How to Play Links Golf: Deep Fescue Rescue

Kenny Nairn teaches you how to hit out of the fescue and rough similar to The Open course conditions

The Open returns to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland this week for the first time since 1951. The rugged Dunluce Links Course figures to provide a stern test for the best players in the world in the year’s final major, with the game’s oldest and most iconic trophy, the Claret Jug, on the line.

Expect Royal Portrush to challenge golfers with similar conditions to the other links courses in the Open Championship rota, mainly strong, gusty, unpredictable winds of 35 miles per hour or more (Dunluce Links sits on the Northern coast of Northern Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean), tall fescue grass, deep bunkers, tight lies and long, long lag putts.

Throughout the week, we’ll be sharing tips from our GOLF Academy lead coaches on how to best handle these conditions and play the shots you most often see on links golf courses. Whether you’re watching The Open at home on TV or preparing to take a trip overseas to play some true links golf, you’ll want to check out these tips. Today, St. Andrews, Scotland, native Kenny Nairn explains how to successfully hack it out of the tall, gnarly grabby grass otherwise known as fescue. Bring your scythe!