British Open at St. Andrews' Old Course -- revered and, oh yeah, obsolete
So I’m watching the British Open on the telly (see, I speak British) with my buddy Mike Malone from Alabama and he says: “Is that a golf course? Looks like the cow pastures we have back in ‘Bama.”
Reminded me of Sam Snead’s quote when he first saw the course: “Down home, we wouldn’t plant cow beets on something like that.”
Fouteen greens serve two holes – what, the cheap Scots didn’t want to spring for more greens? And what’s the deal with No. 18? Everybody but Michelle Wie is driving it. Golf has been played for 500 years at St. Andrews – will somebody please come out and say technology has made the Old Course obsolete?
After one day, I’m about “revered” out. If TNT had said “revered” one more time, I think I would have thrown up. The piece on Bobby Jones would have made a statue weep.
I think if something gets old enough, it automatically qualifies as “revered.” And there’s no doubt everything about the Old Course is old, from the old course to Old Tom Morris to the old Royal and Ancient to the old men, burns, bums, and those knobs and knolls named after some old broad’s breasts. It’s so old, I guess you get bored and start naming everything around you to keep it interesting. I’ve aged a year just watching the first damn round.
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Sam Snead's quote upon first seeing St. Andrews was: "Say, that looks like an old abandoned golf course. What did they call it?"
But he softened after winning the Open there in 1946. He would later say: "Until you play it, St Andrews looks like the sort of real estate you couldn't give away." The key phrase: "until you play it."
Bobby Jones wasn't a fan of St. Andrews the first time he played it either. But, it ended up being one of his favorite course (yes, he too won an Open there).
And please, don't judge a course because its 357-yard 18th is driveable. Any great course has a short Par-4 or two that forces players to gamble.
If you haven't played it, you have no right to diss it...Even if you have played it and still diss it, you will be in the 2% of the people that have no sense of history and what it means when it comes to this place. I'm going back next summer and will still get the chills up and down my spine from it all...It might be that the temperture is 50 and the wind is blowing 50 kph but it will still be the place I'd play my last round at...Oh yeah, Tiger's favorite course to play? The Old Course.
Well, it gets my goat.
Again you have managed to put your foot through your mouth.. That's right , I said through..
Tim, we can all pay our daily course fee of $35-40 and think that we have played the best course available just because Golf Magazine said it was.
Just think of it Tim, with all the tricks of TV to make sports venues look attractive, when they in reality need to be condemed; i.e. Orange Bowl, Wrigley Field, Gator Bowl, Monster Park.. St Andrews looks fabulous just because of it's nostalgia, and it is so natural.
Tim, quit crying and complaining "until you play it"..
I've noticed that every player at The Open seems to uncontollably tear up when asked what it feels like to play St. Andrews, even if it's not their first time.
That within itself should tell you something.. But I forget...you aren't a REAL golf writer, only one of propaganda..
Now, if you'll take a minute to step outside of your pompous view of the world, maybe you will consider that different people might determine the value or nostalgia of things differently, no? If I ever got to play even 1 round of golf w/ my father, that first round, even if played on a 9 hole dog track muni w/ artifical mats instead of tee boxes, would hold more value and nostalgia to me than a place that I'm reminded every 5 minutes by commentators is "special." If it's so special, why do you constantly have to remind people, places like that speak for themselves.
But I suppose my opinion is right, so long as you agree with it. Otherwise I'm some sort of imbecilic dolt. Well, there was a guy in the first half of the 1900's who thought the same way. He was from Germany. I think his first name was Adolph. Thankfully his view of the world didn't become the world view.
And JC, just because we don't hold the Old in the same light as others, doesn't mean we think golf begins and ends in the USA. If I was given a choice of a Scotland golf trip or an Ireland golf trip, I'll take Ireland 10 times out of 10.
But then that's just MY opinion, and if Rick C doesn't like it, it probably makes me an idiot. Which isn't entirely innacurate, but for other reasons altogether.
I really don't know anything about golf, only what I've seen on TV. But I am curious about these two players & their amateur playing years. My understanding is Bobby Jones is the only amateur player to ever win the grand slam in a very short period of time. How does Tiger Woods compare to this?
Sometimes you illustrate the clear difference between "those who write about or play golf" and "true golfers". How obsolete is a course that housed 100+ of the greatest golfers in the world for four ideal days, and only of them scored double digit under par?
Tiger--Three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur Championships and three consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships in six years; ten professional majors, including two career grand slams; and the only professional to win four straight major championships.
Robert T. Jones was the best career amateur golfer, EVER!!! And, two totally different careers. I'm confused why the comparisons between the two continue.
I suppose Tim McDonald would yawn and say "what's the big deal" if given the chance (most likely in his dreams) to patrol left field at Fenway or centerfield at Yankee Stadium, run a play from the 50-yard line at Lambeau or Notre Dame Stadium, skate the old Montreal Forum or Maple Leaf Gardens, or shoot a free throw on the parquet of the dearly departed Boston Garden.
Nice try at your form of shock journalism, TM. But no one's buying it. If you are indeed a golfer, and you play St. Andrews, you'd be ripping yourself for writing what you did. Either that, or you just don't get it!
You need to learn a little humility --you guys have a lot to be humble about.
I have a Blog from St Andrews and a Golf Tourism Business
I am actually from down South and moved to the area because of the Lure that is St Andrews
I dare any true Golfer to stand on the 1st, 17th and 18th Tee's of the Old Course and not have Butterflies in your stomach
For anyone who wants a hole by hole account of the Old Course have a look at the front page of my site (over 200 pics you can share)
Regards and Great Blog
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