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Saturday, July 22, 2006

St. Andrews




Seeing the British Open on television this morning reminded me of St. Andrews, one of my favorite little towns in Great Britain. Every year the event alternates between the great courses, and last year it took place at St. Andrews. What a beautiful setting (although I'm sure that the old course is even more beautiful without grandstands and press tents)!

Last year we saw some of the practice rounds at St. Andrews. Here you see the famous bridge at the 18th hole. Crossing the bridge is Nick Faldo (in white) and Jack Nicklaus (in yellow). This practice round was particularly meaningful (notice all of the press following them) in that their sons were caddies for them. All four of them posed on the bridge together for several minutes before completing the hole. This was Jack's last year at the Open, clearly an emotional time for the golfers and fans.

St. Andrews itself is a gorgeous town. There are some cobblestone streets lined with shops and flats. Everywhere you look are signs that this is a golf community: folks wearing golf clothes, golf shops, signs directing you to the course, the British Golf Museum, and dozens of golf stores. There are even golf bookstores. It is charming.

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