In Scotland

I’m fond of this photo — on a day that began without a cloud in the sky, this shot demonstrates the changing weather in Scotland. Here’s the sixth green (Heathery), with my bag in the foreground. We played the Eden in the morning (last April) and the Old Course in the afternoon. With the rain eventually coming down as we hit the 14th hole, we played through a group of Norweigans who were frantically hitting balls in an attempt to keep one in play. That grew tired and we marched through them. I’ve played the Old Course twice now and both rounds have been magical. It is as remarkable a place as everyone says.
I’ve written a lot about the experience — including how to get onto the Old Course, which isn’t as difficult as everyone thinks. It is well worth checking out a book by Allan Ferguson, called Golf in Scotland, which will tell you all the shortcuts to avoid getting hosed in the home of golf.

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  • The weather ‘over there’ has led me to believe that autumn is the best time to play ‘over here’. It’s nice to brace against the cool wind and feel connected to the naturalness of the game.

    Some great holes, especially the par 3’s, on the front side of the Eden…some real stinkers on the back side courtesy of Steel. Not sure what happended there.

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