April 24th – Carnoustie Golf Links

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For the final round of the trip, we decided to check off one more Open rota course and drove to Angus, Scotland to play Carnoustie. The course is ranked #26 in the 2016/17 GD world rankings and will host the 2018 Open Championship, which it has hosted 7 times. Winners at Carnoustie include Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington. The 1999 Open is most remembered by Jean Van de Velde’s collapse coming down the stretch, needing only a double bogey on the 18th to win, he proceeded to make a triple and lose in a playoff, which was also attended by Justin Leonard and eventual winner Paul Lawrie.

The original course was of ten holes, crossing and recrossing the Barry Burn; it was designed by Allan Robertson, assisted by Old Tom Morris, and opened in 1842.

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Par 4 2nd hole “Gulley”

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Hogan’s Alley

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6th Hole “Hogans Alley”

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8th Green “Short”

This was actually a really good shot but the wind took it all the way off the front edge of the green.IMG_5568.JPG

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Par 3 13 “Whins”

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The wind was whipping so hard during our round that the pin on the 14th hole snapped at the cup. My caddie said they break about 10 pins a year. IMG_6518.JPG

There were very few photos taken during our round due to the temperature, and probably the fact that it was the last round of the trip and there’s only so many photos you can keep of pot bunkers.

Carnasty as it is often referred, really lived up to its nickname. If it wasn’t for this round, Jay would have broken 80 every day.  Tough, tough course and a round I will never forget. It was a perfect way to conclude a trip to Scotland, playing an incredibly challenging course under adverse conditions.

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Wee bit frosty the next morning at 4am. Packing up the car and headed to the Edinburgh airport!

 

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