St. Andrews, Scottland
The home of golf is a must visit
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Let's face it—people just don't have the money they once had. Unfortunately for golfers, this likely means a grand tour of the British Isles' great courses simply may not be in the cards. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go.
On the contrary, if you're a golfer (and why else would you be reading this publication), you should go. More specifically, you should go to St Andrews, the Home of Golf.
Experiencing golf in its birthplace as well as the sights, sounds and unique culture of St Andrews will give you an entirely new appreciation for the game and a greater understanding of its true character. For instance, one of the first things you'll realize is that golf, at its core, isn't a genteel game for coddled elites. In Scotland, golf is a game of the people. All people. Cab drivers and bartenders in St Andrews play to single-digit handicaps. And, the Old Course at St Andrews, generally accepted as the most cherished golf course in the world, is tantamount to a muni. The course is closed to play on Sundays, becoming a city park where locals and tourists picnic, walk their dogs, kick soccer balls and throw Frisbees. Try that at Pebble Beach, Augusta or Pine Valley.
The game is more rugged in Scotland, too. Locals walk every round, carrying their own bags, and think nothing of pressing on in weather that would send most North Americans scurrying for the comforts of the nearest clubhouse. Of course, this is befitting a game created by shepherds following their flocks along the "links land," connecting the sea and the fields.
So let's say you have limited funds and limited time to explore St Andrews—what do you do and how do you do it? Well, you can get a terrific introduction to St Andrews with a quick four-day/three-night trip. Here's how.
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