On November 11, Sam Cooper, his wife Harriet and their two dogs completed the ultimate journey playing all the links courses in Scotland, England and Wales.
A total of 225 different locations across our islands were visited by Sam and Harriet in their converted motorhome, as they embarked on the ‘trip of a lifetime’ (opens in a new tab) to pursue Sam’s passion for golf architecture and links golf.
The journey began in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as the world began to return to normal, with Sam tweets (opens in a new tab) September 20, 2020: “During lockdown Mrs C and I have decided to leave our beautiful home in Hoylake to drive around Britain in a converted van. Pushing my luck I plan to play all the courses of links I can find (160 and counting…)
“We are starting on the west coast of Scotland – working roughly clockwise over the next year. Fortunately we can work flexibly and remotely. Hopefully you will enjoy !”
225/225 – all links in Scotland, England and Wales = ✅ Thank you for all your support. pic.twitter.com/fElqoqvsIDNovember 11, 2022
Playing on courses from the beautiful Isle of Arran, to the south west coast of Trevose and Perranporth, the tour also saw stops in Kent, South Wales and the English Gulf Coast of Southport and Lytham & St Anne’s.
The class that was arguably closest to Sam’s heart is Royal Liverpool Golf Cluba course whose fairways were walked by Sam many times as he grew up playing there as a member.
During lockdown Mrs C and I decided to leave our beautiful home in Hoylake to drive around Britain in a converted van. Pushing my luck, I plan to play every link course I can find (160 and counting…) I’ll post some great pics along the way – please follow along!September 22, 2020
Naturally, much of the tour was in Scotland, which gave Sam the opportunity to play some of the best golf courses in the world, including those that have hosted the Open Championship.
After touring the UK in a loop, Sam and Harriet ended their trip on November 11 at the Elie Golf House Club. Take on the challenge of 225 golf courses across Britain. What better place to end such a journey, other than Scotland?