Golfing at One of the Oldest Clubs in the World

Eat. Stay. Love. | Presented by Edward Jones | In Scotland, golf is a way of life. Our host, Jamie McDonald, travels to Bruntsfield Links in Edinburgh, one of the oldest golf courses in the world. Founded in 1761, the original 5-hole course was located under Edinburgh Castle.

Released on 11/26/2018

Transcript

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[upbeat jazzy music]
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Go on.
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Nice length.
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[upbeat jazzy music]
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Lovely plater.
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I'll give you that.
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Thanks very much.
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If you buy me a pint.
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[lighthearted guitar music]
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Golf is a game for the people
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in Scotland.
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You can see people walking up and down the street
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with their golf clubs on their back
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and nobody bats an eyelid.
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This is the home of golf.
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[Callum Taylor] Our club Bruntsfield
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was founded in 1761.
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Our original 5-hole course
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was actually underneath
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Edinburgh Castle.
00:32
We moved to this present location
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in 1898.
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A lot of the other oldest clubs
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in the world were founded in Edinburgh.
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We're the fourth oldest.
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So the game really dates back to
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people playing in the 15th century
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and then it's branched out
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throughout Scotland
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and the rest of the world.
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We get a lot of tourism.
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International people
00:49
coming to play golf in Scotland.
00:51
Really, the members
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and the visitors
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it's really a pleasure
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to welcome them here.
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It's great to tell our story to them.
00:56
We encourage visitors
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that come to look at
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some of the artifacts we have
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which go back over 250 years.
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Very historic.
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[lighthearted guitar music]
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[Richard Brian] It's a Parkland course.
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The difference between Parkland
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and Links
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which is the two types of golf courses
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is Parklands is generally tree-lined
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and a lot greener
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and it holds it's moisture
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it's a different type of soil.
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When you go to play Links courses
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it's a lot drier.
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It's sand-based.
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That's basically the differences.
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The course here, the Parkland,
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is softer and more tree-lined
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and the course that's down the coast
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and next to the sea is harder
01:28
and more running.
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Are there any tips
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you would give someone like me
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who hasn't played the course before?
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It's a very fair course.
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It's something that we tell
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all the visitors when they come here.
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That it is a fair course.
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There's nothing tricked-up.
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It's all out in front of you.
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And the creation of the bunkers
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which we did last year
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has made a big difference,
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has had to make you think
01:47
about the game a little bit more.
01:48
Before you could just
01:49
kind of bomb driver-
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Mmhmm.
01:51
Now you have to think about it
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and it's irons off tees and strategic golf
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rather than just the
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smash it on every tee.
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[Medium tempo music]
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Richard, I saw your eyes light up somewhat
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as we approached this second hole.
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Yeah, the second hole here is
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probably my favorite on the course.
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It's a Par 4
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nearly 400 yards
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Visually, it's superb.
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[golf club whooshes]
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Yeah, great strike!
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[golf club whooshes]
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There's a bit of a gap
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between the front right bunker and-
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Yeah, there is,
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and that's an aesthetic thing
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that they put in to make it
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a little bit more-
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Mmmm. [affirmative]
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Of a scary shot, but-
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Doesn't fool us, though!
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[scoffs] Don't even see it!
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[golf club whooshes]
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Yeah, that's brilliant!
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[medium tempo music]
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[Richard] Go on!
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Yeahhhhhh...[groans]
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[Richard] Good try.
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Crippling!
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[Richard] Good par.
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[medium temp music]
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Alright, Richard
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16th, your signature hole.
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[Richard] Yes.
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Talk me through it.
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[Richard] Yeah, this is the 16th hole
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and Par 3.
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It's about 170 from the Whites,
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a little bit longer
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for tee-to-tee back.
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It's a little more gentle
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from the Yellows and the Blues.
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[golf club whooshes]
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Nice!
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Go on, get there!
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Get in the hole!
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[laughter]
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[laughs] Oh my god!
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Nearly.
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[laughs] My god.
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Your shot.
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Ahem.
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Ugh.
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[Richard] That's a good putt.
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Really good putt.
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Go on, go on, go on, go on-
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[groaning laughter]
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[medium tempo music]
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Callum, what do you hear from people
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that they love most
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about the course
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and their experience here?
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Our staff really go the extra mile
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to look after all our members
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and visitors.
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That's really the main thing.
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We want people to go away
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and feel like they were looked after
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and had a good experience
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and hopefully had a good score
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on the golf course.
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[laughs]
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[slow percussive music]
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