Scottish Open going to faux links

It’s with mixed emotions that I read this morning that the Scottish Open, played the week before THE OPEN, is moving from Loch Lomond to Castle Stuart (Inverness) and/or  the Renaissance Club (Edinburgh), not sure which one is hosting in 2011 as of this date.

One, I am happy it’s leaving LOCH LOMOND, Tom Weiskoph’s great American course north of Glasgow.  It surely does not represent ONE thing Scottish!

Two, CASTLE STUART is a great American styled faux links course, designed like Kingsbarns to look like a links and separate rich Americans from their money.  It is a cash cow american concept course (high end day use public) and Scotland does not need this concept.  It is far too expensive, although they have “special” rates for “locals”.  No doubt about it’s being a great course, but it should be in Bandon, Oregon.

Three, RC or RENAISSANCE CLUB, is another American concept club, a very exclusive high priced private operation.  It is a very good course, built next to MUIRFIELD  which is usually considered the #1 course in the UK, designed by the hottest American designer Tom Doak, owned by a Jacksonville person.  It also does not represent Scottish golf, and in fact best represents the  American and Canadian idea of  “if we build it and charge enough, they will come and pay”.   How’s that going these days?  Where’s the line start? 

Google the Scottish Open, Castle Stuart, Renaissance Club or for further information.

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