Wednesday 2 September 2009

Bob Charles Wish List of Scottish Courses

We reported some time ago that the famous golfer Bob Charles was planning a wee tour of Scotland to play his wish list of unplayed gems. Thought is may be worth sharing his thoughts with those planning a trip next year. In an article in The Herald he said the following

"I played eight courses I had never played any before in 12 days starting at North Berwick then Montrose, Cruden Bay, Lossiemouth, Nairn, Brora, Tain and Machrie.

"I had a tee time at Machrihanish but because of its isolation I couldn't get there but I'll be at Prestwick next year for a dinner to mark the 150th anniversary of the first Open and while I'm in the area I'll try to get there.

"I've also had a look at the course at Castle Stuart and I'd love to play there too. It's probably the best new course of the year.

"These are courses I had heard about from friends who have played them, particularly my caddie Russell Steib. He is an American and he spends a lot of time over here, he's played most of them and he is also trying to get me to play the Darley course. Next to Royal Troon he says that's the best course in the area.

"I don't want to rate one against the other but each one has its unique character and Cruden Bay sticks in my mind. I can remember more of the holes there than I can on any of the other courses.

"The Machrie is another that was memorable for sheer fun golf but it's not everybody's cup of tea because there are so many blind greens.

"I played with club captains, club pros and juniors at the local courses. It was altogether a great experience. I hope my playing partners enjoyed playing with me as much as I enjoyed playing with them."

That's the way to do it. See you in 2010 Bob!

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