After a great 12 hours of much needed sleep, followed by a great breakfast prepared by our host William (at the Miller Guest House in Ayr – http://www.millerhouseayr.co.uk/home.html), we headed off to play the Turnberry Ailsa course. Following the coastal road, we decided to stop in at Culzean Castle for a little Scottish culture of the non-drinking kind (http://www.culzeanexperience.org/). This is a fantastic working castle built on the cliffs over looking the ocean. We didn’t elect to go into the castle itself (we didn’t have enough time before we needed to get to Turnberry), however the walk around the gardens, down to the shoreline and over to the Deer Garden was very inspiring.
As was Turnberry. The bag drop was first rate and the pro shop well stocked. After a quick bite in the dinning room overlooking the 18th green of the Kyntyre course, we headed out to the practice green to warm up a bit. Paul elected to take a caddy for the round, and Alie was full of stories and great tips. The first hole was a bit of a mess for me (as were the first few) as I ended up in the fescue, and took a seven (followed by another seven) on my way to a 48 front nine. My only saving grace was paring both of the par 3s on the front.
My back nine was stronger, following a better last few holes on the front, however I could not seem to score well, however the only real bad hole was a double on #16 Wee Burn where I ended up with my approach shot rolling back in from the green into the burn. All told, I was happy with the 43 given the very windy conditions (2-3 clubs) all day. It wasn’t my game on display however, but the course. I’ll let them tell the tale at the end.
With a dinner again in the clubhouse, we headed back to Ayr, and over to the pub on the corner where the boys tested some scotch and some of the local Ayr Brewery offerings. Then into bed to get ready for Sunday’s round at Kilmarnock Barrasie.