I’m on the flight home from my week as a Scotland Golf Road Warrior. Been there, done that and would love to do it all over again. It was a very full week with lots of laughs, not enough sleep and too many triple bogeys. Allow me to share some of the highlights.
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Alas, it’s our last day in Scotland. But we’ve used it well. After a wonderful (full)
Scottish breakfast in the Mar Hall dining room, we headed out for a very enjoyable round
of golf on this splendid resort’s Earl of Mar course, a scenic and surprisingly challenging
parkland course that sits on rolling land between the hotel and the southern bank of the
The afternoon brought more writing time -- and some editing time on a special video that
the group has been working on about a certain Scottish Someone (see our video section
for more on that) -- along with spa treatments for all the Warriors. Playing 156 golf holes
in seven days takes its toll on us usually desk-bound journalists, and the massages we
enjoyed in Mar Hall’s Aveda spa went a long way toward making us feel human again.
Today was Warrior Anita Draycott’s (20th?) birthday, and coincidentally it was also
the night that Mar Hall’s chef Sam Carswell and Restaurant Manager Frankma Canas
Romero had chosen to send the Warriors off with an 8-course culinary adventure,
complete with wine pairings. It was a dining experience that exceeded any expectations
that any of us could have had. Check out the posts on that if you want to see some truly
Tomorrow, we head homeward – James to London, David Whyte to eastern Scotland,
Anita to Toronto, Jim to New York City, and I home to Boston and then Maine. The trip
has been everything we could have hoped for – and more. Great golf, great camaraderie,
wonderful hotels and dining, single malt whiskies galore, and all the sights and sounds
of this beautiful southwest of Scotland. More than anything, though, it was the people
we met along the way that stand out. Dozens, if not hundreds, of them. In the end, golf
everywhere is a game about people and the joy of hitting a white ball around in pretty
places with friends old and new. We did that in spades, and so much more.
Where will the next Golf Road Warriors crew pop up? Well, you’ll just have to stay
tuned to find out. For now, we’re heading home – and we hope you’ve enjoyed being
along for the ride.
Welcome to Golf Road Warriors, the website that lets you ride shotgun with a foursome of professional golf journalists on a great golf road trip. The Warriors will be waging their latest golf campaign in Scotland from May 10 - May 16.