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Scotland Photos Preview

Friends, I hope you enjoy this preview of some of my photographs from my trip to Scotland. More when I return.

Crail

Here’s a quick update from Scotland — today I played Crail, the world’s 7th oldest golf course. I shot under 95, which given the wind and my lack of play is good. I did par the course’s hardest hole on the Balcomie course, called Hell’s Hole.

Here’s a description:

The most memorable hole is No. 5, Hell’s Hole, a 447-yard, par-4 that is crescent-shaped left-to-right around the edge of the North Sea. You can bite off as much as you feel comfortable off that right dogleg.

I destroyed my drive, hit a low second shot beneath the wind to land on the back fringe, chipped within 5 and sank the par putt. It’s a gorgeous course.

If you get to St. Andrew’s/Fife area, and can’t play St. Andrew’s, try this course. It’s a hell of a walk, but well worth it. The golf gods were kind with the weather.

Some photos:

Scotland

Tomorrow I am embarking on a trip to the wonderful country* of Scotland. (*Scotland is technically ruled by Her Majesty the Queen, E II R.)

What am I to learn by visiting the land of gingers for my sister’s graduation from St. Andrews? (I know some will ask, much to my consternation, in four years she hasn’t found time to play the Old Course.)

Scotland is home of the famed William Wallace of Braveheart lore, and roughly .59 times the population of New Jersey and slightly smaller than Maine in size.

Yet, Scotland is part of a government that effectively bans Lucky Charms (maybe to spite Ireland?), whereas I am a resident of a country that bans haggis. This should be interesting. In addition to being the home of golf, Scotland is also home to delicious Scotch (I do prefer bourbon) and Adam Smith.

Scotland is also nearing a referendum that might give it independence from the United Kingdom.

I shall keep you updated with dispatches. Stay tuned to this blog for more.