Ever wanted to write about golf in Scotland? Here is your chance.  (coffincorner/Instagram)

Want a 'Dream job' playing golf around Scotland? Here's your chance



If I had a dollar for everyone who said they want to be my "caddie", I'd be rich.

When people learn I review golf courses for a living, their eyes glaze over. So you want my job? I'm not offering it, but there is a pretty good alternative currently up for grabs from Visit Scotland.

Scotland, ‘The Home of Golf', is looking for the right candidate to play golf in all of its seven golfing regions in an extravaganza this fall. Playing some of the best courses, unearthing unique golf experiences, sampling Scottish hospitality, food, drink and lots more. That's not a job, right? Sounds more like a dream vacation.

Visit Scotland is currently accepting applications for this two-week ‘job’ with one catch - you must create some amazing content about the courses you play, the places you stay, where you eat and cover the areas you explore.

The lucky winner - and a golfing buddy - will play a Ryder Cup venue, a course where The Open began, the no. 2 course in the world as voted by Golf Digest, plus many more highlights. You must be a golf fanatic. After all, you'll be playing 14 rounds in 14 days from Sept. 1-16.

I've done it before, and it's not easy. I played 13 courses in 12 days on a grueling but glorious trip to the Scottish Highlands and St. Andrews in 2015. I was so tired the last day that I actually turned down a tee time on the Old Course at St. Andrews, which I still haven't played. Blasphemy, I know. I still consider it one of the best golf adventures of my life. I did exactly what you're going to be doing - taking pictures, shooting video, updating my social media, all while trying to shoot a decent score (believe me, it never happens).

During the trip, the winner will be required to create Vlogs for YouTube as well as Instagram posts and stories throughout each day through any other forms of social media. You'll probably be visiting many of the links listed in the Scotland dream itineraries offered by the Golf Advisor staff. When the trip is over, you should have enough material to complete a golf guide through a written blog as well as YouTube video of your adventure.

To apply, you need create a short video reviewing your home course or any course in the most fun way (video should be 60 to 90 seconds long). You can use drone footage, phones, cameras or whatever works best for you. Applications at the Visit Scotland website will be accepted until July 27 with the winner announced August 3.

You will get paid, in a way. You will receive an allowance of £750 for the duration off your trip. The money might not be much, but you'll certainly be rich in golf experiences. That's what I tell my jealous friends.

Jul 10, 2018



Join the conversation

Post a comment 

LJoubert's avatar
LJoubert wrote at 2018-07-20 14:49:45+00:00:

75 years young would love to PLAY

fxlilly12@gmail.com's avatar
fxlilly12@gmail.com wrote at 2018-07-16 16:36:02+00:00:

Is the "allowance" of 750 Pounds in addition to airfare and ground transportation to and in Scotland? Or will the lucky winner have to transport her/himself all over Scotland? Thx

Steve Gooch's avatar
Steve Gooch wrote at 2018-07-14 12:04:39+00:00:

That sounds awesome!! The ideal golfers bucket list!!!

Charles Bissell's avatar
Charles Bissell wrote at 2018-07-13 17:24:45+00:00:

Love links golf learned to play on one. You learn the ground game thats required to be successful on a true links. Carry a 1 Iron still for those special kind of shots that a lot of players don't have. Have a Scotch Irish heritage so this would be awesome.

John Nightingale 's avatar
John Nightingale wrote at 2018-07-13 14:54:11+00:00:

Sounds like a true dream job. I have played golf in many different countries and a true fanatic with a 2 handicap. I have been working in international business all my life and would welcome a job change at my age 55.

Dwight Edmonds 's avatar
Dwight Edmonds wrote at 2018-07-13 11:58:47+00:00:

How could you ever have a better job than this. Golfing every day and playing on the Most famous courses in the world.

Steven King's avatar
Steven King wrote at 2018-07-12 16:43:45+00:00:

That would be amazing.! I have been lucky enough to play the OLD COURSE, CARNOUSTIE, KINGSBARNS, and the NEW COURSE. Unfortunately, my group was monsooned out! and we could not finish the back nine at CARNOUSTIE. I already have an (insiders Knowledge )??? at these courses. Back to CARNOUSTIE, we were so wet we had to strip down to nothing in the locker room. No towels were available so we used the hair dryers for ourselves and our clothes. Once dry we walked outside, looked across the bay and saw 4 sun streams thru the clouds illuminating St. Andrews. We took it as a sign. We'll always come back! Changing gears, I had once played 54 holes in one day. That was at age 65, I'm 67 now ready to rock it

Elio Fontana 's avatar
Elio Fontana wrote at 2018-07-12 14:52:03+00:00:

WOW!! What a dream trip that would be. I’m am 65 now and a true golf fanatic. My dad introduced me to the game when I was 9 or 10 but never had the opportunity to play on a course till I was 13. When growing up down the street from me there was an Arnold Palmer putt putt course where every Tuesday for a dollar there as a tournament. I won it once and got a small trophy. I wish I could find that thing today. I remember crying like a baby when hearing my favorite golfer, Tony Lema, died in a plane crash. After that I started to followed Jack Nicklaus.

