No Country For Auld Men: To mark his 40th birthday, Alan Shipnuck set out on a 10-rounds-in-six-days blitz of Scotland

On the 1st tee of the Old Course at St Andrews - Left to Right: Tom June, Kevin Price, PerryGolf's Colin Dalgleish, Alan Shipnuck and Matt Ginella
On the 1st tee of the Old Course at St Andrews - Left to Right: Tom June, Kevin Price, PerryGolf's Colin Dalgleish, Alan Shipnuck and Matt Ginell
Back in May 2013, four friends set out to Scotland for the golf vacation of a lifetime. With the help of PerryGolf, the group was able to get tee times at all ten courses they’d hoped to play, even Muirfield and the Old Course at St Andrews. The trip was undoubtedly a huge success for the golf buddies and the perfect way to celebrate the 40th birthday of Alan Shipnuck. Originally published on , below is Shipnuck’s grand story of the foursome’s incredible Scottish Golf Vacation.

The Highlands of Scotland for Golf – Far more than a One Trick Pony

The 2013 Scottish Open at Castle Stuart shall enjoy one enviable footnote; it is the first regular European Tour event to be broadcasted on network television in the USA (on NBC). Doubtless this shall introduce many more golf fans to the wonderfully designed Castle Stuart which was opened in 2009. Castle Stuart is the creation of Mark Parsinen (who created Kingsbarns) and Gil Hanse (of Olympic Golf Course notoriety).

Scotland’s 4 Gold Star Meldrum House

Meldrum House


The Meldrum House is a fantastic country house style property located to the north west of Aberdeen, Scotland.  It’s in the ideal location if your next stop is the Dornoch / Castle Stuart / Nain region, as you’re already on the correct side of Aberdeen, while it’s a very handy base for the best courses in the Aberdeen area; being only 25-45 minutes drive from Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Trump International.

Golf travel to England…a hidden gem in Beau Desert

Fowler’s Beau Desert a Typically Hidden Heathland Gem
Hal Phillips TheAPosition

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Herbert Fowler is one of those architects whose name, curiously, isn’t readily attached to the many great golf courses he laid out and/or substantially retooled. Cruden Bay? That’s a Fowler. Royal North Devon? Fowler’s fingerprints can be found all over this west country masterpiece. Indeed, his renovation of the Old Tom Morris original (a.k.a. Westward Ho!) fairly well accounts for the superb course we know …

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About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+

Video #8 / Cruden Bay Golf Club, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Tom Doak will point out that proper course routing follows the same path a person would take on a walk through the original property.   In 1926, Tim Simpson agreed.  His redesign of Old Tom Morris’ work at Cruden Bay produced a circuit that meanders all over the place.  Golf Magazine’s world #83 was