I’m happy to post my latest, really cool image gallery from the latest HOG World tour trip to Scotland last week. My pals and I took a 20 minute drive southeast of St. Andrews to the town of Crail. In Crail is a tremendous Scottish links course, Balcomie Golf Links. Old Tom Morris himself laid out Balcomie Golf Links back in 1895, the same year he rolled out the “New Course” at St. Andrews.
Fantastic Balcomie Golf Links in Crail, Scotland
There’s a second course on the property which opened in 1998 called Craighead Links. That one was designed by Gil Hanse, designer for the 2016 Olympic Games golf course. Didn’t get a chance to play that one. That’s a good reason to head back there!
Locals tee off on the 10th at Balcomie Golf Links, Crail, Scotland – click for more
Crail is also the home of Crail Golfing Society, the 7th oldest golf club in the world. What a cool club to be a member of! Thanks to the Crail Golfing Society for letting us my friends and I hang out in your lovely pub and enjoy your fantastic food!
More on Balcomie later on but for now click either photo to see the whole gallery of Balcomie Golf Links images!
I’m pleased to announce the addition of a new golf course photo gallery here in the massive Hooked On Golf Blog Gallery. I’ve added the tremendous Carnoustie Golf Links course.
Carnoustie Golf Links – click for more images
Carnoustie is a historic Scotland course, regarded by many as the most difficult course in the world. Seven (British) Open Championships have been held there, including the famous 1953 Open in which Ben Hogan came out victorious.
Hogan’s Alley Ben Hogan Plaque – Carnousite Golf Links – click to zoom
I had a bit of a triumphant round at Carnoustie last week. I started out par, birdie, par, par, bogey. Even par going into the 6th hole, “Hogan’s Alley.” That’s a tough par-5. Unfortunately my tee shot went OB left. My 3rd shot from the tee was solid. My 5th shot missed the green left and I had a crazy S-shaped putt off the green for bogey, which I somehow made. Birdie on the 2nd ball. That’s probably the best bogey I’ve ever had.
I managed to play the entire round at Carnousite in high winds with one golf ball. Final score, with a triple on one hole, was an 82.
Some “friends” bet that I couldn’t break 100 at Carnoustie. Time to pay up chaps.
A quick check-in. I’m just out the door to head up to the “world’s most difficult golf course” Carnoustie. Over under on my score as a 3.1 handicap?
In the mean time, here’s a picture of the Old Course at St. Andrews I shot last night at close to sunset. Beautiful.
18th Hole, Old Course – click to zoom
It is the week of the PGA Tour’s PLAYERS Championship. Remember to always write “PLAYERS” in all caps. It’s what they do.
This is the unofficial “5th major” on the PGA Tour. I just hope the Tour doesn’t get any bright ideas like the LPGA did and actually make it a 5th major, because it isn’t a major. That’s a discussion for another day.
I’m teeing off on the very fun #10 at TPC Sawgrass. Nice draw, shaped with the layout of the hole! – Click for more Sawgrass photos
For now, here’s a link to my TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course review which I posted back in May of 2011. What a fun track. If I had one word to describe the course it would be “big.” It is a big course.
Since it is Masters Wednesday it is time for a post related to the Par-3 Tournament. At last year’s Masters Tuesday I took a couple of hours to walk the par-3 course at Augusta National with my Nikon and my Canon. What fun. I was literally the only person there for much of my walk. I captured some fantastic shots of this very beautiful par-3 track, though there was some cloud cover which produced gray skies. I think it set the mood even better.
Augusta National Golf Club – Par-3 Course – Click for more images
Oddly enough while walking around I ran into none other than Johnny Miller, who was playing the course. I said hello and he was cordial.
Click photo for more Augusta National Par-3 images
Augusta National Par-3 Course Photo Gallery