But if you would like a little more inspiration, you might want to check out the course's Parmates program. The Parmates, a part of Royal Links' course ambassador program, are there to take your round to the next level. These aren't your daddy's caddies -- or really even caddies, for that matter. Royal Links already makes available its white-clad walking caddies and forecaddies in the tradition of golf across the pond.
Parmates are part of a course ambassador program, as Royal Links likes to call it. These extremely attractive and outgoing women are there to take your round to the next level. So far, the reviews from players who have booked Parmates have been glowing, said Charles Bombard, general manager at Royal Links Golf Club. At least it should be. The whole experience starts 20 minutes before tee time. Once introduced, the Parmate becomes your personal assistant.
She can help you with all your course arrangements, like orientation around the facility, or introduce you to course personnel. She can also call in your food and drink orders, write down your scores or even help you pick out the perfect souvenir in the golf shop for you or your significant other. She can also repair divots, fix ball marks, clean clubs and give you a hand with yardage.
She may even help you find your lost balls. Although the Parmates don't really play golf themselves, many of them played in their youth, and all have been trained in all the duties described above, so they know their way around the golf course. They can be hired per individual or foursome -- "whatever the customer wants," Bombard said. The facility, with its castle-like clubhouse and Stymie's Pub, is designed a create a feel for the history of British Open golf. There are holes inspired by Prestwick, the course that hosted the first Open Championship in , holes that pay homage to Turnberry, where Tom Watson rallied late to beat Jack Nicklaus at the British Open Championship, one inspired by the par-3 "Postage Stamp," of Royal Troon and even a hole reminiscent of the famous Road Hole on the Old Course at St.
Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trio to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry.