Friday, September 15, 2017

Here's To The Jubilee and New Friends......






Today I played The Jubilee Course here in St. Andrews. The weather and the pace of play didn't warrant much time for photos other than the two below. As you can see from the picture we had a mixture of sun and clouds out there today. I played with two chaps from Manchester, John and Tony. They were in a heated Best of 5 match series and I got a front row seat. We had the best time, despite some of the dodgy golf. It is always funny to see and hear people work through some rough patches out on the golf course. While the commentary may sound a lot different,  it's all the same!




I went back up to The St Andrews Golf Club for a while to wait on Kristen. She was at the spa this afternoon so I had some time to kill. More time for me to soak up wisdom from "The Elders" in the window. While there, I met another member Hampton and his son Dylan, over from North Carolina. We hit it off quickly and appreciated the fact that we spoke the same brogue. We made plans to play a new course for all of us, Scotscraig Golf Club on Thursday. Looking forward to it. Hampton is over to play The Town Match this coming Saturday. The Town Match is the biggest event of the year for the club as a team from our club as well as the others in the area take on a team from the R&A. With our troublesome Hurricane season back home, quite a few team members from all sides are not going to be here. As such, I am hoping to get the chance to compete for the club. We shall see. 

Kristen came back all smiles from the spa and was ready for some dinner. We decided to try an Italian place called Zizzi. The food and service were excellent. We also made a new friend this night and his name was Chocolate Waffle. 

Do yourself a favor......

Yes, it was that good!!!!
Another beautiful evening and walk home here in this Auld Grey Toon. Tomorrow we are slated for rain all day so who know's what we'll get into. That is all!




Time for Some Golf........The New Course



Beautiful morning.......

Ready for some action......

It is always such a thrill for us to be back here in St. Andrews. While The Old Course is the centerpiece of it all, there are still six other wonderful courses here in St. Andrews and countless others all around the Kingdom of Fife. After getting some time in yesterday evening on The Castle, I was ready to give it a go on The New Course this afternoon. The weather was beautiful, albeit it very windy. Would make for a good test today. Kristen was happily situated in The Old Course Hotel Spa so I was clear to get after it. The New Course doesn't take tee times so I made my way to the starter after grabbing some lunch in the clubhouse. I always enjoy listening to the war stories from rounds just played along with the faces filled with anticipation for rounds yet to be played. We all have one thing in common here, the love of Golf. 

I ended up playing by myself out there today, sandwiched in between two big groups. No bother though as it allowed me to take my time and really enjoy the day. I really like the 5th hole below. You have to flight the ball down, taking enough club to carry those two well placed bunkers in the front of  a green that slopes away from you. I missed my mark by 1 yard and trickled into the left bunker. After a bunker shot to about 4 feet, I walked away with par. 

One of my favorite Par 3's out here...

Par 3 5th....

On many of the holes, like the long Par 4 6th, sight lines are often based on towers or buildings in the distance. Part one, choose wisely. Part two, execute!



View from the tee of the Par 4 6th.....

The Par 5 8th hole is one of my favorites on The New. I love the way the bunkers frame up the entry into the green. It's definitely a risk / reward type shot for those lucky enough to ever play this hole downwind. Always been quite the opposite when I have played here.




View for my 2nd shot here at the Par 5 8th. Decisions, Decisions!

The Par 3 9th sits right along the Eden Estuary. The winds here are typically howling and today was no different. The Medal Tee plays 225 or so actual yardage. Today it was much more with the wind hard off the left. When I took the club back, a gust of wind threw me off balance during my downswing. I hit the big ball well before the little ball! I dribbled it off to the right twenty or thirty yards. Lucky to find it, I played my 2nd to just off the green and then salvaged things from there.




Eden Estuary.....Low Tide

Par 4 10th green....

Par 4 11th approach.....

Here are a couple more favorites from the last few holes today. Love the way the sunlight plays on this course as well as the views of the town as you come down the stretch. 






After the round, I made my way to the club house to catch up with the "Elders" of The St Andrews Golf Club. The table by the window in front is where I am certain after several days here, all the world's problems could potentially be solved! Not a bad view from where I am sitting. Along with the stories and the wisdom being passed down, I also love the bits of golfing history we have housed here. Such a blessing to be a part of this place. 

Home Away From Home.....

My view......

Doesn't get much better than this for those who love the history of the game.....

Or does it?......

The R & A Clubhouse.....Sunset
Kristen joined me up at the club for a bit before we headed around the corner to Ham's Hame for dinner. With sunsets like the one above, the only thing better would be if they'd last a bit longer. I guess the fact that they don't is what makes them so special. That is all!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Lazy Sunday in St Andrews





Sunday started with church at All Saints Episcopal Church. We came here last year for the first time and really enjoyed our time here. The chapel is beautiful and the parishioners are always wonderfully welcoming. After church we walked to the town centre and found our way to Forgan's for lunch. 





The weather was cool but sunny to kick off the afternoon. Kristen made her way out and about for a run and I made a run for The Castle Course for a late nine holes before dinner at one of our favorites, Little Italy. The Castle Course is where Kristen made her Scottish golfing debut last year. She's kind of a big deal. People know her!

Ready to roll off the 1st tee.....

Approach into the Par 4 1st

Par 4 1st green

Par 4 2nd green.....The rain's a coming!

My prize for enduring the rains....... Along the Par 5 4th hole

Par 4 6th green with the town of St Andrews in the background

Approach into the Par 4 7th....

Par 3 8th Green

A wee bit closer view of the 8th 

Par 4 9th green....

Played well out there today with a lot of chances for birdie. Sadly none fell but, pars don't hurt! Saw all sorts of weather out there. The sun was in and out of the clouds and the rains rolled in on the 2nd hole. The thing about good waterproofs is that they keep you dry through all that weather. The bad thing about waterproofs is they only work when you grab them off the dresser before heading to the course. Elements 1,  Me 0! Headed back to the house to grab Kristen and walk into town for dinner. We went to Little Italy for a wonderful authentic Italian meal. The lobster and prawn stuffed ravioli is hard to beat. The Italian Red wasn't too shabby either. We made another pass at Jeanetta's before heading home for the night. Tomorrow is slated for some good weather so I am looking forward to a round on either the New Course or the Jubilee. That is all!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Incredible Send Off From Turnberry......





Today we were off to St Andrews for the coming week. While St Andrews is my happy place, Turnberry and mornings like this are making a strong run for the top spot. After another wonderful breakfast and a little workout, we headed out for the lighthouse. The sun was giving us a glorious morning for a walkabout and we took full advantage. 




Ailsa Craig was showing off this morning. Never seen her more clearly!


There goes the "Light of My Life". See what I did there?


The next few are from the lighthouse. The lighthouse was built amongst the remnants of King Robert the Bruce's birthplace. You can see some of the walls etc in the pics below. 











After a wonderful sun filled lunch out on the terrace, we made our way back to the car. Next stop, St Andrews.....

Lunch on the terrace..



After safe passage up to St Andrews, we got settled in for the coming week. We unpacked and then walked to the town center to find some dinner and relax. Of note, this is "Freshers" week and all the families are bringing their freshmen students into town to get settled in for their first year here at The University of St Andrews, founded in 1410. What an exciting time for these young folks! Below are a  few last shots for the day. So glad to be back here in St. Andrews. That is all!








The 18th green of The Old Course with The St Andrews Golf Club in the background...



Sunset with the Old Course Hotel in the distance....



Finishing at dusk....


Proper way to end each day here in St. Andrews.....