Scotland beyond St. Andrews: Perthshire

By Travel ArticlesFebruary 28, 2012, 5:50 pm

Golfers the world over know St. Andrews is where the game began. Consequently, a pilgrimage to golf's homeland is high on the wish list of all those who care about golf's history and traditions.

There's much more to Scotland than simply St Andrews, however, and hundreds of fabulous golfing delights are located outside the Kingdom of Fife. Some are renowned throughout the world, while others are comparatively unknown. But because of the democratic nature of golf in Scotland, nearly all welcome visitors.

With that in mind, let's take a look at golf in Perthshire.

Although it briefly touches both the east and west coasts, Perthshire is predominantly a mountainous county lying right in the heart of the country to the northwest of Edinburgh. Consequently, the numerous golf courses scattered about its length and breadth are inland. Some are hilly, while others are mountainous.

Gleneagles

Undoubtedly the best-known golfing pearl in Perthshire is magnificent Gleneagles. And with the Ryder Cup visiting in 2014 it's set to become even more famous. There are three great courses to satisfy the most demanding of golfers. The newest and the one upon which the Ryder Cup will be fought is Gleneagles' PGA Centenary Course. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, it was launched in 1993. Despite the cool temperatures and strange accents, the U.S. team should feel at home as it undoubtedly has an American feel about it. For example, there are plenty of water hazards, elevated tees and raised contoured greens. A few critics think it looks as if it has been imposed upon the landscape and a touch out of place but, although it may lack the charm of its two regal neighbors, it will undoubtedly test the best.

The original idea behind Gleneagles was to create a 'Palace in the Glens' that would attract noble and wealthy railway travelers. Designed by the legendary James Braid, Gleneagles' Queen's Course was the first to open and is the shorter and somewhat easier of the original pair. With wide fairways lined by Scots Pines, generous greens and bunkers designed to trap only the most wayward shots, the course is fairly forgiving. Attractive banks and pretty escarpments together with the spectacular views make it a visual treat and a hugely enjoyable course to play even if you're not on top of your game.

Designed by Braid but opened just after the Queen's in 1919, the King's Course at Gleneagles has heaps of heather, raised greens and plateau tees. Set within the valley of Strathearn with the Grampian Mountains rising spectacularly to the north and glorious views everywhere you look, it would be hard to imagine more perfect terrain for an inland course.

Blairgowrie Golf Club

In the Rosemount and Lansdowne, Blairgowrie Golf Club has two heavenly heathland courses. Both are lined by forests of pine and silver birch with heather, broom and gorse adding gorgeous touches of color to an already splendid setting.,/p>

Braid laid out the older and more celebrated Rosemount Course at Blairgowrie, while Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas designed the slightly longer Landsowne Course. Although indisputably great and glorious, Blairgowrie is neither pretentious nor intimidating, and the delightful clubhouse is especially warm and welcoming.

Murrayshall Golf Club

Also right up there with the very best is Murrayshall Golf Club. As well as two courses, there's a luxurious country house hotel that's as comfortable as it is attractive. Murrayshall is the older of the two tracks. With white sand bunkers, natural stone bridges and numerous water features, it's perfect parkland golf with a lovely spacious feel. The same designer -- Hamilton Stutt -- returned 20 years later to create the Lynedoch Course, which is tighter and a bit shorter but no less difficult.

Crieff Golf Club

Several world-renowned architects have had a hand in the creation of the Ferntower Course at Crieff Golf Club. Old Tom Morris's original nine-hole course created in 1891 was extended to 18 by Robert Simpson just before the First World War. Then along came Braid in the 1920s to make some further improvements. Rather sadly, perhaps, the creation of another nine-hole course in 1980 and extensive alterations to the Ferntower meant that not that much of his work survived. That said, this delightful hillside course enjoys wonderful views over the Vale of Strathearn and has enormous appeal.

Pitlochry Golf Course

Pitlochery

Allegedly one of Queen Victoria's favorite towns, Pitlochry Golf Course is surrounded by pretty hills, upon one of which you will find a truly lovely golf course. Willie Fernie of Troon laid it out in 1908 and presented players with a stiffish climb over the opening few holes. Be sure to enjoy the purity of the mountain air as you breathe in deeply. Don't worry too much as the terrain soon flattens out and the views from the top certainly make all the effort well worthwhile. As you look out from beneath Ben Y Vrackie, savor the sweeping views down the Tummel Valley. From here on the slopes are not too severe and, should you go into any, you might care to note that the bunkers contain quartz sand.

St. Fillans Golf Club

Although most are, not all the courses in Perthshire are hilly. One delightful nine-holer that is mostly on the level is St. Fillans Golf Club. Originally designed by Willie Auchterlonie in 1903 and subsequently lengthened to over 3000 yards, only the uphill walk to the third tee and the elevated fifth green require any significant effort. Look out for the roe deer and wild goats.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.


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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”