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WOULD I like to take up an offer to spend a week playing golf in and around
St Andrews, wondered my sports editor. Does Tiger Woods make ends meet?
An added incentive was that the invitation included entry into the 72-
So who would my competitors be at the Home of Golf? Anyone looking to play in the second of five such events held from May to October and visiting, as well as Fife, the Highlands, East Lothian (June 29-
Run in association with visitscotland.com, the Classics provide the chance to play competitive yet sociable golf over four different courses. The cost, which includes five nights' hotel accommodation plus a Scottish banquet prizegiving, ranges from between £420 to £685, depending upon the level of accommodation, or £220 for the golf only.
That in itself represents a saving of £41 on normal green fees while also offering the prospect of entrants picking up daily prizes, including for longest drive and nearest the pin, as well as 72-
Now I'm willing to bet that when Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance first grew a moustache it was initially untidy in patches and in need of constant appraisal. The same could be said of the Torrance Course.
The setting, with views of the North Sea and the town of St Andrews, is breathtaking and facilities -
Stick to the close-
Scotscraig, where the club professional is Stuart Campbell, formerly at Shipley, has had a little more time to bed down than the Torrance Course. Okay, enough bedding down time to satisfy Rip van Winkle, having been established in 1817. The yellow-
It is easy to be distracted by the picturesque surroundings, but complete attention is particularly demanded at the 366-
This hole encapsulates Scotscraig's charm, providing immense satisfaction to anyone who plays it well and the solace of being cocooned from the rest of the world in splendidly-
While Scotscraig casts a protective arm around its golfers, shielding it from the full effects of the wind with its dense woodland, Crail Golfing Society offers its visitors up to the mercy of the elements. Here is links golf, the way nature -
Where there was certainly no error was in the naming of the 459-
The rest of us pick a far more circumspect target and still swing with a prayer (which often goes unanswered, hence all the
footprints I found when retrieving my errant drive from the sands).
Crail may include six par-
And so finally to Ladybank. Should I have to choose a course on which to play my final round, this would be a major contender.
Also touched by the hand of Old Tom Morris, albeit only its original six holes, this is a heathland course to which every golfer should pay a visit. As with Scotscraig, the fairways are tight but not claustrophobic and the feeling of being embraced by a golfing gem lasts from the first hole -
Its secluded setting adds greatly to its charm and, as at Crail and Scotscraig, can be played at a discount price outside of the Fife Classic week as part of a Links with History package.
Given the fact that each day's golf -
But whatever it takes -
Of course, with 45 courses in the Fife area you needn't restrict yourself to visiting purely as a Classic competitor, but for those who like to explore new golfing horizons with a competitive edge to the play, these events offer fantastic value for money.
The Fife Classic,
Published: November 12, 2005
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