Scotland Fife trip advice sought

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Thanks. I think I've narrowed the courses down pretty much. I had read that Kirkcaldy wasn't that great of a place to get accomodation. Was looking at East Neuk (which has a hilarious double meaning in my own language) or Aberdour area, or somewhere a bit more inland even. It's all up in the air still. To be honest as golf season winds down here due to extreme wet weather, the golf trip is great fun to ponder!
 
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Okay, so here's the new and improved plan based on all of your advice and insights:

We will be based out of Anstruther or thereabouts. I have adapted my plans to accomodate for the fact that the private clubs that I fancy playing won't be available in the weekend. Also one of our party really wants to see at least a little of Edinburgh.

Dates: middle of May 2022:

Friday:
Fly in early to Edinburgh airport (8:30)
Drive up to Anstruther via Kinghorn/Aberdour/Burntisland (= play 18 holes on the way) - I like Kinghorn the most, as I love the combination of history (1812!), municipal golf and quirkiness.
Optional: play Anstruther 9 holes Twilight round matchplay
Saturday:
Play the Eden Course + do the 'St Andrews' thing (sightseeing, museum, pub, Himalayas)
Sunday:
Transit to Edinburgh in the morning, play Braid Hills (9 or 18 holes, time permitting) Sunday roast @Golf Tavern -> fly home: 16:00 @Airport

Any thoughts? And thanks again all of you who posted advice. Great community here!
 
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Sounds good. Accommodation wise look at The Bank which is a real ale pub and close to Anstruther Golf Club or The Waterfront. They are part of the same group and whilst I have stayed in both I prefer The Bank. There is a famous fish and chip shop in Anstruther, be prepared to queue . We found the one between the 2 accommodation suggestions equally as good, cheaper and no queuing!

Think you will have a full schedule, especially on Sunday and if you could play somewhere in Fife Sunday mid morning you could save a little time as you are coming back on yourself.
 
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Sorry to strike a bum note but I cannot believe some of the recommendations which have been made here. Let’s be realistic. 30+ handicappers who only play once a year will not be tolerated at any members clubs. But I would not worry too much about the green fees - the cost of golf balls will likely be a greater expense. My recommendation is to stay in St Andrews and enjoy the ambience and the municipal courses or even the driving ranges. It will still be a great weekend.
 
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Sorry to strike a bum note but I cannot believe some of the recommendations which have been made here. Let’s be realistic. 30+ handicappers who only play once a year will not be tolerated at any members clubs. But I would not worry too much about the green fees - the cost of golf balls will likely be a greater expense. My recommendation is to stay in St Andrews and enjoy the ambience and the municipal courses or even the driving ranges. It will still be a great weekend.
They quote budget is important which most weekends rules our St Andrews!
 

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There are plenty of 30+ handicappers who are club members. Providing peoples etiquette and speed of play is reasonable and they are not complete beginners who cannot get the ball off the tee I don't think most clubs I have visited would be concerned.
 
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I think the “play once a year” is the problem. I wouldn’t like to be following them. I play with 30+ handicappers who play several times a week and that is fine but ……once a year ! It’s a joke.
 
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JE 9. You are going off track. The original person used to play off 12 and I think it is fair to accept he knows what he wants and he is organising a Group of guys for a weekend away. Whether they play off +6 or 54 it is not for other people to decide. He appreciated the help offered.
 
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Yes, I accept I am out of sync with all the other advice given. But you know that members clubs have certain requirements of visitors before allowing them onto the course , and for good reason. I’m afraid that the group as described would not meet those requirements and should set their expectations accordingly. It’s just my opinion of course and I’m often wrong ! I am not being unkind, just practical.
 

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You’re overlooking that some of the people in this thread know the clubs in question well enough to say it won’t be a problem and visitors of all abilities are made welcome.
 
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I'm enjoying this new twist in the conversation. I want to stress that I am fully taking the ability of my flight mates into account. Even those that hardly play have skillsets that suprise me. They can all get the ball off the tee - and we will be playing Scotch Scramble (alternate shot) on the Eden Course to keep it fun. It's one reason that I have decided to play only on what can be considered truly public courses: Kinghorn, Eden, Braids Hill (Anstruther is an evening option, probably only me and 1 other will be playing there). And, we will definitely not be ruining the day for others, slow play is a pet peeve of us all. Don't think you'll find that ball? - Drop a new one on the edge of the fairway and keep it moving forwards.
 
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I'm enjoying this new twist in the conversation. I want to stress that I am fully taking the ability of my flight mates into account. Even those that hardly play have skillsets that suprise me. They can all get the ball off the tee - and we will be playing Scotch Scramble (alternate shot) on the Eden Course to keep it fun. It's one reason that I have decided to play only on what can be considered truly public courses: Kinghorn, Eden, Braids Hill (Anstruther is an evening option, probably only me and 1 other will be playing there). And, we will definitely not be ruining the day for others, slow play is a pet peeve of us all. Don't think you'll find that ball? - Drop a new one on the edge of the fairway and keep it moving forwards.
Well said !
 
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