Carnage at Carnoustie

Carnage at Carnoustie

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From the ramparts of Stirling Castle, one can see the Bridge below where in 1297 William Wallace (Braveheart) slaughtered  the English of Edward I in the Battle of Stirling Bridge: he let half the British cross, annihilated them, then went after the remainder.  A lot of carnage.  About a mile east of the bridge, is a small stream called Bannock …

Turnberry Golf Course Review

Turnberry, Out of the Rota!

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It sat on top of the hill like a beautiful angel, pure and white, arms outstretched, warm, smiling as it welcomed the wounded. And the wounded came.  During both World Wars.  It was known as RAF Turnberry.  What had been a golf hotel was converted to a military hospital and used mainly to succor wounded Royal Naval personnel who were …

Prestwick, Home of The Open

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At Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland, the first thing the caddie asked was, “What’s your handicap?”  When told, Colin pulled out the four iron and replied, “Okay.  Now I want you to play a 190 possession shot right between the two ‘boonkers’ there”. As I looked down the first hole (called Railway, because of the train line running down …

Teeth of the Dog Golf Course Review

Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo

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It’s the middle of the night.  I’m tossing and turning.  Thinking about all manner of dumb things.  Things that have to be done.  Bills that have to be paid.  Relationships that should be cultivated.  Blah.  Blah.  Blah.  On and on it goes.  No relief.  No sleep.  Turn over again. Until, I start to think about the golf course.  The one …

When is a Golf Course Too Hard Cover

When Is A Hard Golf Course Too Hard?

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Golfers are by nature a whiney lot.  They complain about hole placement, they complain about conditions of the fairway, they complain that the clubhouse doesn’t stock their particular brand of beer, along with a million other little nuances that they can find to complain about.  When the tour hit Chambers Bay last June for the U.S. Open Championship I was …