I loved this golf course
Brad, always right on the money with your observations, evaluation and recommendations. Golf would be way more fun and much less costly if this Scottish model were adopted in the states.
Excellent article which as a lover of all things Links I agree, except for Brad’s remark “a properly prepared Linkscourse” - surely an oxymoron ?
Excellent article. Thoughtful and informative
Golf is more a game than a sport. While Tour professionals blast away on the US tour, watching them manage their way around Carnoustie was more like a game of chess. Make a bad move and find yourself in check.
These guys are not only good, the likes of Molinari are masters of strategy.
Just began playing, marking my one year anniversary this week. Most of this is Greek, but I love the game! I should have listened to my father years ago...play golf son, it’s a great sport! I’m glad I began, even though I’m 58 yrs old. Love the outdoors, the mental concentration needed and the exercise! Thanks Dad for again guiding me in life, albeit posthumously.
Less”thank you, Gary” and “that’s right,Johnny”And does Miller need to be there?
Good article, and great points made. Would hope that the US Open take a few hints, tho' am doubtful that it will change at all. One thing I'd take issue with, however, is the pace-of-play. You mentioned less than 4-hour rounds on Sunday. My clocks must be broken, as I thought the two-somes were very slow...(obviously, one of my peeves about pro-golf).
The USGA could take a lesson from the Open and R&A. We in America are fanatical about the stimp of a green, the faster the better we think. But go over to The Open courses and 10 on the stimp is thought to be just fine. Hooray for them. And there was no need to water nay greens for fear of burnout. Over there they laugh at what we do with golf courses. Over here when the ball hits the ground, golf stops. Over there when they ball hits the ground, golf starts.
Sick of fast greens - look what a cock-up the latest US Open was! No stimpy greater than 11 and golf would improve (also that golf we watch) the golf and speed up rounds..
On June 2nd, 2018 as part of the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Member Outing, I played this course. I knew the issue of the bunkers (caddies there taught me a new technique on how to get out), the pace of the greens (even going down green was slow) and the speed of the fairways (you were rewarded with extra distance if you hit the ball straight but penalized if off line right into a fairway or green side bunkers). I have a great pic of me putting on the 18th green with the yellow leader board right above the stands.