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And return I did! After the disappointment of the white out in March, I joined three Pests for a game. The marvelous FBD walked the course, claiming he was too injured to play. It can sometimes be the case that the initial visit clouds one's vision, but that was certainly not the case regarding Elie. I liked as much as two years ago. See the updated tour.www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,63182.msg1504482.html#msg1504482Ciao
Quote from: Sean_A on May 27, 2018, 08:27:26 AMAnd return I did! After the disappointment of the white out in March, I joined three Pests for a game. The marvelous FBD walked the course, claiming he was too injured to play. It can sometimes be the case that the initial visit clouds one's vision, but that was certainly not the case regarding Elie. I liked as much as two years ago. See the updated tour.www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,63182.msg1504482.html#msg1504482CiaoNot so surprisingly, on my second trip there I wasn't as enamored as the first time. But it was entirely down to my putrid driving that kept me in almost unplayable long grass.... whenever it was within driving distance.Nevertheless, I love Elie for one of its most endearing properties. The difference in length between holes of the same par figure. I've said for years that my favorite courses often have ~100 yards difference between the shortest and longest par fives and par threes, and as least 200 yards variation in the par fours.With two par threes of 131 and 214, Elie makes it. But among its SIXTEEN par fours there's the 252-yard seventh and the 466-yard 12th.As a short hitter, I find too many courses of "reasonable" length to offer a procession of par fours in the 350 to 380 range. And while those are "short" par fours, I end up hitting hybrids and fairway wood to most of them. Give me 250 and 450 any day over a pair of 350s.....K
Elie is hell bent on enforcing their arcane rules. As far as I am concerned, they may be part of the reason there is a thread about Scottish golf being in trouble.Our luggage did not make it with us to Scotland, and my son wore fashionable stretch denim Jean's on the plane for comfort so he did not have his golfing pants to wear. No matter that half the eight or so lads and gents gathered by the first tee were more shoddy in appearance with their old corduroy pants and such. No excuses accepted, and a shallow lecture on tradition was what we got. So their shop made a sale of one pair of pants, which resulted in them no having a chance to sell four meals, and no prospect of at least two of us returning. If they had some brains they would know their stupid rule was made for the Levi's of old, and enforce it appropriately. Too bad I'm not a Twitter user so I can excoriate them there too.
No Sean, everyone does not think they are special and deserve exemptions from rules. Suggesting so might just indicate what you think.
You, a seasoned traveller, might have suggested to your son that should the luggage not arrive and given the circumstances of choosing to play golf at a club with a stringent (and well known) dress code, that perhaps it is wise to pack certain items in the carry on bag and wear certain items on the plane.Live and learn.
I'm sitting in front of my Florida world, looking at the sturdy knee high socks which I purchased when first playing in the Elie Links Championship back in the day. They cost me 25 squid, and I was honoured to have played that day with the person who still holds the lowest score of 65 (I believe) for the qualifying for match play.Please man up guys and gals here who believe that "fashionable stretch denim Jean's" are nothing more than a transatlantic oxymoron......Rich
With respect to Garland and others, I think there is a tendency for visitors (both UK and foreign) to forget that in the UK they are generally playing at a members club and not just some pay and play facility. Folk just seem to take access for granted over here when in fact they are privileged to be able to play the course and and enjoy the clubhouse as visitors. If you look at it in that way then I think some would be a bit more respectful of the club rules, which in effect are the rules of the members.Niall
What a shame for anyone to divorce themselves from Elie over having to buy pants because you lost our luggage. I lost my whole kit with Air Canada for the first two days of a trip to Cabot last summer and was faced with the prospectThe thought of traveling so far for destination golf and then getting hamstrung over clothing and equipment is alien to me. Fore!