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Not interested in the narratives of our trip? Looking for an easier way to watch our adventures? Here’s a list of quick links to just the videos.

Travel Day – Seattle to London to Manchester

Manchester Day 1

Bus Ride to Southport

Our UK Kickoff Dinner – We all got together for a big dinner at The Forge in Southport

Royal Lytham and St. Annes

Royal Liverpool

Royal Birkdale (my favorite course)

Birthday Air Show – Yes, the Southport locals threw an air show just for my birthday complete with the Red Arrows. I’m sure it was for me.

Travel Day to Turnberry

Royal Troon


The Turnberry Short Course – In front of the hotel is a 12 hole pitch and putt. Perfect for a bunch of friends from Fairwood.

Turnberry Ailsa

Travel to St. Andrews

St. Andrews Old Course 

Carnoustie Golf Links

Kingsbarns (my second favorite course)

St. Andrews – New Course

Wow! A total of 18 videos. Each video is only a couple of minutes in length. If you haven’t seen any of them, it’s not a huge time commitment. If you’ve seen a few, here’s your chance to catch the ones you’ve missed.



Prior to our trip to Scotland, Arne signed up for a Scotch Whiskey web site. Don’t ask me why, maybe he thought they would send him free samples for life. In any event, here is some information he received with regard to the Scottish toast… and it sounds as if this is a toast for whiskey, but I think we can use it for just about any drink.

Whisky Toasts

If we consider the traditional whisky toasts, these are based on the following Gaelic ;

“Slainte” meaning “Cheers!” and pronounced “slanjy”

“Slainte mhath meaning “Good health” and pronounced “slanjy var” to which the traditional response is:

“Slainte mhor” meaning “Good health” (as a reply) and pronounced “slanjy vor”

Now what is even more interesting:

In Gaelic word “slainte”, the “te” is pronounced “je”, the word “mhath” is pronounced “var” and the word “mhor” is pronounced “vor”. sheesh, and I thought English was tough.

I think for our purposes, we can just use the shortened version slanjy, which according to other sources is pronounced “Slan ge”

Cheers… errr… Slainte

Slange Var

Pronounced [Slan je varr]. This is the Scottish for cheers.

slange_var I found this online for those in our group who are having trouble remembering Walters toast. I know I did and always would look to Kristi for help! We were pretty close on how to say it… I sure don’t remember an “R” the way Walter would say it. We’re sure to hear this around the Club soon!

The Shanks?

If you’re a golfer, you’ve had this happen to you. The dreaded “S” word. The shanks! Tin Cup almost made it look humorous. But when it’s happening to you, there isn’t a more helpless feeling… well other than the yips but that’s another story.

So this isn’t about how you get them, how you cure them, or how you help someone that has them. (Geez, sounds more like a terrible disease) This is about where the name came from. Who was it that decided a miss-hit golf shot should be called a “shank”?

Now I don’t know who it was, but I have a theory. On our recent trip to Scotland I was standing in front of the urinal in the Men’s Locker Room at Royal Troon… and I noticed the manufacturer of the plumbing fixture was Armitage Shanks. And I got to thinking… is it possible the term Shank came from the very fixture I was… ummmm… watering. And it’s been bothering me ever since. Is it possible that at some point in the distant past, some guy was standing here… went out to the first tee… saw a guy hit a shot off the hozzle… and said this guys game was in the “Shanks”? Meaning of course his game was in the toilet. And from that point forward to the present day… an absolutely horrible golf shot off the hozzle became know as a Shank.

Of course, if anyone else has another idea, I’d love to hear it.

St. Andrews – New Course

Our last day of golf. It’s been quite an adventure. Starting in Southport 14 days ago, The New Course is the 12th day of golf for most of our group. (13 rounds for the guys including the getaway round at Royal Troon!)

As I said before, don’t let the name fool you. The New Course is not new. It opened in 1895! How’s that for new!

For our last round we were paired up with Mike and Rose, which worked out perfect. They were the last couple we hadn’t played with yet and this meant we got to play at least one round of golf with every couple in the group.

St. Andrews – The New Course Video

After golf, everyone pretty much went their separate way to explore St. Andrews (and it’s many golf stores) for one last time. But as usually happens on these trips, at the end of the day we all ended up in the same place; choosing The Sands dining room at the Old Course Hotel for a great last meal.

  • 18 people
  • 9 couples
  • 45 pieces of luggage
  • 20 days (for most of us)
  • 4 Cities
  • 11 golf courses (12 for some)
  • 11 lost golf balls (way fewer than anticipated!)
  • 10 trips to the ATM (aka, The hole in the wall)

Thanks to all of our friends at Fairwood Golf and Country Club who followed our travels via “the Blog” and Facebook. It was fun putting together the short videos to keep you up to date with our adventures. We tried to make sure everyone got some “face time” in the videos, made a little easier by playing with each couple… because at the end of the day – most of our time was spent on a golf course!

