Nowadays, golfers can find brilliantly designed courses on every continent save Antarctica.
Scots tend to be a reserved breed, which is perhaps why the brouhaha about Donald Trump’s new course on the Aberdeenshire coast seems so unexpected.
Contrary to popular belief, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews does not own or run the Old Course.
Not even the most avid golfer can hope to play all of Scotland's great courses on one trip. Sadly missing from my recent tour were the King’s and Queen’s courses at Gleneagles.
Standing on a 100-foot high dune on the Hebridean isle of South Uist, I have to remind myself that I am actually on a golf course. That is largely because the layout I am playing is also an archaeological dig.
Golf is treated as just another amenity on most Caribbean islands. It's something to do between the last scuba dive and the first rum punch; it’s seldom the primary focus of a vacation.
Scotland, it is often said, would be the best country in the world if it had a roof. The weather is disconcertingly unpredictable, and it is essential to pack accordingly.
The Golfer’s Corner Lounge Bar in The Dunvegan Hotel is a short walk from the 18th green of the Old Course.