The Warrior Week in Review

by Anita Draycott

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I’m on the flight home from my week as a Scotland Golf Road Warrior. Been there, done that and would love to do it all over again. It was a very full week with lots of laughs, not enough sleep and too many triple bogeys. Allow me to share some of the highlights.
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Day Five

Day Overview

Alas, it’s our last day in Scotland. But we’ve used it well. After a wonderful (full) Scottish breakfast in the Mar Hall dining room, we headed out for a very enjoyable round of golf on this splendid resort’s Earl of Mar course, a scenic and surprisingly challenging parkland course that sits on rolling land between the hotel and the southern bank of the River Clyde.

The afternoon brought more writing time -- and some editing time on a special video that the group has been working on about a certain Scottish Someone (see our video section for more on that) -- along with spa treatments for all the Warriors. Playing 156 golf holes in seven days takes its toll on us usually desk-bound journalists, and the massages we enjoyed in Mar Hall’s Aveda spa went a long way toward making us feel human again.

Today was Warrior Anita Draycott’s (20th?) birthday, and coincidentally it was also the night that Mar Hall’s chef Sam Carswell and Restaurant Manager Frankma Canas Romero had chosen to send the Warriors off with an 8-course culinary adventure, complete with wine pairings. It was a dining experience that exceeded any expectations that any of us could have had. Check out the posts on that if you want to see some truly imaginative ideas.

Tomorrow, we head homeward – James to London, David Whyte to eastern Scotland, Anita to Toronto, Jim to New York City, and I home to Boston and then Maine. The trip has been everything we could have hoped for – and more. Great golf, great camaraderie, wonderful hotels and dining, single malt whiskies galore, and all the sights and sounds of this beautiful southwest of Scotland. More than anything, though, it was the people we met along the way that stand out. Dozens, if not hundreds, of them. In the end, golf everywhere is a game about people and the joy of hitting a white ball around in pretty places with friends old and new. We did that in spades, and so much more.

Where will the next Golf Road Warriors crew pop up? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. For now, we’re heading home – and we hope you’ve enjoyed being along for the ride.

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Trip Overview

Trip Overview

Welcome to Golf Road Warriors, the website that lets you ride shotgun with a foursome of professional golf journalists on a great golf road trip. The Warriors will be waging their latest golf campaign in Scotland from May 10 - May 16.