Travel theme: Numbers

Golf is all about numbers  – look at a scorecard and it is covered in them:  the holes 1 to 18; the White, Yellow and Red distances for each hole; pars; stroke indexes; gross scores; nett  scores; stableford points, handicaps.  Non-golfers might be surprised to know that there are GPS systems which tell you exact distances from where your ball has landed to the hole – more numbers (I am warming to this subject 😛 – I promise it is the last such post).

Golf in the Wild takes you on a journey of 727 miles from Northumberland to the far northwest of Scotland, taking in fifteen courses – assuming you play eighteen at each that is a total of 270 holes and this is what awaits as a finale, on the last course, Durness – what a finish (click on the image to see if you can make out the flag):

The eighteenth at Durness

This is exactly what the sadistic inventor of golf had in mind when he explained his intentions to Robin Williams – sensitivity warning – those offended by bad language should not watch/listen:

And this image just to prove that I don’t ‘dress like a pimp’ and no wheels are involved – I carry my own bag 🙂

Golf in the Wild



  1. litadoolan · October 31, 2014

    I particularly like the last image. I hadn’t thought of Golf from the point of view of the landscapes that can be enjoyed. The Golf courses I know of in central England are pretty but not as jaw dropping as the images in your book. It is an eye opener.

    • northumbrianlight · October 31, 2014

      Many thanks Lita – there are some really stunning places to play and in the most unexpected places. When the golf is not going well, the scenery more than compensates 🙂

  2. easyweimaraner · October 31, 2014

    now I know why I need 87 lessons and more, my math teacher always said I have a dyscalculia. But I will stay on the ball, literally :o)

    • northumbrianlight · October 31, 2014

      Dyscalculia is just perfect – many golfers cannot reliably count beyond five 😀

  3. LaVagabonde · October 31, 2014

    Is that a…tracksuit you’re wearing? 😉

    The Robin Williams video is hilarious. RIP.

    • northumbrianlight · October 31, 2014

      That is waterproof/windproof/stormproof golfing gear of the highest order – and it doesn’t work 😀
      RIP indeed – hilarious and remarkably versatile. We have lost two great performers this year – RW and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

      • LaVagabonde · October 31, 2014

        Well, okay then. In this part of Europe, tracksuits be pimpwear. =:-O

      • northumbrianlight · October 31, 2014

        An interesting cultural discussion – I wonder if tracksuits is what we call shell suits (in the UK tracksuits are still associated with genuine athletic activity) – And the character featured in this photo has since fallen mightily from grace thereby confirming what we always suspected about him …… and shell suits.

  4. Cindi · November 1, 2014

    I’m looking forward to getting your book — maybe in today’s mail? I’ll let you know when it arrives!

    And thank you for the Robin Williams video. I hadn’t seen it before, and I’ve been exploring a bit to find his hidden gems. Such a talent! The world is a sadder place without him.

    • northumbrianlight · November 1, 2014

      It is a sad thought Cindi – all those films that will either never get made or will be much the poorer without his talent. Same goes for Seymour Hoffman.

      Hope the book arrives today – will it arrive via coastal boat or overland? BTW – we are booked on a 12 day Hurtigruten trip from Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen in December (Kirkenes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). I may seek advice re clothing and footwear 🙂

  5. Malin H · November 3, 2014

    I’m so impressed that you carry your own bag, Robin. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. :)) This post made me smile. Thank you.

    • northumbrianlight · November 3, 2014

      🙂 It’s the only exercise I get so every step has to count 🙂 Keep smiling ❤

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