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.