After arriving in St. Andrews yesterday, our first stop was Kingbarns Golf Links just outside of town. Although it is a relatively newer course opened in July of 2000, it did not disappoint. The original Kingbarns Golf Club was founded by the old Kingsbarns Golf Society in 1922, where Willie Auchterlonie laid out a nine-hole course along Kingbarns Bay. The course as it stands today was the only Scottish course to be built on links land in over 70 years. It is located right along the North Sea, with spectacular views from virtually every hole on the golf course. These views rival those at some of the most famous ocean courses, including Pebble Beach Golf Links. Once again, we were lucky to have had such beautiful weather, making the round that more enjoyable.
This course proved to be a great test of golf for our group. Each hole is extremely different and all require a wide variety of shots. The wind had added to the challenge today. Our caddie, Greg, was a huge help in shot selection throughout the day, proving that a caddie can make or break a round on this course.
That evening after golf, we walked down to the Old Course at St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf. For any golfer, this is the chance of a lifetime. Simply stepping onto the fairway that every great golfer has walked across was one of the most exciting experiences. Walking across the bridge on the 18th fairway was by far one of the best parts of my trip so far.
, we look forward to playing Carnoustie Golf Links, also known as "Carnastie." This course will prove to be a challenge for everyone in our group, and will also be the location for the conclusion of the Siena Cup. Go Gold Team!