Thursday, January 14, 2010

Golf in Scotland Before and After the Open Championship

The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, more than any other venue that hosts the Open Championship, will draw a large non-UK crowd for the event and that means all those people attending this year's tournament will be looking to golf in Scotland before and after the tournament. Most of them will stay in the St. Andrews area, teeing up at such courses as Crail and Kingsbarnes. For those willing to drive, however, there are legendary links courses all over the country won't be wall-to-wall tourists. Getting there by car is a wonderful way to see Scotland.

In 2000, I worked on the crew for the Open mowing collars and approaches. Then, after playing Kingsbarnes with my friend and sports columnist Randy Smith, we headed North. Teeing it up at Tain, Nairn and the legendary Dornoch. We stayed in the town of Tain using the same B&B as our home base for three nights. After that we headed east to the fantastic Cruden Bay for a round. That's Cruden Bay in the picture. After that, it was back down to Edinburgh for the flight home.

Going North is not the only direction one can head after the Open. West and South work just as well. No matter what direction you head, there is great links golf to be found.

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