11.08.2010 0 °F
On Saturday the group made a decision that we wanted another shot at the most historic course in golf, The Old Course. There are essentially three ways for visitors to get on the Old Course, 1) you can purchase the 'Old Course Experience' for a huge price, 2) you can apply approximately one year in advance to request a tee time (how we got out first tee time) or 3) you can ballot. The Old Course reserves spots to allow visitors to ballot. You request to ballot by 2pm the day before your want to play or on Saturday for Monday play. (The course is closed Sundays and treated as a park). Your chances of balloting on the course are about 20%, but we thought we would take our chances. When Brian and I returned from Kingsbarns we found out that we had been successful in the ballot and that we would get to play the Old Course again. Unreal!
The first tee shot is still intimidating, but we did splurge for caddies this time around. We had the serious workman, Jamey, and the chain smoking Scottish fun caddy, David. Carrie and I opted to carry our own bags and let the caddies tend to the men. It didn't take long for the caddies to figure out that Brian liked for them to help Carrie and I too. Our caddy adapted well and became the jokester and caretaker for all of us. He was hilarious and gave great advice.
The weather called for rain, but it held out for our entire round. No more than 30 minutes after we got off the course, the rain came down and players were soaked. The weather has been on our side. Carrie hit a whale of a drive on 18 and I managed to par the hole. It was cool and intimidating to role in my par putt and get applause from the tourist bystanders. From St. Andrews we will head to Turnberry on the west coast. It was a fun drive that I will have to describe in another post.
The Old Course is very close to the town and runs next to the hotel for a few holes. My favorite were the signs warning walkers of the golf in progress. I actually think these should be posted on the course as well.