Tag Archives: Scotland

Jul
31
2017

Just the obligatory nagging friendly reminder to SUBSCRIBE to the WUP pod — available just about anywhere you choose to digest your podcasts: iTunes, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, WUP Podcast Page, Libsyn Classic Feed, etc. Of course, you can always listen via the player below, as well. But I’m a big fan of subscribing to pods because they just pop up in your feed as soon as they’re released. 

Questions? As always, please feel free to contact me about anything and I’m always open to suggestions and constructive criticism (that’s the only way we evolve!): stephanie@weiunderpar.com. I may not answer immediately, but I try my best– as you might be able to imagine, I can’t keep up with the hundreds of emails I receive every day, and actually, I wish I could hire an intern just to help me with writing and replying to damn EMAILS. In the meantime, I promise to address your emails on the pod at the next earliest convenience. Deal? Cool. Thanks for your continued support!


 

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I caught up a few weeks ago with Golf Digest social media coordinator, pro golfer and part-time comedian Hally Leadbetter. We talked about her recent move to NYC, her journey from junior golfer to pro golf to media, good/bad “golf parents”, managing (aka, lowering) expectations when she plays now, signing up for a stand-up comedy class, and her recent buddies trip in Scotland.

In short: Get-to-know Hally — she’s awesome, and a woman of many talents! 

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Jul
22
2017

 

I chatted with golf photographer/social media extraordinaire Patrick Koenig about his solo trip to play golf in Ireland — he drove around the country and played 13 courses in eight days! — along with his buddies trip in Scotland.

This episode is definitely a must-listen for lovers of links golf and for those thinking of planning their own trip to Ireland and/or Scotland.

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Jul
16
2017

I caught up with Andrew “Beef” Johnston (and his agent Shaun Reddin) on Saturday evening following the third round of the Scottish Open over drinks and dinner at their hotel restaurant in Ayrshire, about 15 miles down the road from Dundonald Links.

Now, this type of thing doesn’t happen every week (or ever)–it’s not exactly normal for an agent to agree to a last-minute podcast recording the night before the final round of a tournament, especially when the player is on the first page of the leaderboard! But Beef and Shaun aren’t your average tour player and agent, respectively, and that’s why we love them– they’re just ordinary blokes.

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Feb
19
2016

[Ed. note: To read about Royal Troon, the site of this week’s Open Championship, scroll down past where I open with Turnberry… Troon is the second course out of the five.]

Royal Troon

Royal Troon

In the southwest of Scotland–not far from Glasgow–is a historic country called Ayrshire, which is home to at least a handful of top-rate links courses.  I’ve traveled to Scotland at least half a dozen times, but somehow, my trips hadn’t taken me to this area for some particular reason. I found out quickly how rich in golf history Ayrshire is and all that it has to offer from five of the best links tracks in the world.

The region is home to two courses in the Open Championship rota, Turnberry (Alisa) and Royal Troon (Old), where next summer’s Open is taking place this July, along with the birthplace of the Open Championship, Prestwick Golf Club. We also played a newer course, Dundonald, which is the links course for the prestigious Loch Lomond Golf Club, and Western Gailes, an old school, classic links track that is a favorite, must-play on the western coast of the country.

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Sep
13
2015
Par-3 no. 8 at Royal Troon, aka the "Postage Stamp"

Par-3 no. 8 at Royal Troon, aka the “Postage Stamp”

Apologies for seemingly abandoning this space and not posting for over a week — I swear I meant to write this *before* I left the U.S., but I had a deadline for an article on proper course setups for women (stay tuned!) and then I had a crazed travel schedule. I finally have a minute (but not very many) to breathe and write on this space. It’s certainly been an eventful week or so…

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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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