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Turnberry, Scotland & The Feathery novel
7/17/2009 6:28:38 AM
Suspense peaks at Turnberry during The British open there.
My novel, The Feathery, is set in part on the Ailsa links course of Turnberry, Scotland during a British Open. The fictional character,PGA Tour player Scott Beckman competes there where danger, romance and greed also come into play.
My stay during a past Open at Turnberry inspired this part of The Feathery. It's timely, since the current British Open is being played there, as I blog this.
All who've seen the TV coverage this week might agree that the atmosphere created by terain and sky on those links is a unique vista for golfer and non-golfer to savor. The rock formation 11 miles out on the Firth of Clyde's horizen called the Ailsa Craig, adds to scenery made for a suspense novel like The Feathery.
Some quotes from my novel, The Feathery, as it visits Turnberry. The scene starts when Scott's caddie Matt, who has experience caddying at Turnberry, shows Scott the course since he's there for the first time:
When they reached the Turnberry Hotel entrance, Matt said,"I won't be staying here."
Scott looked at him with a puzzeled expression. "Why not?"
"We Sherpas have our own place."
"Where do the caddies stay, Matt?"
"It's called the Kilt and Jeans Inn and Pub. Good food and beer, with lovely ladies hanging out there."
"Okay, I'll drop you off there after you show me the course."
"I've caddied here twice and know this course pretty well", Matt said.It plays a total of 7,204 yards...par 70. The rough is knee high with a grass and heather and the bunkers are deep."
Later, Matt noticed Scott staring out at a large black lump of an Island out in the Furth of Clyde."That's Ailsa Craig. The locals tell me the island is most always covered in clouds."
"Well, we can see it today," Scott said. "Hope it stays that way."
"It won't. The Scots that live along these shores say, 'If you can't see the Ailsa Craig it's raining...If you can see it...it's aboot to rain'.
They drove on with Matt narrating his tour of the Ailsa course at Turnberry. "All the holes here have names telling a special feature or hazard. Like Mak Siccar in scotish dialogue, means make sure as well as Lang Whang for the longest hole."
This was a little slice from The Feathery that might be interesting to those watching the TV coverage this week from Turnberry. There's much more in the book when it's set in San Diego, London and Ireland. But high drama starts and concludes at Turnberry where Scott Beckman tries to play on after his caddie is snatched from the Kilt and Jeans Pub.
Take a look...The link for reviews, synopsis and excerpts is:
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