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Chances are that if you are a truly devout golfer, a pilgrimage to golf’s mecca, a trip to Scotland, is first and foremost your primary goal...

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The United Kingdom’s Most Favorite Golfing Playground – Scotland

       The Best Way to See Scotland and Play Golf is with a trip with PerryGolf Scotland by Sea Tour
By: Dr. Barry Lotz

Chances are that if you are a truly devout golfer, a pilgrimage to golfs mecca, a trip to Scotland, is first and foremost your primary goal. Just close your eyes to conjure up the trip of a lifetime, to the birthplace of golf, to images of St. Andrews and the Swilken Burn Bridge, probably one of the most photographed sites in the world, to the various venues of the The Open Championship (British Open) and the history of it all.

Such is the mystique and charm of Scottish golf. Historians believe the game was being played here 100 years before Columbus reached America and more than 200 years before Shakespeare was hard at work in England.

Now go a step further – how about a trip where ones every need, whim and comfort are the number one priority. If so, PerryGolfs Scotland by Sea Tour is Golf Nirvana. Undoubtedly, one can organize a golfing trip to Scotland, but rest assured the logistics of organizing and ensuring every minute detail, plus obtaining tee times at the premium golf courses in Scotland, is most definitely not the preferable option. Even more important, using a skilled travel agent cannot assure or guarantee you the pricing, the tee times and the lodging that PerryGolf guarantees.

A typical PerryGolf by Sea Tour Includes: Accommodations in an outside stateroom (two lower beds) (twin occupancy) in your selected cabin category

” All meals and facilities of the Clipper Adventurer for 7 nights

” Round trip transfers to the ship on arrival and departure (guaranteed for those who purchase their airfare through PerryGolf)

” All transportation to/from golf courses

” Green fees and starting times for 5 rounds of golf

” Welcome and farewell cocktail parties

” Services of Perry Golf Cruise Staff

” All golf bag handling

” All shipboard gratuities

” Port charges

” Non-golfer sightseeing programs

” All local taxes and service charges.

Being onboard the intimate and comfortable 122-passenger M/S Clipper Adventurer, is an entirely different and wonderful proposition. Each evening you’ll relax at sea and each morning you will awaken to a new vista and a new links selected carefully for it’s intriguing variety of play. Sights to see include the Kintyre Peninsula, Loch Ness, Dornoch, Aberdeen and Crathes Castle, St. Andrews and Fife Coastal villages and Glamis Castle.

PerryGolf also offers an outstanding itinerary for the non- golfer, which includes an expert tour guide, Ludka Aitken, who leads you on trips to Glamis Castle, Burns Cottage, fishing villages, museums and wonderful shopping excursions. One never gets bored.

As for the cuisine aboard the Adventurer and the well-trained crews attentiveness to detail and your comfort – it is nothing short of outstanding. The crew to guest ratio is 1 to 1.75 passengers! Beds are turned down every evening, bathrooms are restocked with fresh towels and entertainment is all part of what makes up this superb vacation.

The hosts, Gordon and Colin Dalgleish, make every effort to accommodate each and every guest, and both Colin (a former Walker Cup player and past Scottish Open champion) and Gordon are superb golfers in their own right. What an added bonus to get to play a round with either one!

Highlighting the trip with PerryGolf, are the Concierge Drivers of the luxurious V.I.P. Golf Coaches used to transport you and your clubs to each destination. They are smart, friendly and nothing is ever too much for them. Plus, having your clubs unpacked and laid out in your starting time position gives you the extra time to loosen and warm up. When your round is complete, your bags are placed and stored until the next days golf.

Another highlight of the trip is the outstanding cuisine, special orders, wine list, warm and intimate ambience and open dinner seating. Whether you prefer dining alone with your spouse or sharing a table with the other guests, its your option.

The nightly get togethers, the cocktail parties, the dissection of the course played and scores shot, the waist high rough, the fescue rescues, the deep pot-bunkers, the places visited and the announcement of the daily tournament winners and prizes, further imbue the camaraderie of the travelers.

PerryGolfs course venues do change each year, but rest assured the best of the best courses are chosen. You will need to check their web site for additional details of the courses being played for a particular trip. www.perrygolf.com.


Machrihanish Golf Club

This wonderful championship links is isolated on the southern tip of The Mull of Kintyre, between the Isle of Arran and the Hebrides. Considered one of the finest “Hidden Gems” in the British Isles, the dramatic first tee, which Jack Nicklaus refers to as “the hardest first shot in golf when the wind is blowing”, requires driving across a corner of the Atlantic Ocean. The excellent condition of the course, with its huge undulating greens and romantic atmosphere, provides a challenge for both high and low handicapped golfers alike.

