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The Scottish Open Goes Real Scottish

by Jeff Skinner

It always seemed odd that the Scottish Open was contested on a parkland course that looked more like it belonged in Florida than it did in Scotland.   This year’s The Barclays Scottish Open has moved to a true links course and the Castle Stuart Golf Links certainly give this tournament what it needed: more wind, more links, more Scotland.

It opened in 2009 but appears like it has been there for centuries.  Golf Digest’s Ron Whitten raved about it last year, “Castle Stuart might be the most perfectly conceived and executed design ever built.”

Take a look at this layout that sits about a bad slice from the Moray Firth.  It’s a breathtakingly beautiful course.

 

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