On Easter Monday I flew to Scotland for a double whammy, a media preview event for this year's Ricoh Women's British Open at Kingsbarns Links with Charley Hull in attendance, and 'looking ahead' to the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles - an invitation I couldn't refuse!
I had the privilege to play Kingsbarns once before a few years ago, and when I have since been asked the question, "What is your favourite golf course?" this Scottish links has been at the top of my list. I'm pleased to say that it remains so. I played ok, but even if you do play rubbish golf, the setting is amazing and it's just such an interesting course. My caddie Steve was really helpful, although I was slightly relieved when he told me that he's new to the job as personally I find experienced caddies can be quite intimidating, probably because I'm not used to having one! No prizes for our team, but what a great round with fellow journos Alistair Tait and Patricia Davies, along with course manager Innes Knight.
My last visit to Gleneagles was at least three years ago, and whilst I enjoyed the golf and other facilities, a highlight for me as a labrador lover was the gundog training. No dogs in sight this time but it was a pleasure to meet and play golf with Eilidh Barbour, the new face of BBC's golf coverage, although we certainly didn't burn up the PGA Centenary course, more like it beat us up!
After two nights up north, it was a shame I had to return south to my desk! But I'm really looking forward to returning to Kingsbarns in the summer, it will be a fabulous champtionship.