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Golf History from the beginning to the end in 2 minutes! 

Golf History from the beginning to the end in 2 minutes!

Golf History from the beginning to the end in 2 minutes!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

In my research, the golf game did not start in Scotland, as shown in this video, but in Holland. 

And introduced to Scotland when the Dutch sailors came over to St. Andrews by boat.  We will never really know, but the game certainly did flourish in Scotland and St. Andrews.  And people regard it as the “Home” of golf!  This invaluable history lesson in a quick 2 minutes is brought to you by Swing by Swing and talkSPORT.

Did you know that in 1672, the first game of modern golf on record was at Musselburgh Golf club in Scotland?

Or that St. Andrews was 22 holes, until they had to drop it to 18 and set the standard?

Here are some cool facts about the history of golf!

Source: Swing by Swing   talkSPORT

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An incredible journey for young Irish lad Paul Dunne!

An incredible journey for young Irish lad Paul Dunne!

An incredible journey for young Irish lad Paul Dunne!

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Watching Paul Dunne during the British Open, I recalled a similar amateur having a great week at the British Open, Justin Rose!  

Justin went on to win the US Open and become one of the premier players in world golf.  I wonder what is in store for young Paul?

This wonderful Irish golfer offers us his very personal insights into his experiences at the Open this year. Dunne is a humble but very talented young man tied for the lead entering the final round.

Read about his rounds with the world’s top players, his amazement at the crowds, how he dealt with weather interruptions, etc. I love the part where he admits he set 7 alarms to go off in the early morning of the first round!

Thanks to Paul Dunne and the Irish Times for a great tale.

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An incredible journey for young Irish lad Paul Dunne!

We all had our own ways of getting to St Andrew’s.

I know Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson were among those who hopped on the charter flight from the John DeereClassic but my journey was quite different. I’d been playing for Ireland in the European Team Championships in Sweden and we had about a three-hour train ride down to Copenhagen, a flight to Dublin, where I had to stay for some time in the airport, and then caught another flight to Edinburgh.

I arrived in Edinburgh pretty late on Sunday night and went straight to our rented house in Elie, a town about 20 miles from St Andrews. My mam, dad and Alan Murraywere already there and had sent me the address. I just went straight into the house, didn’t knock on the door or anything, and walked straight into someone else’s house. I was nearly attacked by their dog and the people came out laughing, and then pointed me in the right direction – around the side of their house – where I needed to go. It had been a long day and I was tired and I didn’t bother setting any alarm. I just slept until I woke up.

When I arrived at St Andrew’s on Monday, I did the first thing to register in the clubhouse.

There were a few desks with administration staff, you sit down, sign your name, give your contact details for the week, get your player’s ID badge, tickets for your family and they give you a locker key. There was a good luck note in mine from Titleist, with a couple of dozen golf balls and four gloves for the week.I hadn’t organised any practice round but I met Shane Lowry at lunch and he told me he was due to play with G-Mac. Did I want to play? It couldn’t have worked out any better if you’d planned it. I went to practice for a couple of hours before we headed out. Shane played the first five holes with us, along with Daniel Brooks, and then Graeme and myself played from six to 18, just the two of us and not a lot of people.

At one point, Graeme took a photo of me from behind and put it onto his Twitter account with a contest with a prize for the first person to guess who I was.

An incredible journey for young Irish lad Paul Dunne!

In the first 30 guesses, there were 28 Jordan Spieths and two Vijay Singhs. My Irish team-mate Cormac Sharvin was actually the first to correctly get the answer.

I made a point of playing practice rounds with different players. On Tuesday, I played with Matteo Manassero – Cormac’s uncle, Brian, is his caddie – and Francesco Molinari and Ben An andDanny Lee joined us. On Wednesday I was due to play withBrooks Koepka but he didn’t want to play because it was raining. I went out on my own, starting on 17, and Adam Scott, who was on the 16th, asked could he play the last few holes with me.

He played 17, 18 and the first and then I met up with Ollie Schniederjans. It was great to play with so many different players, to get different perspectives on how to play the course. I spoke to everyone, about where to hit it, how to avoid different bunkers, learnt different things every day. Everyone I played with was very good about it, it is not like unlocking the secrets, you want to know where you have to hit it.

During Thursday, July 16th –First Round.

