The Independent Golfer

Excerpt from CHAPTER 9

Four Seasons in One Day

...moderate breeze that is fairly common, especially on links courses, adds another interesting element that must be factored into your game, along with the slope of the landing area and the break of the green.

What can you expect? Probably the only thing that one can say with certainty about the weather in Scotland is that it is unpredictable. Generally speaking, the west coast of Scotland is wetter but warmer than the east. It benefits from the effects of the gulf stream that wraps around the North Atlantic bringing warmer currents to lap on western shores. The east is dryer but often receives its weather directly from the North Sea that can add a real nip to the air. This being said, the temperatures across Scotland are never extreme. You never encounter either very hot or very cold conditions. Records show us that the warmest months are July and August with average highs of 65º. June averages 63º and September 61º. May and October are 58º and 54º respectively.

For these weather reasons, as well as for reasons related to personal schedules, kids’ school holidays and just habit, August seems to be the busiest time of the year for tourists in Scotland, especially the first three weeks which offer some bank holidays for local Brits and coincide with customary American travel times. June and July are next in the “busiest” line, followed by May and September and then April an October.

Even extreme weather need not be disastrous for your game. Scots regularly play in strong wind, rain or cold, though admittedly, they tend to migrate to the clubhouse when all three are present. The trick is to be prepared for the “conditions” as the Scots call weather changes. The first step in your preparation should be....

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