Legend has it the number of golf holes in a round of golf was determined by the number swigs the Scots would consume to get around the course. When the bottles ran dry after 18 holes of play, the official number of holes for competitive play was settled. The legend has officially been ruled a myth, yet it still makes for good old timeless lore.
The 11th Annual Scotch Open, played recently at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, was originally conceived from the history of the game and its connection to fine Scotch Whiskey. This season, The Scotch Open commenced with capacity participation of hardy golfers well prepared to handle the soggy, cool, all too familiar April elements. You see, there really is no such thing as ill found weather to detour a spirited, northwest golfer from their game, especially when there’s an abundance of fine Scotch Whiskey drams to be had.
From the golf course staff’s perspective, the golf registration and warm-up at the practice tee is the favorite observable measure of the spectacle. Over 130 golfers are spread around the lakefront practice tee and practice greens. Bagpipers play traditional Scottish tunes on a nearby hillside as golfers warm up their game or take advantage of the complimentary sports massage, which on a cool day, is guaranteed to save a few strokes on the course. Caddies gather all the clubs, turn on the heated cart seats and activate the touchscreen GPS systems in preparation for the adventure. It’s now time to head out to the course, play the old game and sample amazing Scotch.
Each season, one of our more rewarding tasks, is keeping a watchful eye for the best-dressed group and/or individual player. And although the sheer volume of golfers clad in plaid kilts and tam o’shanter caps were less than we had seen in the past, one golfer made up for it in spades. He confidently strolled into the pro shop with blue tartan material draped and twisted around his torso like a half-spun cocoon, tailing off in and around his pant legs. When he started the round, he looked as though he was ready for the battlefields of Braveheart. By the end of the round, it was more like he had emerged from a rough night at an underground secret society Scottish toga party. Either way, it was evident the Scotch was flowing at some point along the journey. Needless to say, we were never able to track him down to let him know he was unanimously selected for the spirit of the day, “best dressed” award. Cheers to you… our lost friend!
The Scotch Open once again held true to all the traditions of its inception. Players left with smiles… well, mostly smiles. As all golfers know, there’s always a few shots left out on the course, but one thing is certain, the shots of Scotch, most definitely were not. We like to say “A round of golf at The Coeur d’Alene is indeed special. A golf experience like no other…”. The festivities have undoubtedly created special memories for those true to the spirit of the game and the traditions of fine Scotch from the home of the golf.