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Scotland Weekend Golf Trip Father & Son Experience 3 Iconic Courses

In today’s chaotic world, sometimes it can be tough to spend as much quality time with your closest friends and family as you would like. You can choose to either accept this, or do something to challenge it, and- last season- dad and I took the opportunity to do just that.

Making the most of our nearest and dearest heading out to Florida, dad and I packed up the car on the Thursday night with the intention of filling the next few days with three rounds of championship golf. We wanted to head north, away from our home courses that we know like the back of our hands and into unchartered territory in the North East and North of Scotland. The plan was to take in the newly developed Trump Links Scotland in Aberdeen as well as the Scottish staples of Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart.

Photo: Trump Golf Scotland

Trump Aberdeen

Leaving at lunchtime on Friday we headed north on the A96 and within two hours were pulling into our first stop, Trump Aberdeen. We weren’t sure what to expect here as it’s a relatively new course and one that Mr Trump had to fight very hard to get through planning. His determination paid off because this is an incredible modern links. 

Dad and I both agreed that it goes straight into our top 5 in Scotland with a design which remains sympathetic to the local landscape whilst showing off its natural beauty with incredible vistas, wonderfully constructed holes and a great range of tee boxes making it accessible for any level of player. Additionally, we both loved the classy clubhouse which is small and intimate, far removed from the grandeur that it’s owner is known for. A tee off time at 3pm and a deserted course allowed us to be sitting down to dinner by 8 (it’s light until 10.30 in summer), reliving the memories from the day. As the loser, I paid for supper! 

After staying in Aberdeen on the Friday night, we woke early on Saturday morning and had a delicious breakfast at a favourite local spot, The Coffee Apocathery. Owned by Jonny and his wife, this is hands down the nicest coffee in the North East and the waffles are quite something.....calories don’t count when you’re walking so much!

Photo: Brian Morgan courtesy of trump international scotland

Royal Dornoch

From here, a two hour drive took us to Royal Dornoch where we were greeted by the general manager, Neil Hampton. We spoke with Neil for a bit and he explained just how well the course was doing but how keen they were to keep it ‘raw’ and not relent to the manicured fairways that so many golfers wish for these days. We couldn’t agree more and feel that Dornoch is a course which has got the balance just right with rugged bunkering matched with perfect greens. Now, I must admit that I’m a little biased here as Royal Dornoch is one of my favourite courses in the world but- once again- it was simply stunning. 

The first 8 holes are a golf lovers dream with Old Tom Morris’s vision in 1877 holding true to today’s game. Rated the 5th best course in the world in 2016 by Golf Digest, clearly we’re not the only ones who feel this way about Dornoch.

Following dinner and a dram at the Royal Golf Hotel (which couldn't be closer being situated right on the first tee) we went to bed satisfied with the trip so far and looking forward to our final course, Castle Stuart.

Photo: John Haslam

Castle Stuart

Sunday morning arrived at the weather was glorious (something that we’re not too used to in Scotland) and we arrived at Castle Stuart relaxed, refreshed and ready for our final 18 holes. 

With views over to the 'black isle', it can be difficult to concentrate on your game at times. The combination of stunning tee lines, beautiful vistas, and classic links bunkering makes for an unforgettable round, regardless of the weather. On this note, we somehow managed to come across the course on a day with no wind, which at times can open a links course up to low scores. Not here though, with clever 'risk/reward' options that will challenge any golfer. The sign of a great golf course, we truly felt that Castle Stuart was accessible for any golfer, whilst testing the world's best in a stunning environment.

All was going according to plan when we reached the 186 yard, par 3, 8th.. . I hit the sweetest of 9 irons and watched the ball disappear into the hole!! Hugs, cheers and pictures followed- what a way to end our trip!! Feeling delighted with myself, not even dad's back 9 comeback giving him the series victory could deflate my mood as we clinked glasses and ate dinner before driving back to St. Andrews.

At home on Sunday evening, I felt extremely satisfied with our efforts over those past few days. The golf was captivating, the sense of adventure unforgettable but more importantly, the quality time spent with one of the most important people in the world for me was the sweetest thing. I urge you to take the time to have a similar experience whilst you still can, whether it’s to your local area or through visiting us in Scotland. Each will give you a great experience, but you’ll certainly be hard pressed to find as good golf, food and whiskey as you can ‘Up North’ in Scotland.

The Links Connection

Bespoke packages allow you to have your experience, your way. The Links Connection offer unforgettable golf alongside unparalleled service to ensure that you experience a trip that you’ll remember for a lifetime taking in the courses you want to play and the places you want to stay. 

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