Ok, so you’re used to actively avoiding water during a round of golf, but what if I was to say that you should make every effort to aim for it in Scotland?
In fact, I insist.
There may be some of you who would prefer to have some rest and relaxation after 9 or 18 holes. For every one of you, I’m almost sure there are just as many adventurers out there who can’t sit still and want to get back out into Scotland’s wilds.
In case you were in any doubt, as well as being the Home of Golf with its 550-plus golf courses, Scotland is also one of the world’s greatest natural playgrounds.
Perthshire, home to the venue for The 2014 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles, is where you’ll find the raging torrents of the Rivers Tay and Tummel. These are some of the best rivers for fishing but also for white water sports. Finish off your round on Blairgowrie, the venue of this year’s Junior Ryder Cup, before heading off to Splash White Water Rafting in Aberfeldy for a bracing trip down the rapids. Or head to Pitlochry to Nae Limits and try your hand at not only rafting but canyoning, cliff jumping, river bugging and more.
Of course, you don’t have to get your feet wet. If you’re enjoying a round of golf in Aberdeenshire, at Royal Aberdeen or Cruden Bay, you could opt to climb some trees as you explore the forest canopy at Go! Ape at Crathes Castle, an adventure park complete with flying foxes, Tarzan swings and a new skateboard zip wire.
You may feel you can take on a greater challenge; gain some altitude off the green and take to the longest zip wire in the UK, coming in at 820m in length, at Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre after knocking around the James Braid-designed Powfoot or acclaimed Southerness courses in Dumfries & Galloway.
The landscapes of Scotland really lend themselves well to getting your adrenaline fix. The 7 Stanes in Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders offer exhilarating mountain biking opportunities within easy reach of Scotland’s capital and fantastic Championship-standard courses like the Roxburghe near Kelso, a favourite of Colin Montgomerie and one of Scotland’s top 5-rated inland courses.
With so many different outdoor adventures to be had on a Scottish golfing break, you’d be mad not to turn in your golf bag for a lifevest or helmet for just a day. Are you game for the challenge?