Take a loop around Scotland with the new film, Scotland’s Caddies, by Ron Colby
I’ve never been to Scotland.
I’ve read all the articles enough times to get wanderlust for St. Andrews and Turnberry and Machrihanish.
But the written word can’t always relay the heart and soul of a place like television can.
And that’s why I loved the new film, “Scotland’s Caddies,” by Ron Colby.
Colby’s studio, Artists Confederacy, transformed his trip to Scotland into an interesting movie that is part travelogue and part documentary.
The 69-minute video takes viewers on a journey through Scotland’s famous links fairways. The scenery is splendid, but as it always is with golf, it’s the people that carry the story.
Colby, director of the award-winning documentary Pirate for the Sea, spent four weeks in 2009 shooting interviews with bag men at hallowed golf courses such as St. Andrews, Turnberry, Prestwick, Royal Troon, Royal Aberdeen, Gleneagles, Brora and others.
It’s too bad this movie wasn’t shot about 20 years ago. The days of caddies with personalities the size of Mount Everest are gone, but it was interesting to meet the men in the film, nonetheless. They spin tales of wicked weather, bad tippers and even worse golfers. They take more than a few shots at the thousands of American golfers who cross the pond every year. Truth is, we deserve it. Our slow-playing, cart-riding, aerial game is an abomination compared to the pure golf played with caddies at links overseas.
The film includes history lessons from Ronnie MacAskill, the director of golf at Royal Aberdeen, and David Joy, who does a spot-on impersonation of Old Tom Morris. When the wail of the bagpipes and the images of links courses hit the screen, I found myself a bit nostalgic, dreaming of the day I get to experience it all in person.
Until then, watching Scotland’s Caddies again will have to do.
The film can be ordered at www.artistsconfederacy.com for $19.95 plus shipping and handling.
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