The Independent Golfer
GOLF in SCOTLAND
ACCOMMODATIONS
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Excerpt from CHAPTER 7

Bide a Wee

...The best-kept accommodation secret in Scotland is the self-catering house or apartment. You can find a house, cottage, apartment or chalet that can be rented by the week, generally from Saturday to Saturday, at a rate that is considerably less than you would pay for each member of your group to stay a week in a B&B. These typically have two to four bedrooms as well as a family room and a complete kitchen. Most have laundry facilities. Almost all come with bed linens and bath towels but you should inquire about this when making your arrangements. Self-Catering places are ideal for a group of two to eight independent golfers who want a hub in a particular area for a week and can time their arrival for a Saturday.

My wife and I recently spent seven weeks in a self-catering cottage in Dornoch. It was in the center of the village, a half block from the town square and cathedral and an 8-minute walk to the Royal Dornoch golf club. It had two bedrooms upstairs and a sitting room, dining room and kitchen down. The cost was £220 ($374) per week or a little over £15 ($25.50) night each. This is much cheaper than the approximately £46 ($78.20) per night that we would have had to spend for the both of us in a B&B.

Further, when our daughters visited us for a week they could stay in the 2nd bedroom at no additional expense. We were able to save even more money by cooking most of our own meals.

Finally, as a golfer, I found most attractive the fact that our cottage was the birthplace of Donald Ross (1872), the great golf course architect who left Dornoch for America in 1899 and subsequently designed 413 courses here, including Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, Seminole in Florida, and Oakland Hills the site of the 1996 U.S. Open outside Detroit. I don’t know if sleeping in a house with Donald’s ghost helped my game, but, like most golfers, I’ll try anything....

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