Inside Golf Travel : IG Travel Sept 2016
4 INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL | September 2016 Scotland or Ireland? Scotland and Ireland are both bucket list golfing destinations. there is much discourse as to which is best and when it comes to choosing one over the other, well, that’s open to debate. What we know for sure is the depth of great golf in both countries is such that you could make double-digit trips to the British Isles, playing different courses each time, without ever hitting a dud. In golfing terms, there isn’t one Ireland or one Scotland. they are both essentially three apiece. Ireland has the northwest, the Southwest, and northeast; Scotland has the West (turnberry), East with St andrews and the Highlands (Royal dornoch). Unless you have unlimited time and money, when it comes to golf courses you’ll be faced with a plethora of choice and then challenging decisions. there is no denying Scotland takes the crown when it comes to pedigree. It is the holy land of golf. the Scots developed the game, created the rules, built the courses and nurtured the first architects and champions. What makes it so unique is the land on which it is played. You don’t go to Scotland to play parkland or heathland courses. You go to Scotland to play on a ‘true’ Scottish links course. You go there to play one of the courses where history was created and where the temperamental wind and rain can embellish the challenge of hitting a small ball along ancient dunes covered with grass until it falls into a 4.25-inch hole. It would be difficult to find a more fitting golf destination than St andrews. the name is synonymous to golfing royalty and you’ll find some of Scotland’s finest links courses on its doorstep. With spectacular surroundings of beaches and medieval architecture, it is a lively little town thriving with tourists and students going to the historic University of St andrews and more pubs per square-feet than anywhere else in the UK. Kingsbarns, eight miles away from St andrews, is relatively young and more man-made than your average Scottish links. Yet it delivers a surreal, tiered amphitheater setting overlooking the sea. this modern layout is visually spectacular and tremendously fun to play. on a clear afternoon, you can often see across the north Sea to the small town of carnoustie with its fearsome championship course that has tested the game’s best players for decades. and then there is turnberry, on the Why chooSe?
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