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  1. How about Inverness? Nairn, Castle Stuart, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Muir of Ord, Boat of Garten, Tain, Golspie, Brora and the majestic Royal Dornoch. Plenty of other cheaper options too. Lovely part of Scotland. In Ireland, Dublin is a standout - it has Portmarnock, Royal Dublin, The Island, Baltray, European Club, St Annes, Druids Glen plus K Club, Carton House and lots of inexpensive club courses close by. Dublin nightlife is great. Possibly Derry too. Combining Ireland itself and Northern Ireland - Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock, Ballyliffin, Portsalon, Done
  2. I posed this question on the big thread re the US so why not here on the GBI thread. Where would you stay for a week and play golf every day and not drive for more than an hour? And what courses would you play? Probably St Andrews would be the obvious one, but apart from that my first take would be Liverpool. You could play Royal Liverpool, Wallasey, Delamere Forest, Prestbury, Formby, Hillside, Birkdale or plenty of others if you wanted to reduce costs because that's an expensive rota. There must be plenty of other cities or towns for such a venture.
  3. If I am playing a famous course and the pencils are free I usually grab a bunch and give them away when I get home - makes a fine goodwill gesture. As for erasers, the little buggers always seem to fall off after a few holes anyway.
  4. See if you can buy a pair of waterproof rain pants. Regular pants, not over pants. An irish guy at my local golf store recommended them and he was dead right. Got caught in a downpour and was sopping wet but 15 minutes after the rain stopped the pants were bone dry.
  5. Agree that taking your bag back to your room each night is the way to go. Stuff gets wet and needs drying, things get rearranged, you might want to change a club or two, whatever. They have an excellent drying room for anything that gets super wet and will deliver to your room when dry. It's all so organised. And the shuttle service (aka The Prison Bus) is brilliant. Cant wait to get back.
  6. The higher the price, the more some people will want to play it. Especially being designed by Tiger himself.
  7. Dont worry, I'm an Oilers fan even from here in Australia. I saw the Great One play when I lived in Edmonton which sealed the deal. So we can team up when we come over in 20??
  8. How is The Bull going after the buyout? Have they refurbished it and if so how does it look? I heard the bank maintained it quite well during the hiatus.
  9. OK....that's one case. 24 million golfers in the world. Playing say 1 round per week on avge. Say over 26 weeks. That's 624 million rounds. 1 case. I'll take it.
  10. Yes but also a large number of public access courses such as PGA West, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Shadow Ridge, Silverrock, Desert Willow, Classic Club and Mission Hills. Of those PW, LQ and MH are Pete Dye courses too so yeah that's good lineup. $$$$ though.
  11. I did some research on that trip from Seattle while we were in lockdown. If we are just talking public access courses, here is the route we looked at. Gamble Sands Circling Raven The Ranch / Missoula Old Works Cottonwood Hills/ Bozeman Powder Horn Red Rock Prairie Club / Valentine Wild Horse / Gothenberg Indian Creek / Omaha The Harvester TPC Deere Run The Warren Course / Notre Dame then to Camargo. Basically I90 to Rapid City then drop down to I80 for the rest.
  12. 71 now and had 2 heart attacks after a life of sport, mainly marathon running. (Boston & NY webre the highlites). My old body is a bit dodgy especially around the joints where I suspect arthritis is setting in. I do try to warm up before a round but not too much! Just came home from a 5 day golf trip playing every day but walking 3 of the 5. (I won the comp as well!!) My roommate was into Yoga so I might try that for a while.
  13. Boston? Red Tail, Shaker Hills, George Wright, Granite Links, Pine Hills, and quite a few others to choose from depending on how far you want to go, eg Cape Cod.
  14. Why is Oakmont so hard? Long carries? Pure length? Bunkers? Rough? Greens? Maybe all of the above!
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