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Carnoustie (Carnoustie, Scotland, UK)

Is Carnoustie hard?  Absolutely.  But don’t be scared away, it’s a great layout and an awesome experience to play.  Pictured here: the short par-3 13th.

Mention Carnoustie to most golfers, and they think “Carnasty,” the nickname given to this famously difficult links on the east coast of Scotland.  Now that I’ve had a chance to play Carnoustie, I’ll confirm what we already know–the course is bloody hard!

But the “Carnasty” moniker doesn’t do the course justice because it causes golfers to overlook the fact that Carnoustie, while incredibly challenging, is also a wonderful course.  Carnoustie’s layout is great, even borderline genius.  The course has more history than just about any other course in the world save for the Old Course at St. Andrews.  And, despite being challenging, the course is 100 percent fair.  Good shots are rewarded, but bad shots are severely penalized.

Carnoustie is an absolute must play on any golf trip to Scotland.  Here are my thoughts about the course, concluding with why I am giving Carnoustie my first ever A+ rating.

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2016 The Open Preview: The Predictions

The 18th fairway at Royal Troon, host of the 2016 Open Championship, is a pretty sweet setting to finish a major tournament. 

Having recently played Royal Troon, host of this year’s Open Championship, I feel like I should have inside knowledge about what to expect.  Truth be told, I’m as clueless as ever, but that won’t stop me from making some fearless predictions.  So without further adieu, here they are.

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