Once more, the Scotsman comes through with an interesting tidbit about Donald Steel potentionally overhauling the historic Musselburgh links because the race track with which it shares land is looking at an expansion.
I’ve liked some of Donald Steel’s work — like the Kintrye course at Turnberry or Redtail near St. Thomas, Ont. — but last year I played the Eden course at St. Andrews, a project he renovated, and came away distressed.
The Eden was a Harry Colt design — full of wild greens right alongside the Old Course. Some of it was brilliant — until you hit the four holes Donald Steel did on the back nine.
Then you were handed four of the most uncharacteristic holes you’ll ever find on a links course, with flat greens and one of the worst North American-looking ponds you’ll see anywhere. Made me wonder why anyone would hire Steel, who is regarded as an expert on links golf, to renovate anything. At the Eden, he clearly demonstrated he has no ability to mirror the work that made up the rest of the course.
Anyway, the saga of Musselburgh, arguably Scotland’s oldest course, is ongoing…..