The dream was realized today. I’ll not provide too many details as the pace of the day is catching up and night has fallen here on Scotland’s east coast, but this was easily one of the most surreal days in my life.
To finally visit the vaulted home of golf was everything I could have imagined and more.
This morning Jeff and I drove the hour down from the Carnoustie to find a land swathed in gold and purple hues provided by the longest stretch of sunshine we have seen in our short few days here.
The flat land of Angus gave way to the rolling hills above St. Andrews and before we knew it we had arrived.
I’ll not waste words on what the first sight of the Old Course or other landmarks were like but simply present a short slideshow below of 60 images that I managed to capture.
We tucked into the Old Course Hotel first thing to set-up a phone in location for a guest spot on the Tee It Up with Kevin Haime on Ottawa’s Team 1200, then promptly jumped on their shuttle to their official golf course, The Duke’s. This parkland course holds court 4 miles away in Craigtown, perched on a hilltop that offers up a stunning panorama of the Kingdom of Fife below.
It was a crispy start, with frost keeping us company early on, but soon the sunshine warmed the earth and dazzled us with the hues of Fall in Scotland.
We swept through the course at a brisk pace, playing in about 3 hours. The staff were commendable and pro Aeyden Robert-Jones was more than happy to give us plenty of guidance.
That extended back to the Old Course Hotel where we were set-up in a suite above and along the Old Course’s famous Road Hole to do our radio guest spot.
The balance of our time was spent wandering the village and the Old Course (more of which we will do tomorrow) with a quick pop-in to various golf shops.
We are tucked into the Fairmont St. Andrews this evening with a much anticipated golf course set to be played tomorrow.
Everybody we have spoken with, from club pros to shop owners, have told us that the Kingsbarns Golf Links just down the road is a special place and we are looking forward to seeing what has impressed the locals so much.
Enjoy the photos and we look forward to sharing more about our “Ultimate Golf Road Trip” tomorrow.