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A Golfers Paradise, part 2

Måns Zelmerlöw, went to Scotland and fell in love with the people, the nature and of course – the golf. Here’s his second post from the trip. (Part 1)

Friday
Day two began with a great breakfast on the fourth floor. Here you can enjoy everything from black pudding to freshly baked cup cakes.

The sun is shining in St. Andrews

Tee-off at Kingsbarns was at lunch. I had heard great stuff about this course and my expectations were high. And they came through, this is a great course and it contains some of the most beautiful golf holes I’ve ever seen.  And it’s a long course. This particular day it was windy with occasional dizzles. Needless to say this had an effect on my game, but even so I must recommend the course. Completely torn by the wind and on shivering legs we returned to the hotel to what we expected to be a calm and cosy dinner together with Helen and Fiona from the hotel management. It got cosy, but far away from calm.

The dinner turned into a pub round in St. Andrews and we ended up at a student party, the only place that was open after midnight. The guards eventually let us in and we spent ten minutes inside before they closed the place down and we returned home to the hotel, tired and weary.

–Måns–

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A Golfers Paradise, part 1

In love with St. Andrews

We are delighted to present our latest special guest on the blog. Swedish Celebrity, Måns Zelmerlöw, went to Scotland and fell in love with the people, the nature and of course – the golf. Follow him the next days as we will publish five posts that covers his entire trip. Scotland welcomes you back Måns!

,Johannes Karlsson

I never thought that I would be so delighted. I was stunned by the nature, the people and the country and I’m now determined to return soon, very soon. Even though I only experienced a small peace of Scotland, I’m still overwhelmed. Six rounds of golf, a hotel and a small city centre by night made me feel so much love for this country.

St. Andrews is a picturesque town, it’s a nice mixture of older beautiful buildings, modern university architecture, genuine Scottish pubs, and quite a few golf shops. It’s obvious that golf has a great impact here. One of the oldest courses in the world, The Old Course lays just a stone’s throw away.

The Old Course Hotel is situated at the 17th hole and the view is spectacular. There’s really nothing to complain about here. The staff is always helpfull and in a good mood, the food is great and the Kohler Spa is a perfect place to relax after a round of golf.

The courses in and around St. Andrews has everything that you could wish for. You’ll find fairways as short cut as greens back home, the deepest bunkers I’ve ever seen and stunning views of the sea and the Scottish wide open landscape. The greens made me think of the E4 motorway in Sweden and there’s no stopping of the ball after a nice approach game, at least not for me.

I have to admit that it wasn’t a round of dram golf for me here. After six rounds I leveraged 23 points per round. If I only could blame it on the wind! During five days at St. Andrews the wind was only blowing one day and to me it seemed like a storm. The people of St. Andrews called it a “light breeze”.

The journey, Thursday
Me and my friend arrived to Edinburgh via Amsterdam. We picked up our rental car and headed for the Mecca of golf. The trip was going to take 40 minutes but we landed on the double, even though we had a map and a GPS. We missed tee-off at The Dukes but the hotel helped and arranged a new time. After a plate of bangers and mash at the hotel pub, The Jigger Inn, it was time to tee-off again. I had heard horror stories about other Swedish players that made trial swings at first tee just to get thrown of the course. Hence I avoided doing this and as a result I duffed the drive half way to the ladies tee. And all this in front of a increasingly sceptic Scottish starter.

The Dukes has quite a few really nice holes but the course didn’t entirely convince me about the greatness of the Scottish courses. It could easily be compared to a good Swedish course, with long, wide fairways and beautiful views. But I was missing that little extra.

The planned afternoon powernap turned into a 12 hour deep sleep and I missed out on both dinner and whisky tasting.

See you soon,
Måns Zelmerlöw

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Love Whisky? Got some extra hours? Why not study?

I just read that the University of Stockholm is giving a 7,5 points course this spring in “The Geological Conditions for the Whisky Industry in Scotland”. It seems like a rather advanced geological study but with an educational trip to the beautiful island of Islay with whisky tasting and visits to distilleries this might be something for the true whisky lover!

You’ll find further information on The University of Stockholm’s webpage.

More information about the golden whisky on VisitScotland’s webpage.

Cathrine

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Norwegian bloggers – win a trip to Aberdeen!

Are you a Norwegian blogger with dreams of becoming the next big travel writer? Do you have a sense of adventure, like to travel and then tell all of your friends and family about your experiences once you’re back home? If so, then what are you waiting for?  Get blogging!

VisitScotland is calling all Norwegian bloggers to put their skills to use to win a 3 night Scotland trip to Aberdeen and surrounds to become the national tourist board’s ‘Aberdeen and Shire blogger’.  

