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Scotland Recap – August 16 – 17, 2009 – Prestwick and Turnberry

September 2, 2009
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First and foremost, a trip like this is impossible without the help of many who helped me put this together.  I would like to thank Denzel Palmer and Giovanna Chaudhary from the Royal Montreal Golf Club for helping to arrange tee times at the seven British Open venues that we played.  Our travel arrangements and accommodations were set up by Terry Cimino (Destinations Travel in Omaha, NE) and everything worked out beautifully!   Last but not least, a huge thank you to Ron and Joyce McCrimmond who lent us their home in Scotland for the first leg of our trip.  And then to my golfing companions: Dru, Mark and Jonas….thank you so much for the driving, the loading and unloading of the van, and all the steps in between that you took to lighten my load so my energies could be saved for the golf.  I am truly blessed and this trip was among the best ever – and I’ve been on a few!

There were lots of highlights to share on August 16th and 17th as follows :

Prestwick : the one lunch table  that sat 32 people , the red brick wall that lined the right side of hole #1 opposite train tracks that was OB, the heavy  winds and rain that came down on holes 14-18 and broke my umbrella ( ominous signs of the rest of the week they would fortunately NOT be ), a taste of the enormous bunkers we would face all week including the Sahara on # 17 – the one hole that’s still the same since the club opened in 1851.

Turnberry:  I think this was everyone’s favorite course ; a beautiful links course on the water, lots of elevations for great scenery to observe, and fresh off the British Open, lots of holes to relate to from what we saw on television. Course conditions were perfect, they still hadn’t taken down the grandstands, and holes 8 through 11 off the water and next to the lighthouse were gorgeous to walk. You’ll see pictures of the hotel associated with the course. All in all, a real treat to walk and play, and thankfully the weather co-operated as you will see from the pictures below. The Turnberry pictures start with the hotel picture below.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    September 2, 2009 12:49 pm

    Reading the blog is a treat. Thanks Rich for keeping us updated on the continuing adventures…

    lisa

  2. lacdy permalink
    September 2, 2009 7:53 pm

    Absolutely beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing them with us Richard. I’m glad that the weather improved over the week, I see lots of blue sky in these photos.

    xoxo from Sweden

  3. Clare permalink
    September 3, 2009 1:57 pm

    Wow – great shots! It makes me want to take up golf again – although I don’t aspire to play these challenging courses. So glad you guys got there and had such a great time. Thanks for sharing the adventure with the rest of us.

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