Whisky Magazine Issue 57
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This issue Ian Wisniewski turns his attention to the simplest of cocktails,the Whisky Mac
Around of golf in Scotland can result in various emotions. Disappointment and a reality check if playing below par, or a sense of triumph when hitting the right spot. And for some golfers there's also a sense of anticipation. Waiting for that special moment when they can enjoy a Whisky Mac.
Scotland offers a choice of more than 500 golf courses, with the season typically lasting from April until mid-October. Moreover, long daylight hours extend the opportunities to play golf, particularly in more northerly locations. Orkney for example has three golf courses on the main island, and more on some of the neighbouring smaller islands, where it's traditional to play until 11pm or even midnight during the summer, and especially on Midsummer's night.
Typically considered to be the origin of golf, Scotland is also of course the source of another speciality. A trip to Islay for example can include tours of several malt whisky distilleries, as well as a round of golf at the Machrie golf course. A reverse situation applies on the Isle of Arran, where there is only one distillery to visit, but several golf courses to play on.
It's also easy to combine a great location for golf, with an impressive selection of Scotch whisky, as at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, where the options include various rarities. Similarly, the Old Course Hotel in St Andrew's is actually adjacent to the 17th ‘road hole' fairway of the Old Course, with The Road Hole Bar offering around 175 options.