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IrishGolfer

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I have to take my son to Scotland tomorrow, to clear out his room in his Halls of Residence.

Bad news:
We have to leave home at 2am for a 4am ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland
We arrive in Scotland at 6am and have to drive 1.5 hours

Good news:
We have an 8am tee time at Royal Troon followed by lunch in the clubhouse
We have a 1.30pm tee time at Western Gailes

Bad news:
36 holes of golf will have me in traction

Good news:
I have a good supply of anti-inflammatories and pain-killers

Bad news:
We then have to drive to his flat, clear/clean etc tomorrow evening.

Good news:
It should take no more than one hour
We are then going to an epic Pizza joint in Glasgow,

Bad news:
We get about 6 hours sleep before driving back to get the 8am ferry

Good news:
I get back on Saturday am and will go to bed to recover.

It will be an epic 28 hour adventure! Pics to follow.
 

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You're still young, IG!!! Quit this whining about a few little aches and pains. 😁 😁

Have fun!! Travel safe!!!
 

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I have to take my son to Scotland tomorrow, to clear out his room in his Halls of Residence.

Bad news:
We have to leave home at 2am for a 4am ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland
We arrive in Scotland at 6am and have to drive 1.5 hours

Good news:
We have an 8am tee time at Royal Troon followed by lunch in the clubhouse
We have a 1.30pm tee time at Western Gailes

Bad news:
36 holes of golf will have me in traction

Good news:
I have a good supply of anti-inflammatories and pain-killers

Bad news:
We then have to drive to his flat, clear/clean etc tomorrow evening.

Good news:
It should take no more than one hour
We are then going to an epic Pizza joint in Glasgow,

Bad news:
We get about 6 hours sleep before driving back to get the 8am ferry

Good news:
I get back on Saturday am and will go to bed to recover.

It will be an epic 28 hour adventure! Pics to follow.
Sounds like a good time to me. If you send me air fare I'll take your place.
 
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He now plays off the same index as me, we are both 4.7. So I expect a 36-hole mega-match. He is a Young Gun, hitting the ball 40 yards past me these days, but I have (theoretically) a more consistent game. We will see!
The weather forecast looks good, overcast with little wind. Just need a few ZZZZs.
 
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We had a magnificent experience! Everything went fantastically well, the travel, the weather, the courses, the company. It could not have worked out any better.

We teed off at Royal Troon at 7.55am with my son's college friend Daniel, who is a member. I shot an 80, and my son shot a 79. I got caught up in too many fairway bunkers. The greens were really slow and the sand in the bunkers was really heavy, but outside that the course was in tip-top condition. There was very little breeze and it was in the high 50s which meant it was perfect for golf. We played the famous Postage Stamp well. At 122 yards, it has to be one of the most famous short par 3s in the world. My son put it to 6 feet and holed for a 2. I was delighted to hit it to about 20 feet and took a par. Our host was a good player, and shot 77, he plays off about 2. We had lunch in the clubhouse afterwards, and saw lots of golf memorabilia, including a replica of the Claret Jug.
 

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In the afternoon we played Western Gailes with another of my son's College buddies, Campbell. It was only about 15 minutes drive from Troon. The course was slightly faster, the greens were at a good speed and the sand was much nicer to play from. I played really well, and shot a 76. My son shot a 78, meaning I pipped him by a shot over our 36-hole match! (Who's the Daddy!!) I was level par round the back nine, and could have been better had my putting been better. The was barely a breath of wind so it was playing relatively easy. I can imagine the course showing its teeth in a decent breeze. The flat bellies were 30-40 yards outside me, but I managed to keep it on the short stuff and I didn't make too many mistakes.

I have to confess I was tired that evening. We had to drive to Glasgow and managed to get the car packed up with his college stuff and cleaned his room. We then went out and met a good friend of mine. Rather than Pizza we opted for a Pub and steak pie and chips, which was only magificent! Washed down with a few beers, of course. But it was an early night as we had to get up at 5am to drive back to the ferry.

We got home on Saturday morning fairly exhausted. My body is still sore typing this. But some memories were made that will live long.
 

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