For those of you that know me well, you know that outside of photography my favorite passion is golf. From the days of my grandfather chipping with me in my backyard, to playing for my high school team, I have always been passionate about golf. Being able to have a chance to visit the home of golf is truly an honor for me.
The Old Course at St. Andrews is legendary. St Andrews is so legendary that those who don’t follow golf would still know what it is. It’s so legendary that visiting the course is on my “Bucket List.” Well, during my visit to Scotland I was blessed with the opportunity to visit this amazing place.
Upon arrival to the course you cant help but take notice of the grand Old Course Hotel. The building is impressive. I did not get to take a wonder through the inside of the hotel. From the outside it was simply impressive. It borders the 17th hole and overlooks the 1st and 18th holes. Oh yeah, it also overlooks the sea.
After passing the hotel, you drive along the 18th hole and come up upon the village of St. Andrews. The shops look as if they have been there 1000′s of years, yet they still look modern and relevant. We eventually made our way to the end of the course where the 1st tee and 18th green are located. You couldn’t help but stop and just take in the view of the course and smell the salt air of the sea.
Those who follow golf know the history behind the Swilcan Bridge. From my research, the small bridge was originally part of the road to get across the now water hazard. It now serves as the infamous photo spot for professionals making there final appearance at St Andrews. The greats like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have come to that bridge, paused for a few pics, said there thank yous, and then said goodbye to St Andrews. It was the ONE landmark that I wanted a picture of. Not only did I get a picture of the bridge, but I had my picture taken ON the bridge. I got to partake in that same special moment that Palmer and Nicklaus got to. It was simply amazing!
Lastly, as we made our way off the course, I stopped somewhere between 1 and 18 to take this HDR pic. After I got back in the car and began making my way back to the hotel, I couldn’t help but count my blessings as to how thankful I am to have been able to visit the home of golf.