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Tourist Sauce (Scotland Golf): Episode 8, Cullen Golf Club

Tourist Sauce (Scotland Golf): Episode 8, Cullen Golf Club

Everybody take out eight…except for me
I’ll take out nine. Yeah DJ has been playing with 15 clubs this whole time. That’s scummy! That’s so scummy, are you kidding? Kick him off the tour! A lot of people skip past Cullen on their
way from Cruden Bay to Castle Stuart, Nairn, and Inverness–that area. If
you’re just trying to hit the top you know ten courses of Scotland or whatever–if you’re Barry Bag tag, if you’re Barry Bag tag tag you’re gonna you’re gonna go right
past but I would say get off the beaten path go you know go on your own
adventure go to a new place with no expectations and see what happensZero. Had none. I knew it was like forty-three hundred yards
and I was flying blind. I had no idea what we were getting into. Even if we had
expectations they would have been blown out on the first tee basically I think
it was just we couldn’t really even prepared for what it was because it was
so different than everything else that we saw. I knew Cullen was gonna be
different when actually right when we got there and Randy was climbing up the
the damn aqueduct or whatever it was called. Randy seems to be on the
struggle bus a little bit trying to get down this hill. “Randy, what are you doing!?” I knew it was different we got there I
took the drone out and just kind of did some overall aerials of it but I had I
couldn’t understand where you played to some of these greens I’m like okay well
that that that must be like a practice green because you can’t hit over the
rocks to get to the green it turns out you can hit over the rocks to get to the
green because that’s how the course is laid out. We did a 6-club challenge, do
you think that was, like in hindsight I think that was perfect yeah yeah I think
I think six is great I mean honestly it kind of led to Tron and I playing a
half set for most of the rest of the trip. Guys, six clubs is not a lot
of clubs. You’re gonna have to do some filleting and carving. Can I play with seven? Well you’ve been playing with 15 all trip. Are you taking a putter? “Yeah.” What kind of question is that? You got to let go, dude. Yeah, dude, that’s the moral–you just need to let go. Look, listen, you guys are exactly right. You need to buy into minimalism. Final verdict, driver, three-iron, six, eight, pitching wedge and putter. Three wood, five iron, four iron, eight iron, sixty, and fifty-two…what’s that put me at? Think I need to take one more out. Driver, hybrid, five iron, nine iron, fifty-four and putter. Alright, let’s go launch em. Who is George? Man, that’s kind of a philosophical question.
George is whoever you want him to be he’s the kind of the club secretary, GM,
de facto maintenance team, multi time club champion like 25 years apart, but
most importantly, I think George is just a lover of Cullen. Yeah he grew up
playing there, he’s played there kind of forever and it’s funny every hole that
you get to with him as you’re playing with him he’s got some story about you
know when I was 12 this happened, when I was 20 this happened, how I made three
hole-in-ones here, I’ve done this here, and it’s just it’s awesome it reminds you a
lot of like the course where you grew up and what it would look like if you could
kind of stay there forever and keep working there forever it’s kind of a
cool, cool vibe. “What can you tell us about the course?” Well, the main thing it was originally designed by Old Tom Morris which is a big attraction. They’re looking for the history of the game well this is where it all started, really.
