August 2012

With Madonna at Skibo

August 31, 2012
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Breakfast is accompanied by an organ. From the road-boom we head towards Skibo Castle, where Madonna and Guy Richie were married in 2002, and walk straight into Carnegie Club’s Thursday breakfast, which includes a church organ recital -live. LINKS75′s chin is still on the floor when we are kindly but firmly directed towards our waiting […]

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In Links Heaven at Royal Dornoch

August 30, 2012
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In the same moment that we arrive at Royal Dornoch the sky above changes from grey to blue and the sun shines intensively down on Royal Dornoch’s 18 holes. We are in links heaven. Apart from LINKS75 scores of Americans have been flown in by Lear Jet to play a quick round at Dornoch and […]

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Driver at Castle Stuart

August 29, 2012
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Like a birthday cake the Art Deco clubhouse proudly stands high up on a hill, with Gil Hanse’s creation below facing Moray Firth. In 2016 the Olympic course will be designed by Hanse in strong competition with some of the world’s best course architects. We manage to start before a number of 4-balls that stand […]

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In a Leaderball at Nairn

August 28, 2012
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Sunshine and stong winds – extremely strong winds. White geese on Moray Firth. The flagsticks are horizontal. The man in the bar looks us in the eye, “Keep out of the rough. The speed of the greens are like a steam train”. We nod in appreciation.  The starter swallows a bite of his sardine sandwich […]

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One with Nature at Cruden Bay

August 27, 2012
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North of Aberdeen lies a necklace of links courses. We head for Cruden Bay. The course was built in connection with the advent of the railway to the British Isles. Between the wars there was a hotel for summer golfers and their families. Today in its place stands the clubhouse. The weather forecast for the […]

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Seven holes at Hesketh

August 23, 2012
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It was here that the brothers Bentley, Arnold and Harry, who even managed to rob Hitler’s Germany of a medal in the Berlin Olympics in 1936, ruled in the 1930s and 40s. The course is the oldest in the area – founded in 1885. We manage to tee off between two member groups on the […]

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Following the Footsteps of Heroes at Royal Lytham

August 22, 2012
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We awake in the world’s best British Open dormy. Dog, having the lawnmower as an alarm clock, puts down his  other foot and hangs his bag over his right shoulder. Blackpool has left behind the pinstripes and wears for the day the club emblem nearest to his heart. Already on the 1st tee we feel […]

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Rollercoaster at St Anne’s Old Links

August 20, 2012
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With the Big One, 65 yards high, on the horizon, we stand on the 1st tee after having to glide tackle some Englishmen for the honour. “On Tee – 11:00 and 11:07.” Already during morning coffee in the bar links jargon has filled the air and hungry looks have been cast at the 9th green. […]

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