It wasn’t all that long ago that booking a tee time online was a pretty big deal.
Now, some courses will rent you a hovercraft (yes, just like the one in that viral Bubba Watson video).
Whether it’s practical or promotional, I’m seeing a growing number of golf courses incorporating more tech into their experiences.
Here are some of the more interesting things I’ve seen, and definitely tell me what you’ve come across, too:
There were plenty of passionate reactions to the “Ultimate Cart Chart” I published a few days ago.
Some of you appreciated me clarifying which top courses in the UK and Ireland offer “buggies” or at least have one available if you have a physical need.
But a number of you wanted to know the reverse/opposite; summarized by this comment from J. Dilks:
“How about a similar list of the top destinations in the U.S. and Canada that will allow, or even better, encourage walking?”
A very good question, JD, and we can even up the ante with courses that are “walking only.”
I think we all know a few, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a comprehensive list.
So here it is (or at least the beginnings of one): top public golf courses and resorts in North America where walking is mandatory (except with a medical note) or highly encouraged:
Let me apologize in advance for today’s tip, because you may never again fully relax in a hotel.
See, I just finished reading Jacob Tomsky’s Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality.
Just like Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential,” which revealed things you never wanted to know about the restaurants you eat in, Heads in Beds exposes some equally scary stuff about the hotels where you sleep.
And I’m not talking about downmarket chains.
Many of you heading to the UK and Ireland are confused about the rules regarding carts or “buggies” as they’re called.
I don’t blame you — we’ve all heard how carts are taboo over there, yet there are pockets of acceptance.
To clear this up, I created what I’m calling “The Ultimate Cart Chart.”
By now you’ve likely heard the re-ignited rumors that TaylorMade or its Adams Golf brand is coming out with “illegal” clubs — those that don’t conform to the USGA’s Rules of Golf.
I don’t know if this is happening or not, but assuming it does…
Do you think they will sell?
Reprinted with permission from Golf Odyssey:
The marvelous Links House at Royal Dornoch sits right beside the links.
Photo courtesy of Links House at Royal Dornoch.
The most buzzworthy news on the Scottish lodging front is the Links House at Royal Dornoch in the Highlands. The Links House, which sits beside the 1st tee at Royal Dornoch, opened its doors in the beginning of June after the property’s new American owners restored it and converted it into a country house hotel. We’ve just returned from our initial visit. Links House is unequivocally the pinnacle luxury retreat in the Dornoch realm.
If you’re planning to get away this fall or winter, I think you’re going to love today’s tip.
I decided to write it given all the “thank you” emails I received after my previous post on places where you can play unlimited golf.
This time, I decided to up the ante.
Out of curiosity, I looked to see which of the top-15 properties listed on Golf Digest’s “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” had unlimited golf packages.
I thought I’d find three, maybe four…but I was blown away to find nine!