You may wonder why I’ve read “The Nine-Holer Guide” to Scotland golf courses.
Hey, we can all dream, can’t we?
My dream actually is for one of my children to be married or at least hold a significant event to which I will be invited and transported to the English village of Bardwell, their last name, in the month of July so that I also can attend the British Open in Scotland.
How’s that for a dream? But one of many.
I tried to learn to play golf while I was in college several decades ago. I was so bad that even my father stopped agreeing to be my partner.
In retrospect, I think I only learned how to chip the ball, and frankly, that can wear you out on nine holes, much less 18.
But back to this book. It’s a handy, purse or pocket-sized softbound with a map marking 162 Scottish nine-hole golf courses.
In its foreward, 1999 British Open champ Paul Lawrie says his very first hole-in-one was at Kenmay’s 4th hole, a lovely par 3.
Author Derek McAdams acknowledges the book is a labor of love. Whether its development and research were good for his Scottish tax deductions is an unknown to me.
Regardless, McAdams trots the reader throughout his beautiful country and marks “signature” holes, favorite courses and wildlife experiences.
He also points out that Scotland’s nine-hole courses offer a way to play serious golf at a seriously low price, few courses charging green fees of more than 15-pounds, which is less than $30 American, depending on the exchange rate.
The guide is organized by regions, so if you’re planning to visit certain parts of Scotland, you can easily find the nearby courses. Detailed information is provided about each course, contacts, accommodations and comments like “Highest golf course in Scotland” or “A pleasant sheltered course in beautiful surroundings.”
Sign me up, but my son will do the playing. I’ll just pretend I ever was any good.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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