Stand the test of time

While a million people turned out in Central London to celebrate the ceremony of Kate Middleton and Prince William quite a few of the top amateur golfers in Europe once again teed it off at the Royal Lytham Golf Club for the first major of the year. In 2012 the Open Championship returns to Lytham again, for the 11th time, and the golf course have been slightly refurbished to cater for the modern game. It is almost laughable to see Tom Lehman’s driver on the wall in the club house from his win 15 years ago. The persimmon head makes it look like something from ancient history compared to the drivers that are in the bags today.

The thing with Royal Lytham though, as with most links courses, is that as long as the wind blows it does stand the test. This golf course today was as hard as any course these guys will play all year. The wind was a fresh breeze but could have been a lot worse. The greens were as good as they will ever be on the links but the rough is still gentle. Wait until July 2012 and it will be a different ball game. My guess is Royal Lytham will be ready.

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