 

 


Royal Dornoch

Regarded by many international players as one of the outstanding links courses in the world, Tom Morris designed the original championship course in 1877. Located on the shores of the Dornoch Firth you will have the opportunity to play the most northerly of the championship courses of the British Isles. Dornoch is perhaps more than most, a thinking golfers’ course where it is not enough simply to keep the ball on the fairway. The greens are generally open and flat in the front, though some rise to a plateau several feet above the fairway. It requires a well-struck shot to hold the green and if not, a difficult recovery shot.

 


Carnoustie

Host to the British Open Championship on five occasions since 1931, Carnoustie most recently saw the 1999 British Open. Who can forget Frances Jean Van De Veldes tactical collapse in 1999. For the average golfer, this course offers unlimited opportunities, usually helped by the wind, to find the Barry Burn, sand, rough and out of bounds on what Walter Hagen described as the best golf course in Britain. In order not to replicate Van De Veldes tactical faux pas of teeing off with a driver and plopping a three-iron approach into Barry Burn, try hitting two five-iron shots, followed by a short iron, and see if your score is double bogey or better.

 


Kingsbarns Golf Links

A scant 6 miles from St. Andrews lies simply the most fantastic Scottish golf course – Kingsbarns Golf Links. The Kingsbarns Golf Links, a traditional links course with golf heritage dating from 1793, highlights dramatic sea views from each hole. Golfers playing this course participate in a challenging links experience. Unfolding over dune ridges and hollows, the course runs through Scottish heather and wispy rough, along the 1.5 mile Fife Coastal Walkway of scenic coastline. The course itself lies on a 196-year leasehold estate granted by the Erskine family, who allow visitors to the gardens of Cambo House, (the Peter Erskine family manor).

Kingsbarns Golf Links topography creates an amphitheater effect. Over fifty percent of the holes border the sea, while the other holes offer majestic views of the surf and craggy shoreline. On crystal clear days especially, the golfing experience can be almost religious. Even when the sea is spitting in your face all day and it’s “blowin’ a hoolie”, the course remains relatively playable, with every green but the 18th offering run-up ramps.

Kingsbarns Golf Linkss twelfth hole is reminiscent to and equal to the 18th at Pebble Beach with a behemoth dogleg left hugging the shoreline from tee to green. The day we played Kingsbarns Golf Links, Greg Norman helicoptered in for a practice round.


St. Andrews – Old Course

The most famous of golf course, St. Andrews, proudly carries the title “The Home of Golf”. The St Andrews Links are six public courses and not attached to any particular golf club. Over the years a number of local golf clubs have developed in the town and are now well established. Members have privileges and playing rights on the Links.

The St Andrews Links Trust is the charitable organization established in1974 by an Act of Parliament and entrusted with the operation and maintenance of the golf courses and facilities on the Links.

A number of major championships take place regularly on the Links. The most important is The Open Championship, which was first held on the Old Course in 1873 and came here for the 26th time in 2000.

In 1754, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club was founded under its original name of the Society of St Andrews Golfers. This club, originally composed of 22 noblemen, professors and landowners, was to become the foremost golf club in the world, and now governs the rules of golf everywhere except the USA. The club also runs the Open Championship and the important amateur championships.

As for the Old Course itself, wide fairways and vast greens, may seem forgiving, but disguise a unique test of golf. The “Road Hole” and the 18th Hole, characterize the Old Course and give St. Andrews its formidable reputation.


St. Andrews – New Course

 

 

 

A typical out-and-back seaside links layout with some tacking to and fro, the New Course, designed by Old Tom Morris in 1895, offers many of the renowned features of the Old course (rolling undulating fairways, hidden greens, thick gorse and testing winds), yet still presents a different challenge.

 

 

 

 


St. Andrews – Jubilee Course

A popular course, the recently upgraded links offer a thorough examination of golfing ability and shot making. Marvelous panoramic scenery enhances Jubilee Course, particularly the fantastic sunset view of the historic town from the 18th tee.

Additionally, the Eden Course, the Strathtyrum Course and the Balgove Course make up the St Andrews Links Trust. The Balgove Course is a nine-hole course primarily for children and beginners.


Prestwick

The course, founded in 1851 and the birthplace of The Open Championship (British Open), serves as an interesting historical example of the type of golfing terrain on which the first Open champions had to play. The challenging, long 3rd hole, known as The Cardinal, may be the most famous hole of Prestwick.

Prestwick shares it boundaries with Royal Troon and is just 20 minutes from Turnberry, with The Open Championship final qualifying courses such as Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes, Western Gailes and Irvine Bogside, all within just a 5-minute drive. Located a short 55 minutes from Glasgow, this legendary club is still haunted by the spirits of Tom Morris, Harry Vardon and James Braid. Take a gander over the wall half way down the first hole to see an immaculately groomed and ancient cemetery.

The par three fifth hole needs your undivided attention. There is a blind tee shot over an enormous hill and the only guides that are offered are a red target disk and a box beside the teeing ground indicating the days pin placement in the forward, rear or center of the green.


St. Andrews Bay

St. Andrews Bay consists of two cliff top courses, the Torrance and the Devlin that have combined the skills, expertise and personalities of Gene Sarazen, Bruce Devlin and Sam Torrance to create a magnificent golf resort.

The Clubhouse, which opened August 2002, sits overlooking the 18th greens of both courses and then out over the sea and down towards the skyline of St. Andrews which provide stunning views of St. Andrews famed Old Course as well as Carnoustie, both sites of The Open Championship. A stunning new addition to St Andrews Bay, the Clubhouse serves an array of cuisine using the best local produce.

In addition to solid practice facilities, St. Andrews Bay also features a full spa and gym, 209 guest rooms, conference center and a well-stocked pro shop among other hotel amenities. And all of this comes at a reasonable price. The 4 Star hotel lives up to its reputation of great service, accommodation, food and golfing.

Finally, should you flinchingly decide to extend your trip to Scotland, amongst the many other courses to play are venues such as Crail, Royal Troon, Gullane, Turnberry, Machrie and Gleneagles. One of the finest true links courses in Scotland, North Berwick West sits along the shore of the Firth of Forth with fine views of the Bass Rock and the distant green hills of Fife. The course is most famous for the 15th hole, as well as the bunkers, beach and rough. Sea winds constantly play a factor.

PerryGolf not only offers Scottish golfing itineraries, but also can organize trips to England, Wales, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. PerryGolf’s renowned ” Private Jet Links Tour” offers a Gulfstream IV that stands ready to transport twelve travelers who wish to spend four days in the British Isles encountering the very finest hotels, personal service and the best links golf imaginable.

In conclusion, and as one would expect from a links layout, the bunkering can be penal, off-line shots are rarely forgiven and aside from wind, rain, evil bunkering, waist high fescue and gorse, massive greens and fairways no wider than a bowling alley, golfing is great from the center of the fairway at any of these remarkable courses.

As for PerryGolf , they continue to stand out as the leaders in their field by offering exceptional value and service, making a trip to Scotland one of the very finest golf vacations you could ever dream of taking.

Visit Perry Golf at www.perrygolf.com or 800.344.5257


Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his current book, “How to Build Business Relationships Through Golf” is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s best seller list.

He can be reached at www.pgtaa.com or drlotz@cbsgolf.net

 

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Golf Equipment Reviews Sheets & Eats

PING

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Last year PING had the best-selling driver in the G30 model. This year, their new PING G has attracted a new set of devotees to the PING clan.
What the G driver offers is what every golfer desires – faster club head and ball speed. Using proprietary Turbulator Technology, VorTec and face/crown transition to combine for more efficient air flow, there is definitely a noticeable difference over the G30 version – all good.
The T9S Titanium face is thinner and hotter for maximum distance and deflection. The club’s adjustability with its 5-lobe hosel sleeve, allows ±1 degree of loft adjustment.
Another improvement is the DragonFly Technology –

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Make Winter time Productive For Your Golf Game

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If you live in an area where winter means cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and wind, your golf game may be tucked safely in the back of your mind.

While that’s understandable it is still a time to prepare for when the weather takes a turn for the better.

Here are some suggestions on how to make your winter productive for your game...

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This Month’s Featured Web Site Featured Golf School

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If you thought the Orient Express was high class, then you will love Rovos Rail. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard our reconditioned wood-paneled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Golf safaris are also available

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Professional Golf Teachers Association

PGTAA graduates have access to positions as golf teaching professionals including head professionals at

both private and public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor facilities, high schools and college coaches. Custom club makers have added golf teaching as a new dimension to their businesses. Graduates can also expect to hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities within the US and internationally.

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Instruction Area Gof Tips and Tricks

Having problems with your swing? – Fix your slice! by Johnny Miller

I recently was examining swing sequences of some of the greatest players in history. Knowing that some of these players favored a draw as their standard shot while others preferred a fade, I sought to identify swing features within each group that would explain their respective ball-flight tendencies. Something profound emerged that I think will benefit all golfers, especially those cursed with a wicked slice.

What I found was this: Virtually every accomplished fader of the ball–from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods–displayed a straight left arm at the top of the backswing. Conversely, those who preferred a draw–players like Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones–maintained a slight bend at the elbow.

This discovery is great news for most slicers, as they tend to do by accident what intentional faders do on purpose. In this article I’ll explain why the dynamic works, and how a simple swing change will make a powerful draw your standard shot.

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