'Golf in a beautiful setting'
En route to a week of golf in Dornoch, my son and I stopped off and enjoyed a round at the Boat of Garten course. Although it was a Saturday, the course was not busy. When we inquired about a tee time we were told that we could go off any time during the next hour, so we had a sandwich at the bar before putting our clubs on the simple push-pull carts that the British call "trolleys" and heading out. Our round was a joy. The course, a classic James Braid design with holes that range from majestic to funky, wanders through and over wooded hills at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains, several of which still bore traces of snow in late June. A number of the holes are named for the Cairngorm peak that is visible from their tee boxes while others (such as "Gully") reflect features of the holes themselves. Don't be fooled by the relatively short length of the course. By the time you have walked up and down the hills and tested your skill with almost every club in your bag, you will be ready for a pint of Belhaven's Best at the 19th hole.