Saturday, July 24, 2010

My preference...





definitely would not be Carnoustie..... I can't even envision being a member there.  Maybe there are tee boxes set up for those who can't bomb it a mile....or worse yet...those who would always be in the "burn" or the "rough".  It is a "links" style course...no trees.... just long scraggly grass here and there... big, deep sand bunkers... thick gorse bushes that swallow balls....wind blowing a gale off the ocean most days, etc.  Not my idea of fun at all.  In all fairness, I know they can't very well irrigate something this monstrous..nor would they want to... after all .. this IS the home of links golf.  And...this photo makes it look pretty green...which it is not.... 
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The word "links" comes from the Scots language and refers to an area of coastal sand dunes and sometimes to open parkland.
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Okay..now..... here is my beautiful course.... serene, green, lots of lovely trees, which also make it challenging, as you do want to try to keep the ball in the middle of the fairway.... some of which are pretty narrow but, at least you can find it if it goes offline... unlike trying to dig it out of a gorse bush.














Occasional water hazards...just to keep you on your toes... but also...the beauty of it....... just look at this little island green.  There is a cute little footbridge leading to it...and a little muskrat lives under it. We sometimes see him on the walk over to putt ... (or maybe we have to get it out of the sand first)... yep...I was in there ...only once so far.  It is a mere 77 yards to the middle of the green from the shortest tees.  Which I am still using.   But...it is a tricky little shot too.  Sand traps all around the green.... some water to sail it over .... it's all a head game really, this golf.
If you look to the left....on the other side of the water .. near that little reddish tree?  You can see the tees lots of the ladies use.  For those of you who don't golf... there are several other tee boxes yards behind those...  ..each progressively further away... 'til you come to the Blacks ...or champions tees.  And, also from where the juniors or kids whack the ball.  Sigh... it is almost unnerving.  They are miles back...well, not miles..but, you know, if I didn't exaggerate.  How I wish I'd been able to take up golf as a kid.  Well, it just couldn't have happened in my childhood...but, in a perfect world, it sure as heck would have.















This is from above on the road leading down into the course..... what a beautiful sight as you drive in .... it was absolutely perfect this day.... .. not a breath of wind to ruffle the water.... 


9 comments:

frayedattheedge said...

Oh go on - live a little and come over to play golf here (the wind doesn't blow all the time!!)

Dolores said...

I love trees and when I am somewhere that doesn't have them I really, really miss them.
Your golf course is so much prettier. Having been in a car that went across the country I was pretty perplexed at the spots that people put golf courses.

Helena said...

My would-be parents in law play golf, both teetering on their 80s and fit as fiddles so it must be good for you :)

Sue said...

The trees are so pretty amongst the little ponds/water. I have never golfed, I'm embarrassed to say. My MIL (80 years young) still golfs. I really should try it. (maybe LOL)

Sue

gunknitter said...

Hallo my friend ! Here I am in my lovely Fiksdal-house enjoying a wonderful sumer day ! The sun i shining and it is easy to live :))

Its lovely to see your golfing area. And that you have the loveliest weather at least !

I wish you the best !

Shashi Nayagam said...

It all looks beautiful and peaceful. Glad to know you are enjoying it.

Maria said...

Oh Vee, those pics look so nice. Brings back lovely memories (not of the game, but the beautiful view). Here, we are going through a heat wave. plus. It´s been in the +40´s C, for a few days now. Thank goodness for aircon. Hope you are keeping well. Miss u. Hugs

julietk said...

Just popped in for a catch up :-) Not being a golfer I cannot comment on the Fairways etc but a day out in the fresh air and with beautiful surroundings is always a good thing :-)

Serena said...

I'm not a golfer but I sure wouldn't mind going for walks through that beautiful spot. Sigh.....