Posted on behalf of Phil
So off we all trucked Sunday morning, I hadn’t slept a wink the night before, been waiting to play this course for 20 years. A superb flight up, particularly for Jim and myself, details to be revealed later. First stop, The Golf House Club at Elie, famous for it’s U Boat periscope which sticks out of the top of the starters hut, to see the first green clear, we all had a butchers and then drove over the top. A great course with stunning coastal views and weather you wouldn’t have dreamt possible in Scotland.
One of the most enjoyable rounds I have ever played, we had three birdies and Sid had an eagle at the 7th. Great scores, from the bottom, Jim 38, Sid 42, Sean (gutted from Reigate) 43 and yours truly 47, can you believe Jim and I lost the better ball one down! mind you, Sid had a real smelly 3 footer to win it and I have never seen his legs so far apart as they were for that putt. A lifetime best for me, and the same gross as Sid, 76. A net 59!!! enough about me, we all played very well, it is an easy game after all?. Few beers and off to the hotel.
Next morning it is raining cats and dogs and what a shame because we played the Castle Course which is stunning, the best links I have ever played but sadly very miserable, I described it to the ranger afterwards as a thoroughly miserable day on a fantastic golf course. Poor old ‘no winter golf for me Jim’ almost packed up after nine but a bowl of soup and a cuddle and he carried on. A great course with a stunning clubhouse overlooking the sea, I had a lifetime worst…14 points, how can those two happen back to back days?, Jim won the day with 24, followed by Sid on 23 and Sean on 21.
Next day…The Old Course, Sean and me played the nine hole in the morning, on the 8th, I had to two putt from 10ft put for 7 skins but three putted and lost 7 skins!! a nice lunch in the Links clubhouse and then off to the first tee, you have to be there twenty minutes before. We were all so nervous and there are always plenty of people milling around. After a long chat with the starter, off we go, Jim and Sean on to the 18th fairway, Sid and me down the first.
It was all a bit of a scramble and a bit nerve racking, I played Sid’s ball on the second too, we soon settled down though and all really enjoyed it, a great course. The weather was great too, if you get good weather on the Old Course, you must be blessed. Scores were me 24, Sid 39, what a score on the most famous course in the world, Jim 30 and Sean 25, Sid now the leader and certainly the most consistent player.
Last day and we played the New Course, which runs parallel to the Old, great weather again although very windy, we pretty much had every season in four days. A nice track but not a patch on the others, I had 26pts, Jim 25, Sean 28 and Sid who by now had won, 30. A great trip and one I would highly recommend, there is nothing in golf like playing The Old Course.
And let us not forget
Phil also sent over a screenie of the streaming of our Stevie’s marriage to Alison in Vegas. A few familiar faces in the background. Congratulations to both!