This week, I’m off back home with Rick & Herman Hessing.
We travelled down from the East of Holland this morning on the train to Schipol Airport in Amsterdam….. easy, relaxed & no hassle from traffic jams & parking after last nights Bruno Mars concert in Cologne (only a few hours sleep…😴😴)
After a short flight into Edinburgh, Herman picked up the hire car from the rental company & we headed up the road to Monifieth.
Monifieth is a town next to where I grew up & where you’ll find the best course in the world Carnoustie 😉….. We are staying with my parents in Carnoustie, who I’ve not seen since September, so it’s mum’s cooking for a week….. Always when I go back home, like most others of the British pro’s in Holland, we have a bucket list that has to be done whilst we’re back on home soil.
Mine is is a goooood pint of Guinness, a bag of salt & vinegar crisps, fish & chips from the local chipper, a bottle of irn bru & maybe grab an Indian from the Gulistan….. but not all at the same time. 😜 A busy week, then before heading back to Holland a happy camper……
So, after a 90 minute drive we arrived at Monifieth & Rick went off to register & get changed before his practice round… time for Herman & I for a quick pint of Guinness.
Rick got changed & I had a blether with the pro’s Gordon McLeod & Lee Sutherland, who I’ve not seen in years, the guys sent out a yardage chart to Rick so he can get a heads up before he comes over what was nice of the guys to do. Cheers guys!!
Since we came off the plane the weather was cold & very windy, I had called my dad the day before to ask what the weather was like….”lovely weather, it’s boiling” he said. So, it was in the bag withthe waterproofs & woolly hat. 😉
Monifieth, is a links course, it’s used for Open Qualifying when The Open is at Carnoustie & of course, it’s used for many Scottish National events, I played here in the same event in 1990, where I finished 3rd in the same tournament as is getting played this week. The first 6 holes are all in the same direction & it’s playing down wind today & it’s very strong. So strong, that the first hole at 338 yards, Rick almost knocked it on the green. The first 6 holes with the wind in your back may be beneficial from the tee, but it was very, very difficult to get the ball close from the short chip/pitch to the green. Hole 7 was straight back into the teeth of the wind and where Rick was hitting a 3 wood 300+ yards, here he hit a cracker only 210-220, the 9th was also a brute.
Where 9 was straight into the wind, the 10th was straight downwind & Rick hit his 3 iron 290 onto the middle of the green. After a couple more holes, he was getting tired and a few erratic shots, he decided to walk the rest of the course from the 13th.
Up early tomorrow for the first round…. Rick has a tee time at 9:40 with two Scottish……
It’s a big field, with almost 200 players trying to make the cut with only 40 players going thru to Friday….. he’s building his experience & is doing his ground work by playing & putting himself in difficult situations. Links golf is something he doesn’t play every week & playing in that wind is not that easy for anybody. If the wind stays up & he keeps it between 75-79 for 2 rounds he’ll of done well, but let’s see after the first round what the scores are like……to make the cut is surely the first goal.