by Jeff Skinner
The European Tour plays one of the most fascinating tournaments of the season this week when it spends four days on three classic links courses. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over The Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Kingsbarns is a youthful newcomer to the register of great links courses and St.Andrews and Carnoustie reside at the foundation of links golf. There isn’t a more visually appealing week of golf anywhere.
Bernard Darwin’s description of the 17th hole at St Andrews from his The Golf Courses of the British Isles first published in 1910:
“The seventeenth hole has been more praised and more abused probably than any other hole in the world. It has been called unfair, and by many harder names as well; it has caused champions with a predilection for pitching rather than running to tear their hair; it has certainly ruined an infinite number of scores. Many like it, most respect it, and all fear it.”