This week at the 2018 Open Championship, the best golfers in the world will have to make an important decision on the 6th tee at Carnoustie; play it safe up the right side, or aim for the narrow part of the fairway known as Hogan's Alley.
For over one hundred years, golfers have stared down the 6th at Carnoustie and fought nerves and uncertainty. Consider a 578 yard par 5 that plays predominantly into the wind, several bunkers protecting the middle of a fairway and out of bounds up the entire left side. Yikes! Formally known as "Long", number six at Carnoustie was renamed Hogan's Alley in 2003 to honour Hogan's victory at the Open in 1953. Arguably the greatest ball striker the game has ever seen, Hogan attacked the par 5 every round of the 1953 Open Championship with relentless aggression. He drove his ball to the tight stretch of fairway between the out of bounds left and the bunkers in the middle of the landing area, giving him the best possible angle into the green.
6th Tee at Carnoustie - "Hogan's Alley
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Augusta National Then & Now
Every spring in April, golf fans have the same week circled in their calendars. The Masters is the first major championship of the year and is regarded by many as the most prestigious golf tournament in the world. Despite being the youngest of all the majors, it has evolved to become one of the most recognizable, as it is the only major to be played at the same venue every year, Augusta National Golf Club. Augusta's original lay out was designed by one of the most famous golf course architects, Alister MacKenzie.
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The next morning, TJ and I were up bright and early. We bid adieu to our flat and made way to the Dublin airport for our short flight to Edinburgh. Landing in Edinburgh, we picked up our rental vehicle and headed to East Lothian to meet up with some friends and for TJ to show me some of the great courses and hotels we use for our groups. After a few hours of touring around, we made a quick lunch stop back in Edinburgh before making our way to our final destination for the next few days, St Andrews. To be honest I was exhausted the whole drive up to St Andrews, I even caught myself nodding off for a few minutes, not the best co-pilot for TJ! Once I noticed we were about 20 minutes out of St Andrews, it’s like I caught my second wind. How could I not be excited?
Are you thinking of a golf adventure that’s a little outside of the proverbial box?
We are often asked by clients who have experienced the typical Scottish or Irish golf getaway to recommend something a little different for their next golf adventure. Look no further than South Africa! This beautiful country not only offers great golf, but also amazing wine, food, and of course incomparable life experiences in their safaris.
Although perhaps not top of mind when it comes to a golf travel destination, South Africa has a very rich golf history, producing great players like Gary Player, Ernie Els, and Bobby Locke. The country hosted the President’s Cup at Fancourt Resort in 2003, the only such competition that ended in a tie when the Tiger Woods-Ernie Els playoff ran out of daylight!