18 Greatest Scottish Golf Holes

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"18 Best Scottish Golf Holes" ($199) by Craig Morrison and Andrew Ross, provides a lavish tour of their choices for the best holes in Scotland. Between now and Jan. 1, 2013, you will receive a 10 percent discount on each book ordered, plus free shipping and gift wrapping. Here's a sneak preview of the book, plus some local knowledge on each hole. Gleneagles King's Course 13th (par 4, 423 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "The thirteenth used to be a par 5. It is now a very hard par 4. The best tee shot will clear Auld Nick and stay left of the next fairway bunker. Get past it, maybe with a draw, and the land falls away, rewarding bravery with additional distance." - Jimmy Kidd, former Estates and Golf Courses Director, Gleneagles
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Turnberry Ailsa Course 10th (par 4, 415 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE:"The tenth has always looked great but the coast wasn't really in play and the hole was simply fun, not seriously dangerous. But now the drive has become one of the most exhilarating in golf and the hole is now the only one on any Open Championship course where you could truly say the beach is a hazard." - Richard Hall, head professional
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Royal Aberdeen Golf Club 2nd (par 5, 507 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "Through the valley, the hole now plays out to a long, thin green, protected high front right by a pot bunker and front left by a typical asymmetrical (James) Braid bunker built into the green's side contours." - Ronnie McCaskill, PGA Director of Golf
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Loch Lomond Golf Club 7th (par 4, 410 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "You need to be on the right half of the fairway and it's just not as easy to get there because those first trees on the right overhang and get in the way of the drive. That's why you need to be able to hit a fade." - Bert MacKay, head professional
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Royal Dornoch Golf Club 6th (par 3, 156 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "It is imperative to check the flags on the adjacent fifth and eleventh greens to get an accurate idea of the wind direction and strength." - Alan Grant, member at Royal Dornoch since 1984
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Kingsbarns Golf Links 12th (par 5, 538 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "With the prevailing wind coming slightly off your right, take your driver and aim at the far right bunker. It's always driver here, even with a helping wind. If you can carry the ball 230 yards, the ridge centre right in the fairway will do the rest." - Alan Purdie, head professional Kingsbarns
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St. Andrews Old Course 17th (par 4, 455 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "Recent changes have made the Road Bunker exactly right. It's got its teeth back. Now an inaccurate ball will finish in it because the ground falls noticeably towards it." - Jim Farmer, honorary professional to The R&A
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Hopeman Golf Club 12th (par 3, 137 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "When the wind is up-and it mostly is-the hole becomes a test of nerve and skill, judging how far into the wind to play it and then executing a shot aimed far from its final target." - Paul Lawrie, 1999 British Open champion
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Castle Stuart Golf Links 3rd (par 4, 266 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "If it is calm or downwind, I always try and drive the third. I think that is one of the most fun shots in golf. I always try to err a bit left and chance getting up and down for birdie. If it is into the wind I will hit a hybrid or mid-iron short of the bunker." - Gil Hanse, co-designer, Castle Stuart
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The Carnegie Links 12th (par 4, 397 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "It is a very difficult green to fly the ball into. You have to play it more like an old-fashioned links shot and run it in. We want to make golfers use their imagination a bit more." - David Thomson, director of golf
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Royal Troon Golf Club 8th (par 3, 114 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "There is only one way to play this hole: pick a club for the middle of the green and hit it. There is no alternative." - Kieron Stevenson, head professional
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Gullane Golf Club 7th (par 4, 398 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "In theory a downhill hole, just 398 yards, should be an easy one. In the right conditions it is reachable. But it has ruined many scorecards too. You have to be straight because it is well-bunkered and the rough encroaches on the fairway the further you hit your drive." - Claire MacDonald, former winner of Gullane Golf Club championship
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Prestwick Golf Club 3rd (par 5, 482 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "The ideal line is to lay up short of the big bunkers as far right as you can go, reducing the angle of the dogleg and shortening the hole. Trouble is, the Pow Burn is out bounds its entire length." - David Fleming, head professional
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Spey Valley Golf Course 7th (par 4, 399 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "The design enables the higher handicapper to lay up, hit a 'scuttler' toward the front right edge of the green, then chip and putt for a hallelujah' par." - Dave Thomas, course designer and two-time British Open runner-up
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Cruden Bay Golf Club 6th (par 5, 504 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "The second shot (if taking the green on) is a strike into the wilderness, cutting the corner, blind over high dunes to a fast, raised green with a flat-faced club." - Robbie Stewart, head professional
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Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club 14th (par 3, 129 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "The green looks far away against its spectacular backdrop, but try to believe the yardage on the scorecard. It is no more than it reads and it is better to be short here." - David McLay Kidd, course designer
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Carnoustie Golf Links 17th (par 4, 421 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "The putting surface has a distinct hill on its left hand side which rolls towards the centre so I try to use that slope to sweep the ball down into the heart of the green, keeping my approach away from the sand." - Paul Lawrie, 1999 British Open champion
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Moray Golf Club 18th (par 4, 393 yards) LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: "Hit the tee shot on line with the Pro shop and hit the approach on line with the sundial in front of the clubhouse." - Alistair Thomson, former head professional