We think it’s the shortest true links golf course in the world. “Does the course play short?” It’s not short holes, it’s just that there’s a lot of par threes so the holes themselves are not short, it’s just a short golf course. “If you had to describe the golf course in one word, what would it be?” Quirky. “Quirky?”“You wanna go play with us?” Ready to go? “Play a few holes?” Yeah, I’ll play a few. I’ll play as many as you want. So we played with George, we had a great round with George. He is a very stereotypically Scottish you know slow burn, kind of dry,
well I think he thought we were making fun of him for a long time. I think we
kept saying how much we loved the golf course and I think he kind of kept being
like, “yeah” he’s just very modest like, “come on, no way you guys this place is
not that it’s short and it’s weird and…” we’re like, NO, this is what we like. We
love it! So the first hole sends ya out, it’s kind of a nothing hole like you see a lot in Scotland is kind of almost feels like a warm-up hole a little bit
and you get to number two and it’s the first time of many that you’re you’re
not really sure of which green you’re supposed to hit at because you think
there’s no way that they’re actually routing you directly like 50 feet up
this hill on this hundred and twelve yard shot or something. Number two is
pretty outrageous that hole is still wrapping my head around that. It’s kind
of like they just said alright we have to get up this ridge let’s just make a
golf ball that doesn’t make any sense at all point it straight up this slope and
just hope the people can hit 115 yards but straight up it straight up in
the air Par 63, if we get it moving we can have a
round in the 60s on this trip. Are we in the nest? “Always. Perpetually in the nest.” I’m just trying to break 80. So you can only see the top of the flag
it’s a completely blind shot it’s like a 15-foot flag–yeah yeah it’s a giant
oversized flag and you have zero idea what the green does what’s beyond it
it’s just it’s looney tunes it was awesome. “A proper sized flag.” “What’s you swing thought right now?” It’s here, it’s here, it’s…the game has never been easier. “You pretty dialed right now?” Alright, so we’re playing from the 4th tee, past all the scenery, just above that hill–about 130 yard little par 3. So holes 2 – 6, you play up on top of the
ridge and there’s just majestic views of the ocean and back to town and then you
get to seven tee box and it’s another hole where it’s like wait a second where are
we going and then you realize and it’s like… George would kind of do this thing where
he would just kind of like point like yeah that’s the green down there you’re like
WHOA, OH MY GOD! Favorite is the 7th because that’s up in the high point on the course. You get the view of the sea and the whole golf course. It’s the most dramatic example of
hitting directly downhill that you’ll that you’ll see and so it’s maybe a 220
230 yard shot but it plays 195, 190, something like that? Coming down the ridge from the 7th tee you felt like you could hop on one of those hang gliders. It just it does feel like you’re flying when you hit that tee shot and it just goes
off in the air it just feels like it’s kind of like when they’re at the front
of the boat in ‘Titanic’ it’s like I’m flying, Jack. That’s how I felt. The
playground of Cullen kind of opens up to you and you start looking at the only
way you can describe it is it almost feels like you’re in like the Colorado
red rocks or something except there’s an ocean right there as well it’s just it’s
it’s like a Dr. Seuss book or something it’s it’s insane. Geologically it’s
probably what happened but it almost seems like the lower part of the land
just broke off into the ocean and you have just these two completely different
landscapes and some of the rock formations are left right in the middle
and I, I just I give a shout out to the creativity of how you design golf holes
around that thing it’s not how anyone would have pictured doing it but the use
of these I don’t want to say use of the land but the use of these rock
formations is what I probably remember the most from it. “There’s a birdie for
Soly.” “Yep, it is…ohhh!” “God, I feel like we’ve had a bunch of those!” “Great shot there, George!” Feel like you’ve played that one before. “I’ve played it plenty of times before.” Oh, short as well Guys, we’re gonna make a bunch of putts on the back, I can feel it. Come on! 311, burn in the front, George, do you recommend going for this one? Yeah you’ve got to go, if you’re long enough you have to try it. Alright No laying up. No laying up, that’s it You know the green’s over there? Wait, which one are we playing to? The red one. Ah, I went for yellow!SICK! Great angle into red, though Width and angles, big guy Look, I got bullied into hitting driver, but it’s all about knowing your run out. Know your run out. Oh, just a little wrong, wrong flag birdie
for Soly. I was 75 yards right of the flag. Just aim for any old flag and it’ll work out here Driver off the deck Rogue…off… the rock. Oh gosh, oh my God it’s in. Good shot “You’ve been playing here for 55 years, how many aces?” I’ve had four races on this
course, five in total. “Which holes did you ace out here?” Second, fourth, sixth and I think it was thirteen Somebody thought they had an ace at the blind hole but in fact the ball was picked up and put in the hole by somebody. “Who was that?” I don’t remember who it was and I won’t let on who it is either. Because he thinks he’s got a hole-in-one. “Oh he doesn’t know?” He doesn’t know.We also gotta mention the cave on 11 which was right behind the green. We asked what was in there and I think maybe, maybe the
teenagers use it for some, for some sketchy stuff. For some nefarious activities. I was hoping that’s where the Bogey Man lived though. I don’t know, you describe 12 and 13 Back to back par 3s and you just hit over these like big rocks and crags and
through these crevasses I kind of thought George is just messing with us
on some of these shots like yeah hit it the pin is probably over that little
stick that you see over that rock it just it didn’t make any sense that you
would just have back-to-back blind par threes you’re playing over the greens
that you just played and some of the videos I look back at Tron getting ready
to tee off and I’m afraid he’s gonna like hit the flag from the previous hole.