I’d gone to bed at eight o’clock the night before. I never go to bed that early. I couldn’t get to sleep and it was probably half 10 before I slept. I’d a 6.43am tee time and had set seven alarms, to go off every two minutes, from 4am to 4.15m. I got up at a quarter past, and was the last one up. Everyone else in the house was up, afraid I would sleep in. I had a bowl of muesli and a yoghurt and was off the course. I was ready.

Before I go out, I give myself a number in my head. It’s something I used to do years ago, playing in boys’ events, but had stopped doing. I started doing it again during the NCAAs in the last round when I had a chance to win there and have continued doing since. I found that putting a number in my head focused me on shooting a score. My target was a 68.

I got off to a quick start and birdied the first two.

Got really good yardages which meant I could spin it a lot. I birdied the Par 5 fifth and got an unlikely birdie on the ninth, where I made a long one. Part of the gameplan I had drawn up with Alan (Murray) was to make no bogeys and I was disappointed to three-putt from the edge of the 11th. I was happy to par my way in, happy enough with 69 even though it was a shot more than I had in my head.

Afterwards, I had lunch, did some short game practice and went back to the house and slept for a couple of hours. My mam and my brother David made dinner for us – the nine of us staying in the house – and afterwards I either watched TV or went to my room, which was the only place I could get Wifi. If I wanted to go on my phone, do social media or whatever, I had to go to my room. If I wanted to watch the golf on TV, I’d go to the livingroom. It was a nice little separation.

An incredible journey for young Irish lad Paul Dunne!

Friday, July 17th – Second Round.

I’d looked at the forecast the night before it said it would rain until 11, then the wind would drop and get back up at four. I was meant to be out at 11.43am. I literally had the perfect tee time, I couldn’t believe it. But when I woke up, I saw there was a three hour delay and I was thinking: “Oh, now I am going to get the windy part of the day.”

By the time I got to play, late in the afternoon, the wind direction had changed. The first day it was down off the right on the front nine and off the left on the back nine, playing really tough. It had completely flipped and the front nine was straight off the left and the back nine was straight off the right, so the whole course was playable. It didn’t make any hole too long in the crosswinds. You just had to control the flight of the ball, so there were birdies on both sides. I had a number again, I thought 70 would be good.

Started slowly, and, on nine, I had a wedge shot in.

I said to Alan, “it’s about time I hit one close”. Managed to hit one into about three feet and my round started. I birdied 14. On the 15th, I had a six-iron in and I noticed Tiger Woods was standing about five yards from me, waiting to play number four. “Go ahead,” he said. I hadn’t been nervous all day but was so nervous playing that shot, because Tiger was watching me. It made no sense. I hit a good one and made three.

The thought of just making the cut had never entered my head going out. I knew I was hitting it well enough not to have to worry about shooting three- or four-over in a cross wind, that I wasn’t going to make a heap of bogeys in a row. I shot 69 again. My first day’s number had been 68, my second day 70 – so two 69s was pleasing. I was spot on.

My two playing partners, Todd Hamilton and James Hahn, both missed the cut and wished me well. James told me he hoped to see me on the PGA Tour with him some day. It was late, so we all ate at the course that night; and because play hadn’t finished, I set my alarm for nine o’clock the next morning to see when I would be playing again.

Saturday, July 18th – Completion of Second Round.

I slept well, knowing there was no early start for me. As it turned out, the high winds meant those completing their second rounds didn’t get very far.

I didn’t do much. Once I got word I wouldn’t be playing, I went out with my brother and sister and ma out to the beach and threw a rugby ball around. It wasn’t like we were tackling each other. So, it was either throwing the ball or just resting for most of the day.

About five o’clock, I went up to the course and did some work just to stay loose really, more a matter of maintenance. I spent two hours there, hit balls for about 45 minutes, chipped for 20 minutes and putted for the rest of the time. When we were in college in UAB, Alan always set up putting games and chipping games for us. We just did that, set up some games, see how many you could make out of a certain amount from around the hole, then just went back and had some dinner.

We were joined by Shane Lowry, Neil Manchip, his wife Aideen and son Hugo – their house was about 150 yards away from ours – and we were just having a general chat.

The text with the tee times came about 10 and I saw I was playing with Louis Oosthuizen, which was cool. Once I had my tee time it was just normal, just get ready for another round of golf.

