St Andrews’ Seventh
Captivating the world of architecture’s attention for nearly six years, the much anticipated Castle Course at St Andrews opened June 28th. The newest course in the Links Trust family of seven, all of which are public, is the first significant layout to be built at the home of golf in nearly 100 years. Now golfers can enjoy a different layout everyday of the week without having to play the same course twice.
Sitting two miles from the Old Course, perched atop cliffs hugging the North Sea, the course yields panoramic views to the tiny town below that can only be described as a golfing mecca. As it does not lie on the sandy soils washed and formed by the conditions of the sea, the course is not a true links. Instead, the group at DMK Golf Design undertook an enormous effort, turning a previously flat agriculture parcel of land into a playable links-style layout with a more than expected sea-side aesthetic. And from the pictures, it looks like the designer has done well in that regard.
Separated by some, though minor, distance from its sister courses, will likely play in favour of the new layout. Many people have said the New Course would be considered in much higher respects if it were not directly adjacent to, arguably, the best course in the World. And so reviews have already begun, and some suggest that The Castle Course is the second best of the seven, to only the The Old Course itself. Though it’s likely a little premature to make such claims, the design has certainly sparked much interest.
It was a philosophy of ‘Pursuing Purist Golf’, a Scottish heritage, a star studded design team, and a portfolio that includes Brandon Dunes that landed designer David McLay Kidd the most coveted commission in current golf architecture. The result has led critics to agree that the course is both extremely difficult and very beautiful. With five sets of tees, rounds can range from 5,300y to a championship length of 7,200y, though blustering Scottish winds will be sure to make it play longer.
Capitalizing on a great design opportunity, Kidd’s routing involves the coast on five holes, including both No. 9 and No.18. However, it is the 17th that has unanimously been confirmed as the signature hole. Best described by Scottish Golf Writer Ian Wood as "a hole measuring 184 yards at full stretch and which requires the tee-shot to carry an abyss where the sea has taken a bite out of the coast".
Though the design has been criticized for being too hard, let’s face it-St Andrews is a bit off the beaten path for most people. And those who seek to trek the hour and a half north of Edinburgh to play The Castle Course will be committed golfers at heart, understanding challenge, and welcoming a Scottish test of the highest difficulty, if only to tell their tale of having had a crack at The Castle.
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Photos from the 2023 Valero Texas Open
Ah, the Valero Texas Open — a tournament as rich in history as it is in Texan charm. The event has been around since 1922, making it one of the oldest on the PGA Tour calendar.
Over the years, it’s been held at a variety of courses across the Lone Star State, but it’s found its home at TPC San Antonio in recent years. Some of the biggest names in golf have taken home the title here, including Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, and Ben Crenshaw. But the real star of the show? That would have to be the legendary Texan wind, which can turn a benign par-4 into a 500-yard monster faster than you can say “y’all.”
Per usual, GolfWRX was on site to check out what the pros are playing with the Masters just a week away.
Check out links to all our galleries, below.
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Monday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Monday #2
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Tuesday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Wednesday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Wednesday #2
- Chandler Phillips – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Hayden Buckley – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Brandon Wu – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Rickie Fowler – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Paul Haley II – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Kevin Chappell – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Austin Truslow – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Peter Lansburgh – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Peter Kuest – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Trevor Werbylo – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Doc Redman – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Padraig Harrington – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Ryan Fox – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Ricky Barnes WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Hayden Buckley’s custom Cameron putters – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- S H Kim’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Beau Hossler’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- New Garsen grip – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Brent Grant’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Luke Donald’s new Odyssey Twelve putter (w/ SuperStroke grip) – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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Spotted: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three “anti-right” prototype putter
Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K putters have really taken off on tour, and we have seen a handful of models in tour player’s bags. The latest version we spotted out on tour is a very unique design.
Odyssey makes this putter head with a standard flow neck that offers plenty of toe hang for golfers who prefer or need that weighting. This prototype has a long slant neck installed more near the center of the putter head that lets the toe sit slightly up in the air when held horizontally. This is pretty different since most putters sit with the toe hanging down towards the ground or are face balanced (face sits parallel to the ground). A full shaft offset looks to be achieved with the slant neck and the look at address is definitely different.
We spoke to Callaway PGA Tour manager Joe Toulon about the putter and he had the following to say
“On course [we had a player who] had a little push bias that didn’t necessarily show up in practice but it is something that he felt on course. So we wanted to build something that was a little easier to release and maybe not necessarily open the toe as much in the back stroke and not have to work as hard to release it in the through stroke. That was kind of designed to give a little offset and when you rested it on your finger it would rest toe up a little bit. We thought for that player it would help him square the putter face at impact rather than leave it open a little bit.
“It was more of a concept we had and will continue to work on it. When we had it on the truck and we were hitting some putts with it we noticed that you had to work really hard to push this putter. We wanted to make an anti-right putter. Just a fun little concept that we have an idea and work with our tour department to test things out.
“It isn’t something that ended up in a player’s bag but we learned some things in that process and will keep in mind for future builds and projects.”
The finish also looks to be a little different than the standard Tri-Hot 5K putter’s black and silver motif. The face and neck are finished in silver and the rear done in more of a blueish-gray tone. The White Hot insert looks to be standard and the sole still contains two interchangeable weights.
The shaft looks to be painted in the same metallic red as their standard Stroke Lab shaft, but we don’t see a steel tip section. Not sure if this putter has a full graphite shaft or painted steel.
Check out more photos of the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three Putter.
More “Spotted” pieces
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- Spotted: Beau Hossler’s custom Scotty Cameron Circle T TG6 putter
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