Pot Bunkers Are Easy. Seriously – Coach’s Corner
When most golfers look at the Open from over the pond they think that the game is much more difficult on these courses. Having been over for a couple of tours I can see how it can look this way. But the reality is that the golf courses in the USA are much harder to play. On the links, the biggest hazards are the notorious pot bunkers. They look nasty on the TV, but are playable and avoidable. They are not that big and can be played out of sideways if need be. Water and out of bounds—and trees—are much more difficult to deal with than these little bunkers. Also, water and OB give you a penalty, where with a bunker you can still save yourself.
The long rough you see during the Open is not grown like that for regular play. On the links you are rarely forced to carry anything. There are way more options to play the holes and running the ball is often times the easiest play. So, if you can survive the courses in America, you surely can play on the links. Get over there and have a pint for Coach.