Category Archives: Wei Goes Golfing

Oct
12
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
The signature par-3 14th

The signature par-3 14th

Crail Golfing Society‘s Balcomie Links is exactly the kind of course you want to play when you travel to golf in Scotland — an old, traditional proper links track that’s rich with history, along with stunning views of the ocean and coast.

The course was laid out by Old Tom Morris himself and opened in 1895. He designed Balcomie in a way to make the most out of its original landscape and gorgeous seaside location. Shots over rocky coves and from high ridges to greens and fairways laid out below, bending par-4s around sandy shores and long par-3s with greens resting on top of steep cliffs characterize the experience at this classic links course.

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Oct
6
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
View from 12 green

View from 12 green at Kingsbarns

The general consensus from both Scottish and American alike before I even stepped foot on Kingsbarns was, “You’ll *love* it” and “It’s spectacular.” I nearly didn’t play because I felt bad/guilty about playing hooky for one of the practice days at the Ryder Cup the Wednesday of that week, but everyone told me, “You *have* to play Kingsbarns.” So, I eventually made an executive decision and did just that. 

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Sep
22
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Coming "Home" on no. 18!

Coming “Home” on no. 18!

When I walked from the car park onto the grounds at Carnoustie Golf Links, I immediately knew it was going to be a memorable experience. I was about to play a course that’s obviously in the Open Championship rota, so that immediately makes it special, but when you step onto a major championship golf course, you can feel something particularly distinct in the air.

The atmosphere at Carnoustie is welcoming and relaxed, but there’s a grandeur to the venue. After covering nearly every major over the last four years, you can sense that feeling right away. (Then again, you also show up at some major venues and don’t get that vibe, but I won’t go into naming some of those places.)

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Sep
21
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

Golf Club House Elie

Just a bit off the beaten path in a picturesque old town along the water — though only about 15 miles from St Andrews — lies The Golf House Club at Elie, a quaint course played across classic links terrain. The game has been played at Elie since the 15th century and you can tell with the rich history seen in the clubhouse, starting with the row of old lockers lining the walls of the main entrance.

It’s not a course that will wow you or awe you the way some other gems in Scotland will, like North Berwick or Royal Dornoch (my two favorites), but it will certainly charm the heck out of you and want you coming back for more. In short, Elie was a fair and fun test, not to mention memorable. 

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Nov
26
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
No. 10 at The Vintage

Par-3 no. 10 at The Vintage

As you may recall, I was in China a few weeks ago covering The Match at Mission Hills Haikou Resort — which is located on Hainan Island, often dubbed the “Hawaii of the East” — between world no. 1 Tiger Woods and “former world no. 1″ Rory McIlroy.

I was also fortunate enough to experience all that the impressive five-star resort, which boasts 10 unique golf courses, 220 volcanic mineral spring pools, Asia’s largest spa and an array of restaurants, had to offer, including several rounds of golf — though I wished I had been able to play more than that. 

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Aug
2
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
New favorite course?

New favorite course?

For all the hype I’d heard leading up to my round at Royal Dornoch, I was a bit skeptical. After all, I’ve played plenty of so-called amazing courses that are pretty forgettable, but Dornoch lived up to the rave reviews and then some.

As most of you know, I was extremely fortunate with the weather while I was in Scotland, so conditions were incredibly firm yet mild, though the wind did pick up a bit intermittently throughout the round, which in some respects made it more enjoyable (read: easier) to play. 

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Jul
26
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Our four-ball on the first tee at Royal Dublin with the legendary Christy O'Connor

Our four-ball on the first tee at Royal Dublin with the legendary Christy O’Connor

Apologies for my absence, but for those of you who follow me on social media, you know I’ve been in Ireland since the Open. We were on the west coast in Belmullet, which was absolutely beautiful. The downside is it’s in the middle of nowhere, so WiFi and Internet were a challenge.

I’m traveling with a group of writers and we’ve had quite the busy itinerary, and I can’t wait to share with you the breathtaking golf courses I was able to experience in Ireland and Scotland.

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Jul
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

Thanks to the fine folks of Aberdeen Asset Management and Visit Scotland, WUP is in Scotland this week covering the Scottish Open and playing some of the great courses in the area. Keep up with my Instagram, YouTube and Twitter for (more real-time) behind-the-scenes coverage of the event and my adventures.

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The 18th at Castle Stuart

 

I sound like a broken record constantly apologizing for the delay in posting recaps and reviews, but the days are packed and so are the nights (and no, I’m not just going out on the town and getting smashed), so refer my social media channels. It’s a bit of a different week for me, which is a fantastic change of pace, not to mention scenery. I decided to sacrifice my beauty sleep and catch up, so here we go! 

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