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Jun 18, 2019 - Off to Edinburgh

Started day sampling scotch whiskey at Blair Athol distillery in Pitochry. (Hard to drink whiskey at 9 a.m. ) Then on to St. Andrews to see the famous golf course and have lunch. Mark found a new hat with the St Andrews Logo on it. Then on to Edinburgh to check into our hotel (another hotel that looks like a castle (but isn’t) and then a dinner theatre show filled with music, dance, food, bagpipes and yes, even kilts!

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Oct 6, 2018 - St. Andrews & Dunnottar Castle

In the morning we picked up our rental car and headed out of the city and into the country side. Our destination would be Aberdeen - a seaside town on the east coast of Scotland, but the main point of the day was to see little tiny villages on the coast as we traveled to St. Andrews to walk the golf course viewing the Dunhill Championship...you know the one...The British Open and all...the birthplace of golf. you know...that one. While I had a road atlas for the driving part of our journey. Patrick and I both agree that Google Maps is the...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Aug 7, 2015 - Culross Palace and St. Andrews

Today we headed out from Edinburgh to visit St Andrews. On the way we stopped at the area before the bridge at the Firth of Forth. The picturesque bridge was built in the 1890s. It was mainly a photo opportunity. Then it was on to Culross "Palace." The palace is in quotes because when the original tiles being put together, Culross Palace was really considered only a nobleman's house. Apparently the lawyer that reviewed the preparation documents for the title inserted "palace" and it has been a palace ever since. (King James the 1st/6th did...

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Jul 20, 2015 - The extra day, Monday, round 4

Monday July 20 We were up really early and had said goodbye to Robert by 7:00 a.m. Once on the grounds, we were able to find a good seat in the grandstand at the 1st green. Once again, we remained in this spot until all of the pairings had gone through. By that time, it was raining again and we headed to the HSBC lounge for a warm-up; we watched the TV and ate lots of snacks with tea and coffee until the weather cleared somewhat. We returned to the grandstand at the 16th green and 17th tee (where we sat yesterday) to see a few of the last...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Round 3

Sunday July 19 This morning, we had breakfast with Robert before driving into St. Andrews. After a morning coffee, we sat in the grandstand at the 17th green and watched all of the players go through during the day. We also has a good view of the 16th green from our seats. We spent quite a few hours here but took turns getting up for food, refreshment, nature breaks or just to stretch our legs. Gone was the yesterday's luxury of the corporate chalet! Today, our drive back to Robert's place took a long time because of a huge volume of...

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Jul 18, 2015 - Saturday conclusion of Round 2

Saturday July 18 We drove in early this morning, hoping to see the conclusion of round two and to watch all of the golfers tee off at the first hole from seats in the reserved grandstand that we had pre-purchased. However, despite being a gloriously sunny morning, play was suspended due to extremely high winds. As we sipped our morning coffee at the HSBC hospitality tent, the hospitality hostess came to us and offered us a one day 'upgrade to the HSBC corporate chalet'. This sounded good, and consequently entitled us to complementary...

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Jul 17, 2015 - Round 2 of the Open

July 17 It had rained most of the night and most of the morning, consequently the golf was delayed for three hours. We took our time getting ready and joined Robert and Liz at a local restaurant for breakfast. By the time we arrived at St. Andrews, it was close to noon. We went to the HSBC pavilion for coffee and a muffin as well as to pick up a couple of cold drinks. For most of the morning, we sat in the grandstands at the 4th and the 14th greens. After a soup and sandwich lunch, we picked up a coffee and headed out to the 17th green and...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Opening round of the Open

July 16 We did not have breakfast with Robert this morning as he was still in bed when we got up. Instead, we drove straight to St. Andrew’s, finding a slightly more direct route and began our day with our "breakfast at the HSBC" routine: coffee, muffins and Danish pastries. After breakfast we wandered out to the course where we sat in the grandstand at the second green to watch many groups coming through in the morning draw. The weather was very cold and windy and we were wearing every bit of clothing that we had brought with us! At lunch...

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Jul 15, 2015 - Last day of practice at the Open

July 15 Wednesday was the last practice day at St. Andrews and we enjoyed exploring the grounds and watching the various players on the course and on the driving range. We spent time at the HSBC hospitality lounge, which also included complimentary champagne in the adjoining champagne house (again, courtesy of the bank!). Since lunch yesterday was fish and chips, we opted for a spicy beef baguette sandwich for lunch today. It was a good day at the links and we returned early to Broughty Ferry. Tonight, we walked a couple of blocks to an...

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Jul 14, 2015 - Practice rounds at the 144th Open in St. Andrews

July 14 On Tuesday, we woke fairly late and had breakfast with Robert. At St. Andrews, we spent the day exploring the course and also discovered a HSBC hospitality lounge for “Premier” clients – good that Heather has a Premier account here in the UK. We enjoyed complementary coffees, teas, soft drinks, croissants, muffins, chocolate bars and crisps in a relaxing indoor environment. We remained on the course for most of the day and spent some time (and money) in the Open merchandising shop. Being a practice day, Heather was able to get some...

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Sep 5, 2014 - St Andrews

Ah, St Andrews, our 3rd visit here. Not just famous for its golf course, there are also some excellent church ruins and an interesting town. Travel here from Edinburgh was by train then bus. We were last here on 22 September 2000 with John and Cynthia on the Eve of their wedding.

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Sep 3, 2014 - St Andrews

After breakfast we all head off to St Andrews by train and bus which takes about 90 minutes. Bob misread the timetable so we are at Waverley early and see David & Judith again while they are waiting for their train to start their journey to Lindisfarne. St Andrews is amazing, not just the Old Course which is immaculate given the number of rounds of golf played there daily, but the preserved architecture of the town. St Andrews has the world’s second oldest university and the original buildings are still in use plus the ruins of an enormous...

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