June 2013

Inland Links at Scotscraig

June 11, 2013
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Problems with the course card mean we get to visit the Secretary’s inner sanctum. We discuss weather and golf and he informs us that they market themselves as a links course but the course has the character of a links/heathland. We head out onto the course with a good opening hole, out right and a […]

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Industrial Links at its Best

June 10, 2013
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On the 1st tee, Kraftwerk accompanies our drives and on the horizon there are white smoke and chimney stacks en masse – like a Pink Floyd dream. Dr Mackenzie made improvements to the course in 1925 and today there are 22 holes and three routes – we are playing Brabazon. Tough tees and blooming fairways. […]

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Nuclear-powered Golf at Seascale

June 8, 2013
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On the way to the course we are aggressively overtaken by two police cars with blue flights flashing. Is there start time before ours – a flying start? “Where is the pro-shop?” “There is none – you pay here,” says the lady in the bar with studs on her shoulder pads. A familiar setting with […]

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Pair of Eagles at Silloth

June 7, 2013
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Just south of Hadrian’s Wall lies Silloth, a holiday resort from the turn of the last century. LINKS75 has checked out Silloth on The Solway – a links course that is sure to delight. To honour the occasion summer has suddenly arrived. We apply sunblock 25 and wear white, take two bottles of water and […]

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Competition at Southerness

June 6, 2013
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At the weekend the Scottish Amateur Championship had been decided at Southerness. Garrick Porteous of England took home the trophy this year and in 1990 it was won by Mathias Grönberg. The Scottish summer arrives with us. As we stand on the putting green a Rolls Royce Corniche III swerves into the parking area and […]

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The Prestwick Experience

June 5, 2013
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We have booked an experience – the Prestwick Experience. On the way to the clubhouse we meet the Starter in a green jacket. The cradle of the British Open – 1860 – it was here that it all began. The clubhouse sparkles in the sunlight. The right feeling is there right from the start. The […]

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The Cousin by the Sea

June 4, 2013
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Scotland’s laird – Loch Lomond has a bastard cousin by the sea, Dundonald. Southern Gailes has been adopted and has since 2003 been accepted into the Lomond clan. Squeezed between motorway and the brothers Gailes, Dundonald makes an insecure impression. Kyle Phillips perhaps had something else in mind when he created this modern links on […]

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Which Gailes is the Right One?

June 3, 2013
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We arrive early. The pro-shop is closed. Coffee is taken in the bar, where we admire the carpentry. Old, decorative chests of drawers have been re-used as wood panelling. We go back to the pro-shop -”You’ve got the wrong Gailes.”  LINKS75 is in the wrong clubhouse. “The right one is on the other side of […]

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