“Wait, what? Where is it? Can you just point to it?” There’s the flag over there. “Oh, okay okay.” “I thought it was on top of this thing.” “That’s what I thought too, yeah.” Truly a blind like yeah like you just
have no idea what’s up there. Constant surprises. “I like it right in here, Randy.” “Oh. God.” We gotta go straight at the top of the hotel.
Straight at the top of the hotel. Totally blind. How long? 152. “It is not this pin right in from of us?” It is not this pin. “No, there’s a little tool there.” “A little hammer.” Oh my gosh. “Time to eat!” “Dinner is served!” “Alright, where the hell are we going on this one?” You just see the flag peeking. “Just peeking around the corner there.” “Tron, you’re two over, net.” “Tron and I are tied?” You guys are tied, I’m at three over, net. “And a birdie for the big guy!” Alright! “He’s whipping his chicken down the stretch” I’m gonna break 80! WOOOO! “Johnny, you’ve been in this situation
many times–what is going through DJ’s mind?” Oh me? Oh yeah, no, he’s thinking about all the ways it can go wrong. His mind is turning very quickly. I think what he’s
really harkening back to are those horrible missed putts, short, in the Ducks Inn and
wondering how he’s going to be able to get his ball in the hole. Notice he has not evacuated himself just yet Here’s Soly here at the 18th–he knows he
he really has to make a birdie here It’s up. “Oh, he’s done it.” Ohhh! “I thought that was going in.” “Putting, for the win.” “Surprisingly small crowd for this moment.” “Good putt. You gonna put a coin on that like a tour sauce coin?” You know, I really s*** my pants down the stretch. Straight up. I’m not you know not pleased with it. “Gave it a great run.” Gave it a run. “Yeah he wasn’t playing for a second.” ohhhhh!Playoff? Oh yeah we have to! “Do you mind if we run one hole?” You want to play the first again? “Yeah, is that alright?” Want to play the first or do you want to play to that green? “Alright we’ll go to that other green.” Yeah? “Yep.” It’s up to you. “No, let’s go to the first.” Alright. Why? “Cuz otherwise you’re going to…” Cuz I went O.B. on that hole? “Well no, you’re gonna drive that
green and I’m not–that’s bulls***.” “Alright here we go, first playoff hole.” It’s darker than our cameras make it look. “If you’re Piehowski, it’s hard
not to be intimidated with what he just saw.” “He has fanned this way right.” “But there’s a ton
of fairway over there–that’s actually hit at the hole he didn’t want to play.” “DJ, here, with his second, playing from the wrong hole.” “It’s a little deep and left.” “Not his best.” “It’s gonna be a tough up and down from there, folks.” “Now, Soly, for a chance to win.” “Oh, he’s done it, oh he hasn’t done it!
Wow. I’ll take a look at that one.” “There it is.” “A deserving champion, his first
victory here in this continent… let’s go, let’s go to him for just a minute. What does it, what does it mean here?” Uhhh, you know it’s my first… …give me one second… It’s been, it’s just been such a long battle, uhhh… I’ve got so many people I need to thank uhhh, I can’t even come up with words right now… “Oh wow, there you have it, guys, what a victory.” That was fun. Listen, many people, uhh, are going to say that I choked it down the stretch there I would like to
say I shouldn’t have even been in that position in the first place
I was playing way way above outside of my standard deviation it was a
statistical outlier to begin with and I regressed to the mean. Yeah I think that’s
fair, I think Soly came and got you a little. Yeah for sure which we knew that was
gonna happen, and that’s okay. I was more or less still recovering from
you having caught me at Cruden Bay– those same footsteps that you heard at
Cruden Bay, DJ heard down the stretch at Cullen. Just.
