Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Purgatory Golf heads to Golf 365

By: Tony Adragna on March 27th, 2014

As we all know, Indiana winters can be brutal, especially for golfers who want to get out and practice their game. But now, with Golf365 in Noblesville, you no longer have to take four months off from golf.

Junior Golfer, Clay Merchent, and Purgatory’s Director of Golf, Mike Merchent, show you around the indoor golf facility, from the putting greens and target rooms to the golf simulator, in the video below.

Clay Merchent Riding a Golf Skate Caddy

By: Tony Adragna on January 24th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 1.03.29 PMJunior Golfer, Clay Merchent, was able to ride a golf skate caddy, which were officially released at the 2014 PGA’s Merchandising Show in Orlando, Florida.

The Golf Skate Caddy is “gentler on the course, quieter than a traditional golf cart, more decadently decked out than most cars, and oh-so-easy-to-drive.”

To find out more information about the Golf Skate Caddy, visit their website at

To view the video of Clay riding the Golf Skate Caddy, see below:

Can You Guess the Golf Hole?

By: purgatorygolf on November 11th, 2013

Can you guess the hole?Can you name this famous golf course and hole number?

We’ll tell you on Tuesday at 12:00 Indiana time.


Scotland, the Home of Golf

By: purgatorygolf on July 22nd, 2013

Musselburgh Golf CourseThis huge golf ball is in a turnabout between Edinburgh and Muirfield. It is another course (Musselburgh) that locals claim is the true 1st golf course. Well, you could debate that, and golf scholars, and golf courses do debate the subject of who deserves the title of the true home of golf. But everyone seems to agree that it is Scotland, just the exact location in Scotland is less clear.



Muirfield is in Scotland’s Pinehurst

By: purgatorygolf on July 20th, 2013

Muirfield (home of the 2013 British Open) is in East Lothian which is the Pinehurst of Scotland. It’s a golf destination, an epicenter of golf, and you can see by the map (courtesy of the Craigielaw Golf Course Hotel) that golf courses are everywhere. It isn’t actually shown on this map, I presume because it is private, but it is right between number 45 & 23, near North Berwick.

By the way, golfer’s in Scotland walk.

Golf in Scotland

By: purgatorygolf on July 19th, 2013

Golf in ScotlandThis week the tour players are in Scotland, Muirfield to be exact. They play golf there all the time, cool weather doesn’t stop them, and it is daylight from about 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. this time of year, so there is no shortage of time.

Contrary to the television advertisements, there are lots of golf courses in Scotland. It was sort of a game for us, who could find the next golf course when we were on the train on in the car.

There are so many great things everyone will get to enjoy. I’ve included photographs below of some of the ones that come quickly to mind.

First is Iron Bru, the #1 selling soda in Scotland. It contains caffeine, my first question, it’s sweet, but a little bit bitter too. But I went for a coke.

Beer is serious business to the Scotts. They always present it in the proper glass, and they don’t have the wimpy watered down light beer I’m used to. I enjoyed their beers, they have lovely flavors, but they are definitely strong!

The scenery is amazing, from the sod faces bunkers, to the quaint homes, to the frightening flowering gorse that will catch your pants if you’re not careful. It is all so different from the States, and the people are so kind and cheerful. They speak our language, well sort of, and most of the time 😉



Caddyshack’s Haggis Description was Right

By: purgatorygolf on July 18th, 2013

I first heard about haggis in Caddy Shack. Turns out that colorful superintendent was absolutely right. Haggis is a spicy meat combination made from the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep or a calf, cooked with suet (fat), onions and spices in the animal’s stomach. That doesn’t sound appealing to the average American, but Mike and Clay assure me it is quite tasty. If you ask in a restaurant what’s in haggis, they’ll focus on the onions and spices and probably just say meat because they don’t like to hear us gasp.

Haggis is traditionally a breakfast meat, although it has now wandered to dinner as an appetizer in some restaurants.

