A wonderful sight of a mother with her 7 little ducklings crossing the exposed Par 3 8th green on the Old Course heading for the safety of the long grass and Eden Estuary.
We are pleased to report that they did reach the quietness of the little pond at the far end of the Eden Course and Estuary.
View from Marine Hotel across North Berwick West Links.
Our three golfing couples, collectively known as The Oystercatchers, took advantage of the mild February weather here in Scotland and golfed in North Berwick last weekend at The Glen GC and the famous West Links with an overnight stay at MacDonald Marine Hotel.
x2 rounds Scottish links golf
x1 night 4 Star Marine Hotel
3 course Dinner at Craigleith Restaurant
Full range of Breakfast choices
Swimming pool, gym, Sauna and Steam Rooms
Cost £320 = $400 per couple
The lovely town of North Berwick, only 25 minutes south of Edinburgh, has long been used as a base to enjoy the golf in the town and around the area: Muirfield, Gullane and Dunbar golf courses are all within 20 minutes drive of the town.
'Sea' par 3 13th green The Glen GC.
The prizes being played for were Best Female Golfer, Best Male Golfer, and Champion Couple using the Stableford points system. The obligatory longest drive and nearest the pin (or nearest the green!) were also included when golfing North Berwick West Links.
The girls at North Berwick West Links
1st tee North Berwick West Links
The West Links is a firm favourite of Caddie Golf Tours and remains in our personal top 5 links courses here in Scotland. A joy to golf it has long been used as Final Qualifying when The Open is played at Muirfield GC just up the road.
1st green North Berwick West Links
Driving from 10th tee North Berwick West Links
Tricky stance and putt at 12th North Berwick West Links
Awkward chip on par 4 13th, Pit, West Links
Please get in touch with Caddie Golf Tours and we will include this historic Scottish links golf course in your Scotland Golf Tour itinerary this or next year.
As golfers begin to shake of winter and prepare to golf 2017 many are going to be focusing their attention on traveling to golf in Scotland and the Old Course St Andrews in particular. The question arises: How do you golf the Old Course at St Andrews without an advanced and guaranteed tee time?
Answer: The Old Course Ballot
This is the historic lottery held by the St Andrews Links Trust every afternoon, except Friday, for a number of un-allocated tee times on the Old Course 2 days before you wish to play.
Applications are made 48 hours before your day of play
Applications are accepted before 2:00pm
You can apply in person at the Old Course Pavilion or Links Trust Clubhouse
Phone +44 (0)1334 466 666
The golfer submits at least two names and maximum of four
Home club membership and handicap details of all golfers are required
Request 'play at any time' to increase the chances of success
The Ballot result is available by phoning after 4:00pm that same day, visiting their website, Old Course Starter's Box, local pubs and hotels
The 2017 Old Course green fee is 175 Great British Pounds (GBP) - approximately $220.
If you are going to be visiting St Andrews for a number days the odds should favour success getting you out golfing the ancient links by use of the Ballot. The official line is that 50% of tee times are available through the Ballot every year and this is true over a 12 month period. In my experience there are 30 - 40% of Old Course tee times accessible during April, May and June and this decreases dramatically through August and September going as low as 10 - 15%.
Golfers have to be aware that entering the Ballot over 4 or 5 consecutive days does not guarantee success but if you are not in it you are not going to win it. Flexibility is the key and while waiting for your Old Course tee time some of these compelling Scottish Links golf courses in the area of St Andrews should keep you occupied:
New, Jubilee, Eden, Kingsbarns, Crail, Lundin, Leven, Scotscraig, Panmure, Monifieth, Carnoustie.
Please remember that Caddie Golf Tours are here to offer advice and organise the best route for your golf vacation in Scotland and St Andrews. Do not hesitate to contact us through the usual channels, we look forward to hearing from you...Fore!