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.