Three Tips for Playing Links Golf

This week we look forward to The Open Championship at Royal Troon, one of the best links golf courses in the world.

Here are three tips to successfully navigate the links:



  1. Watch the Wind: One of the major challenges of links golf is the wind and you need to learn to control the height of your shots. Before you play, work on punch shots and bump and runs which will enable you to direct your shots more effectively.
  2. Beware the Bunkers: Remember on links courses that bunkers have an extensive catchment area, made up of slopes that will collect your ball and deposit it in the sand. Additionally the bunkers on links courses have steep walls, so prepare for this by learning to pop the ball up out of the sand. Do not be afraid to hit sideways out of a bunker: grab your sand wedge and get your ball back on the fairway.
  3. Respect the Rough: One element of links golf that is often not mentioned is the severity of the rough. When you get in it, take a high lofted club and get out of it. The summer rain in Scotland allows the rough to grow long, strong and thick, ensuring that any stray ball will become quickly ensnared and the grass will wrap itself around any club you try to use to get out of it. Shorter in the fairway is much better than longer in the rough.

We hope you enjoyed these Three Tips for Playing Links Golf in Scotland, and look forward to watching the best golfers in the world taking on the links!

2 thoughts on “Three Tips for Playing Links Golf

  1. hire class A caddy (worth the $$) do a he says-don’t over tip as he may not show up the next day (single malt virus), leave your driver in the USA or car, hybrids off the tee often, (more fairways better scoring)bring plenty of balls and tees, Good rain gear, sense of humor, be prepared for the best golf experience you have ever had. take many pics and keep log (later read will bring many a laugh) you will be infected with the links virus forever!!!

  2. One thing I would add would be to temper your expectations. It is a different game over there. One thing I read was that you can expect to shoot scores well above your handicap. Even a single digit handicap golfer will be 5-10 shots higher. I can assure you, it’s true.

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