And the winner of the Carbuncle Contest is…
This from Dundee’s The Courier
"The manager of Carnoustie Golf Links has brushed aside criticism of its new £2.4 million building after it was branded ''Hitler's bunker''.
The new golf centre has been nominated for the ''zit building'' category for the controversial Carbuncle Awards, created to provoke debate about the quality of development in Scotland's towns and cities."
Down memory lane
The Courier article rekindled my passion for Carnoustie.
As young men in the early 60s we’d take off for a week’s holiday at Carnoustie.
These were the days before golf became extremely popular and consequently the green fees were cheap and tee times readily available.
In researching what’s changed since then, I was first off all disappointed to read that the Tea Hutt at the 10th had to be replaced because the Fuhrers at the R & A demanded a more elegant structure in keeping with the course being considered suitable for an Open Championship venue.
Hogan - Open Champion – 1953
And then there’s the plaque at the 6th which over the years has become known as "Hogan’s Alley".
Part of the plaque states.
“In each of the four rounds of the 1953 Open Championship Hogan chose the tight driving line between the fairway bunker and the out of bounds fence
The best ball striker golf had ever seen, Hogan described the sensation of hitting the perfect shot as a feeling that goes "up the shaft, right into your hands - and into your heart…”
The B***Barry Burn
Graylyn Loomis does a great job capturing images of Carnoustie just a damn shame he didn’t get a better day and a good time of the year.
And have to agree with his thoughts on the 17th.
“After playing Carnoustie twice, I am still none the wiser about how to tackle the 17th hole. The photo above shows the snaking Barry Burn meandering through the hole. The landing area is between 150 and 240 yards, unless golfers want to take on the 260+ carry over the burn. Golfers standing on the tee who have never seen the hole before would have no idea where to hit the ball. I have added an aerial diagram below in an attempt to do the oddness of the 17th justice. Once the burn is avoided off the tee, a long approach over green side bunkers is still required.”
Here’s the links Dundee’s The Courier and Graylyn Loomis
Quote of the Day
“The 17th is a complete conundrum, called “Island” because the Barry Burn snakes in front of the tee then loops back cutting across the fairway. Into the prevailing wind it is tough to know what to do on this brutal 400 yard –plus par four – Top 100 Golf Courses