The birthplace of golf and scary first tee shots!
The most intimidating shot in golf has to be the 1st tee at the Old Course. It is located nearly in downtown St. Andrews. We were fortunate to have a confirmed tee time at 7:10 a.m., but the individuals trying to get on the Old Course through the lottery or by a line that formed at 1:00 a.m. is still hanging around and watching you tee off. Add that to the historical significance of this course and the nerves really build up. All four off got off the tee without any problems and our round at the Old Course had started.
The round is a blur. It is hard to take it all in. The course itself appears unassuming in many places, until you walk the fairway and see the pot bunkers and rolling mounds. It seems there is never a flat lie on the course.
I had a bit of good luck on Hole # 11 , where I managed to stay out of the bunker. I think that the bunker had a lid over it for me, because my second shot to the grenn hit the lip before rolling over. I gave a huge sigh of relief. Unfortunately, Carrie and David were not so lucky.
We all managed to avoid Hell's bunker on Hole #14. After we successfully avoided it, Brian gave me a friendly thumbs up.
The bunkers all over the course are impressively deep, but didn't phase David. On Hole #15 he came out of the exceptionally deep bunker like a pro.
Carrie did seem to be speaking with the birds from the time we arrived at the course. The birds squawked at Carrie at most tees. Finally a large black bird attacking her bag.
The highlight of the round had to be Carrie and Brian's approach shots on Hole # 18. They were both inside 5 feet and Carrie par the hole while Brian birdied it. The gallery of tourists. that collects at the 18th green was impressed enought to clap. Our group definitely managed to put together a respectable round. Brian parred 8 holes in a row on the front.
David pulled out a par on the "Road Hole." On the same hole I put my ball on the right side of the fairway in front of a group of hotel guests and hit a clean 5 wood to the green in spite of the audience. I bogeyed the hole and won a bet with Brian on whether I could score less than 7 on this difficult par five that starts with a blind tee shot over the old railway shacks.
It is impossible to put the experience into words. Awesome!