My wife says I love golf more than her but I tell her I love her more than basketball, baseball and football so she has that going for her.

In 2008 I redesigned my entire back yard and built a golf practice area. I installed a putting green and a large practice net. My wife drew the line when I wanted a sand trap though.

In 2016 I had the opportunity to walk a practice round at Augusta National. It’s the closest I’ve come to heaven so far.

I had my 1st hole in one last year at Duran golf Club in Florida. That 52 years of practice finally paid off.

Not sure I could do 14 rounds in 14 days but I’d damn well give it all I had.

Dick Kraft's avatar
Dick Kraft wrote at 2018-07-12 12:53:01+00:00:

Have known the previous PGA Commissioner, Deane Beman,since I was 15.

He introduced Me to

Jack Nicklaus at a USGA tournament at 16,and Jack was kind enough to send me a custom framed,autographed picture,which is proudly hung on my wall.

Frank's avatar
Frank wrote at 2018-07-12 12:07:16+00:00:

Is there a minimum wage in Scotland because at that rate, they mustn’t be meeting it!

Steve Stowell's avatar
Steve Stowell wrote at 2018-07-12 12:02:01+00:00:

courses. Would be a great opportunity to get a male-female perspective on different courses.

Thanks, Steve

Rizwan's avatar
Rizwan wrote at 2018-07-12 11:28:51+00:00:

Looks like an awesome offer I will love to join but I guess I am unable to get part of it because im from Pakistan initialy I will have to get Visa than air ticket but I can take the job just because of the experience plz reply if I can join than I must keep working to participate

Albert Thompson's avatar
Albert Thompson wrote at 2018-07-12 10:37:39+00:00:

Sounds like fun where do I sign up.

Charles Ford 's avatar
Charles Ford wrote at 2018-07-12 03:41:07+00:00:

I would love to play Scotland courses! I currently you tube and blog about guitars and music. Golf is my passion and escape! If golf advisor picks me I will not disappoint!

Steven King's avatar
Steven King wrote at 2018-07-12 16:47:11+00:00:

Hey Charles, I'm a guitar player in a 3 piece trio. Your passion mirrors mine. If I get chosen, you can be my partner. Bring clubs and guitar!

Richard Miranda's avatar
Richard Miranda wrote at 2018-07-12 01:23:27+00:00:

Who wouldn’t want a job like that if dream come true sure I would love to play golf if I ever had the opportunity I would take it I would think anybody would

Rizwan's avatar
Rizwan wrote at 2018-07-12 11:29:54+00:00:

True that my friend

Jerry Birenbaum's avatar
Jerry Birenbaum wrote at 2018-07-12 00:25:55+00:00:

I just got back from Scotland. Found the love of the game again. Played Preswick, Troon, Jubilee at St. Andrew's Links and lastly The Old Course. To walk in places where the greats have played and will play was an honor. The people are wonderful. They love the American golfers. Played with some great caddies. I will never forget my experience. God bless them all.

Byron Goodwill's avatar
Byron Goodwill wrote at 2018-07-12 00:25:06+00:00:

i love golf. had a chance in 95 to play dupont world amateur golf tourney myrtle beach. was selected. handicap 5 RCGA. play Echo lake golf course. Awsome. med tuff. in very lovely valley. Saskatchewan. Always wish to play Scotland..

Simon S Karvell's avatar
Simon S Karvell wrote at 2018-07-12 00:17:49+00:00:

Interesting article. Looks like a dream job.

Charlie Kiernan 's avatar
Charlie Kiernan wrote at 2018-07-11 23:23:44+00:00:

This is such a great job, or I should say dream job, I love playing the game , I just wiished I could shoot in the 70s or 80s.

johnalan's avatar
johnalan wrote at 2018-07-11 23:39:55+00:00:

use the eraser more often "IT IMPROVES YOUR LIE, your playing partners will absolutely object but tell them i had to make up for a club that had a bad lie...alls fair AYE

GolfTripp's avatar
GolfTripp wrote at 2018-07-11 22:59:06+00:00:

This is the greatest thing since sliced bread! I've played in several "marathon golf" events of 72 - 100 holes and I'm always left wanting at the end of the day. There is no such thing as "too much golf". Cutting out of work early right now to find my passport and get started on the sweetest iMovie compilation you've ever seen. :)

sixeagles's avatar
sixeagles wrote at 2018-07-11 22:51:16+00:00:

As a former part time golf writer with a love for taking golf photos and playing the game this would be fantastic. I'm in good shape at 71 and a golf writer long time golf partner I would take and we'd have a ball. Downside is I'm not a video person and not on social media sites mentioned.

