Hole by Hole Video Tour

Royal Links Hole-by-Hole Virtual Tour
Royal Links - Hole 1
368 yard, Par 4

This hole is inspired by #10 at Royal Lytham Golf Club, a short but challenging par 4.

Despite this hole's tight dogleg-right, smallish elevated green, and deep bunkers, Bobby Locke's biggest challenge was simply making it to the course for the final round of the 1952 Open Championship. His car and clubs were locked in the garage next to the Blackpool Hotel where Locke was staying and the South African nearly missed his tee time.

Luckily for Locke, the village milkman was making his rounds at the time. The milkman knew where the owner of the garage lived and offered to give him a ride to the man's house.

Once there, Locke did a quick bit of explaining, got the keys from the owner and returned to the garage with the milkman. He retrieved his clubs and made it to the tee with barely enough time to change his shoes.

Yet, Bobby Locke had enough composure to hole a birdie putt on the first green, and eventually won the Championship. It was his third Open title in four years.