When I parked the car at Royal Aberdeen and set off, camera in hand, down the first hole I wasn’t ready for just how quickly the weather can change in Scotland.
The third hole, a long par 3, first took my interest and resulted in a nice photograph. At this point I noticed a bank of imposing clouds in the distant background, but didn’t think too much of them. By the time I had taken a shot on the 4th hole the clouds had moved rapidly, and rather ominously towards me. Being a prudent soul I bolted for the car-park and just made it to my vehicle before the heavens opened.
I didn’t really expect there to be any more photo opportunities that day, but turned on the radio and listened to the BBC news, at least until I fell asleep. By the time I woke up, perhaps ten minutes later, the storm had passed and the skies were clear. A short stroll to the 17th tee led to another good photograph and similarly the same result happened on the 18th. When I hastily left the tee on the 4th I had envisaged that the day would be over, but such is the nature of the Scottish weather that one is never really certain what is going to happen.
Royal Aberdeen is one of the less heralded Scottish links courses, but boasts an incredible opening nine holes that are arguably at least as good as any front nine in the UK and Ireland. Given that the back nine generally plays in to the prevailing wind the challenge is just as serious on the journey home, maybe not as spectacular, but no less demanding and just as much fun.
After finishing photography that day I visited the local cinema and watched “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”. I really shouldn’t have bothered….I fell asleep even before the pre-show advertisements and trailers had finished. That movie and the BBC news could well be the cure for insomnia.