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Golfing in Edinburgh

I just returned from an amazing golf adventure to Scotland. Not only did I play a round at Braid Hills, a famous course overlooking Edinburgh, but I also drove up to Dundonald to watch the Scottish Open. Here's a video about my adventures.
 
We followed Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler for a few holes at the Scottish Open
I followed Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler for a few holes at the Scottish Open (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

Taking a selfie on the 18th tee at Braid Hills, overlooking Edinburgh
Taking a selfie on the 18th tee at Braid Hills, overlooking Edinburgh (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

In Edinburgh, I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian. The historic hotel, known locally as "The Caley," is right across from Edinburgh Castle.
 
The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian, aka The Caley
The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian, aka The Caley (Photo by Freddy Sherman)
 
The hotel is a great choice for golfers and they set up my local game, including tee time, club rentals and transportation. They're also a sponsor of the Scottish Open so I got to experience the event from the luxury and comfort of the sponsor's VIP tent. Hilton (parent company of Waldorf Astoria) also sponsors a German tour player named Berndt Wiesberger and he joined us for lunch. It was really cool to be able to discuss the tournament, course and other players with someone actually competing in it.

After the tournament, I spent another five days in Edinburgh including a whole day at Edinburgh Castle, visiting the fortress and the museums therein. I also had a chance to experience the foodie side of the city with meals at the Galvin Brothers' restaurants in The Caley and a great dinner at The Printing Press, one of the city's most popular dining spots.
 
Smoked haggis at The Printing Press
Smoked haggis at The Printing Press (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

Getting to Edinburgh was easy via United's seasonal, direct service from Chicago O'Hare. I was also surprised at the short flying time, six and a half hours on the outbound and eight on the return. Great food and service, it was my first experience with their new Polaris Business Class.
 

By Freddy Sherman

Freddy is a regular contributor to Business Traveler across all print, digital, web and social channels.  To follow Freddy directly, you can find more of his content at luxuryfred.com and here:

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