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.
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…)
The Maui Jim Longboard sunglasses are great for surfers. The lenses and frames are saltwater safe. Fantastic. I live in Salt Lake City. The only surfing I do is when I’m skiing down Mt. Baldy at Alta and an avalanche hits. I’ve sported the Longboards when skiing on my long boards. And I’ve sported them on the golf course. We know they’re good for surfers, but I’m testing and attesting for golfers and skiers.
The idea behind the Longboards is catching waves, and I’m not talking about ocean waves. The waves these sunglasses catch are ultraviolet. The UV lenses and thick frames block out a ton of UV and reduce glare.
Fantasy Golf Update!
We have the winners for fantasy golf week’s #3 and #4 below.
Week #3 (Northern Trust) winner: Double Eagles
Week #4 (Mayakoba Golf Classic) winner: Sun Dried Bunker Rake
Weekly prizes will be provided by Champ (Flix divot tools), but product won’t ship until late March. I do have some schwag from Sun Mountain too, some very cool waterproof golf hats or a beanie. Contact me to let me know if you want to wait for the Flix Divot tool from Champ or want to claim a hat/beanie from Sun Mountain.
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Being a world famous golf blogger has its privileges. You know… babes, all access to big events, the fast cars, hobnobbing with the stars… I just finished watching a special early screening of the premier of the Feherty Show, airing on Golf Channel tonight at 10PM Eastern. See what I mean? Privileges.
I’ve loved the Feherty Show ever since I saw my first episode. There’s something magic about the show which is not quite tangible. Feherty is humorously twisted, yes. But he’s honest and sincere. Somehow that combination works for great interviews and fun shows. The guests seem to really open up.
Tonight’s one hour show is an interview with Sergio Garcia from his home town in Spain. And the length isn’t just tonight’s premier. All the Feherty shows this season are one hour.
The interview with Sergio Garcia is excellent of course. Tune in and enjoy. I’d set your DVR to record it, not necessarily for the interview but for the tennis part. Sergio and Feherty tee it up on the tennis court. There’s a scene where Feherty comes up to the net and crashes into and over the net, all with a GoPro HD camera strapped to his head. I swear I haven’t laughed that hard in a long long time. The whole show is worth watching for that 5 second piece.
Well played David. Well played.
It has taken me a little while longer than normal to do my review of the new Champ Zarma FLYtees. The reason is that I haven’t been able to get one into the frozen ground here for a couple of months! Finally the thaw level is down enough that I can get a tee longer than .5 inches into the turf.
How much can someone really say about a golf tee? You stick it in the ground and put a ball on it, right?
The FLYtees are made from a biodegradable but durable plastic. I didn’t know that was possible, but very good to hear.
The head of the tee features six prongs, twice as many as other friction reducing tees. The extra prongs allow for more stability of the golf ball, and easier placement of the ball on the tee. (more…)