After a nice few weeks back in Canada playing in events and catching up with old friends on the course, the European Senior Tour resumes with the Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield Links – Fidra Course near Edinburgh.
The front nine is pine tree lined while the back nine is more links style.
The conditioning is excellent and typical of courses near the sea with firm turf and tight lies around the green.
The greens are very firm and stopping the ball on them with mid irons and hybrids is a challenge.
This area of Scotland is rich in golf history and I was excited to visit a few of them and take some photographs including:
Mussselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course in Musselburgh, which is the oldest golf course in the world.
Golf was played as early as March 2, 1672 although Mary Queen of Scots reputedly played here in 1567.
Interestingly the course lies within the Musselburgh Racecourse and is closed during horse races.
The course reminded me of when I played the Royal Durban Golf Club in South Africa which has a number of its holes inside a racecourse.
The North Berwick Golf Club – West Links which originated in 1832, although golf was played over its links in the 17th century, has two of the most interesting golf course design features.
The 15th hole is the original Redan hole and the 16th hole which is a Biarritz hole.
Muirfield. Home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Host of 16 Open Championships.
Gullane Golf Club which has 3 courses Gullane No. 1 opened in 1884, Gullane No. 2 opened in 1898 and Gullane No. 3 opened in 1910. Many national and international championships have been contested over these courses including the European Tour 2015 Scottish Open on Gullane No. 1.
The final sightseeing opportunity of the day was to take in Fidra Island which sits just off Archerfield Links.
The island is said to be the inspiration for Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novel Treasure Island.
Stevenson lived right beside the property which is now Archerfield Links – Fidra Course.