HOG World Tour
Good morning from St. Andrews! Not much time to write anything because my buddies and I are golfing as much as possible! Played the Castle Course and New Course (1895) yesterday. Looking forward to playing the Fairmont Torrance Course and the Old Course today!
Lots of rain on day two. Yes my apparel does not match. View of St. Andrews in background from the Castle Course.
Check back soon!
I’m SO tired. I’ve gone the last 30 hours with one weak hour of sleep on the plane from Philly to Scotland. We arrived in Glasgow this morning at 8:00 a.m. and managed to get a two-ball on the Old Course with me and my best bud Al at 12:40. My game was not good and I struggled in the 3-club wind. Still it was fantastic. Great to be back “home” in the Home of Golf.
L-R: John Boyne (caddie), me, Alan Nelson
Heading to the Home of Golf AGAIN!
Wow I’m a little buggered. Tearful goodbyes with the lovely lass and the wee baby Seve this morning.
Greetings from the lounge in the Salt Lake City International Airport. I’m awaiting my flight to Philadelphia, the first leg of two in my trip to Scotland. I’m pretty jacked up right now, not from the XXL latte but from pure golf adrenaline. In about 16 hours I’ll be landing in Glasgow with my best friend, and another 2.5 hours from then arriving in St. Andrews. HOPEFULLY a few hours after that we’ll be teeing off on the Old Course.
Stay tuned all this week for photos and updates from the Home of Golf.
My good friend and caddie John Boyne of Caddie Golf Tours (left) and me on the Old Course, 2011
I’d like to apologize in advance to any friends, colleagues, or family for my behavior this week. I’m a bit preoccupied. I can already tell you my focus is going to be very weak, due to the fact that I’ll be returning to one of my favorite places in the world, the Home of Golf. Yes, one week from today, from right now, I’ll be teeing off on the Old Course with my best pal in the world.
The HOG World Tour returns to St. Andrews for an even more lengthy stay than last time, two years ago. I’ll be in the Auld Grey Toon (old gray town) for over six fantastic days of golf on the Old Course, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, the Torrance Course, Castle Course and several others.
A golf vacation to St. Andrews is the trip of a lifetime and I’m doing it for a second time. I can sure as hell tell you it won’t be the last. I’m thinking every two years. If I win the lottery or come into a large amount of extra dough, I may just go there every year. Why not move there, in the summers at least? I digress.
Standing in the Road Hole bunker with three of my best pals
If you haven’t been to St. Andrews you should really make the effort to plan it and go. The town exudes personality, mostly golf centric. The history, the people, and the golf are all “brilliant” as my friends the Scots say.
Just don’t ask me about the food…
Muisca’s Golden Raft – click for full size
My golf travels have brought me to see some of the coolest places on this planet, from St. Andrews to Seattle. Recently I traveled to Bogota, Colombia on a recent HOG World Tour stop. Of course I sampled the local golf offerings in the fantastic La Cima Club de Golf and Country Club de Bogota.
Poporo Quimbaya – click to enlarge
Museo Del Oro – Museum Of Gold
While in Bogota I did manage to check out some non-golf related attractions in the area. I visited “Museo Del Oro” or the “Gold Museum.” Inside the museum are over 50,000 pieces from indigenous cultures in Bogota’s pre-Hispanic era, before any contact with Europe. This is the biggest collection of its kind in the world.
The artifacts in the museum are stunning. I strongly recommend adding Museo Del Oro to your life bucket list.
The famous “Golden Raft” is an unbelievable artifact. As part of the El Dorado ceremony, the heir to the chieftaincy offered this piece to the gods. It is said that when the Spanish discovered this piece, the first of many thousands, they began to believe in a lost city of gold.
I could go on about the history, but honestly I’m not an expert on it. I was there a short time and absorbed as much as my limited cranium could hold. Be sure to add this magnificent display of art and gold to your must-see list. For now, enjoy the HOG Gold Museum Photo Gallery.
Gold Museum Website
Museo Del Oro Images
La Cima Club de Golf Review
Country Club de Bogota Review