Scotland Bound for the World Hickory Open



Western Gailes near Glasgow  A handful of NWHP loyalists will be venturing over to Britain for 21 days of sheer links golfing pleasure, highlighted by three days at the 2022 World Hickory Open, held at Royal Dornoch, Nairn, and Castle Stuart.

Those on the trip include trip-curator Chuck McCollom, master of ceremonies and veteran of Scottish golf excursions, Martin Pool, Roberta Robbins, John Henry Williams, Robert Birman, Ken Coleman, Kurt Olsen, Deal Hudson, and Tom and Sue Tracy who will link up with the travelling band for 5-7 days in the middle of the itinerary. (The Tracys are members of Tain Golf Club and are spending close to two months abroad.)

NWHP co-founder, Robert Birman, will be recording podcasts along the journey for The Plus Four Podcast.

The audio postcards will include pre-scheduled visits with archivists of numerous courses in Scotland (Western Gailes, Prestwick, Machrihanish, Nairn), as well as with the owners/operators of Fine Golf Books in St Andrews, and the Director of the R&A World Golf Museum.

In addition, a special gathering of international hickory tournament organizers will be had in East Lothian after the World Hickory Open. As of now, only two Americans are due to be “in the room,” which are Rob Birman and Matt Dodds from the Vermont Hickory Association. Birman and Dodds have been part of the international marketing efforts of the SoHG in recent years. Duck’s Inn owner and Renaissance Club member, Malcolm Duck, will be hosting this affair along with Swiss Hickory member, Rick Adams.

Courses on this trip includeIrvine BogsideWestern GailesPrestwick St NicholasPrestwickShiskineDunavertyMachrihanishMachrihanish DunesFortrose & RosemarkieTraighBroraBoat of GartenGolspieNairnCastle StuartRoyal DornochCruden BayCullenFraserburghStonehavenThe Old CourseNew CourseEdenJubileeRenaissance ClubNorth Berwick, and others TBA.

Birman will post updates from the trip on the NWHP Instagram page and Facebook sites, when possible. Subscribe to the podcast here to assure that you won’t miss an episode!