St. Andrews and Carnoustie

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By Dale V

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  1. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Found out the other day that I would need to do a business trip in October to London. Looked at the flight prices and it was significantly cheaper if I stayed over the weekend so I am willing to stick around and take a side trip to St. Andrews for the weekend. Didn't get to Carnoustie on my first visit back in 2016 so I made a tee time for there on Friday. I will put in for the 2-day-ahead lottery in hopes of getting on The Old Course on Saturday. If not, will try to play one of the other 5 local courses. If any other TT members will be there October 18-20 let me know and we can meet up for some fish n chips, beer, or maybe a single malt. No haggis please.

  2. Andym076

    Andym076
    paisley, 0

    London to St Andrews is about a 9hr drive, unless ur getting the train, 10 min taxi ride from Leuchars Station
  3. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Have our flights already booked, round trip LHR to/from EDI. Taxi from EDI to St. Andrews. As long as the planes are flying we are all set.
  4. I was stationed in England few years back and took a similar trip. You can take the train from Edinburgh to Dundee, then cab it to your hotel. Save you some £££.
  5. 19hole

    19hole
    Reading, MA

    Skip the Old Course and play Kingsbarns.
  6. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Thanks for your recommendation. I played Kingsbarns in 2016 along with Castle, Jubilee, New, and Old. It is a great course. My buddy's first trip so if I can get him on the Old via the lottery, that will be the priority. If not, we will have two days to work in whatever will be available. At least on Sunday when the Old is closed, he can walk it and get a look up close and personal.
  7. It’s a bit of a drive, but if you can make it
    To Gullane, it’s definitely worth the trip. Amazing views and a good mix of holes made it one of my favorite courses on our last trip. Right up there with Muirfield and Kingsbarns.
  8. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Thanks Tim. Maybe some day in the future. Pretty much set for this quick trip. Kicker will be Saturday. If we don't get on the Old Course with the 2-day advance ballet system on Thursday, we will be scrambling for a twosome spot on one of the other St. Andrews courses. Might have to bring along some of my TT swag to bribe my way on.
  9. Jerry M

    Jerry M
    Dallas, TX

    Never pass up an opportunity to play the Old Course. Carnoustie has 3 of the toughest closing holes I've every played. Good luck Dale, you're going at a great time of the year. We definitely want to hear about your thoughts after you return
  10. John P

    John P
    Danbury, CT

    Carnoustie is the hardest course I have ever played and I have played many of the top courses in the world. Unless someone has a way to get on Augusta that will be the last one on my bucket list!!
  11. Christopher V

    Christopher V
    Edmond, OK

    That's awesome! Congrats on the hassle of having to travel early for work to "save money"!!! :)
  12. What a great excuse to stick around and play! Looking forward to seeing your photos
  13. Look forward to hearing more about your trip! Take a phone full of photos!

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