To read the rest of Paul’s incredible journey and the final 2 rounds, go here.

Source: Irish Times

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12 suggestions on improving the World Golf Hall of Fame!

12 suggestions on improving the World Golf Hall of Fame!

12 suggestions on improving the World Golf Hall of Fame!
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I never understood why the World Golf Hall of Fame is in St. Augustine.  

How many more visitors would the WGHOF get if it was in St. Andrews?  (The Home of Golf.) And if we had the induction ceremonies during the Open Championship, every two years, when it is in Scotland, you would get a lot more PGA Tour and European Tour players attending the event.  Joel Beall of Golf Digests blog “The Loop” gives his take on the subject!
 

I’ve never understood Hall of Fame debates. It should be that rarest of black-and-white matters: a figure is or isn’t an icon of the sport. If you’re disputing an athlete’s merits, chances are they’re very, very good…but not great.

And we don’t care about the very, very good. Hall of Fames should have the same mantra as Top Gun: for the best of the best.
 This discussion has surfaced following Zach Johnson’s British Open victory. To some, capturing the claret jug raised Johnson’s profile from “Oh yeah, he won a Masters, right?” to “This guy is an all-timer!”
 Johnson’s win unquestionably puts him alongside unique company. But superstar status? Not to sound cruel, but no one has ever gone to a tournament because Zach Johnson’s in town.
12 suggestions on improving the World Golf Hall of Fame!

Ultimately, this discussion is rendered moot, as to reach the World Golf Hall of Fame, all one has to do is open the door.

Every athletic Hall of Fame is beleaguered to some degree. Baseball hasn’t figured out how to evaluate its steroid era for hall admission, the Naismith center has battled financial trouble and the NFL’s HOF is located in Canton, Ohio. (And if you don’t understand why that’s problematic, you’ve never been to Canton, Ohio.)
 
But these problems pale in comparisons to golf’s library of legends.
 
The World Golf Hall of Fame has been around for nearly 40 years, yet holds little eminence or prestige within the game, let alone the sports world. While sound in concept, the execution has been extremely flawed.
 
This issues range from low election standards (seen most recently with Colin Montgomerie’s induction in 2013) to it’s St. Augustine confines, which, although nice, is not synonymous with golf in the same manner that Cooperstown is with baseball.
 
To be fair, the World Golf Hall of Fame is aware of such hurdles. Golf Digest’s own Ron Sirak, a member of the hall’s selection committee, addressed how they are going to tweak some of the issues going forward.
 
However, the ailments are systematic and can’t be alleviated with quick fixes. The World Golf Hall of Fame, in perception and palpability, needs to be annihilated and started from scratch. Here’s our proposal to construct a workable World Golf Hall of Fame.
12 suggestions on improving the World Golf Hall of Fame!

Raise the age barrier from 40 to 55

Basketball wouldn’t enshrine LeBron James into Springfield in the midst of his playing career, yet current golfers are routinely deified at St. Augustine. Once players reach the age of 40, they are eligible for induction, which is why Phil Mickelson has been in the hall since 2012.
 
This honor should be celebrating a career, serving as the final chapter to one’s narrative in the sport. This shouldn’t happen while that story is still being composed. Moving the qualification age to 55 will give the ceremony more credence.
 
Speaking of ceremonies…

Jim Nantz is the master of ceremonies, Dan Hicks is the studio host, and David Feherty works the interviews.

You can argue his virtues on the NFL or basketball, but when it comes to golf, Nantz’s aptitude as a historian, storyteller, moderator and announcer are unquestioned. Nantz is the rare media personality who can enhance an event with his presence, which is why his involvement is imperative.
 
To me, Hicks is one of the more underrated sportscasters in the business. You always feel safe with him steering the wheel, and he’d be excellent at setting the table for this event. And my feeble words can’t paint the color of Feherty’s character. Just know that if we want to make this enjoyable, Feherty is a must for entertainment.
 

If you’re inducting someone, give them the proper travel arrangements.

This seems like a no-brainer, eh? I mean, what type of two-bit operation would bestow an honor upon someone without making sure they’d be in attendance?
 
Invoke a caste system
 
Normally I don’t look to the British Empire’s 19th century colonialism for inspiration. Nevertheless, something feels inappropriate about the plaque of the aforementioned Monty – he of zero majors – residing next to Old Tom Morris.
 
