Truly it’s remarkable that the game of golf continues to revolve around the course that gave it birth over 600 years ago. It’s all the more impressive when you consider that aside from some new tees and an irrigation system, nothing’s changed all that much at the world’s 4th ranked golf course since 1764 when 22 holes were reconfigured to 18. Meanwhile the game and its players have gone from the Stone Age to the Space Age, and yet, in July of 2015 the Old Course at St Andrews will host the Open Championship for the 29th time – a run that began in 1873.
Golf dates to 1793 on the site where Kingsbarns Golf Links is found today, overlooking the North Sea 7 miles east of St Andrews. Everything changed in 2000 when Kyle Phillips reinvented links golf with the opening here of the game’s first “modern classic” links layout.
Tom Doak will point out that proper course routing follows the same path a person would take on a walk through the original property. In 1926, Tim Simpson agreed. His redesign of Old Tom Morris’ work at Cruden Bay produced a circuit that meanders all over the place. Golf Magazine’s world #83 was Read more “Video #8 / Cruden Bay Golf Club, Aberdeenshire, Scotland”
Prestwick is Scottish golf royalty. It was founded in 1851 and lies adjacent to Royal Troon along a stretch of Ayrshire coastline as famous as any in the world for prime golfing terrain. It was here in 1860 where the first Open Championship was played and won by Willie Park from Musselburgh with a score of 174 for 36 holes, 2 shots clear of Tom Morris. Prestwick would go on to host 24 Open Championships plus 11 Amateur Championships, the most recent in 2001.
Machrihanish was established as a “full” golf course in 1879 when Old Tom Morris expanded it to eighteen holes including the famous first where you have to carry a healthy corner of the Atlantic. If there’s a breeze be happy with five on this very unusual hole. Otherwise, Machrihanish is one of the most natural links there is.