All of which begs the question: Can a man win on a course where he sees glaring flaws around every corner, even Amen Corner?
"I think 11 is terrible, to be honest with you," Ogilvy said as he waited to play in the par-3 contest with Scott and K.J. Choi on Wednesday. "They've halved the width of the fairway. It's not the length. A lot of guys hit it over 300 yards now and the ball is going to run, so most guys out here are going to have only 180, 190 yards downhill to the green. That's only a 7-iron so that's not bad. But the narrowness—it's almost a dogleg to the right now. I don't think it's what Bobby Jones wanted. I don't like it at all. The narrowness is stupid."
Maybe so, but Ogilvy, who is something of a golf course architecture buff in addition to being a heavy-metal guitarist, was blunt about other changes, as well. Of the lengthened, 240-yard par-3 fourth hole, he said, "It's longer than it needs to be." Of the narrow, uphill, 450-hard seventh: "They took away all the choice off the tee, which is what was intended when it was designed. There's no option. You have to hit it hard and straight. I don't like it."
Nobody could claim that the little town of Carnoustie has beauty or presence. It is a small watering-place set in a sandy bay which is absolutely safe bathing for children; indeed it is a perfect resort for toddlers, paddlers, and sandcasters. It is an unpretentious, friendly spot, ideal for family holiday. You expect it to have a nice little golf course that will flatter father's handicap--and you find that it has a course of real magnitude and grandeur. PATRIC DICKINSON