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#SaintsinScotland - Day 6

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By: Louis Walsh, Siena Men's Golf 

After getting settled in to the dorms at St. Andrews university and playing the very scenic Kingsbarns golf course it was time for Scotland's true test ...Carnoustie. Or  a more fitting name, Carnastie. Widely revered as one of the toughest courses in the world surely did not disappoint. After teeing off with clear skies and a light breeze, the weather turned to cloudy and blustery. The wind was a constant 17 mph and gusted around 30. This was our first taste of traditional Scottish golf so depending on the wind our shots flew 30 yards further or 30 yards less. Due to an uncharacteristically warm and dry summer coupled with our beautiful weather the greens were impossible to hold unless we landed our shots well short. The thirteenth hole at Carnastie is a 470 yard par four with a shared green and two huge deep bunkers that resemble a pair of round spectacles. Ranked as one of the toughest and iconic holes, it was no joke. As the host of seven open championships, Carnoustie's closing holes were exceedingly demanding and required a great deal of precision to make it through. Standing on the 18th tee you could feel the stadium type atmosphere that makes major championships like no other. Carnoustie definitely showed us a taste of how difficult golf can be. The feeling of standing on the 18th tee where countless major champions had stood before us really made all of us appreciate why we play the game.

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#SaintsinScotland - Day 5

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By: Mickey Sutton, Siena Men's Golf

We left Turnberry early Wednesday morning and proceeded to drive across Scotland to its capital city Edinburgh. The bus dropped us off just short of Edinburgh castle and we had the morning to tour the premises. Everyone went there own ways after the castle tour. Personally I spent the day with my brother, hopping around the town and exploring every street that caught our attention. Bus drove us to St. Andrews later that day and we immediately sprinted to the Old Course. 

 Wow! What a week! Our trip to Scotland has come to a close but the memories remain--a legacy of the epic we all will never forget.  We spent the first three days at the beautiful Turnberry Resort just south of Glasgow, our port of entry into Scotland. Our days were filled with breathtaking coastal views, tours of local towns including Ayr, trips to the spa, sunsets out by the infamous lighthouse, oh and of course, golf that tested all our skill, patience, nerve, and ability to adapt to various playing conditions. Wednesday, our lone day off from golf, was spent touring Edinburgh, a town saturated with Scottish history, local shops and pubs, and of course ghost stories. From Edinburgh our adventure headed north up to kingdom of Fife, in particular the town of St. Andrews, the home of the golf. We spent four nights in the accommodating dorms located at prestigious St. Andrews University. I believe it's safe to say our time in the city that gave birth to golf brought us closer to the game we all love and instilled a sort of deeper connection with the game. We are eternally grateful for the experience of a lifetime and look forward to the next Open Championship on Scottish soil.