John warden 's avatar
John warden wrote at 2018-07-11 22:29:02+00:00:

I would love to give my husband a dream golf vacation he is the most wonderful man that I have ever met and gives his shirt off his back to make someone feel special in the world I love him to the ends of the world and back this would be a bucket list for him for sure thank you

Marty Mueller's avatar
Marty Mueller wrote at 2018-07-11 21:58:20+00:00:

Every year in Columbus Ohio my family gets together for a week to 10 days of intense golf. If no one has ever done that, I can tell you it takes a lot out of you by the end. Though this is very tempting, I can state that I probable wouldn't be able to write about as I was doing it.

Thomas 's avatar
Thomas wrote at 2018-07-11 21:37:05+00:00:

It would not matter if it was a bad day on the course because it would be better than any good or bad day on the job. It would be something to play a round at the home golf , In my early 60s have caddie been to an Open even tried to qualify for one. Don't have a home course scored a hole in one 178 yard par three , Thundering Waters. Just enjoy golf with a friend whom interduced me to the game 44 yrs ago we still play today . Someone once said golf was a walk well spoiled. Well call Mr spoiled rotten Cheers

scotts6666's avatar
scotts6666 wrote at 2018-07-11 21:24:58+00:00:

i have played since i was 8 now i am 60 .I spent my summer holidays in St Andrews with my gran i am the youngster of the famous Anderson's of St Andrews so i know what all golfers like .I am disabeld now and find it hard to get info for us to play golf ie is there buggys ofor hire and is there axes to club wich is inportent if they want bisnes but that is up to you if you would like to go down that path hears my history and i do play for S.D.G.P.

The history of the Numpty golfer

St Andrews

The Anderson Family

The Anderson family of St Andrews begins, in clubmaking terms, with David ”Old Da” Anderson born in 1821. He worked as a feather ballmaker in St Andrews and was a caddy on the Old Course. When Tom Morris left the town to take up the post of keeper of the green at Prestwick in 1851, David Anderson took on that role for the Old Course until resigning in 1855. There are certainly some longnose clubs marked “D Anderson” made by him rather than his son.

In his later years he would take a barrow of food and drink, and golf balls for sale, down to the 4th hole of the Old Course. This is commemorated in the present name of the hole. Ginger Beer, although tradition has it that far headier brews were sold to fortify golfers.

This picture of the Ginger Beer cart was taken in 1893. The golfer seated is Peter Anderson (no relation). Playing out of St Andrews University, he was Amateur Champion that year at Prestwick

As the family tree/business tree of Old Da’s descendants shows, there were two distinct lines. The eldest son, Jamie Anderson, and his family went one way; David, sometimes in association with Willie, went another. Both lines illustrate the importance of family businesses in nineteenth and early-twentieth century clubmaking and, a problem common still in Scottish family businesses, sustaining the firm beyond one generation. Both too show the importance of Robert Forgan in St Andrews clubmaking: Jamie Anderson was the first assistant Forgan employed. He returned there after his own business ventures came to an end, two of his three sons worked there and the third worked for Robert Forgan’s brother, Andrew, in Glasgow. Auld Da’s other two sons probably also learned their clubmaking there. Even James’ (Jamie’s eldest) two sojourns to the United States as professional at the Onwentsia club may have a Forgan connection as David R Forgan, son of Robert, was one of the founding members of that Chicago club.

No wonder i like making money on the golf course its in my jeans .

Mel's avatar
Mel wrote at 2018-07-11 21:24:27+00:00:

Yes.

Marcelo Costa's avatar
Marcelo Costa wrote at 2018-07-11 21:13:11+00:00:

The dream of every mortal

Ron Costa's avatar
Ron Costa wrote at 2018-07-11 21:20:52+00:00:

DITTO, TOO GOOD FOR THIS VETERAN.

Larry Lynn's avatar
Larry Lynn wrote at 2018-07-11 21:06:08+00:00:

Very simply put... I am 67 years old and golf is a passion. I live 15 miles from the Augusta National and have been fortunate to walk it many times watching some great golf. However, there is a different amazement watching the pros battle the great courses in Scotland. One entry on my bucket list is to play the old courses with my grandson and see if he and I can successfully escape the pot bunkers.

david catherwood's avatar
david catherwood wrote at 2018-07-11 20:49:56+00:00:

I walked across St Andrewes and it was like walking across a carpet of green heaven never played it but was the best experience of my life

Marty Langford 's avatar
Marty Langford wrote at 2018-07-11 20:45:06+00:00:

Sounds fantastic!

Carl David Ivey 's avatar
Carl David Ivey wrote at 2018-07-11 20:38:49+00:00:

I'm 48 years old bad heart. But my dream is to go to the old course just to see it. Love golf for my entire life. Know it is to good to be true.

anthony's avatar
anthony wrote at 2018-07-11 20:31:31+00:00:

great promo!

Alan Brezin's avatar
Alan Brezin wrote at 2018-07-11 20:27:38+00:00:

I couldn't ship my clubs to Scotland for 750 quid!


Related Links


Jason Scott Deegan

Senior Staff Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.