and the Trump course. Waiting to hear if our request to St Andrews is affirmed.
Any and all recommendations are welcomed as we prepare fo our trip!
I live in Scotland, so am in a pretty good position to comment. Dornoch will not disappoint, its simply wonderful! But if you are up that way, dont discount Brora. Sheep and cattle on the course, wild and windswept, just awesome.
Cruden Bay is an amazing experience, some really quirky holes but its an amazing adventure. I agree, dont miss out Royal Aberdeen, its absolutely princely!
I personally would stay away from Trumps dump! Sorry but as a Scot, that man has trampled all over the locals, and bought the Scottish Governments' approval. Peoples homes were bulldozed to make way for his corporate ways. There are fishermen and farmers intimidated and turfed off their land after generations of living off that land and coastline, and Trump calls them 'slums'. He is a disgrace, with no respect for Scotland or the Scottish people. Trust me, the people of Aberdeenshire are angry. The Scots are a proud nation, and to have this man come over here and do what he has done is reprehensable. Trump has lied and bullied all the way along. I, as a Scot am not alone, when I say that we are not happy with this golf course. Very few locals have jobs there, he imports cheap labour from abroad, whilst kicking people out of their homes. The Course was built on a Government registered Site of Special Scientific Interest, Dunes were levelled, and flora and fauna delicate ecosystem has been destroyed. Sorry to rant, but as a Scot I wouldn't buy a coffee in the Clubhouse, let alone pay $290 to play there. If you want corporate nonsense, fine. But if you want a true taste of Scotland and Scottish Golf, and to experience the friendly locals, then look elsewhere.
There are plenty of Traditional great courses in that area. In addition, don't forget Carnoustie (bring lots of golf balls), Check out Panmure, Monifieth, Royal Montrose. And of course too many to mention in Fife.
I live in Prestwick,on the West Coast, so if you felt like travelling, you would be welcome to be my guest to come play Prestwick St Nicholas, Prestwick Old, Royal Troon, or Western Gailles. All within 10 mins of where I live. And if you Google them, you'll see how wonderful they all are.
Hope to hear from you.