Wednesday 24 June 2009

Bob Charles... Scotland's For HIm

Great wee article in the Press and Journal recently outlining a proposed visit to the Highlands and North East by former Open Champion Sir Bob Charles who remains the only left-hander to have won the championship who is coming to Scotland to play a few holes at the age of 73.

Charles, who won the 1963 Open at Royal Lytham asked Aberdeen businessman and golfing friend Jim Hardie to set-up a wish list of Scottish courses he wants to play on which included North Berwick, Royal Montrose, Cruden Bay, Lossiemouth, Nairn, Castle Stuart, Brora and Tain.

At most of the courses Charles will be partnered by people such as the host club professional, club captain or club champion. The tee has been reserved at noon for all the courses with the exception of the Moray golf club at Lossiemouth where the tee-off time will be 3pm.

Charles first played in the north-east at the Northern Open at Murcar in the early 1960s and he was back much more recently to play in the Senior British Open at Royal Aberdeen in 2005.He was knighted for his services to golf in 1999 and has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The dates of Bob Charles’ Scottish golf tour were published in the paper so we guess he doesn't mind a view spectators along the way but maybe check with the courses first –
  • June 29 – North Berwick
  • July 1 – Montrose
  • July 2 – Cruden Bay
  • July 4 – Lossiemouth
  • July 5 – Nairn
  • July 6 – Castle Stuart
  • July 7 – Brora
  • July 8 – Tain
Pretty cool little trip and worth trying if you're coming into Scotland but Bob just one other wee thing, see if you have some time between Brora and Tain go visit Golspie. Truly great wee course and deserving of the publicity!

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