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The Open @ Carnoustie (NO POLITICS)


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#1 Ralphyboy84

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 04:59 PM

Evening all. Iím fortunate enough to be a member at Carnoustie. Went out and played a few holes tonight and took a few snaps so thought I would share with you all how the course is looking. Will add more over the next month or so. Enjoy!

https://m.imgur.com/a/ndYn2YA



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Posted 28 May 2018 - 05:43 PM

interesting how much the golf courses here have improved in the last two weeks.

I am at Royal Aberdeen and wow the course is getting much better, especially the greens.

looking good down there in those two pics.

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 08:05 PM

Thats cool thanks for sharing.

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 09:42 PM

Very cool. Thanks for posting the pics and yes...........post more when you can!

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 10:16 PM

Played there 7 years ago, favorite place I played...those last 2 opens were awesome. Canít wait for this one!

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 01:01 AM

View Postscott_Donald, on 28 May 2018 - 05:43 PM, said:

interesting how much the golf courses here have improved in the last two weeks.

I am at Royal Aberdeen and wow the course is getting much better, especially the greens.

looking good down there in those two pics.

I am ex Nigg Bay and Newmachar member!

RA  always good,played quite a few matches there  Pennants  Northern Counties and PHilips  stroke play

long time ago though!

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 01:22 AM

Cool. I was there in December but didn't get to play, just walked around a little. I didn't realize how close OB is left of the green on 18 (don't think it plays as OB in the tournament though), how close the burn is to the front of the green, and how long that green is.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 01:25 AM

Surprised to see the grandstands already in May. Do they build those this early? Or are they permanent installations?

The Jean van der Velde river on the second picture?

What is the guy in the "next post" doing?

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 01:34 AM

Can't wait Ralphy!  My favorite major at great venue just around the corner!

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:08 AM

Played it in 2016, incredible experience!


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:32 AM

The grandstands have been up for a few weeks already in preparation. Unless you've been you cannot understand just how difficult some of the greens are. Great course.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:55 AM

View Postmjen43, on 29 May 2018 - 01:22 AM, said:

Cool. I was there in December but didn't get to play, just walked around a little. I didn't realize how close OB is left of the green on 18 (don't think it plays as OB in the tournament though), how close the burn is to the front of the green, and how long that green is.

Definitely OB in tournament. Course is so difficult but fair. Go for hero shot and donít pull off...you will pay. Play smart and you can score. Just tremendous course. Amazing those old courses hold up
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 04:15 AM

View PostJasonic, on 29 May 2018 - 03:55 AM, said:

View Postmjen43, on 29 May 2018 - 01:22 AM, said:

Cool. I was there in December but didn't get to play, just walked around a little. I didn't realize how close OB is left of the green on 18 (don't think it plays as OB in the tournament though), how close the burn is to the front of the green, and how long that green is.

Definitely OB in tournament. Course is so difficult but fair. Go for hero shot and don't pull off...you will pay. Play smart and you can score. Just tremendous course. Amazing those old courses hold up

Thanks. Yea I couldn't remember if it played OB or not left of the green there on 18 because I know fans and bleachers are there, too.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 05:41 AM

Nice pics!

Can't wait to see more :)

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:35 AM

View Postimakaveli, on 29 May 2018 - 03:08 AM, said:

Played it in 2016, incredible experience!

C'mon, c'mon what'ya shoot? :D


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:44 AM

View Post23under, on 29 May 2018 - 06:35 AM, said:

View Postimakaveli, on 29 May 2018 - 03:08 AM, said:

Played it in 2016, incredible experience!

C'mon, c'mon what'ya shoot? :D

less than 90... :D but hit driver+pw at Hogan's Alley and finished par-par, great day! :D

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 08:52 AM

Little dated but course remains very similar...
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 09:03 AM

Thanks for the pictures.

I played there a couple times in 1978, and again in 1984.  The first time that I played was after a big rain storm, and the Barry Burn overflowed its banks.  There was a large pond in front of the green on 18.

Wonderful course with lots of history.
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 04:54 PM

Tonightís picture is looking back down the 14th/4th greens and one down 16. Another cracking night for it. I really hope we get weather like this in the open itself!

https://i.imgur.com/JfGA4K6.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/LgCilzO.jpg

To answer a few points as well. Yes there is OB left by the 18th green. And yes the grand stands do go up this early. They are 95% done I think. They just need to do the big one down the right side of the 18th green. I think the reason they put the grand stands up so early is that the tented vilage and hospitality tents are absolutely enormous

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 05:48 AM

looks great, hope there is some wind this year :-)

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:03 PM

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 03:08 PM

Carnoustie killed me.  It wasn't as pretty as I thought it would be.  Housing down one side a dislike
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Posted 30 May 2018 - 03:29 PM

Love those revetted bunkers!

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 04:05 PM

View PostRalphyboy84, on 28 May 2018 - 04:59 PM, said:

Evening all. I'm fortunate enough to be a member at Carnoustie. Went out and played a few holes tonight and took a few snaps so thought I would share with you all how the course is looking. Will add more over the next month or so. Enjoy!

https://m.imgur.com/a/ndYn2YA

I played in the craws nest tassie in 2016, its my favourite course but the greens were very slow

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 04:22 PM

View PostRalphyboy84, on 28 May 2018 - 04:59 PM, said:

Evening all. I'm fortunate enough to be a member at Carnoustie. Went out and played a few holes tonight and took a few snaps so thought I would share with you all how the course is looking. Will add more over the next month or so. Enjoy!

https://m.imgur.com/a/ndYn2YA

I was down today for a lesson and had a look at 18.  Haven't played for a few weeks and wow, the rough has appeared!  18 only looks about 15 yards wide!


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 02:24 AM

View Postcardoustie, on 30 May 2018 - 03:08 PM, said:

Carnoustie killed me.  It wasn't as pretty as I thought it would be.  Housing down one side a dislike

No housing on the course.all across the railway in the town?

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 01:37 AM

cool, 2 of toughest and fairest tests on the Open rotations this year -- Shinnecock and Carnoustie. Refreshing change stateside from the Erin Hills' fails. Wouldnt surprise me if the Shinnecock designers took some inspiration from Carnoustie -- imo, Shinnecock is like Carnoustie w/ hills

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 10:34 AM

I played it 10 years ago.  The wind was howling and a misty rain was blowing sideways in 40 degree f temp.  Hardest course I've ever played and that includes Shinnecock and Olympic.  I made a comment to my Scottish caddie:  "Wow I can't believe how many people are out here playing today"...to which he replied "a nice day like this will bring 'em out every time..........." :taunt:

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 11:06 AM

View PostRalphyboy84, on 28 May 2018 - 04:59 PM, said:

Evening all. I’m fortunate enough to be a member at Carnoustie. Went out and played a few holes tonight and took a few snaps so thought I would share with you all how the course is looking. Will add more over the next month or so. Enjoy!

https://m.imgur.com/a/ndYn2YA

Had the pleasure of playing Carnoustie in April during the Lindsay Shield Ralphy. Course was in superb shape and with the warm and dry weather we have been experiencing on the East Coast of Scotland this past month the course must be bone hard and fast like the courses in St. Andrews. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn  very wet between now and The Open as I would love to see the course play fast for the worlds best when they turn up.
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 11:28 AM

I played it 2 days after Sergio blew his 6 foot putt to win the Open.  

What shocked me the most about the course was how you could pummel your drive right down the middle and end up in a bunker.

Greens were relatively benign so long as you could land on one.


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