In his 1959 novel "Goldfinger,"
"Lunar" is a popular word to describe the bumps and pockmarks that spatter the fairways on the southeast
Others might prefer the term "loony."
"It's very much humps and bumps,"
Not with crosswinds off the North Sea that make the good shots even more uncertain. Or with hazards bearing such colorful names as the Dragon, Hades, the Suez Canal, Nancy's Parlour and Duncan's Hollow.
That sounds more like what you'd find in a high-tension thriller. Or a spy novel.
Consider J.H. Taylor's result when the Open first left Scotland in 1894 for a whirl at the new links in Sandwich. Part of Britain's "Great Triumvirate" with Harry Vardon and James Braid, Taylor shot four rounds in the 80s — and won by five.
Only one man broke par on the fast and fiery fairways that greeted golfers at the Open's last visit in 2003 — Ben Curtis, a
"That stuff happens in a heartbeat over there," North said.
Truth be told, goofy bounces are part of the charm of links golf. And as 1996 Open champion
"If you go look around (Royal St. George's), every hole has a flat area to land your shot," he said.
Lehman's first British Open was at Sandwich in 1993, when
"If you land your ball in that short area," he said, "you can run it up into the bumps so you can keep yourself on the fairway. But guys don't want to give up the length — you've got to hit a 3-wood to do that, or even a 1-iron.
"Guys don't want to give up the length a driver gives you, but I'll take the fairway versus the foot-high rough every time."
Even 007 might prefer to avoid those risks.