On the edges of morning light and shadow as one of the first groups to reach the first green.
Looking back down the closing hole of the Blackwolf Run River Course. While the sand bunker that runs parallel is used for everyday resort play, designer Pete Dye lined it so that it could be filled with 3-feet of water for championships, which is how it played for the U.S. Women's Open in 1998 & 2012.
Cruden Bay's demanding par 3 4th hole skirts the Water of Cruden, a tidal inlet that flanks the village and leads to the Bay of Cruden. It was low tide for a morning round. [Swipe ➡️.] Not so five hours later. 🌊
"Ballybunion is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere in the world." ~Tom Watson
Cruden Bay's 14th green and elevated 15th tee box – sandwiched between the dunes and the beach – provide an intimate setting. 🛁
“The designer of a course should start off on his work in a sympathetic frame of mind for the weak, and at the same time be as severe as he likes with the first-class player.” ~H.S. Colt
"When you walk past that Hell Bunker, take a look. You might see my ghost inside." ~Gene Sarazen
Golf Magazine's new Top 100 Courses in the World list features 13 entrants from Scotland, including Muirfield at 10.
"What happened out there was special. I fell in love with an authentic links crafted through the dunes with the raw attributes which would stun visiting golfers. This James Braid designed links on the Northeast corner of Scotland is one you MUST visit." ~@rumacdona1d. 👏 Thanks to Ru and his guidance via the @scottishgolfpodcast, we did make the trip up to Fraserburgh, which is 30 minutes north of Cruden Bay. Here's the view looking back at the short par 4 13th set among the dynamic dunes.
Pete Dye has tinkered with double greens throughout this career. Blackwolf Run's Original Championship routing, which was used for the U.S. Women's Open in 1998 and 2012, featured a double green for its 9th and 18th holes. With the completion of the second nines, the double green became the finishing holes for the River Course (left) and Meadow Valley (right) courses.