Shots From the Castle Course, St. Andrews
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

I only got the chance to play nine holes while I was in Scotland, but it was a great nine at the Castle Course, the seventh and newest track of the St. Andrews Links Trust. While purists gripe that the course is an abomination because of the artificial dunes and the tricked-up greens (to my understanding), I thought it was charmingly quirky (because I’m used to playing those types of courses in the States, I guess) and you can’t beat the dramatic views of the ocean and the St. Andrews skyline.

Just have a look for yourself (click on the images to enlarge).

This is the view walking down the sixth fairway (if I remember correctly) and probably my favorite photo. I could have snapped away all day, which I clearly did quite a bit of. (Asian tourist style!)

While I’m disappointed I didn’t get to play more, I’m sure I’ll be back to Scotland (or the UK) soon enough. Unfortunately, I had to turn down an invite to play Crail on Sunday morning, but as a rookie scribe, I didn’t think I’d “earned” the right to skip out a few hours during the final day of a major championship. Plus, I would have spent the entire round stressing over what I might be missing and examining my watch more closely than my putts.

You know what would really top off the 2010 Wei Under Tour? Covering the Ryder Cup in Wales this October.

/checking calendar

Yep, that week is wide open.