Duncan Savage is a PGA of Canada Head Professional and will be joining guests onboard RCGS Resolute on our NEW Scotland & Ireland golf voyage. He grew up learning to play the game of golf from the age of 6 at Trevose Golf and Country Club in Southwest England and has been in love with the game ever since. Duncan grew up in Southwest Ontario working his way through the Professional Golf Management program at Humber College before moving west to British Columbia.
Duncan has spent the last 18 years working at the Arnold Palmer designed Whistler Golf Club as the Director of Instruction. In this role, he has worked with golfers of all abilities and age groups. “Helping golfers understand more about the game and enjoy their time on the course is my passion”, says Duncan.
In the offseason, Duncan has been able to travel much of the globe with golf clubs in tow. He is dedicated to seeing and playing all of the world’s finest golf courses. “I am so thrilled to be joining One Ocean Expeditions for these incredible golf expeditions, historical beauty and today’s finest designs”.
We recently caught up with Duncan to find out what he most looking forward to about his trip.
OOE: What are you most looking forward to about playing golf in Ireland and Scotland?
I am thrilled to be returning to Scotland and Ireland to play some of the world’s finest and oldest golf courses again. Golf in this part of the world is simple and pure. Golf courses were not built with halfway houses, sprinkler systems and cart paths in mind. Beautiful coastal landscapes are reserved for the public to enjoy a testing round of golf or a Sunday walk with friends and family. Every day on a links course is different. The weather is, without question, the variable that makes these courses go from brutally difficult to entirely manageable. Playing golf in this part of the world will undoubtedly steal your attention from everyday life.
OOE: What course on the Scotland & Ireland golf voyage are you most looking forward to
I am often asked, “what is my favourite golf course?”. If I’m honest I would say the answer changes with frequency. There are so many things to appreciate about a great round of golf that choosing a favourite is very complex. When thinking about which course I am most excited to see on the One Ocean Expeditions voyage, I can only think every course could be a new number 1. The golf courses on the docket are either beaming with accolades or have incredible stories from the past. The conditions on the day will likely determine one’s ability to score so it’s best to go into the voyage excited to see some incredible new places and create some great stories with new friends. Sorry to be vague, but I am really excited for every course!
OOE: What are the differences and challenges of playing coastal courses?
Playing coastal golf will most commonly challenge golfers with extreme conditions. The ground may be incredibly dry and fast, the wind could be blowing 40mph or torrential rain could be whipping at golfers sideways. Ideally, golfers will come with not only the right equipment but the shots required to play in these conditions. In general, it is thought that hitting the ball lower and keeping it on the ground whenever possible will minimize the impact of weather, but understanding how to execute and plan these shots takes time. I look forward to working with guests on this part of the game throughout the voyages. Don’t forget to pack your gore-tex, rain gloves and windproof umbrellas. If we all do, surely it will be sun the whole way!
You can find out more about our Scotland & Ireland Golf voyages here. If you are interested in travelling with Duncan, please contact your preferred travel agent or get in touch with our sales team here.