Scottish Boys with Rick Hessing at Monifieth Golf Club

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 with the 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. 

Rick likes the old stories about the older Scottish players  from yesteryear from around these parts & there can be no better than the famous Ian Hutcheon…… a legend absolute legend. 

We finished at 8 o’clock and it’s been a long day,  so it’s back to ma & pa’s for some dinner & a whisky or two with my dad after Rick is tucked up early in bed. 

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. 

Garry

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