President - James Braid Society
To some who might be termed 'golf's faithful', links is the real golf. To
explain this is not simple: the easiest way out is to put forth the point that
links golf is the highest of golf's many exhilarating experiences. Lying,
perhaps lurking, in a links is the most demanding golf challenge of all. Pushing
out into a stiff wind in an arena with no protection, needs a strong resolve and
stout heart. It takes a deal of energy too. Newcomers to links golf often find
that many normalities are missing.
For one thing there are no high corridors of trees to frame a fairway. It is
common enough to be driving over a ridge with nothing but a white post on the
skyline to give a clue to what is beyond. Hazards in the form of bunkers, are
hidden from sight, which makes them more daunting than normal.