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My friends and I were lucky enough not only to play the Old Course, New Course, and Jubilee, but also to get a tour of the R&A Clubhouse. On the day we had a 1:30 tee time on the Old Course, we hit the range and then got to the R&A at 11:00. After a very interesting and exciting tour, we were too early to sit down for a 12:30 lunch, so we had drinks with our host in one of the rooms overlooking the first tee. Our host and I had gin and tonics and two others had beer. At 12:10, our host announced that he was having another drink and asked if anybody else wanted one...so I had another G&T. Midway through this second round, our host mentioned that the drinks were doubles. So, I had the equivalent of four drinks before lunch. Lunch was very good; I had a dish that I had been meaning to try but I don't remember what it was. We left the R&A and went directly to the first tee. Here I was, ready to tee off on the Old Course after having four drinks. A beautiful second shot led to a birdie on number one. Likewise, I birdied number two. I was two under on the Old Course!!! The rest of the round wasn't equal to the start, but I still ended up with a good number. After our round, we went to our host's house to meet his wife, and he, a Swiss-trained chef, prepared hors d'oeuvres including haggis. What a great and memorable day!

Our first trip to St. Andrews was in 2010. My wife Jennifer, son Tommy and I were there for the Wednesday practice round and Thursday of The Open. On Wednesday the weather become so poor that the practice round was cancelled. As we were leaving the Old Course I took what is my most treasured picture of Jennifer and Tommy. In that snapshot, the flags are blowing horizontally and cold rain is stinging their faces, but we were having the time of our lives. After two weeks of playing golf in Scotland, walking the Old Course and watching The Open on a beautiful Thursday, we headed home to Kansas City in time to watch Louis Oosthuizen lift the Claret Jug.

I had the chance to do a Business and Golf study abroad program through Michigan State University and loved every minute of it!

Feel privileged to play the old course, got the links bug. 🏌⛳️