A Course Called Scotland

Searching the Home of Golf for the Secret to Its Game

It is a popular axiom among golf’s disciples that the game reveals the true character of a person.  I like to believe in golf’s revelatory powers, though I have played plenty of golf with seemingly super guys who turned out to be skinflints and scamps off the course.  It’s possible to shade your shortcomings for […]

The week.  It’s that time of year when I ask my wife for an advance on all the good will of Father’s Day and my next birthday combined, aiming to eschew all fatherly responsibilities for four afternoons when I will retreat to my golficce to sit with laptop propped open on my gut, phone tuned […]

Histories were hatched and legends born last September in County Mayo at the inaugural Coyne Cup, where Team Paddy the Caddy survived a ferocious three-day donnybrook with Team Coyne, seizing golf travel’s most coveted crystal by their fingernails.  (If you were there,  you might question the veracity of this account and call it an Irish […]

Thanks to @MichaelClayto15 for posting this photograph on Twitter: There are many ways to recall and celebrate the King–all of them insufficient–but remembering him as a dog-lover captures some of his goodness and grace.  This photograph of Palmer and sidekick got me thinking: If golf with dog was okay with Arnie, why isn’t it acceptable […]

…and jumpsuits on caddies, Bright Sunday mornings, and golfing with Paddy. Long cardboard boxes from Mizuno and Ping, Here are a few of my favorite things: Allyson tells me I’m no fun to shop for.  She’s probably right, and it’s my own fault.  When it comes to my interests in life–golf and books–my tastes are […]

Flat.  Wet.  Chockablock with condos and meandering cart rides between screened-in back porches.  Spongy lies, shallow ponds, baffling Bermuda greens, and long lines of golf buggies at the first tee, scores of snow-dodgers ready to shuffle their way through six hours of sunburn because it’s better than January in Wisconsin.  And what else are you […]