Tips for play­ing golf in scot­land

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Jack -

If you have the en­ergy for 36 holes take ad­van­tage of a full-day green fee. At North Ber­wick you can play all day for £170.

There’s a ben­e­fit to play­ing a course you en­joy more than once. You now have the lo­cal knowl­edge to im­prove your score.

Play twi­light golf at re­duced rates. At Royal Dornoch in mid-sum­mer you can tee off at 6pm for £110 and fin­ish 18 holes be­cause it’s light un­til af­ter 10pm. What’s nice is that the course is less busy in the evenings as the coach par­ties have left.

Don’t be shy about ask­ing for a dis­count. Qui­eter clubs want your cus­tom.

Some ex­pen­sive cour­ses of­fer re­peat rounds at a dis­count if you play within the same week. At Prest­wick it’s £75.

Al­ways carry wet weather gear what­ever the fore­cast. It’s com­mon to have rain show­ers which dis­ap­pear af­ter 10 to 20 min­utes. But with­out the right cloth­ing you’ll be wet and mis­er­able.

The West Coast has milder tem­per­a­tures but rains more. The East Coast is drier yet can be colder.

If you’re play­ing the Old Course at St An­drews for the first time, take an evening stroll around the course be­fore­hand when it’s quiet to get an un­der­stand­ing of where not to hit it.

Most golf clubs pro­vide good meals at club prices through­out the day.

Not all the best cour­ses are coastal links. Scot­land has mag­nif­i­cent in­land venues with sublime scenery.

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