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When my dad and I first drove up to the St Andrews Links Clubhouse, I was shocked to see a mini-putt sandwiched between the Old Course and the North Sea. There was the beach from Chariots of Fire on one side and the famous Swilcan Bridge on the other, with a mini-putt between them. I guess I had never noticed it on TV because it's closed during tournaments. Anyway that trip we played seven fantastic games of golf, visited lots of pubs, made a close friend, passed four rolls of film and had fantastic weather for the entire voyage. A few years later I bought a new house. It had a big side yard, a bit bigger than a tennis court and I thought about that mini-putt I had seen in St Andrews so the idea of the Bear Foot Golf Course was born. It's an 18 hole chipping course, my greens are about five feet in diameter, the holes are the size of coffee cans (temporary green holes) and I use Cayman Island golf balls which have a pretty good feel, (I can't use real golf balls, cars drive by frequently and I don't want to break any windows). We walk the course with only a wedge and putters are hidden close to the greens if we need them. It's target golf and it's my little piece of Scotland in the yard. In 2015 I took the wife to Scotland. She's not a golfer but we played the mini-putt or it's real name The Himalayas. I strongly recommend anyone passing through St Andrews, if you're short of time or with the family, play the Ladies Putting Course, it's adorable.

My son and I played St Andrews in June 2019. We queued up at the starters box at 1:30 AM and were 10th and 11th in line. It was 35 degrees and raining throughout the night. The shop opened promptly at at 6 am and we each received our tee times. My son played with a group at 7:30 am and I was booked for 12:30 am. He finished his round in time to walk with me as I played my round. We have a Facebook page that documents our one week, Scotland vacation were we played the Old Course, the New Course, Carnoustie, Ellie, and Crail. Each are Scottish gems but there is no question, the Old Course was the best venue we ever played. Hoping to return with my son (and grandson) in a few years.

Planned a week long trip with my two best friends - Birkdale, Lytham, Cruden Bay, Carnoustie, and the Old Course. Good Friday, 1999. Just finished an up and down in the Road Hole Bunker (for a 5). Par at the last for an 80.

One of the most memorable golf trips I have ever been on was to Scotland. Traveling from Minnesota to the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, a group of 4 of us spent the prior week playing several courses. We knew that in order to play on the Old Course, the luck of the Irish had to be with us as our name was entered into a lottery to gain the opportunity. The day before we left on our trip, our names were drawn to play on the Old Course. It was magical! It was historic! What a privilege it was to walk on the same course as so many prestigious golfers for so many years! Thank you St. Andrews for your hospitality! I can't wait to visit you again!