90 holes in 70 hours


BLACKWATERFOOT, Scotland – Our second trip around Shiskine is even better than the first. We were skeptical when all the reviews of the 12-hole course compared it to some of the game's greatest layouts, but the 2,900-yard gem is as interesting, and demanding in 20 mph breezes, as any we've found in the United Kingdom short of the Old Course at St. Andrews and Royal Dornoch.

Our journey ends with back-to-back birdies on our last two holes and an all-square match. If only we had the wisdom of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to break the tie. Instead we drive aboard another car ferry bound for Ardrossan and the longest week of the Tour year at Turnberry.

It's taken us 90 holes and nearly 70 hours to learn that Scotland's whiskey coast may not be the nation's top golf destination, but it is as rich and rugged as they come.