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Western Gailes Golf Club near Glasgow will Blow you Away Western Gailes has hosted plenty of championships and has been often used for final qualifying rounds when the Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon. It’s been rated 35th in the Top 100 courses of the British Isles. read more
Machrihanish, the Old Course on the Mullof Kintyre Machrihanish, a must see course that should be added to your bucket list. read more
Machrihanish Dunes: The Way Golf Began and should be Going Machrihanish Dunes: The very classic and real golf course and an important link to the past. read more
Scotland, the home of Golf A few facts about Scotland and why it is the Home of Golf. read more
Highland Swing at Castle Stuart The 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at the Castle Stuart Golf Links read more
Now you can Play at the Exclusive Carnegie Club Ten minutes from the town of Dornoch, the exclusive Carnegie Club where the everything is top notch, even the halfway house where you can help yourself to a cappuccino, candy bars, beer and soft drinks. read more
Become Lords and Ladies of the Manor at Mar Hall Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort is the ideal spot to start and/or end your Scottland Vacation. read more
French Lick’s Legendary Pete Dye Golf Experience

By Anita Draycott


“The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest is somebody would put a flagstick on top…golf is not a fair game so why build a fair golf course.”


At the entrance to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort & Casino, a plaque bearing these words sits beside a life-size statue of its feisty architect.
Dye, renowned for his challenging courses is being totally out-front about his 8,102 (from the tips) serpentine tract cut out of the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana and located on top of a precipice 1,000 feet above sea level, the second highest elevation in the state (xxx). On a clear day you can see 30 mile in every direction.
Dye, who was hired to design the course back in 2006 had some history in this little-known neck of the Indiana woods. In 1957, he won the Midwest Amateur Championship on the resort’s Donald Ross Course and he admits to partying at the French Lick hotel.
The front nine plays down the hill. Imagine an impeccably manicured narrow green ribbon of a fairway that twists along a roller coaster terrain.
The object is to “keep in on the fairway,” advised my forecaddie, Josh England. Because if you don’t you’ll be down in a gully with nary a flat lie. The other goal is to keep it out of a series of what are called volcano bunkers sprinkled over the fairways.
When Dye created his French Lick course in 2009 it was the first time in his career that he extended the length beyond 8,000 yards for the pros. The grand finale from the pros’ tees includes the 301-yard par-three 16th, a 518-yard par-four 17ath and the mammoth 657-yard par-five (looked like a par-seven to me) 18th. 
Dye acknowledges that these yardages are “fantasyland for 99 percent of golfers.” That’s why he has given us five sets of tees with the forward ones measuring a mere 5,151 yards.
Dye’s masterpiece is almost tree-free thus allowing unrestricted views of the surrounding forest. Water hardly comes into play and there are no houses, except for the Taggert mansion at the very top of the hill. 
Dye describes this as “a resort course with multiple tees so the best and worst golfers on the planet could have the time of their life…”

 

A Scenic But Challenging Course At Braid Hills Public Golf Course The Braid Hills is an 18-hole course, but with an option of playing 9-holes. The Braids and Wee Braids courses are combined during the winter months of December to March to avoid using the greens. The course offers ample parking spaces, changing facilities and a shop where you can hire trolleys as well as buy refreshments. read more