So if you’re a social networking enthusiast with a passion for prose, take to your keyboard and say in no more than 30 words, why you should win a trip to become our Aberdeen City and Shire blogger.  Not only do you win a trip to Scotland with Eastern Airways, but we want you to write a blog about your adventures on your return, where you will be given a guest spot on Mind The Gap during April for you to inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

So if you think you have what it takes to become our winning blogger, you and a companion of your choice can enjoy a 3 night stay in Aberdeen’s Jury’ Inn which is only a short walk to the shops where you can spend your shopping discount vouchers.  You will also get an Avis rental car and a National Trust Scotland pass so you can drive around and visit all the gardens of stunning properties like Craigievar or Fyvie Castle. For more information on Aberdeen City and Shire and to double your chances to win a trip to Aberdeen, please click here.

The winner will be selected on 31st January 2010 and the prize must be taken by 31st March 2010.  By taking part, the winner agrees to blog in no less than 400 words about their trip on Mind The Gap by 31st April 2010. 

By entering your 30 words below in the comments box, you agree to our terms and conditions which can be viewed here. Remember to sign your comment with your full name and the city you live in.

The best of luck to all you Norwegian bloggers out there!

– Hanne –

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Last chance: Compete and win!

Aberdeen

Aberdeen

For those living in Denmark and Sweden, these are happy times! Why? We have three seperate competions going on there right now.

In Denmark you can win a trip for two to Aberdeen, where you get to stay at the luxurious In the LoopSkene House and see a koncert with traditional scottish musicians Runrig. All you have to do is answer a few questionson our competition site. You have until sunday to compete.

In the meantime in Sweden, there’s a movie frenzie going on. First of all, we’re giving Swedes a chance to win tickets to the new quirky british satire In the Loop. The competitions ends today, so hurry and compete before it’s too late.  Secondly, you can compete for year passes to Stockholm Film Festival, where you can choose from a variety of movies like Fish Tank, Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee and The Unloved. SFF_20_small

So, if you live in Denmark or Sweden – Now is your last chance to compete!  

Good luck!

– Towe –

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Play St. Andrews Old Course 2010

St. Andrews foto Hans Fahlén

St. Andrews, foto Hans Fahlén

On the 2:nd of September 2009 at 10:00 AM (BTS) the reservation department at St. Andrews will start accepting applications from golfers wishing to play in 2010. Applications can be sent for tee times in 2010 for all courses at St. Andrews, including the famous Old Course. From past experience you should not wait too long, playing the Old Course is probably one of the most sought after by golfers all over the world. More info at St. Andrews trust webpage.

Cathrine

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Travelling through a dream

Fredrik Rosengren & Hans Fahlén at St Andrews

Fredrik Rosengren & Hans Fahlén at St Andrews

Swedish TV host and ski bum, Hans Fahlén, went to Scotland for a game of world class golf together with an old friend. This is his story, and his dream.

Since I first watched Dick Barrymore’s ski films as a young boy, I’ve been dreaming about going to the Rocky Mountains and skiing through powder snow. This is a dream journey that I have had for forty years, talk about building expectations. Perhaps it’s all for the best if this one remains a dream. It’s quite possible that reality don’t stand a chance against a forty year old poem.

It might be better to find yourself unknowingly doing a dream journey. I admit there were expectations. Hard wind, rain and a tasty pint, but trying to compete with reality would, to my great joy, prove to be hard.

During a dinner a couple of weeks earlier, yours truly and my good friend Fredrik Rosengren realized that we both wanted to go golfing in Scotland. Said and done, the next day we had booked the trip, St. Andrews – a weekend at the Old Course Hotel. I didn’t realize it then, but it all started there. The flight, the Dukes and the Kingsbarns…everything just fell into places.

Hence, I was awaken from one dream into another dream. It was six o’clock in the morning, twenty minutes before we were suppose to tee off at The Old Course. We had won our starting time through the daily lottery twelve hours earlier. And we had agreed over a drink, that no storm nor hail could put us off…this was The Old Course.

Storm and hail? Not at all – this morning gave us a clear blue sky with no wind. Quite the opposite from what a local comedian had told us at the bar the night before.

– It only rains here three times each summer, June, July and August.

The advantage of teeing off this early on a weekend morning is that there isn’t any audience when the starter announces that it’s your turn. An easy and wise decision this morning was also to hire a caddy, something that the experience really benefited from. A caddy on The Old Course is much more than just a caddy.

Playing the Old Course

Playing the Old Course

Five hours later I was standing on the balcony overlooking that 17th hole, The Road Hole. I was sipping a single malt while smiling to myself. I applauded an elderly gentleman after hitting a long drive over the hotel which positioned him to reach at two. He waved polite back at me, and maybe he was walking in the middle of his dream that he had for forty years. And maybe he just realized that reality can beat a poem, even after forty years.

//Hans Fahlén

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