I recently visited St. Andrews accompanied by my enthusiasm for the game and my hickory golf clubs. I had been informed of the experience awaiting me at Kingarrock and I made it a "must see" on my itinerary. I was not disappointed. Caretakers David and MIchelle are as gracious and charming a couple as there is on this planet. Their acceptance of the responsibility of preserving and sharing the hickory experience on the Hill of Tarvit Estate course is to be applauded. As you walk toward the back of the mansion and approach the Forester cottage you begin to feel yourself slipping backwards in time. As you enter the cottage you are greeted by David in his plus fours, hunting socks, shirt, vest and tie. His appearance adds to the experience. After a brief history of the estate and the course, you are invited to head down the path to the first tee and, with 1898 style ball in hand, slip back in time to the halcyon days when golf was, as it is meant to be, an enjoyable diversion from life. The course wanders up, down, across and back the property behind the estate. The diversity of holes, the rugged terrain and the minuscule greens are as they were when golf was in its infancy. Following an enjoyable walk, punctuated by the occasional glorious shot, you are greeted back at the cottage for a glass (or two) of ginger beer and shortbread cookies. The conversation is lively and the atmosphere is full of charm. You are most reluctant to depart and head forward in time to the reality of fast paced life, booming testosterone enhanced drives, and golf where scores are more important than the experience. One only hopes that the experience at Kingarrock will serve as a reminder that golf is meant to be enjoyed for the pleasure of the walk, the appreciation of nature and the company of friends.
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