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    Annual trip to Scotland

    Only a few weeks to go until myself and 3 mates head up to Scotland for the week. This year though, we are changing things up and heading over to the east coast, staying in a house near Laurencekirk.

    Other than Cruden Bay and Blairgowrie on 2 of the days, our plans are fairly open as to where to play.

    We drive up, starting in Reading and play on the way up, so if anyone can suggest a course on route up towards Scotland that allows visitors around Saturday lunchtime, that would be great. We were thinking about Goswick as one option, but open to others.

    Doubt we'll bother with the Trump course, although we are thinking about Carnoustie, depending on the weather.

    We are after a mix of links and parkland, as I know most courses over that side appear to be links, so if you know of any hidden parkland courses around that area, please let us know.

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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by woody69 View Post
    Only a few weeks to go until myself and 3 mates head up to Scotland for the week. This year though, we are changing things up and heading over to the east coast, staying in a house near Laurencekirk.

    Other than Cruden Bay and Blairgowrie on 2 of the days, our plans are fairly open as to where to play.

    We drive up, starting in Reading and play on the way up, so if anyone can suggest a course on route up towards Scotland that allows visitors around Saturday lunchtime, that would be great. We were thinking about Goswick as one option, but open to others.

    Doubt we'll bother with the Trump course, although we are thinking about Carnoustie, depending on the weather.

    We are after a mix of links and parkland, as I know most courses over that side appear to be links, so if you know of any hidden parkland courses around that area, please let us know.

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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    You need to play Montrose (old links), quite close to where you're staying.
    Stonehaven is parkland despite being on sea - quirky with some good par 3s.
    Letham Grange nr Arbroath has 2 courses is inland and supposed to be very good.
    A trip over the scenic Cairn O Mount road will get you to Banchory in an hour - Lairds,Inchmarlo is good plus loads of decent older parkland tracks like Deeside, Peterculter, Aboyne, Ballater etc along Deeside.
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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by maxfli65 View Post
    You need to play Montrose (old links), quite close to where you're staying.
    Stonehaven is parkland despite being on sea - quirky with some good par 3s.
    Letham Grange nr Arbroath has 2 courses is inland and supposed to be very good.
    A trip over the scenic Cairn O Mount road will get you to Banchory in an hour - Lairds,Inchmarlo is good plus loads of decent older parkland tracks like Deeside, Peterculter, Aboyne, Ballater etc along Deeside.
    Sorry, Lairds has closed. Went under I think.
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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by maxfli65 View Post
    You need to play Montrose (old links), quite close to where you're staying.
    Stonehaven is parkland despite being on sea - quirky with some good par 3s.
    Letham Grange nr Arbroath has 2 courses is inland and supposed to be very good.
    A trip over the scenic Cairn O Mount road will get you to Banchory in an hour - Lairds,Inchmarlo is good plus loads of decent older parkland tracks like Deeside, Peterculter, Aboyne, Ballater etc along Deeside.
    Letham Grange is now in terrible condition, avoid.

    Lairds course at inchmarlo is now closed

    Deeside and Peterculter are poor layouts, Aboyne not that great either. If playing Royal Deeside then go for Ballater, by far the best of the bunch. Banchory in great nick. Newmacher Hawkshill also needs to be on your possibles just north of Aberdeen.

    Further south and nearer Montrose, two great James Braid courses, Edzell & Forfar are worth the detour.

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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    Hirsel in Coldstream, on the border at Berwick. You will not be disappointed.
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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by HughJars View Post
    Letham Grange is now in terrible condition, avoid.

    Lairds course at inchmarlo is now closed

    Deeside and Peterculter are poor layouts, Aboyne not that great either. If playing Royal Deeside then go for Ballater, by far the best of the bunch. Banchory in great nick. Newmacher Hawkshill also needs to be on your possibles just north of Aberdeen.

    Further south and nearer Montrose, two great James Braid courses, Edzell & Forfar are worth the detour.
    What's wrong with Peterculter, I like it? Aboyne is tough to score on and has some good holes. I was a member at Ballater for years and whilst I agree it's prettier and a nice track its very open and relatively easy to score on.
    Hawkshill is very good I agree but a bit far from OPs base at Laurencekirk I thought.
    What's gone wrong at Letham Grange then? Never been there but had heard good things (some years ago mind).
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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by jamielaing View Post
    Hirsel in Coldstream, on the border at Berwick. You will not be disappointed.
    This is a great shout although it is not really that near Berwick in driving terms. You go up the A1, turn onto the A697 just past Morpeth and drive to it that way. Well worth it as said.

    You will grin like an idiot playing the par 3 10th. Every golf designer building 200+yd par 3's should play this hole and accept they are wrong.
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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    Silloth on the way up should be ok for a Saturday round. The Dukes at St Andrews is a nice change from links, more of a heathland feel. Another option on the way up is Ganton although not sure about Saturday access. They take county cards but think it may be midweek only.

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    Re: Annual trip to Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tyrion View Post
    You will grin like an idiot playing the par 3 10th. Every golf designer building 200+yd par 3's should play this hole and accept they are wrong.
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