I do think there’s a place for guys like Curtis Strange or David Graham, but they should be in an entrance-level exhibit. As you go further into the Hall of Fame, you hit another echelon of players, names likes Mickelson, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros. At the Hall of Fame’s core reside the immortals: Jones, Nicklaus, Hogan, Palmer, etc.
 
This configuration has a two-fold purpose, serving as an educational tool to the museum’s entrants while properly slotting the game’s greats into context.
 

Fix the locker room exhibit.

This suggestion is strictly for my dad. We visited St. Augustine some years back, and as an avid club collector, he was intrigued by the locker room showcase, a display featuring the bags and tools of the HOF members.
 
Or should I say, was intrigued. Instead of seeing Nicklaus’ MacGregor sticks or Palmer’s Wilson Staff instruments, their designated areas were filled with present-day gear, featuring Nicklaus’ personal brand and Calloway’s new clubs in Palmer’s locker. I hadn’t seen the man so crestfallen since he found out I was taking a basketball class as a college course.
 
The Hall of Fame is a museum, not an advertising platform. It should be presented as such.
 
Source: Golf Digest    Joel Beall
Pictures: Golf Digest
 
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Top 10 Moments of the Open Championship - #7 is my favorite!

Top 10 Moments of the Open Championship – #7 is my favorite!

Top 10 Moments of the Open Championship – #7 is my favorite!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The Open Championship is full of excitement and memories of the great Bobby Jones winning here in 1930 as an amateur.  

All the greats played here from Old Tom Morris, Young Tom Morris, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods.  The list goes on, but the trip to St. Andrews is one that will never be forgotten.

We count down the most memorable Open Championship moments witnessed at the Home of Golf.

Source: The Open

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Mitch Laurance Interviews the Legendary Old Tom Morris!

Mitch Laurance Interviews the Legendary Old Tom Morris!

Mitch Laurance Interviews the Legendary Old Tom Morris!

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Landing an interview with Old Tom Morris must have been quite a coup for Mitch Laurance, host of Golf Connections. 

As Old Tom has been dead since 1908!  But enter David Joy, historian/actor/storyteller who portrays the legendary character.  Check out the link below to listen to this captivating interview and learn about the early days of golf!

Check out the great interview here!

Mitch Laurance Interviews the Legendary Old Tom Morris!

 Mitch Laurance catches up with a golf icon through historian David Joy, the man who carries on his spirit of the game.

By MITCH LAURANCE / @MitchLaurance

As The Open Championship arrives in St. Andrews again this year, to be played at The Old Course for an historic 29th time, wouldn’t it be great if it were possible to get the thoughts and feelings of the man more connected to the history of the game at St. Andrews and more responsible in many ways to the spread of the game worldwide than any other? If only Old Tom Morris could speak to us now.

Perhaps he can.

In this edition of “Golf Connections,” Old Tom might as well be with us all, as the one and truly only David Joy, fourth-generation St. Andrean and master actor/writer/painter/historian, brings his portrayal of Old Tom to life, giving us a first-hand account of life in St. Andrews and Scotland from the 1840s through Old Tom’s demise in 1908 — from the first Open Championship in 1860 at Prestwick to its move to The Old Course and other venues. Old Tom details his “Grand Matches” teaming with Alan Robertson (which drew 10,000 people!), the changes he made to The Old Course when he moved back from Prestwick in 1864, talks about the great players of the day, including his extraordinary son Young Tom, and reminds us just how much of a debt we owe to this singular figure in golf history.

Source : Golf Connections with  Mitch Laurance

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Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Paul Dunne is an Irish amateur who has done the unthinkable!  

Holding the 54 hole lead in the 144th British Open Championship.  Due to heavy rain, the tournament will have a Monday finish, so if you are reading this at the publishing time of 8 am Eastern Time, please turn on your TV and watch.  This is going to be exciting!  Other contenders are Jason Day (looking to finally breakthrough at a Major) Louis Oosthuizen,(looking to repeat at St. Andrews) Jordan Spieth, (looking for his 3rd Major in a row) Padraig Harrington, (looking for his 3rd Claret Jug), Marc Leishman and Jordan Niebrugge (another amateur looking to make history.)  Hold on tight!  Thanks to the European Tour for the great background info on Paul Dunne.

