Here is my story
Playing The Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland would be a bucket list event for any golfer, but how I was able to play and how well
I played is a story in itself.
My family and I were traveling in tandem with my youngest daughter’s chorus group throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland, so I did not even think to bring my clubs especially when I inquired online and found out you need to book a foursome almost a year in advance.
I was able to play because I met the Assistant Head Caddie Master, Dave, in a pub on a Sunday night in the town of St. Andrews. He informed me that if I went to the clubhouse at 4 am and waited in line as a single, I might be able to get out by noon that day. I was skeptical to say the least knowing Dave had had a few cocktails before we arrived at the pub.
The clubhouse opened at 6 am and by 9:30 am I was informed I would tee off at 11 am. I played with a couple from Canada and a golfer in line # 7 from Sydney, Australia.I woke up early and walked to the course from our hotel to find 7 other golfers already waiting in line. Dave was true to his word. Later I found out the first two golfers in line got there at 2:30 am and got out by 4:30 am.
I rented clubs, bought two sleeves of balls and hired a caddie and walked the course in my gym shoes. No golf carts are allowed on the course. I shot a 92, never lost a ball and never went into a sand trap.
Walking over the Swilcan bridge and then putting my second shot on the green 75 feet away, only to lag
within 18 inches and to make the putt for par was the icing on the cake. I three putted 7 times mostly due to the large, hilly greens, but I parred 4 holes including #18.
It was the most surreal round of golf I’ve ever had.
Thank you Chris for this brief recap of your Bucket List Day. I know you will never forget it.
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