I was so excited to write this review about Kingsbarns Golf Links, a modern links course located seven miles southeast of St. Andrews, Scotland. When I started though, I ran into a mental brick wall. The mental block was simply due to the massive amount of information, photos and thoughts I have on this brilliant course. I didn’t know where to start. So much to say. Words can’t adequately convey how great the golf experience at Kingsbarns is. That being said, I’ll take my best shot.
Kingsbarns Golf Links – click for more images
Location Location Location
As I mentioned, Kingsbarns is about seven miles southeast of the “Auld Grey Toon” (old gray town) of St. Andrews, Scotland. The road from St. Andrews to Kingsbarns is tight, windy and scenic, in typical Scottish fashion. Driving on such roads can be a “wee bit” frightening for an American, as the cars are driven on the “wrong side” of the road. Of course anyone from the UK would say that us Americans drive on the wrong side…
Kingsbarns sits on the coast of the North Sea, many of the holes featuring fantastic views. There is a two mile stretch of the course comprised of six holes, which are entirely on the shoreline. Several times during my round with my good friends this past summer at Kingsbarns, we looked around at the holes adjacent to the North Sea saying, “Pebble who?” (more…)
Since the PGA Tour is in Torrey Pines this week for the Farmers Insurance Open, I was going to find some of my shots in the HOG Gallery of Torrey Pines. It was at that point that I realized I had yet to upload them. Dug back into my archive and found a few. They’re up now.
So click the image below or this link to the Hooked On Golf Blog Torry Pines Image Gallery.
Torrey Pines - love the para-gliders everywhere - click to see more
I wasn’t there to golf, though I could have easily gotten on. Next time I’m bringing the clubs.
I had the pleasure of playing Coyote Springs Golf Club (formerly The Chase) in mid 2011. Many thanks to the staff there, especially assistant pro Rob Sanders and pro Todd Michaelsen. Since my first trip to Coyote Springs I’ve been salivating at the chance to get back down there and test my game out a 2nd time. I had the chance to to play a 2nd round there around July, but unfortunately I had to cut a HOG World Tour trip short due to a family emergency. The emergency ended up okay, no worries, except for the heartbreak of missing out on an opportunity to play this fantastic track again.
Coyote Springs – Jack Nicklaus signature design golf course – Coyote Springs, Nevada – Click for more images
Location Location Location?
Coyote Springs is located in the Nevada desert. If you are a golfer looking to get away from it all, this would be the place. The course is about an hour drive northeast of Las Vegas and about a 45 minute drive southwest of Mesquite. The road in to the course is very hilly and full of curves. Make sure you’re awake and sober for that one.
The area the course is situated is big. BIG. I can’t think of any other word to describe it. The sky is big, the landscape is big and the number of miles you can see is big. The views from any vantage point on the course reach for miles, with mountains framing the landscape. The contrast of the green grass and blue water features with the gray desert landscape is striking.
Heard from a golf buddy the other day, the story of a group of his friends who just got back from a fabulous golf trip to Bulgaria. “Bulgaria?” I asked? My pal sent me the YouTube video below of Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort. I was instantly intrigued.
Gary Player Designed Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa Resort, Bulgaria – click for more images
Gary Player designed the golf course at Thracian Cliffs. The course sits on the west coast of the Black Sea. Every hole has a view of the Black Sea and most of the holes are right on the cliffs overlooking the Black Sea.
Welcome to the fourth and final post looking back at 2011 for myself and Hooked On Golf Blog. I start this post in July 1 2011, which happens to be when I’m on an airplane to golf’s home, St. Andrews, Scotland. What comes up first is the trip of a lifetime and the shot of a lifetime.
My first July golf blog came on the 2nd, Greetings From St. Andrews. It was a quick hello from the home of golf. Not much time to write, too much golf to be played and pubs to be experienced.
My 2nd July post is Great times in St. Andrews, more to come. Look at the killer pic of my golf group standing in the Road Hole bunker.
Within a couple of hours of arriving in St. Andrews, we were teeing off on the Old Course. Having traveled all day and having no feel for the huge difference between American golf and Scottish golf, I was happy with my 81.
Shot Of A Lifetime
At 7:00am the next day, we played the Old Course again. This is where I hit the shot of a lifetime–the greatest par I’ll ever have on the Road Hole, the 17th. To cap that off I make birdie on #18 to shoot a satisfying 77.
Picking my ball out after holing out from 196 yards, Road Hole – St. Andrews, Scotland
Other courses played while in St. Andrews include the amazing Castle Course, the unbelievable Kingsbarns, Strathtyrum, Jubille Course, New Course and the Eden Course.
Interviewed Robert Duvall
I had the great pleasure of interviewing Academy Award winning actor Robert Duvall about his starring role in the golf movie Seven Days In Utopia.
In August I had the pleasure of seeing my golf writing appear in an actual print magazine. My article on the Solstice Golfathon appeared in the Utah Golf Association’s Fairways Magazine.
On August 8th I posted a review of one of the best courses in Southern Utah, Coral Canyon.
The HOG World Tour headed for some sea and sun to southern California and the beach. While there I took some time away from basking in the sun to visit the Cleveland/Srixon world headquarters.