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Paul Dunne plays an approach on the 4th hole (Getty Images)

Born: November 26, 1992
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Age: 22
Height: 5’ 8.”
Weight: 160lb
Home: Greystone, Ireland
College: University of Alabama

10 things to know about Paul Dunne

1. Qualified for The Open as the winner of the Final Qualifying at Woburn.

With rounds of 70-65, ahead of the likes of Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie. It was the second successive year he has won the Final Qualifier at Woburn.

2. In his one previous Open at Royal Liverpool.

He missed the cut after rounds of 75-73 – 148 (+4)

3. Started playing golf at the age of 10.

And then “properly” since he was 12. Son of Colum and Michelle Dunne has an older brother, David, and a sister, Alison. His brother is a performance nutritionist with Harlequins Rugby, Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club, and British Canoe.

4. Graduated from University of Alabama in Business Finance in April.

Graeme McDowell is a fellow University of Alabama alumni and played a practice round with him on Tuesday.

“He hit the ball very well. He’s long, and he’s strong, and he looks like he’s got a very complete game,” McDowell said. “It’s a big day for him out there. I hope he goes and has a great day and kicks on.” – He sure has.

5. His caddie at The Open is UAB golf coach Alan Murray, a fellow Irishman.

Murray was Golf Week’s coach of the year in 2014 after leading UAB to the NCAA Tournament.

Read the other 5 things to know about Paul Dunn here.

Source: European Tour

Pictures: European Tour

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The St Andrews Old Course Hell Bunker Rebuild Time-Lapse!

The St Andrews Old Course Hell Bunker Rebuild Time-Lapse!

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If you get near the lip of Hell Bunker on the 14th hole at St. Andrews, take my advice and chip out sideways.  

You won’t be sorry.  Jack Nicklaus tried to advance the ball forward again, again and again, to no avail.  The result?  A 10 on his scorecard.  The smartest thing you can do is make sure that you have a club in your hand that will either come up short or clears the lip easily.

St. Andrews Old Course – where the ghosts of golf come to haunt us. They do things like blow the wind in crazy directions, and bounce our golf balls into rough we can’t get out of. And every once in a while, the ghosts will put a curse on us and send us to Hell. Hell Bunker that is…

It’s the famed bunker of Saint Andrews Old Course’s 14th hole. Jack Nicklaus once made a 10 in it. A 10!

And this year it got a bit of a make over. Check out all the details in the video above. Careful… muahaha.

This time-lapse was recorded as the Old Course Greenkeeping team, led by Course Manager Gordon McKie, rebuild the infamous Hell Bunker on the 14th hole of the Old Course. The work took place during the winter months of 2014/15 in preparation for the 144th Open Championship.

Source:  Swing by Swing    St Andrews Links

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How to get a tee time at the Old Course at St. Andrews!

How to get a tee time at the Old Course at St. Andrews!

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Snagging a tee time on the Old Course at St. Andrews takes a little bit of savvy and a little bit of luck.  

There are tricks of the trade that can get you on without paying $3500 for the “St. Andrews Golf Experience” package.  Brandon Tucker, Managing Editor of golfadvisor.com, gives you several far easier ways!  Read on!

If you’ve ever put a tee in the ground, you’ve no doubt thought about what it would be like to play a round in the birthplace of golf: St. Andrews, Scotland.

How to get a tee time at the Old Course at St. Andrews!

Your summer golf vacation could include a round on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

A common misconception of the famed Old Course at St. Andrews is that it’s an exclusive, private club like Augusta National. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

While it’s true that green fees at St. Andrews — and all of Scotland — have skyrocketed over the past 30 years, the Old Course is open to the public on most days. For a round, it costs about the same as your normal PGA Tour venue open to the public. Depending on the exchange rate, the 2014 green fee to play the Old Course is 160 pounds, which is about $260.

So how can I make a tee time on the Old Course at St. Andrews?

There are numerous ways to play the Old Course that vary in convenience and price.

The easiest option — and most expensive — is to book a golf package with a guaranteed tee time. These packages, which are a three-night minimum, are highly coveted assets, and the price to get one is steep. The Old Course Experience is the sole provider (but it does sell some of its inventory to other golf packagers). These packages start at around 2,000 pounds per person for three rounds/three nights in the summer.

