Another great day in Scotland with sunshine, blue skies and an expected high of about 13 degrees Celsius (about 56 degrees Fahrenheit). Today course is Kilmarnock Barassie (http://www.kbgc.co.uk/) which was founded in 1887 and is celebrating it’s 125 anniversary this year. As one of the Open Championship Final Qualifying courses, Barassie is supposed to be a challenging layout with excellent greens. Our tee time was set for 11:30am, and we ended up a bit early at the course (just before 10am). We checked in, and headed over to the clubhouse to change our shoes, which is where it first became apparent that we were not members…
After a a very friendly two days here in Scotland, followed by a friendly proshop staff at Barassie, we were not expecting to be greeted at the door of the restaurant and pushed into the locker room. We had read on the website that golf gear was not allowed into the restaurant area, and had no intentions of doing so, however it seemed a bit strange. Then while we were warming up on the practice green and hitting into the net, the proshop staff member who checked us in said that if we could tee off in the next 10-15 minutes, we could get ready. This did not sit well with a foursome of members who showed up while we were standing by the tee box waiting for a twosome to tee off and head down the first fairway. Several comments were made, and they went in to berate the poor proshop staff.
Nonetheless, we teed off and did not see that foursome until late in the back nine when we were slowed down by a few holes of lost balls. They still did not wait on any holes, however they were no longer 1+ holes behind us.
As for the course, the layout was good, tough but good. As Visitors, we had to play the yellow tees, which at 6400 yards with 3 par 5s and 3 par 3s, there were a number of long par 4s that we had to contend with. The other issue is that the greens were slooooowwwww, the slowest we have come across so far. I had the best front nine so far with a 42, and my driver had recovered, however partway through the back nine, I developed the shanks with my trusty 7-iron and had a number of rough holes, finishing with a 46 on the back, breaking 90 for the first time on the trip.
Jeff had managed to leave a pair of shoes at the Irvine Club on Friday, so after the round we headed back there to see if they could be found. At the same time, we had a few rounds, and some snacks. 2 rounds (3 beer and my diet coke) and an order of 4 toasted sandwiches with salad and fries cost a total of less than £30 (about $48), also the members there were excellent, chipping in to search the locker room for the missing shoes and wishing us well when we left. We would go back there in a heartbeat.
Getting back to the B&B, we headed out for a walk around this section of Ayr, finding a spirits house where Paul picked up a bottle of Scotch which was enjoyed by the guys. Late night drinks and snacks at the Glen Park Hotel and then off to bed to rest up for Prestwick in the morning.