Each whiskey (or whisky, if you are in Scotland) and golf got their begins in the British Isles, and it ends up, they pair properly collectively. The extended histories of the spirit and the sport imply any neighborhood location will have its personal version of the story to inform, and you can get a lot of unique flavors in the glass and on the green.
If you are traveling in Ireland, Northern Ireland, or Scotland for one particular, you may perhaps as properly strategy to appreciate the other as properly! Right here are 5 of my favored pairings of golf courses and distilleries in Good Britain and Ireland.
Glenmorangie and Royal Dornoch
Dornoch is a peaceful town on the northeast coast of Scotland overlooking the Dornoch Firth (or estuary), which is a nature reserve. The Glenmorangie Distillery was founded there in 1843 and has attempted to capture this peaceful spirit in the whisky it bottles ever considering the fact that. The scotch brand’s name even indicates “valley of tranquility” in Scots Gaelic. The Royal Dornoch Golf Club was founded just 33 years following the whisky distillery, and its spellbinding landscape presents that similar inner peace. The Championship course presents the classic challenges of a all-natural hyperlinks course, and thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, the club is a ought to-play for a lot of golfers about the globe.
Bushmills and Royal Portrush
Bushmills Distillery and Royal Portrush like to set themselves apart with their exclusive achievements: Bushmills is the oldest distillery in the globe (initial licensed in 1608), and Royal Portrush is the only golf course in Northern Ireland to host The British Open. They are each vital destinations in County Antrim, which may possibly otherwise be just yet another little neighborhood of fishing villages. I advise spending the morning golfing and then touring the Old Bushmills distillery in the afternoon to wind down with your favored of Bushmills’ varied flavors.
Laphroaig and Machrie
Laphroaig is a Scotch whisky from Islay that is renowned for its wealthy flavor, and they’ve been dividing the opinion about Scotch locally and abroad considering the fact that 1815. The taste may perhaps not be for absolutely everyone, but a tour of the grounds and a round of tastings of their numerous casks and years may perhaps aid you uncover a flavor you appreciate. The Machrie has also been causing a stir in current years, with building to upgrade the hyperlinks course to a totally-modern day version causing some traditionalists to query the remaining authenticity. The course was popular for possessing extra blind holes than any other, and for possessing a wild, untamed top quality, like the golf courses of yore. Have the updates to the course lost it its charm? I do not assume so, but you may possibly as properly play a round to determine for oneself.
Glenkinchie and Muirfield
When touring Edinburgh, you should really make time for Edinburgh Castle, the Stone of Destiny, and Arthur’s Seat, of course. But it is also worthwhile to take a tour just outdoors the city and see some of the surrounding countryside. I advise a day on the hyperlinks at Muirfield and a tour of the Glenkinchie Distillery for some Scotch whisky. Muirfield, residence to “The Honourable Enterprise of Edinburgh Golfers”, was updated in 2010 and 2011 to make it a extra difficult championship course for the 2013 British Open, and the modifications received universal approval. The Club will permit females to play as guests or guests any day of the week, but they are quite strict about two-ball match play, regardless of your handicap. Glenkinchie, by contrast, presents, various tour alternatives based on what level of Scotch tasting you are interested in, like a tasting of Scotch from about the nation.
Kingsbarns and The Old Course
I’d be remiss to mention golf in Scotland with out bringing up the Property of Golf: The Old Course at St. Andrews. The course is arguably the most well-liked location in Scotland for the sport, due to its six centuries of history and renowned difficulty of play. Following the excitement of securing a tee time and crossing the Swilcan Bridge, it is normally good to finish up with a dram of whisky. I like to pair the old with the new and advise a trip to nearby Kingsbarns Distillery. This new addition to the scotch whisky scene was a dream till 2014, when the Wemyss household turned an aging and derelict farmhouse into their prime-of-the-line modern day distillery. The initial single malt from Kingsbarns, the Dream to Dram, was released in early 2019, and produces a light, fruity and floral Lowland malt worth adding to your collection. A tour and tasting at Kingsbarns are a best addition to a week in St. Andrews.
With more than 120 distilleries in Scotland to match with 550 golf courses, and 30 whiskey distilleries in Ireland to go with the 300 golf courses, there are certain to be hundreds of pairings worth attempting. What are your favorites?
Ravi Coutinho is Founder and Lead Golf Travel Specialist at Worldwide Golf Adventures. Worldwide Golf Adventures is a luxury golf tour operator that arranges custom golf vacations for customers about the globe.
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