Golf Trips: The ultimate souvenir

Do you fancy a photo-book, telling the tales of glory and woe from your annual golf trip?

Recounter table-book
Recounter table-book
(Image credit: Recounter)

How would you fancy a beautifully bound photo-book, telling the tales of glory and woe from your annual golf trip? Could be pretty cool…

The boys’, girls’, or mixed golf trip is one of the most enjoyable things in our great sport. The planning, the haggling, the banter, the boozing and the general camaraderie all make these few days the most eagerly anticipated on the golfer’s calendar.

The start of any golf trip begins with the planning - an exercise almost as, some would say more, enjoyable than the event itself. Months in advance, the email goes out from the most proactive group member suggesting possible dates and venues. There follows days/weeks of toing and froing.

But once everyone has voiced their concerns and re-organised their family calendar, it can all be booked up and the real anticipation can start in earnest.

Then the pre-match banter begins to flow. This will generally revolve around angry handicap negotiations, but could also entail: the format of the tournament, the dubious drop taken in round three by last year’s winner, the betting, the questionable drinking ability of various party members, risible current form and more. These discussions will start off intermittently but will build to a crescendo in the days preceding departure.

Then the trip – It hurtles by in a blur of missed putts, jokes, sliced drives, pints of beer, lost balls and hungover breakfasts. You’ve had a brilliant time but three weeks later you can barely remember what courses you played, let alone how you negotiated them.

You could spend your whole trip with phone out, taking snaps and videos of fellow trip goers to jog your memory in the coming months. But this would detract from your enjoyment of just being there and distract you from your golf game. And, lets face it, the pictures will be pretty crummy and within six months or so you’ll delete them or lose them. So what can you do to preserve the memory of your golfing beano for good?

If you’re heading to Scotland this year for your annual jolly then a solution could be at hand in the form of “Recounter” – a company founded by photographer and friend of Golf Monthly, Kevin Kirk.

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An image from a Recounter book

Recounter is a golf photography agency for golfers visiting Scotland who want their on-course experience at iconic Scottish golf courses like St Andrews captured for life in an, exquisite, handmade table-book.

Recounter's 'fly on the wall,' unobtrusive, style tells the visual story of the golfers’ experience without interfering with play. Each golfer receives a book put together by skilled craftsmen in Recounter’s production facility in Edinburgh. The book is put together using fine art materials, the best printing methods and book binding techniques

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Another Recounter image

"Whilst still a relatively new service, Recounter has really caught the imagination of golf trips coming to play golf on Scotland's finest courses,” says Kevin Kirk. “Our 'fly on the wall' photography style allows our clients to enjoy their golf experience whilst we photograph them from a safe distance! We now live in a highly visual society and we're doing our bit to showcase the golfing experience in Scotland in a stylish way via our handmade table-book. The idea is that it will last forever and will be passed through future generations.”

Like the concept? For more details go to: or contact Kevin on:

Recounter table-book

Recounter table-book
Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?