Played golf at St An­drews Links, Scot­land

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Christina, an avid golfer, had al­ways wanted to play a round at St An­drews Links, Scot­land, where the game was played 600 years ago. (It’s the equiv­a­lent of a ten­nis fan want­ing to play at the All Eng­land Club which hosts Wim­ble­don – good luck!). The prob­lem was that non­pros have to put in a bid and hope to score a bal­lot that al­lows them to play – and these bal­lots are only an­nounced two days in ad­vance!

Christina and her trio of girl­friends (El­iz­a­beth Lim, Fiona Ram­say and So­nia Ad­di­son) booked their flights any­way and went to Scot­land in hope – dur­ing golf­ing sea­son, ho­tel rooms get filled up pretty quickly! They waited... and waited. And then voilà – they got the con­fir­ma­tion! The plucky women had also found time to tai­lor spe­cial tar­tan out­fits for the oc­ca­sion; this would be a girl’s night out taken to the next level, and they wanted to max­imise the ex­pe­ri­ence. When they stepped out, re­splen­dent in their team gear – to get their start on the Old Course – they at­tracted a fair bit of at­ten­tion.

“It was an amaz­ing day in May, with beau­ti­ful, sunny blue skies, which is al­most un­heard of in Scot­land!” she beams.

It wasn’t all just for the ’gram; the cour­ses are full of sport­ing her­itage. “I felt over­whelmed as I looked all around, know­ing how much his­tory we were sur­rounded by. It was also a very spe­cial mo­ment for me, cross­ing the fa­mous Swilken Bridge, a small stone bridge on the 18th hole, know­ing that the most fa­mous golf greats had taken those same steps,” the sports phys­io­ther­a­pist says. The Old Course was £180 (about RM980) to play on; they also golfed on three other cour­ses in the area, in­clud­ing the New Course, for £80 (about RM440). And be­tween the swings and long walks, they drank a lot of Scotch whisky and sang a lot of jolly hymns (they have videos!).

Travel tips: “The whole week, ex­clud­ing air­fare, cost US$4,000 (about RM16,600). Lock down the dates in ad­vance, book your ac­com­mo­da­tion early and hire a pri­vate taxi ser­vice.”

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