Quick Questions: Prof David Lavallee

David is Professor of Duty of Care in Sport at Abertay University, Dundee. He’s a graduate of Boston College, Harvard and the University of Western Australia. In addition to holding various professorial and chair roles, he’s a pretty decent golfer!

1 Favourite five
Rank your top five golf courses in Scotland with a one-word explanation of why each course has made it on your list
1. Turnberry (Ailsa): Spectacular
2. Gleneagles (Queens): Challenging
3. Blairgowrie (Rosemount): Fun
4. Royal Troon (Old Course): Stamp
5. St Andrews (Old Course): History

2 Groundhog golf
If you could play just one Scottish course, over and over again, which course would you choose and why?
Brora Golf Club: natural golf links.

3 Hidden gems
Scotland is full of great courses that hardly anyone has ever heard of – what’s your favourite and what makes it special?
Isle of Seil Golf Club: beautiful and peaceful.

4 Links lessons
What’s the single most important piece of advice you’d give to someone who was playing links golf for the first time?
Putt practically: your worst putt will normally be better than your worst chip.

5 Off course
What’s the one off-course activity that any golfer coming to Scotland should experience?
Fishing.

6 This much I know … 
What words of wisdom would you give to a student golfer visiting Scotland with his or her college/university?
Network during your trip, by connecting with people across the golf industry you meet.