Review for St Andrews (Old)

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The Old Course was an amazing experience that I will never forget. To walk in the footsteps of all the golfing greats while soaking up all that history and tradition was a real treat.The condition of the course was absolutely superb, especially the greens which were tremendous. I played it on 8/4/10 in bright but breezy conditions after getting a tee-time through the daily ballot.It's true what previous reviewers say about the first tee. After a warm welcome from the starter and the obligatory photograph in front of the R&A building the pressure is on to make sure you don't miss the widest fairway in golf. It is a truly nerve-racking experience.I thought I knew the course pretty well after several visits as a spectator but that doesn't really prepare you for what lies ahead. The main difficulty is knowing what line to take off the tee to avoid all those bunkers, many of which you can't actually see. Apart from that, there's actually a fair bit of room off the tee to give it a good whack.The next problem - and one I never really came to terms with - are the humps and hollows on and around the greens which make it mighty tricky to get close to the flag. Hitting the green isn't difficult - they are huge. The problem is that very often you are left in three putt territory.We played in a north-westerly wind which made the first seven holes play quite tough, but conversely the final seven holes back towards the town were downwind.The Old Course won't beat you up because of its length. I felt it was my pitching, chipping and putting that was really tested. That's why I'll be so impressed when Tiger & Co pitch up this summer and make it look so easy. IS

Date: April 13, 2010

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