As someone who grew up learning the game from his famous father, Jason Connery has a deep connection to golf, to its famous courses and history, and to the many lifetime benefits it brings. We learn about it all during this special Emergency 9 episode of the “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast as the “Tommy’s Honour” director takes our famous (or is it infamous?) golf-travel questionnaire.
After spending the better part of five years bringing his film about Old and Young Tom Morris to the big screen, it’s not hard to understand why the movie’s central location — The Old Course at St. Andrews — is Connery’s choice for “Favorite Course or Destination Anywhere in the World” along with a nod to a cherished bed-and-breakfast near the 18th hole. And although he has played golf all over the world, Connery has yet to make it to New Zealand, putting the popular destination at the top of his bucket list.
Growing up playing golf and traveling with his famous father Sean Connery to celebrity events each year form the foundation for Jason’s “Favorite Place You’ve Ever Stayed” — the Gleneagles Hotel, where he recalls spending 10 days at a time, often taking the train to get there, and his memories of “wide-eyed wonderment.”
Jason’s “Favorite Thing You’ve Ever Eaten” takes us to Scotland’s Royal Dornoch and a recollection of an amazing “mystery” meat stew in a spot near the Golf Hotel. You’ll be hungry just listening to him describe how the three-generations recipe requires two days of cookery before serving.
When asked about the “Most Important Thing Besides Golf on a Trip,” Jason responds with a favorite answer but with some added detail — he loves the people you meet but says the important thing about the game, for him, is his interest in people’s lives and his ability to walk during a round and talk to them, learning as they go.
Finally, Jason brings up a surprise answer to the question “What’s the One Course You Wish Everyone Knew About?” Clearly, hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch were expecting, perhaps, an unheralded course in Scotland. But with all the travel Connery has experienced worldwide, he fell in love with Goat Hill Park near Oceanside, California, recently restored and the subject of national headlines for its championing of public golf. The answer might come as a surprise, but Jason’s reasoning reveals the depth of his love for the pure game and its connection to every golfer.
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