HOG World Tour
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.
St. Andrews, Scotland – click to zoom
I’m groggily typing today as my journey from St. Andrews to home took over 26 hours yesterday. I had a three hour flight delay in Philly which added salt to the injury of not only traveling for so long, but travelling from golf mecca.
I shot 996 photos while in Scotland. A few might even be good. I’ll be posting more soon.
I will do some recaps of my experiences at various courses shortly as well.
I’m very tired and will surely be suffering from jetlag as the week progresses. My calves are completely knotted up from walking over 80 miles of fairways this past week on ground as hard as the freeway.
The experiences I had last week with friends, in such a special place, will not be forgotten. Stay tuned for recaps shortly.
HOG 2013 Scotland World Tour Photo Gallery
Hello from the Philadelphia airport. I’m back on US soil. Quite frankly, I’d rather be on Scottish soil!
HOG World Tour Rolls Through Crail, Scotland!
I’ve had one hell of a week playing seven golf courses, nine rounds and a total of 164 holes with my buddies “The Lads.” Here’s the course list:
- The Old Course (twice)
- The New Course (1895)
- Kingsbarns Golf Links
- Carnoustie Golf Links
- Balcomie Golf Links
- Fairmont St. Andrews Torrance Course
- Castle Course (twice)
Between all the golf and all the pubs and meals, I didn’t get back to my lodging until the “wee” hours each night and therefore had no time to write posts. I will be doing a recap of the rounds/courses/days during the next week or so.
The Old Course at sunset! Doesn’t get any better…
Also be sure to watch for new photos which I’ll be adding to the HOG golf photo gallery, specifically from Carnoustie, Crail/Balcomie and some fresh images from Kingsbarns, Castle and of course the Old Course.
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