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Scotland Recap – August 18-19 , 2009 – Carnoustie and St. Andrews

September 2, 2009

The home we were staying in was on the west coast of Scotland ; Carnoustie and St. Andrews were 3.5 – 4.0 hours away on the east coast and slightly north. So we got a hotel for the Tuesday evening in St. Andrews and off we headed early Tuesday morning for a 9:30 am T Time at Carnoustie.

Carnoustie :  temps were the coolest fo the week with rain that hit us on holes 10 through 13. Otherwise we had a comfortable day. The opening holes were very nice with deep bunkering and good definition. The back nine, famous for its difficult closing 4 holes, was all of that and more. Length is critical or you hit very long clubs in for your approach. Enjoy the pics.  Rich

St. Andrews :  Pictures start with a view of the R and A Clubhouse. We we couldn’t get on by the ballot, so Dru offered to get up at 4:30 am and stad in line until 6:am when the starter arrives and allots some 20 random Tee Times to those who have waited patiently for the opportunity. We were alloted a 6:40 a.m T time for two ; we had pre-planned the evening before that if we were split up and couldn’t get on as a 4some that Jonas and Mark would play KingsBarns. They loved the course. Playing St. Andrews with Dru and caddies was special – the home of golf and all those double greens which you just don’t see elsewhere in the world.  Hells Bunkers is the view I tried to capture with the town in the background where the picture shows a “?” And dinner at Jiggers off the 17th hole created a great atmosphere for our time at the Old Course. Enjoy some of my favorite pictures.  Rich

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