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Golf in Scotland

I would like to spend 2 or 3 days golfing at the great courses in Scotland. I do not want to book through a tour because they usually offer several days of golfing back to back days. I would like to combine golf with hiking and touring the country and it is very difficult to get advance tee times unless you are on a golf junket. Does anyone know of any tricks to get advance tee times while traveling independently? THX

Posted by
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Hi LB, Despite many trips to Scotland, I've not tried to golf there. However, I do know that there is a separate Tripadvisor Forum just for golf vacations. I would suggest that you post your question there referencing the specific courses that you want to play. If you don't get any feedback there or here, try the Scotland Forum. You can use the drop down list of towns to find the forum for the different courses--St. Andrew's, Dornoch, Gullane (Muirfield) etc and post your questions there. Sometimes they refer you to the Golf Forum as well, so if you've posted on that forum with no luck, you might mention that you've tried it already in your later post on the Scotland Forums.


Posted by
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LB - I've done a little bit of golf in Scotland. If you want to try to play The Old Course, you can put your name in the ballot. Another trick is to show up early in the morning(before the first group tees off) and see if you can be put in with a group. Also you can check out these web sites. &

Posted by
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My knowledge is 6 yrs. old, so take that into consideration...I had contacted St. Andrews and only option was standing in line (@4:45 he was #6) or trying for a ballot spot. The line was actually fun and with jet lag his time was off anyway. He met other golfers in line and they ended up playing one of the other courses there. They got on in the afternoon. One of the guys he met had a car and invited him to play at Panmuir spur of the moment. It was Sept., and I don't remember them having a tee time. Not sure if you're taking clubs, but my husband rented a set of nice Mizunos a block up from the Old Course. If there is a particular course you want to play, consider e-mailing them and see what they say. St. Andrews remains an all-time experience. At least in the area near the courses, everyone is talking golf.
My husband was 60 when we went and he REALLY regretted not getting a caddy.