The Independent Golfer

Excerpt from CHAPTER 5

Playing Golf and Saving Money:
Two Great Scottish Traditions

...As an Independent Golfer, you will find it quite easy to take charge of your own travel in Scotland. Once you decide that you are not going to be limited to the tour routes, a wide range of possibilities open themselves to you. You can travel to any number of interesting, challenging and un-crowded courses that will test your game without testing your patience or your wallet. Getting to these courses might take you over scenic roads that hug rocky coasts, or twist through wooded glens or over heather-covered mountain passes. Following your own timetable, you might decided to interrupt your journey for a few minutes to scramble up the side of a hill to explore an 800 year old castle ruin that you spied as you came around a curve in the road. Or you might stop off at a local competition of Highland Games to watch dancing troops, pipe bands, sheep dog trials and local athletes as they toss the caber (throw a 150 lbs, 18 foot long wooden log.) You can stop at a pub in a village of 12 houses nestled in a forest along the bank of a mountain loch (lake), there to enjoy a lunch of hearty home-made soup and a ham and cheese sandwich washed down with the local lager. You can select a small hotel or bed-and-breakfast and enjoy an evening cup of tea with the proprietor before snuggling down into crisp sheets under a fluffy down comforter for the night. And you can do this all at a fraction of the cost-per-day of any golf tour that you could take....

...I highly recommend that, on a golfing outing in Scotland, the independent golfer should pick a hub of operations from which travel to the desired courses is easy. If the trip is short, 5 - 7 days, one hub is sufficient. You can get around to all the golf you want from one place in that time.  If you are lucky enough to be staying longer, then two hubs might work, staying in one area for the first half of your trip and another for the second. For two-week trips I have tried both a two-hub and a three-hub plan. Though three hubs might appear to be more ambitious and offer more opportunities, I actually found the two-hub plan was more relaxed, gave me more time away from the road, and offered just as much opportunity for great golf.

If you opt for this “hub strategy,” selecting an advantageous hub is all-important....
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