Tuesday, 02 October 2012

St Andrews

Greens

Type of grass - Fescue, Bent
Height of cut - 4.75mm
Speed / stimpmeter reading - 9'6" (Monday)
Any specific comments - 7 double greens, all greens large and undulating

Fairways
Type of grass - Fescue, Bent
Height of cut - 8mm
General width and contouring - very wide, double fairways, undulating
Any specific comments - excellent cover and condition

Tees / collars
Type of grass - Fescue, Bent
Height of cut - 6.5mm

Rough
Type of grass - Fescue
Height of cut - semi 38mm, rough left to grow
Any specific comments - no rough between many double fairways

Weather
Weather in advance - wet and windy
Forecast for tournament - mostly cloudy with showers

Course
Opened - over 650 years old
Course designer - Mother Nature, Old Tom Morris
Special features - 7 double greens, all add up to 18, singles 1, 9, 17 and 18
General playability - course runs from north to south, and in excellent condition
Undulating / flat - greens undulating, very large
Tree lined / exposed - very exposed
Many / few water hazards - very few
Changes to the course - new tee on 17th road hole

Other features
112 bunkers


Carnoustie

Greens
Type of grass - brown top, Bent 50% / Red Fescue 30% / Annual Meadow grass 20%
Height of cut - 4.25mm
Speed / stimpmeter reading - 10'6"
Any specific comments - wear tolerant, good density, average area 700sq yards, one double green, fairly flat

Fairways
Type of grass - various fescues, Brown Top Bent, some Ryegrass and Annual Meadow grass
Height of cut - 10mm
General width and contouring - 20 to 26 yards generally, mostly gently rolling contours
Any specific comments - good uniformity between high and low spots

Tees / collars
Type of grass - Bent, Fescue, Meadow grass, some Ryegrass
Height of cut - 6.5mm
Any specific comments - good cover

Rough
Type of grass - various Fescues, Bent grasses, Wavy Hair grass, Sweet Vermal, Marram, Sea Lyme
Height of cut - semi 50mm, intermediate 100mm, rough natural and unmown 9" to 2ft
Any specific comments - keep out!

Weather
Weather in advance - very wet summer but no real course issues as a result of this
Forecast for tournament - cloudy with scattered showers, SW winds 10-15mph

Course
Opened - started in 1840s by Alan Robertson (10 holes) and completed in 1872 by Tom Morris
Course designer - Tom Morris, Alan Robertson, James Braid
Special features - 'Classic links', undulating fairways, thick rough and a winding Barry Burn
General playability - excellent
Undulating / flat - gently undulating
Tree lined / exposed - exposed near seaboard, some tree plantations
Many / few water hazards - several ditches plus the Barry Burn
Changes to the course - no recent changes

Other features
- There is a Barry Burn M.O.D. training area adjacent to the 6th and 7th holes. Added hazard, beware regular firing in progress.
- The only Open venue to be played by the legendary Ben Hogan in 1953; there is a special plaque installed at the 6th hole and the hole is named after him – Hogan’s Alley. - - The Championship Course has hosted The Open Championship on seven occasions and also the Senior Open Championship in 2010.
- This is the 12th time the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has been played at Carnoustie Links.


Kingsbarns

Greens
Type of grass - Fescue, Bent, Poa
Height of cut - 4mm
Speed / stimpmeter reading - 10'

Fairways
Type of grass - Fescue, Bent, Poa Pratensis
Height of cut - 10mm
General width and contouring - wide fairways

Tees / collars
Type of grass - Fescue, Bent, Poa Pratensis
Height of cut - 10mm

Rough
Type of grass - Sheeps Fescue
Height of cut - semi 50mm, intermediate 75mm, rough 100mm

Weather
Weather in advance - very changeable, windier than usual and regular showers
Forecast for tournament - light SW winds, variable with clouds, showers and sunny periods

Course
Opened - 2000
Course designer - Kyle Phillips
Special features - large undulating greens
General playability - enjoyable and scoreable for all types of players
Undulating / flat - mix of flat and undulating
Tree lined / exposed - very exposed links course
Many / few water hazards - few

Other features
- A lot of bunkers so accuracy from tee will be rewarded
- Spectacular coastal views at holes 3, 12, 15 and 16

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