The Beall Group were PerryGolf’s first travellers of the 2010 Season. Mr. Beall travelled with his son and brother and they played some of the finest links courses that the East Coast of Scotland has to offer. Three out of the five courses which they played feature in the top 100 in the world…and the pinnacle of these was Muirfield. North Berwick and Cruden Bay were the others to make it into the top 100, but the New Course at St. Andrews and Royal Aberdeen are not far behind.
Caddies were requested at each course the group played and Mr. Beall found that these were pivotal in their enjoyment. Links courses are hard enough so why not take advantage of any assistance you can? The group had special praise for the caddies at Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay. Mr. Beall and his party also hired a concierge driver throughout their trip and he was always on hand to suggest local places of interest, make dining reservations, and was more like their tour manager than their driver. Mr. Beall had high praise for the driver and he became their friend as the tour progressed.
With regards dining, The Witchery in Edinburgh came highly recommended from the guys. It’s within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle and is an excellent place to finish off a day of sightseeing in Scotland’s capital.
PerryGolf would like to thank Mr. Beall and his group for their valued business and hope to welcome them on another trip in the future.
By Gary Sheppard. Gary has been with PerryGolf for 4 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.
An opening became available to play Muirfield for the first time when a group of past clients invited me to play with them. Chuck Battey, his son David, and son-in-law John Fraser had a great two-week Scotland itinerary in mind. Muirfield was one of their ‘must plays’. As there were only three of them, they asked if I would join them so that the group matched the clubs requirements; all visiting parties are in multiples of 2 players. Naturally, I accepted the invitation without hesitation.
The course isn’t laid out like a traditional, straight out and straight back, links course. It’s structured in two loops, so the wind comes at you from a different angle on almost every hole, making it more challenging – yet without doubt, more interesting. More details on what many people consider to be the best golf course in Scotland, can be enjoyed at LinksMagazine.com.
After golf, the Battey’s told some wonderful stories about their many previous trips with PerryGolf while we enjoyed a fantastic roast lunch in the clubhouse (where lamb, beef, chicken and all the trimmings were available at the buffet). Our schedules didn’t allow time to go back out on the course for the traditional alternate shot afternoon round; however the day was already special enough.
Visitor tee-times at Muirfield are not the easiest to come by as they only permit visitors on Tuesday and Thursday mornings…so if you’d like it included in your schedule, be sure to start planning it well in advance of your travel date. By well in advance, I’d recommend 15 months prior to the time of travel as that’s when their diaries open up and the tee-times don’t remain available for long. It’s well worth the planning, as it is one course you won’t want to miss.
By Keith Baird. Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.