And a special thanks to all of our travel partners. It’s tough to keep a group of that size together, sharing the many experiences a trip like this offers. And because we’re all such good friends around the Club, it made it that much harder to stay together. (Imagine walking into a Pub and saying “Table for 18?) Mary did a great job of organizing some Group dinners in some great restaurants and Walter (our bus driver) supplemented her efforts by making arrangements for more dinners while we were out golfing. Arne and Kristi – you were a welcome addition to the “Ireland group”. Mike and Rose, we’re so glad you were ambushed by “The Dove Mountain Gang” and decided to get back “on the bus”. The trip just wouldn’t have been the same without you guys. Sooze our videographer was everywhere snapping pictures. Can’t wait to see your final project! And of course, Ron and Jane who took on the challenge of organization, communications, and coordination. Not an easy task with any group, let alone with 18 Type A personalities.

At the end of it all, it was another great trip!


Kingsbarns is a new course by any standard. When you are talking about the St. Andrews New Course it’s still over 100 years old. Kingsbarns is only 10 years old! It was built on the site of a very old course (1844 or there abouts). The new owners moved millions of cubic yards of earth to create one of the most impressive courses I’ve ever played. Nearly every hole (if not all of them) are played with a view of the ocean.

Following golf, we all went to the World famous Dunvegan Hotel for dinner and Larry’s birthday celebration. The Dunvegan has been voted Best 19th Hole by Golf Channel and was recently featured on Golf in America where Sleepy Dye was given his final resting place… you’d have to have seen it to understand, but Rick and I did go into the bar and you can be assured, Sleepy is indeed resting on the top shelf.

Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Larry, including a group of golfers from Long Island. And rather than giving a speech, Larry opted for a joke. Which lead to another from the New Yorkers and before long we had a stand up comedy show in progress. Mike’s mind went blank and the boys from New York were the Last Comics Standing. (Although rumor has it Mike tracked them down the next day with unforgettable jokes)

Click here for the video: Kingsbarns

I think we were all a little apprehensive about playing Carnoustie. It has a reputation of having strong winds and rain. Last year during the Dunhill they suspended play as it lived up to its nickname Car”nastie”.

Our first stop of the day was for a private tour of the small boutique distillery, Tullibardine. It was Sunday so no one was working and we got to go through the entire facility, even peeking into the fermenting tanks. The tour ended with scotch… what else. I wish I could remember our guides name. He did a great job of explaining the various processes. It is amazing that all scotch has only three ingredients… barley, water and yeast. It is the malting process of the barley that makes them all so different.

Sandi, Liann and Mary decided to take the day off from golf (mostly due to the reputation of Carnoustie being the most difficult course in the UK!) which gave us a chance to put together another “guys” foursome. This time it was Rick and Larry taking on Arne and me… and at the end it was Arne and me paying out 13 pounds. Oh well, at least in Fairwood style, the winners bought our beer.

Even though you can see Carnoustie from St. Andrews, it is nearly an hour away by road. The bartender was kind enough to sell us 12 beers to hold us over until we got back to The Jigger Inn.

Here’s your video link: Carnoustie


Like I said before, these are a little out of order. Ailsa (pronounced El Sa) is the Championship course at Turnberry. It is the site of the famous Duel in the Sun between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson in the 1977 British Open. In fact, they renamed the 18th hole “Duel in the Sun”. I sure wish there had been some sun on the day we played it!

The day certainly started out sunny, but we could see dark clouds looming completely around us and knew it wouldn’t be long until the weatherman’s forecast of Rain would be a reality. We actually got pretty lucky. It wasn’t until the 10th tee that I noticed the caddies were starting to get into their rain gear. Ron and I decided they probably knew more than we did and also decided to get into battle gear. As a rainbow formed over the ocean, we knew we’d made the right decision. Nine holes of sunshine was way better than the weatherman had predicted so I guess, other than the accent, their weathermen are about as good as ours.

Here’s the link to the video:  Turnberry Ailsa Video

Read more about the Duel:,28136,1827160,00.html#ixzz11LkaaFGK

Travel Day to St. Andrews

After five nights at the Turnberry Hotel, we pack up our belongings (you can’t believe how much luggage this group has!) and headed off to St. Andrews. Our route took us past Glasgow and through Edinburgh. We just missed seeing the Pope by a week. Walter skillfully maneuvered his bus through the narrow streets as he gave us a visual tour of the many sights.

Our tour was highlighted by a self guided walking tour of Edinburgh Castle.

We finally arrived at the Old Course Hotel where we were met with champagne… and the best part… opening the window coverings, looking onto the 17th fairway of the Old Course and seeing a big full moon rising over the course.

Travel to St. Andrews Video


St. Andrews

I know we’re already home, but I might as well keep making these short little videos in order to fully document our travels. In this post, you’ll see some views of the St. Andrews Old Course.

For our first round of golf, every couple was put into foursomes and entered into the daily lottery for a tee time. Because the R&A had just finished their Member/Guest which had the course closed for 2 weeks and due to the Ryder Cup visitors coming over for some pre-Ryder golf… demand was very high for a very few number of tee times.

Fortunately, two of our 9 foursomes were selected for this first day of golf. Rick, Liann, Terry, Sooze, Larry, Carole and myself were the lucky ones.

The weather couldn’t have been better. When I woke up I looked out our hotel window and saw the most amazing sunrise ever! Sunshine and wind… I can deal with that.

We boarded the bus to take us to the practice facility for some warm up and then after getting back onto the bus, we were dropped off at the first tee. Trying to remain calm wasn’t all that easy with all the people gathered around the first tee, waiting to see someone miss the largest fairway in all of Scotland.

Here’s your daily video… St. Andrews Video

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