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Looking for some help or local knowledge for an upcoming trip! May 24 - June 3rd, 2022

Here is my itinerary:

May 25th: land and play Balcomie

May 26th: Open, going to try and get ballot at Old Course

May 27th: Gullane 1 and 2

May 28th: Castle Course (Old Course Ballot)

May 29th: Panmure and Carnoustie

May 30th: 36 at Cruden Bay

May 31st: North Berwick and Glen

June 1st: New Course (Old Course Ballot)

June 2nd: Lundin Links and Elie Golf House Club

My question is this:

1) What courses do we need caddies for? Like are there some courses that you just need help with routing, local knowledge, etc. All of us going are under 10 handicaps, so we all can play, but just was wondering if we needed caddies at certain courses. I have some caddies reserved, like 1 for our group to carry someones bag and then just tell us where to hit it! I have caddies reserved at Balcomie (forecaddie), Panmure, Carnoustie, Cruden Bay for 1st round, and North Berwick. Also didn't know if most courses have yardage guides that would help if we didn't have a caddie.

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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On 1/21/2022 at 8:35 AM, ram1981 said:

Looking for some help or local knowledge for an upcoming trip! May 24 - June 3rd, 2022

Here is my itinerary:

May 25th: land and play Balcomie

May 26th: Open, going to try and get ballot at Old Course

May 27th: Gullane 1 and 2

May 28th: Castle Course (Old Course Ballot)

May 29th: Panmure and Carnoustie

May 30th: 36 at Cruden Bay

May 31st: North Berwick and Glen

June 1st: New Course (Old Course Ballot)

June 2nd: Lundin Links and Elie Golf House Club

My question is this:

1) What courses do we need caddies for? Like are there some courses that you just need help with routing, local knowledge, etc. All of us going are under 10 handicaps, so we all can play, but just was wondering if we needed caddies at certain courses. I have some caddies reserved, like 1 for our group to carry someones bag and then just tell us where to hit it! I have caddies reserved at Balcomie (forecaddie), Panmure, Carnoustie, Cruden Bay for 1st round, and North Berwick. Also didn't know if most courses have yardage guides that would help if we didn't have a caddie.

Thank you!

As @iacas said, that's a whole bunch of golf, you may need a wheelchair more than you'll need a caddie.  Its also a whole bunch of driving, I hope you're not doing all of that yourselves.  

I think you're good with the caddies you've planned, and if you get on the Old Course, I recommend taking one there.  If you're hoping to take one caddie, and use him to give advice to all 4 players, be sure to take care of him appropriately.  He might be a little reticent, you may want to start the round with a bit of a cash bonus, I don't know.  Or if its an option, hire him as a forecaddie, so he's not responsible for a bag, rather his duty will be to take care of each of you.   If you're not taking a caddie, and you're playing that much golf, I strongly recommend using a (rented, or to use the local vernacular, hired) trolley, to take a little of the stress off your legs and back.  Based on my experience, every course will have a yardage book, commonly really nicely-done by Strokesaver.  I've played most of those courses, and have only used caddies on Carnoustie and the Old Course, you'll be just fine with the Strokesavers.

My question, where are you staying?  I hope you have a great time, be sure to report back to us.

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Yea that is a whole bunch of golf in a short time. You are in Scotland, play 18 have a burger good glass of something and enjoy the day. But go for it; I would only request a caddie for the Old Course, and may I suggest you submit a ballot daily, then just change the other rounds around that?

Sounds like a great trip: do tell us about it, no foto's then it never happened.

Aloha,

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