While the rest of you enjoy the sun and gentle breezes in good ol’ Washington, I’m starting to train for our Scottish adventure.

The British Open starts on Thursday this week… I’m not playing it but I am heading to Bandon Dunes on the Oregon Coast to start my training regimen at the same time. It’s an annual tradition! Wake up in the morning and watch a little of the Open on the tele and then head out onto one of the spectacular Bandon courses.

This year I’ll be playing three rounds. Bandon Dunes on Friday, followed by Old MacDonald on Saturday with a finishing round on Pacific Dunes on Sunday. Three fabulous days of great golf, great wine and great friends. (Old MacDonald by the way is the fourth and newest course to open in Bandon Dunes. I’ve played the other three courses and am looking forward to this latest challenge.)

So what’s this got to do with training for Scotland?

Well the weather report is calling for mostly sunny, highs near 65 and sustained winds of 22-24… with gusts of 45 to 50!!! Use a Caddy or carry yourself, there’s no carts here! And each course ends up being about a 7 mile hike.

If you’ve never had a chance to check out Bandon Dunes, click here. It is an amazing experience. And we’re lucky enough to be pretty close when you consider people fly in from all over the world to play these courses.

Once you play here you’ll understand why they say Bandon is “Golf as it was meant to be”.