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Monday
Jul152013

Bubba Tackles North Berwick, Word Gets Back To Town!

Okay, so the shops weren't closing with little signs on the door announcing "Our Bubba is back" and the crowd never grew to 7000. Most of the stores in North Berwick were already closed and yet there was something oddly beautiful as members, children and other interested types walked past our groups of internationally not-renowned writers, then bypassed PGA of America leaders Bishop, Bevacqua and Sprague to go watch the 2012 Masters champion tackle their amazing links.

As the sun set over the North Sea, the wonderful and bizarre little community that is golf shared an unforgettable scene of a champion golfer whapping it around their links on a perfect summer day. Just another reason the Open Championship needs to come to East Lothian more often!

My photo of the scene as Bubba's group came in:

Bubba posing for photos and signing Masters flags that magically just happened to appear!

While we're acknowledging pros playing North Berwick, Johnson Wagner also played Sunday.

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So many cool things about that course, wouldn't park my car along that fence though - definitely in play. Looks and sounds like "chamber of commerce" weather.
I plonked one off an Audi there (we'd watched the wind earlier in the day from the dining room and that was the way to play it - the wind stopped when I hit my drive, however :P), pitched up to 20 feet, and made it for a birdie on the last stroke of my trip to Scotland. I shot something like 76 on a day when the SSS was 83. Great way to end a great trip.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterErik J. Barzeski
SSS of 83 ?

Wow , that would be something . The CSS can only go up by 3 though I think .

I'd like to see North Berwick hosting an Open .
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartin Robb
Judging by the time of day, the starter might have been gone and the proshop closed when he teed off.

Teeing off once at the West Links at 6pm during a mid-summer trip, there was no one to take my green fee (and no honesty box could be found). Finished at 9pm and the shadows weren't even that long yet.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Played directly behind Bubba and his crew (caddie Ted plus 2 buds) last year at St Anne's Old Links on the Sunday before the Open - seems to be his thing. Good stuff.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dart Man
very nice! what are you standing on to get that photo? a hill? seems pretty high up?
07.15.2013 | Unregistered Commentergrr
grr, it is probably out of the Club House window
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
Indeed it was the clubhouse window view.
07.15.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Great pix, Geoff. I counted 31 people in the bottom photo, and 3, or possibly 4 bags-- I need a bigger posse.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Let it be known that Bishop drove the 18th and made 2. Did Bubba do that? Played two groups behind The Shack man and exchanged pleasantries with Jeff and Scott Rude along with Geoff on #1 tee. There was also a Dottie Pepper citing at North Berwick on that afternoon. Great day.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTed Bishop
I played the course a few years back. An absolute gem. But it would never be strong enough to host an Open these days. The last hole can be driven, but as a few have said before, you wouldn't want to park your car along the 18th, where they are in range for sure. A 3 wood can leave you a short pitch, or a long putt from 70 feet short of the green as I did. The next putt went in to finish off a memorable golfing experiance.
The hospitality in the clubhouse is the best I have recieved in any top course in Britain, with a genuine warmth from them. Great semi underground pro shop too. Great experiance all round. Best Aberdeen steak I have ever had in the town too.

I'm going back one day after typing this, I have just decided !
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Easingwold, do tell! Where is the steak house? I have two tee times late September. Love pub pies but should know where that steak can be found. Cheers.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Probably anywhere in that region, Pasa. It ain't called Aberdeen Angus for nothing.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
I'll get back to you later today Pasa, after work. I remember the place, just need to get the name, etc.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
The restaurant is called "The Grange restaurant and steakhouse" 35 High Street.

Enjoy !
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Hey Bishop, come around more often would ya!
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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