How to Play Links Golf: Pot Bunker Escape

Kenny Nairn teaches you how to escape a pot bunker

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 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, tight lies and, oh yes, plenty of deep pot bunkers.

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 describes how to get the ball out cleanly from a deep-faced, greenside pot bunker utilizing the bounce and loft on your sand wedge. The closer the ball is to the face of the bunker, the higher and quicker you’ll need to project the sand and the ball out of the bunker. Learn how to do just that and also practice this shot in the below video.