I normally don’t follow the European Tour too closely, but this past weekend’s Scottish Open was played at Castle Stuart, which Golf Odyssey called in 2009, “the most important course opening in Great Britain and Ireland-and arguably the world.”
Unfortunately, if you tuned in like me, you saw a landslide, and I’m not talking about Luke Donald shooting a nine under par 63 in the final round to rocket him past the rest of the field.
No, there were actual landslides.
The area of Inverness, Scotland got so much rain, some ridges on the course gave way, spilling mud and debris across its fairways and marring what was to be the course’s internationally televised coming out party.
It really was a shame, because if the rain-soaked event was your first look at Castle Stuart (castlestuartgolf.com), located between Inverness and Nairn, you might not realize that it’s a “must play” on Scotland golf vacations.
“We expect the links will be spoken of in the same breath as such iconic Scottish layouts as North Berwick, Royal Dornoch, Ailsa, Kingsbarns, Prestwick, Cruden Bay, and Machrihanish,” said the notoriously hard-to-please editors of Golf Odyssey.
The good news: I just called Castle Stuart (looking forward to seeing my next phone bill) and was told that visiting golfers will not experience any disruptions or unplayable holes.
Apparently, the grounds crew worked through the night (several of them) to put humpty dumpty back together again.
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