The Scottish Influence at the Course

Watching the British Open at Kingsbarns, the bagpipes called out in the background reminding us of our trip to Scotland way back when, representing the United States in the International Pairs competition. What a parade through the streets of St. Andrews, country flags waving as the townspeople came to cheer the golfers on. It was an experience of a lifetime and we long to return to Scotland when we hear the pipes croon their tune. Here in the U. S. A. there are many times and places the bagpipes evoke Scottish memories. Here are two spots you can count on experiencing just that:

The Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona pays homage to the Scottish immigrants that helped build Arizona’s railroads, mines, and towns. Kilts may be rented to play your round whether you ride in air-conditioned carts, walk, or take an adventure on the Segways or golf bikes. Easy-going amateurs and serious enthusiasts will enjoy 27 holes with pristine fairways. As you complete your round at sunset, the bagpipes beckon you to the patio. Conclude the day inside with dinner and scotch tasting.


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At Pinehurst Resort in the Sandhills of North Carolina, the iconic Putter Boy and Payne Stewart’s fist pumping statues beckon photo ops just like the old Swilcan Bridge. The ultimate in Pinehurst Resort lodging is The Carolina Hotel where halls are decked with photos, statues, and memorabilia galore. Live music plays on the porch of the Ryder Cup bar after the bagpiper steals the show before sunset.

Nine courses give members and visitors a variety of golf thrills, the most famous being No. 2, caddie required. Within minutes other notable tee sheets are ready for booking, like the renovated Talamore famed for it’s llama caddies of yore and a really fun course, the wacky Tobacco Road incorporating the sand hills in a genius design by Mike Strantz.

Where are the bagpipes calling you?