St. Andrews and Lakeshore Lore
As the British Open at the old course at St. Andrews Scotland came to an end this morning, I am sure many of your thoughts were similar to mine and were directed to the Lakeshore. Comparing St. Andrews to the Lakeshore course is an effortless exercise. The way the holes meander around the property at Bannie and Westwood Dr. are akin to the architecture of the old course. For the most part, you have to bump & run on exactly eleven holes at both courses. There are many pins on that you have to play away from and the short walk between greens and tees resemble both of the link courses.
Some have tried to say that Carnoustie and Turnberry are better parallels to the Lakeshore but I have to differ. Carnoustie is widely recognized as the toughest of all Open Championships in Europe while the Lakeshore is absolutely the most difficult Open in the world. Both Carnoustie and Turnberry have the requirement of ballstriking and shotmaking of early links golf but they do not possess the ‘character’ of St. Andrews and Lakeshore. One prime example is the shot hit yesterday off the wall by the ‘mechanic’ Miguel Angel Jimenez. Creative chips are the norm in almost every trek around the Lakeshore.
Speaking of the British Open, we have finally put to rest the conflict we had with the scheduling of the Lakeshore Open we had back in 2003 and 2004. The Edinburgh Press took homage with us scheduling a major (Lakeshore) on the same weekend as the British Open. The Lakeshore Golf Committee have agreed to always have the Open in September. As you are aware, this years Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open is Saturday September 25th in exciting Las Vegas.
– Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open Golf Committee