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Issue 127 - Forewarned and Forearmed

Whisky Magazine Issue 127
April 2015


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Forewarned and Forearmed

On the golf and whisky trail

Golf appears throughout the whisky world time and again, creating a special niche in collecting. The best of both worlds, joined at the hip flask, so to speak.

I confess straightaway I don't play golf, simply because I haven't allowed myself the time. I have managed to do a few clinics and even won one of them, earning myself a nice single malt. My younger brother, who is an excellent amateur golfer and loves his whisky, keeps telling me I should start taking lessons; however, with all the travelling I do, it is virtually impossible to maintain a strict schedule let alone practice.

My interest in golf was rekindled on the Irish Whiskey Trail, which led us to various golf courses that are not only well-known for beautiful surroundings and excellent hotels, but also for their large whiskey collections in the bar. That's when I began to pick up golf balls with whisky brand names on them, which led me further into finding tins depicting golf courses, whiskies especially bottled for specific golf courses and old ads combining the two. Since that moment it has become a collection within a collection.

Although whiskey is supposedly an Irish invention, golf is not. As a matter of fact the Dutch and Scots still argue about its source and both claim to be the cradle of the sport with the clubs and the little white ball. Is that justified? The number of countries from where a sport using stick and ball originated is large. Every one of them, be it China or the ancient Romans who al...

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