The smarter way to get a guaranteed tee time at the posted green fee rate for that season is to write or email the St. Andrews Links Trust (www.StAndrews.org.uk). Each fall, the Trust holds an open period to accept group-booking requests. The more golfers you have in your group, the tougher it will be to accommodate everyone, but this is a surefire way for smaller groups that can commit to a date well in advance. Tour operators can help you submit these requests if you’d like to use one for your trip.

But you don’t have to plan well in advance — or shell out more money as part of a golf package — if you’re willing to gamble a little.

The Old Course holds a tee-sheet ballot every day the course is open to the public, and golfers (minimum of two) can enter the drawing, which is announced two days prior to play (so Wednesday tee times are announced Monday afternoon). Now, if you have a group of more than four, be prepared to split up or risk some of you not getting a time. You can enter the ballot at the Links Trust website. Results are posted at 4:30 p.m. every day.

So if you stay three or four days in St. Andrews, plan on entering the lottery for every day you are there, but book some “safety” tee times at nearby courses. These clubs know about the Old’s ballot policy, and just about all of them are happy to give you a rain check should you earn a ballot spot the day you’re supposed to play their course (just mention your plans to do so when booking with the course). Many clubs now offer online tee times as well so you can make last-minute arrangements.

The last option, if all else fails or if you’re a single, is to walk on. You’ll want to head to the starter’s shed at the crack of dawn and give your name to the starter, who will put you on the list and pair you with any incomplete groups. Keep your fingers crossed for no-shows.

The Unlimited Golf ticket at St. Andrews

This is a game changer for St. Andrews golfers. Recently, the Links Trust began selling an “unlimited golf” ticket for three (£200) and seven (£400) days. Good for each of the courses except the Old, you can set up tee times in advance for your morning round at any course and then have space-available replays in the afternoon. This is especially ideal for those willing to enter the Old Course Lottery during their stay in St. Andrews.

Check out some more tips on how to play St. Andrews here!

Source: Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor

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Tom Watson isn't the only one saying farewell at St Andrew's!

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We have all grown accustomed to listening to the silky melodious voice of Ivor Robson as he announces players on the first tee of a European Tour tournament.  

Well, all good things must come to an end. There will be extra media coverage on the great Tom Watson as he plays his final Open Championship at St. Andrews. Still, there will also be a focus on Ivor Robson as he makes his final announcement of the leaders heading out to do battle!

Thanks so much to the Golf Channel for bringing us this great story, and thanks, Ivor, for just being yourself!

Tom Watson isn't the only one saying farewell at St Andrew's!

This will be the iconic Ivor Robson’s final Open Championship as the official starter. We will all miss that silky voice!

For 41 Open Championships it has been one voice, Ivor Robson’s voice, that marked the time. When he takes to the tee at 6:32 a.m. on Thursday it will mark the beginning of the end for the iconic first tee announcer.

The 144th Open will be Robson’s last as the first tee announcer, ending a tenure that began at the Open in 1975 at Carnoustie. He hasn’t missed a championship or a tee time since.

“I feel you can’t go on forever and if you’re going to step off there’s no better place to do it than here,” said Robson, who began his week announcing for Wednesday’s Champion Golfers’ Challenge. “It’s time to go.”

Check out the rest of this interesting story here.

Source: Golf Channel

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What it means to be Champion Golfer of the Year!

What it means to be Champion Golfer of the Year!

What it means to be Champion Golfer of the Year!

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Only the elite in golf has ever heard their name mentioned at the prize giving of a British Open Championship as “The Champion Golfer of the Year!”  

This is reserved for those who triumphed over an outstanding field of golf’s best players over 4 days. Their names are etched not only onto the Claret Jug but into the history of the Open championship!

It’s the oldest Major in golf, with history to make the hairs on your neck stand up (according to Rory). Some of the greatest to ever swing a club have held the Claret Jug, an acheivement very few of us will ever understand.

So, the what’s closest thing to understanding what it feels like? Reaching out to some of golf’s best and asking them to express their emotion.

This is a cool video on what it means to be the “Champion Golfer of the Year”. This one will get you ready for the Open Championship at St. Andrews Old Course this weekend.

Source: The Open

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