The Independent Golfer

Excerpt from CHAPTER 1

I'm Looking for Something Local

...if for you the golf experience must include wild and wonderful scenery not overrun by tourists, if the need to meet different shot requirements for each hole defines an important quality of the courses you like to play, if the history and traditions of the game are never far from your mind, if golf for you is the challenge of selecting between two shots, one with greater potential reward but also greater risk, if all this is more important than having somebody carry your clubs for you from the bus to the clubhouse, then you are at heart an Independent Golfer and playing golf independently in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is something you cannot miss in this life.

You may never have considered a golfing holiday in Scotland to be a realistic possibility for yourself or your friends. If you are like most American golfers, you have heard stories of golf in Scotland as being wonderfully entertaining, “the trip of a lifetime” or even a mystical experience. But also, like most Americans, you probably know few specifics of Scottish golf beyond what you see every July on televised segments associated with the British Open. You probably have heard of a handful of the most well known Scottish courses but, like Chas in the Eagle Hotel, you are not aware of the great range of other courses available for play there. Also, for you, a golfing trip to Scotland may appear to be impractical and beyond your budget. After all, you could play a lot of golf in Arizona, the Carolinas, the Monterey Peninsula or Hawaii for the $4,200 that Chas and his buddy each paid for their seven rounds in Scotland.

If this is the case, then the information in the pages that follow is exactly what you need in order to enjoy golf in Scotland as an Independent Golfer, free of the limitations or tour travel and at a fraction of the cost that you would pay to the tour companies. You will read about the nature of Scottish golf and the customs for play there, about reserving tee times when necessary and about why it is often not necessary to do so, and about how to plan your trip so that you will need to spend much less money than the typical “touring” golfer does. You will read about traveling in Scotland – transportation, lodging, food– and a little of the history of the game. You will read about other things beyond golf that Scotland has to offer the Independent golfer. Above all, you will read about 51 exceptional courses in the Highlands and Islands, where to find them, what they offer, and how to play them so that your time will be the most enjoyable possible.

So, Independent Golfer, read on and join those others of us who seek whenever we can to walk the magical fairways and greens of the Courses of the Highlands and Islands.



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