With the British Open is in Muirfield Scotland this week, many people will get to enjoy a proper Scottish breakfast this morning. This starts with a pot, not a cup, but a pot of tea, often served with a second pot of hot water to warm said tea. This is a strong tea, served with milk, that is added to the tea after the tea is poured similar to adding cream to coffee, but oh, so much better!

Next comes a rack of toast, literally. Proper jams and honey are also presented with the toast, and thank goodness, the toast is dry, not buttered. I wish that would catch on in this country.

Meat selections are often haggis but there is also black pudding, which unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of, silly me. Mike’s looked like a black hockey puck. And when he asked our server about it she said cheerily, “It’s a sausage, sort of like Haggis.” I thought “Uh oh,” then she added, “Oh, and it has blood in it!” smiled and went about her business. Just not something we normally hear at the breakfast table, “And oh it has blood in it.”

They serve eggs, cereal, and a sort of bacon too. While the haggis and blood pudding may not be my choice, I don’t normally eat meat in this country, much less another. But I really miss the presentation of their breakfast. It has a subtle elegance that I loved. If you’re in our bar you’ll have to ask Brittany about it, as she has travelled in Scotland and loves both tea with milk, and haggis.

Thank you to Jim Conrad for asking about a Scottish breakfast, it made me think it deserved a proper description.

Daybreak in Scotland

By: purgatorygolf on July 17th, 2013

Sunrise in ScotlandWith the British Open this week in Muirfield, it seemed appropriate to share some of our photos and thoughts from our recent trip to Scotland. Some of you already know, our son, junior golf Clay Merchent was in a golf tournament in Craigielaw, about 45 minutes outside of Edinburgh in May. So the Merchent family traveled to Scotland.

This week we hope to share some of the images we captured while we were there along with some of our thoughts and observations about the amazing home of golf.

I captured this image at about 4:30 a.m. the first morning we were in Craigielaw. You are standing behind a sod-faced bunker, looking into the 9th green,  clubhouse on the right, scorers tent just to the left of the clubhouse, and an inlet of the North Sea beyond. It was a glorious sunrise. The part that captured my eye the most was the magnificent reflection of the sunrise in the clubhouse windows.

Funny thing is, while you can get out the fire escape door at 4:15 in the morning, you can’t get back in at 5:30. Luckily there was a night watchman that let me in, and then when everyone was up and moving, I was treated to a proper Scottish breakfast!

Craigielaw golf course is just about 5 minutes from Muirfield where the British Open is being held this week.


Sunrise in Scotland

By: purgatorygolf on May 30th, 2013

Sunrise over Craigielaw golf course

Some of the Purgatory staff members are in Scotland right now for a junior golf tournament.

As a landscape photographer, Scotland poses some challenges. Good landscape photography is only take at sunrise and sunset. It was still light here last night at 9:45 p.m., then when I woke up at 4:15 a.m. it was light again. Yikes! I scrambled to grab my camera gear (which I should have prepared last night) and ran out the door. Luckily I made it out before the sun came up.

That 30 to 45 minutes around sunrise, goes so quickly. You want clouds because they make the sky more dramatic, but every time the sun ducks behind one, you lose that magnificent light.

In this image of the sun rising over Craigielaw golf course, I like the contrast of the highlights created by the sunshine hitting the putting green, and the shadows behind the rolls. This contrast creates the movement in the green for your eye.

In the distance you can see the north sea.

By the way, just because you can get out the fire door at 4:20 a.m., does not mean you can get back in that door at 5:00 a.m. Luckily there was a night watchman that was kind enough to let me back in the hotel. That would have made for a long morning 😉

Purgatory Artwork on Time Square & Las Vegas

By: purgatorygolf on May 21st, 2013

As part of our recent iBooks press release our artwork appeared on both Times Square in New York City, and on the Clear Channel sign in Las Vegas. So these images are the real deal, not something I Photoshopped together. Fun isn’t it?