Yet another glorious day dawned at St Andrews for the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The Mediterranean conditions continued and brought smiles to the faces of the players, celebrities and spectators alike. There can’t be a better place to play golf than Fife when the weather is like this.
Many of the leading players were at Carnoustie today and the good conditions certainly helped them shoot some low scores. The joint leaders at 12 under par are at the end of the second round were Tommy Fleetwood and Michael Hoey closely followed by Louis Oosthuizen at 11 under. Defending champion Martin Kaymer is keeping close to the leaders just three shots behind. Plenty of players are within five shots of the lead including Graeme McDowell on 10 under par.
Tomorrow they will be at the Old Course following in the wake of some of the most famous celebs today. I saw Hugh Grant and Tico Torres playing the 18th hole of the Old Course at different times of the afternoon. The Four Weddings and a funeral star found his way into the infamous Valley of Sin with his second shot but then recovered with a great chip leaving him a tap-in. Tico holed a long putt earning cheers from the crowd gathered round the green. Most of the celebrities were in high spirits and after handing in their cards they were happy to have their pictures taken with the fans waiting behind the green and to sign a few autographs.
It will be a busy weekend on the courses at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie. But should you wish to squeeze in a round in yourself there are 45 golf courses in Fife to choose from. As well as the famous links courses there are plenty more outstanding course in Fife where you can simply walk on and pay and play. Whatever your ability and whatever your budget, there is a round of golf in Fife that’s guaranteed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
Last night the Old Course Hotel put on a wonderful party at the Duke´s Course making the most of the opportunity to introduce some of their local food and beverage suppliers. The clubhouse restaurant was adorned with displays from different suppliers. We were given a flamboyant introduction to whisky tasting by a representative of a company called Whisky Mad. There was an opportunity to have a chat with master brewers of the Belhaven Brewery and learn more about the Old Course Hotel´s very own Jigger Inn Ale or sample different wines presented by Forth Wines.
Alongside the drinks there was a presentation by Clarks Foods – the Old Course Hotel´s supplier of original Scottish organic farmers´ cheeses. The stories of the origin and production of some of the cheeses were fascinating. For example the cheddar from the Isle of Mull is produced on a farm which uses only renewable energy and it is made with the milk of cows that eat grass and whisky grains. It then matures in the farm´s own cellars for several months. It is true that the cheese left a very tickly taste on the tongue, almost the same feeling as after you have taken a shot of whisky.
Another presentation which received a lot of attention was that of the Highland Chocolatier. If you are like me, chocolate is probably not the first thing that you associate with Scotland. But having tasted the produce of this Grandtully-based business I will never look at chocolate in the same way again. Iain Burnett, who owns the business and has become known as The Highland Chocolatier, is an award-winning artisan chocolatier of rare quality. He has trained under Master Chocolatiers of the Belgian, Swiss and French schools and now creates his own renowned range of fresh cream chocolate truffles, spiced pralines and spectacular chocolate wedding cakes. The truffles the Dunhill media guests tasted last night were rich and creamy and really did melt on the tongue. They were made of only three ingredients: cocoa and Scottish butter and cream. Incredibly, there was no sugar in them!
So after the party it is back to the golf and round three is coming up tomorrow. To keep up with the latest from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship please follow this blog.
Posted on September 30, 2011 by admin@golfcomms