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Kingdom of Fife Championship - Scotland 2005 - Part 3 of 7

May 5, 2011
Four Golfers On Hallowed Ground

In June, 2011, I'm going on a golf vacation to Ireland with three of my best friends, Paul (my father), Jeff, and Jacob. Six years ago, we took a similar golf vacation to Scotland. At the time, I posted photos and commentary to a website that predated this blog. In preparation for our trip this year, I'm re-posting my commentary on that trip in October 2005.

On Monday, October 10, 2005, we got up early and drove to St. Andrews to play the most famous golf course in the world: The Old Course. Jeff's Feet Hurt

Jeff's feet hurt already! This is not a good sign for his one-stroke lead.

The Jubilee Course

From the St. Andrews Links Clubhouse, we can see the first tee of the Jubilee Course, scheduled for Wednesday.

Wisdom spews forth

Wisdom spews forth from The Committee's mouth like bran flakes on the side of a curvy road.

Jacob holes three putts on the practice green.

Erik tries the same feat.

Jacob practices a triple-breaker.

Golf Cart Limousine

We all hop into the golf limo to be taken to the first tee.

Riding to the first tee of the Old Course.

Caddy House

The Old Toms purchase caddies.

We thought it would be a good idea to record a short statement from each of us about the importance of what we were about to do. Unfortunately, it was more than a little windy, so you can't really hear anything. Oops!

Four Golfers On Hallowed Ground

This is not the first time this caddy has taken this picture.

Jacob Practice Swing - Royal and Ancient

Jacob takes some practice swings in front of the most famous building in golf, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

The Old Toms

The Old Toms: wisdom, almost daily practice, and money for caddies.

The Young Toms

The Young Toms: raw power, almost no practice, strength to carry their own bags, and matching outfits.

Paul tees off first.

Jeff tees off next.

Then Jacob.

Erik's drive on the first hole, taken by someone who didn't know how to stop the video recording.

Jeff in a Pot Bunker

Jeff enjoys all parts of the course.

Jeff in a Pot Bunker

Jeff's caddy, John White, told him that Tiger got a bogey when he went in this bunker. Jeff did too! We all suspected that Jeff was as good as (or better than!) Tiger, but now we have the proof.

Jeff gets out of the bunker...just like Tiger.

Bunker on The Old Course, St. Andrews

A tough pin position on this par three.

Bunker on The Old Course, St. Andrews

A little closer...

Bunker on The Old Course, St. Andrews

Even closer! If only the holes were this big!

Jacob has a really long putt into the wind.

Paul gets out of a bunker like a pro.

Jacob almost hits the camera trying to get out of a bunker.

Both Jeff and Jacob wanted to experience in the infamous Hell Bunker.

Jeff gets out of Hell Bunker...just like Tiger.

Jacob hits the wall twice on his way out of Hell Bunker with one shot! "She's out. You nearly went to where Jack [Nicklaus] was!"

Jeff and Disappointment

Just like Tiger.

Out in one shot again. If you can drag the cursor from right to left to watch this video in reverse, it's worth it.

Jacob powers a drive over the Old Course Hotel.

Jeff's tee shot on the Road Hole

Jeff hits a beautiful drive over the Old Course Hotel on the Road Hole. One of the caddies pointed out that the green part of the Old Course Hotel has a golf-ball-sized dent every few inches.

Crossing the Swilken Burn

Crossing over the Swilken Burn and into golfing history.

Jacob appreciates one of the best walks in golf

Jacob and Paul walk up the eighteenth fairway.

Paul contemplates approach shot on 18th at St. Andrews

Paul asks his caddy, "Do I really have to hit it off the road!?"