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Kingdom of Fife Championship - Scotland 2005 - Part 1 of 7

April 26, 2011
Anstruther Golf Club

In June, 2011, I'm going on a golf vacation to Ireland with three of my best friends, Paul (my father), Jeff Fitzgerald, and Jacob Pittman. Six years ago, we took a similar golf vacation to Scotland. At the time, I posted photos and commentary to a website that predated this blog. In preparation for our trip this year, I'm re-posting my commentary on that trip in October 2005.

On Saturday, October 8, 2005, we arrived to the Captain's Hoose in Anstruther, Scotland. It's the house with the purple door. There is a spiral staircase from the front door to the attic. The Captain's Hoose

We later learned that "purple door" is a british euphemism for "strip club".


A jellyfish we saw on the beach at low tide.

Anstruther, Scotland Panorama

A panorama of the main street of Anstruther and harbor.

Jeff ATMing

Jeff tries to work the Scottish ATM machine. Hey there, six-eyes!

That afternoon, we played the 9-hole course at the nearby Anstruther Golf Club. The word "picturesque" doesn't do it justice.

Anstruther Golf Club

The tower is a monument to the club's members that died in the line of duty in World Wars I and II. The island in the background is the Isle of May.

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Have you seen that Genesis I Can't Dance video? Maybe it's closer to the Abbey Road cover...

Anstruther Golf

Jeff finishes the hole.

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How beautiful is that?

Anstruther Golf

We learned that the term "links" when applied to a golf course refers to courses that are built in the land that "links" the land and the sea. In other words, you can't have a completely inland "links" course.

Anstruther Golf

Paul hammers a power fade out into the fairway.

Paul hits a drive to the right.

Jacob hooks a drive on the "hardest par three in Scotland" and "plays it safe" into a neighboring hole's fairway. That's the par three down to the left, towards the sea, by the way.

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Mr. Pittman, meet Mr. Gorse. They became good friends over the course of the week.

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There's gorse on the course, of course, of course, and you're forced to hit into the gorse, of course. That is, of course, unless the gorse is the famou....oh nevermind!

Anstruther Golf

That's my skin-winning drive on this seaside par three.

Jacob in the wild

Jacob takes an unplayable lie.

Our practice round over, we head back to the hoose for happy hour.

Jeff Calculating

Jeff takes notes and admires the trophies.

Relaxing in the Captain's Hoose

Jacob and Paul watch "footy" on the "telly".

Actual Time

Jeff grades Paul's itinerary as if it were a school assignment.

Fresh Breeze

Jeff enjoys the Scottish sunset.

Cooking in the Captain's Hoose

Jacob takes charge in cooking some lambchops.

Liquor Corner

The trophies find their place on the bar.

Serving Wine

Erik serves wine from his Spanish "bota".

Jacob serves dinner

Jacob serves some piping hot broccoli and lambchops.

After dinner, we went out on the town.

The Committe Advises

The Committee makes an excellent point.

Pubbing in Scotland

Erik and Jacob toast their 23-year friendship.

Paul and Jeff

The Old Toms are too thirsty to pose.

Jeff Chooses Karaoke Song

Jeff thumbs through the karaoke book.

Jeff singing karaoke

Sing us a line, Dr. Pud!

We finally pulled Jeff away from a certain career as a pop artist and went back to the hoose to prepare for the first day of the tournament.