A Hole by Hole Guide to 2012 British Open Royal Lytham Golf Course
PUBLISHED: 00:41 11 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:36 20 February 2013
Golf enthusiast Pete Stevens looks forward to taking his new golf gadget to the Open at Royal Lytham
Standing behind the tee shot of Angel Cabrera at the British Open at Royal Lytham in 2001 is one of my most vivid golf memories. Known for his long hitting, this particular drive boomed off the club face and soared into the distance. I think it was pretty straight but it was not the direction that caught my attention, it was the moment that the ball reached the zenith of it's arc, or rather it didn't. Instead of arcing back to earth it kept rising and rising for several seconds beyond what I thought was physically possible. It hit the fairway long after Cabrera had picked up his tee peg and set off after it in his own jaunty lolling style.
Here lies the golfers obsession with distance. How far did he hit that? I had to know. I tried to pace it out but was thwarted by the twists & turns of spectator walkways. I'm afraid I can't even give you a vague estimate other than to say it was a long long way.
Now the Open returns to Royal Lytham from 19 to 22 July. This year it will be different. This year I will be taking the free hole by hole course guide supplied by Shotmiser, makers of Golf GPS. It has colour hole maps with accurate distance information taken directly from the Shotmiser GPS. You can scroll through the images here on Lancashire Life then download the Royal Lytham PDF from the Shotmiser site, print it and like me, take it with you to the course.
I'm going to try to stand behind Bubba Watson's drive. He has the longest average drive on the PGA tour at over 315 yards, that's an average! Or if not Bubba's, Rory's or Tigers. Then I'll use the hole guide to check out the actual distance. I might be pleasantly surprised that they are not too much longer than my own drives, however, I suspect I'm more likely to be amazed. Of course that's not it's only use. I will be able to determine how far a player has left to the green and get some insight into their strategy for the course, where they are avoiding bunkers or laying up to a wedge distance.
Armed with my course guide, I'm looking forward to my trip to one of Lancashire's gems. Don't miss it. Have a great day at Royal Lytham and afterwards let us know the memories you have taken home from this years British Open.
Pete Stevens Golf enthusiast