The Ultimate Day Out

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The Ultimate Day Out

The Ultimate Day Out

The Ultimate Day Out is a short golf blog post that looks at the perfect combination of golf & food.

Last week I celebrated my birthday, the last one before the big one!

I had family visiting from Austria so we decided to let them experience and enjoy true Scottish hospitality.

The idea was to play Scotscraig Golf Course and then follow it up with a late lunch at The Newport Restaurant.

Scotscraig Golf Club

Several times in the past Scotscraig has been a qualifying course for The Open Championship.
The 13th oldest club in the world and still home to the oldest Medal in Golf since 1817.
It plays like a links course. It is long, especially in the strong coastal wind and the fairways are very undulating.
Even though it’s classed as a Links course, there is no sea view on any of the holes.

The Ultimate Day Out – My experience at Scotscraig Golf Club.

The booking process was straightforward and even on a very cold & wet morning, the welcome was a warm one.
All of the members and other players were very friendly and courteous to us.
As the course was very busy, the first few holes were slow. The play speeded up after the fourth hole and by the time we got to the 10th hole, we seemed to have the course to ourselves.
It was a pleasure to play the course. The greens were in excellent condition and actually quite fast.
There are some excellent holes like the 4th hole. A well-positioned tee shot is rewarded with an easier approach shot. The 6th hole is a short Par 3 over the pond and into the wind. This is where club decision is vital. Number 13 is a two-shot Par 5 with a very narrow approach to the green. Those are just a few highlights from many on such an excellent course.
Although the weather was unkind to start, it soon warmed up and became very pleasant to play.

Once we had finished the round we enjoyed a relaxing drink in the clubhouse bar before heading off.

The Newport Restaurant

Next on the agenda, is The Newport Restaurant. This is by far one of my favourite restaurants in Scotland.
It is owned and run by Jamie Scott, the 2014 MasterChef Professionals Winner.
Jamie opened The Newport in 2016 with his wife, Kelly. Soon after they received 2AA rosettes and entry in The Michelin Guide.
The restaurant sits on the banks of the Tay river and has fantastic views of the Tay Bridge.
A contemporary restaurant on two floors with a separate bar, outside seating and it also has beautiful rooms to let.
There are several menus on offer including tasting menus and the, now famous, Market Menu, my favourite.

The Ultimate Day Out – My experience at The Newport Restaurant

We were warmly greeted by all of the staff members and shown to our seats. The restaurant was busy but the noise levels were low.
Menus were brought to the table and a full explanation was given because there is a lot to choose from. We ordered drinks and chose The Market Menu.
The Market Menu is a 3-course set lunch. There is a choice of 3 different courses. It is accompanied by a selection of snacks to start.
Our meal was fantastic, as always. We finished the lunch with coffee and petit fours which are to die for.
All in all a great experience that leaves you coming back for more.

The produce is locally sourced and seasonal. The presentation is stunning, the service is excellent and the value for money is on point.
I cannot recommend The Newport Restaurant highly enough.

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