Only a few hours to go now before the 2011 Walker Cup kick starts on Saturday, September 11 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland and the excitement is rising. The popular biennial competition will see the most talented amateur golfers from the United States and Great Britain & Ireland contest in the 43rd Match.
The last time the Walker Cup was contested, at Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania, in 2009, the USA defeated Great Britain and Ireland 16 ½ to 9 ½ – the Americans have now won the last three matches home and away. Notable USA performances came from Rickie Fowler, now professional, and his former Oklahoma State University team-mate, Peter Uihlein, who both took four points from a possible four.
The tournament will be played on the Balgownie Links of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, the sixth-oldest club in the world. Founded in 1780 the club was for the first 35 years known as The Society of Golfers at Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Golf Club was formed in 1815 on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, and its members continued to play on the Queen’s Links, a strip of common land between the Don and Dee Rivers, until 1888 when they migrated to the current links at Balgownie. While the club received the patronage of Prince Leopold in 1872, it wasn’t until 1903 that the club officially used the “Royal” name, which was bestowed upon the club by His Majesty King Edward VII.
The Balgownie Course is a classic links layout that goes out through the dunes and returns along a plateau.
Ronnie MacAskill, Royal Aberdeen’s director of golf, lists his three favourite holes as the par-3 eighth, the par-4 17th and the par-4 18th.
“The 18th is probably the most difficult hole on the course,” writes MacAskill on Royal Aberdeen’s website. “Into the prevailing wind, it is often out of reach even for the low, single-figure handicap golfer.
“With bunkers left and right and the added attraction of out of bounds to the left, a long straight drive is the only option. The second shot to yet another well-bunkered and elevated green is everything in the bag unless you are very well through the valley. Very rarely do you find the club golfer firing their second shot to the heart of the 18th green. A true classic to the finish.”
Posted on September 9, 2011 by admin@golfcomms