TravelSeptember 9, 2014

Why golfers might care about the Scottish independence vote

With the Sept. 18 vote looming and polls tightening, the vote on Scottish independence does have one potentially important, life-changing consequence for golf: making a golf trip to Scotland more affordable!

First Minister Alex Salmond and the pro-independence movement have refused to say what currency an independent Scotland would use. The Pound or the Euro?

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In any case, anyone who has been overseas in the last year knows that the dollar hasn't exactly humming compared to the pound. One British pound currently equals $1.61, which is much better than earlier this summer when the pound was pushing a 1-to-2 ratio and making a Scottish golf trip cost prohibitive.

The Euro, Scotland's option for currency in an independent future, is closer to the dollar, at one Euro equaling $1.29.

Already, the independence movement's recent momentum has led to a 3-percent decline in the pound to the dollar over the last week, reports Mike Peacock of Reuters. So if nothing else, the vote has already had an impact. And yes, there are weightier issues in this battle over Scotland's future, including what independence might do to the world economy. But when we're talking about the possibility of a more affordable trip to the Home of Golf, we can dream can't we?

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