On Sundays, The Old Course at St. Andrews to the dog park

Ziggy, named after David Bowie, loved his time on the fifteenth Inexperienced Sunday.

Shawn Zack

Road. Andrews, Scotland – One of many polarizing sides of previous cycle is that it is vitally flat. Flat programs will not be nice for watching golf tournaments! The Hyperlinks Belief has constructed hills previously few years to assist golf watchers. However on this specific Sunday, that flatness is welcome.

I can see a whole lot of yards, unoccupied, and in the mean time, there are eight canines in vary, roaming across the property. Behind me, there’s one other handful, barking loudly sufficient to be heard above the big amphitheater development.

One of many canines behind me, a black bulldog named Kato, was having enjoyable across the seventeenth inexperienced, however solely handed over the Suilkan Bridge, reducing into Aziza’s picture. “Get down right here, Kato,” mentioned his proprietor. “This can be a very particular bridge, Kato.”

It is a non-public bridge, kato, however that is how Sundays go within the previous court docket, the place the canines run free and their respectful house owners stop them from inflicting an excessive amount of bother. Unfold over 45 acres, The Outdated Sunday Course is definitely among the many largest canine parks on the planet. The one guidelines are clear: 1. Please decide up your four-legged buddy. 2. Please stay away from greens. (The latter is simply loosely adopted.)

It was within the fifteenth inexperienced the place I discovered Ziggy the two-year-old beagle, who was named after David Bowie for his blue eyes and brown eyes. Ziggy had simply taken a fast lead from a pair of curvy greyhounds—George and Bingley—and received dumped. So Ziggy sat there on the sting of the inexperienced, the place a well-known golfer could be placing up a birdie in three weeks, ignoring the calls of his house owners. Ziggy loves to go to the previous stadium, however luckily there’s a duel with the upcoming match. As a result of Ziggy cared about driving, previously, that is extra severe.

Ultimately, Ziggy circled to meet up with his mother and pop. Golfers know the rally went out and again in St Andrews, three miles in complete. It follows the form of a shallow fish hook, offering countless alternative for convergence.

In just a few weeks, these stands can be stuffed alongside tee quantity 16. Till then, Ziggy the Beagle and George the Greyhound are having enjoyable.

Shawn Zack

Jeff Shackleford received it proper when Record his 3 standards for a terrific golf course:

1. Do you wish to play this course day-after-day?

2. While you go away this course, are you able to bear in mind each gap?

3. Is it a spot the place you wish to take your canine for a stroll?

The Outdated is clearly checking the field, however in a different way than its American counterparts. In the US, nowadays will not be doable, as a result of in America we reside in nice abundance. We love the Sunday rides, and we like our inexperienced programs as a lot as doable, relaxed and smooth, so we are able to spin our wedge pictures backwards on the inexperienced. Canines shred this grass, so preserve it on a leash. Right here in Scotland, the place Mom Nature solely waters the garden, leashes are solely a suggestion. The bottom right here is stable underneath the claws of canines.

All of that is doable as a result of it was determined a whole lot of years in the past that there could be no golf on Sundays. He went in opposition to faith. Whereas the programs open to St. Andrews Hyperlinks’s six different doorways are open on Sundays, the Outdated College is sort of at all times closed, aside from particular occasions just like the Hyperlinks Belief Beginner earlier this month or, say, when Tiger Woods and the boys come to city in July.

Proper now, it is Ziggy Turfdust and several other mates he crosses paths with: Hamish the West Highland terrier, Bailey the lhasa apso, Ava the cockapoo and Indi the Golden Doodle. The house owners are all locals, with afternoon plans to go to the Jigger Inn, the pub that stands dealing with the seventeenth gap.

However St. Andrews on Sundays entice canine house owners from afar, too. The dad and mom of the 2 working servile English Finns had been on the town on trip, up from southwest England. Finn was invited to affix as a result of, properly, “there are nice locations to get round right here in Scotland”. West Sands Seaside is the primary competitor to the Outdated. Harris, a mixture of lhasa apso-bichon frize, was on the town from Dundee, simply 13 miles away. It’s named after the Scottish island off the west coast. “If you wish to see the seashores of the Bahamas however with a Scottish local weather [the Isle of Harris] Its proprietor, Julie Ann Alexander, mentioned as she shot a tennis ball with a “Chucket!” Stick. Harris’ father, Kevin, is an avid golfer who performs at Carnoustie, and was much less targeted on the canine, and extra within the form of the greens earlier than The Open. However he had the proper to do no matter he wished. It was Father’s Day, in any case, and his son was ready for his dad and mom for lunch at Jigger’s.

8-year-old Hamish and her proprietor hail from western Scotland.

Shawn Zack

At about that point, a 10-year-old cocker spaniel named Maisie sat on the steps beside the 18th inexperienced. This was her first time strolling the previous observe. “She’s stunning,” mentioned her proprietor, Isobel Dallas, as he caressed Maisie’s lengthy, furry ears. Maisie truly ran the course, and seemed ahead to it simply as golfers do the opposite six days of the week. When she received as much as go away, a shepherd sprang up from in entrance of her, chaining these steps—like a golfer too—leashed, able to tackle The Outdated.

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