North Berwick

Photo for a Monday night: An amazing day at North Berwick. Here’s the famed short four with the wall in front of the green. The first time I played this, I tried to drive the green downwind, only to rattle off the wall. The second time I hit a 3-iron and a lob wedge. A remarkable, quirky hole. Absolutely wonderful!

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  • Hi Rob, Matt MacKay here. I didn’t want to have to set up a Blog account so I am posting ‘anonomously’. I had a really enjoyable meeting with Ian the other day, shame I didn’t make it to his house before you left. Ian mentioned a possible get together sometime in December, let’s hope it happens.

    While at school in Edinburgh I had the pleasure to play North Berwick dozens of times and it still has the most resonance of any course I played over there, save for perhaps The Old Course. I never really thought about trying to drive the green at 13 but I suppose it is a possibility, although not a high percentage shot. However, it’s fair to say that any second shot into that green is very difficult and I’ve seen countless disasters take place, so why not take a shot at it.
    I can’t think of a hole at N. Berwick where I did not get up to the tee with a keen sense of anticipation because each hole presents a different task. Many holes I still haven’t figured out such as 14,16,17.
    Can’t wait to get back.

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