Slalom is a business technology company with its HQ in Seattle. It has over 4,500 employees across 25 offices in North America, a great company to work for, being voted year after year as one of the best companies to work for in the US by Forbes and Fortune magazine.
As part of an incentive programme, we were contacted about bringing 12 keen golfing employees over to Scotland, “the home of golf”. We worked hard with the team on the itinerary to balance the trip with the ‘must play’ courses as well as a few ‘hidden gems’. The final itinerary took in three golfing hubs: the Best of Aberdeenshire, St Andrews finest, and completing the tour on East Lothian’s golf coast.
The team flew from the US to London and transferred onto an internal flight to Aberdeen ready to start the three centre tour, but things can happen on a golf tours, and the first for this group was to losing a set of golf clubs. It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last, clubs can go missing from time to time but it’s no problem if you know who to call, one call from the guys at the Airport and we sourced and delivered a like for like set to Trump International before they even arrived.
Check in, then straight down to Cruden Bay for first golfing test, this is stunning old style links that snakes its way through the sand dunes to plateau greens. There are a few blind shots including at the 15th par 3 which always sparks a few conversation but it is a classic of its type and provides spectacular views along the way.
The travelling and golf and the stress of lost clubs on day one took its toll on the team, so after a quick chat we made a few adjustments to the next day’s schedule and tee times were pushed back at Trump International so everyone could get a little more time for sleep.
Next day, re-united with all their own clubs, the well rested team were having a ball out on the Trump links. The Trump Scotland course is very young, but spectacular and not to be missed if you are in the area.
The team moved down the coast to St Andrews and took on some heavyweights, playing Carnoustie, the New Course and the Old Course over the next three spectacular days. Playing The Old Course was a must so we obviously made that happen.
It not just golf courses either-the Slalom team took in a quiet spot of après golf at the the Jigger Inn, the Dunvegan, Little Italy, The Adamson and plenty others we hadn’t organised! Their warmth and enthusiasm was met in equal measure by the local welcome and hospitality.
The final part of the golfing adventure was on Scotland’s Golf Coast in East Lothian, based at the splendid Greywalls Hotel, next door to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield).
Games at The Rennaissance Club, North Berwick West and finally the Open Championship-hosting Muirfield were all arranged over the three days. With some somewhat breezy conditions all courses were played in the conditions they were designed for. Even although they lie within 3 miles of each other these course offer dramatically different challenges.
Muirfield is a quite magical place, steeped in history and tradition it is something special, but in equal measure, out and about, in the much more casual North Berwick meeting a few caddies for a beer in The Golfer’s Rest and then dining in The Herringbone is just as much fun.
It was our pleasure to host the team here and they all left with fabulous memories and a much closer team for the shared experience.
Haste ye back!