Yeah, you know, it’s human nature. So anyway, after the round we all go in
and have a couple beers in the quaint little Clubhouse there and George’s wife, Ann, joins us we’re just sitting around the table you know making polite small
talk and I forget who asked it but you know we asked Ann, “so, Ann, do you
play golf at all?” And she goes, “yeah I used to play a little bit but I don’t
play anymore.” Let’s count how many times she’s up here on the board. “Her maiden name is Ewen.” Oh, right, yes she won three before oh there you go alright so…she wins a
couple then she marries George and then doesn’t slow down. And really takes off. And then she really takes off. Ann Clark just bringing home Championships.
“1990, do you remember that one?” Obviously I didn’t play very well. So you would have won how many in a row? “Twelve.” Four…so 86…so Finley was the only one who beat you between 1982 and 1998. The only person to beat you. You lost to one person the whole time. Do you remember
either of those years that she beat you? Was it close coming down the stretch? “No
because it was it wasn’t match play.” Oh, it was stroke? “It was four rounds of stroke play.” Ok. “But by 1990 I
was married, so I was living in Aberdeen so I wasn’t playing nearly so much golf.” Thanks a lot, George! So it’s kind of an asterisk. “That was the difference.” Hey, thank you for having us today.
“Okay thanks.” Thanks so much.Eight in a row? And 11 out of 12. “And then the children came along, yeah.”When we were leaving we had what we affectionately refer to as the
‘Mega Light.’ I’ve never seen you so giddy. “Guys, I gotta go grab my camera, I gotta
go grab my camera, I’m gonna…” And then he runs out past the
clubhouse and he’s shooting these, shooting the rock formations off in the distance. All the light. “Guys, this interview is over!” ALL the light! “Cut! Cut!” It was such a fun way to kind of cap the day… It just meant, you’re already running so
high on this golf course that you’ve never a golf experience like unlike
anything you’ve ever seen and then it just gets draped in this crazy good
light that it’s just it’s it’s really really really hard to beat. It does not feel
like any course I’ve played in my entire life. It’s almost like it’s almost sounds
like I’m saying something bad about it when I say it’s not golf but it’s not
golf in the way you would picture golf being at least the way that I picture
golf you have to get rid of that your preconceived notion of what golf is and
go out and just like give it a whack around this field and enjoy the hell out
of it and that’s what we did. Suspended disbelief. Yeah you’re not going here
because the conditioning is great you’re not going here because of you know some
spectacular routing you’re going there because you want to have as much fun as
you possibly can playing golf and I think that was kind of our take away.
Yeah, like you said that the Red Rocks the ocean the small little fishing
village back behind you it just yeah I’ve never felt that anywhere else it’s
just a weird mixture of all these elements that was extremely cool. I think
I can be a bit of a Bag tag Barry too often it for my own admission but what
makes Scotland so great is there’s just so many top courses that you don’t have
to ping-pong around from different parts of the country you can focus on certain
regions and it’s important to play the best courses in those areas but also get at a mix out of a variety of courses that is more like a typical Scottish
course and again it’s easy to look at those top 20 lists and want to play them
all and we all want to but experiences like Cullen are vital to experiencing
what golf in Scotland is really like. You can kind of throw a stone and hit an
interesting golf course up in that neck of the woods that’s a little bit
underappreciated so get out there and explore. Crack on. “Alright, hey cheers boys. That was a hell of a day.” Maybe the best day. Gonna be a tough one to beat. Dude, I really didn’t think it could get better than Elie. And then we met George. And then we met George, and my life changed. “Where are we playin?” Castle Stuart right now. In the car park. “Bud, this must be what you feel like all the time.” Big people, little world. First nine was certainly one to forget, but yeah backside… you know, got on the chicken, let it out of its coop was really riding it around there, free-range style.

Reader Comments

  1. Why do you guys insist on premiering…. I just get excited then disappointed that I have to wait. Then I get excited again. But its not nice of you to play games.

  2. Cant get enough of Tourist Sauce! Love what you guys are doing. Keep cranking out that great content. P.S. especially looking forward to Strapped season 2.

  3. DJ: "I'm only commenting to try and win golf balls."
    Randy: "That's scummy. That's so scummy. Are you kidding? Kick him out of the comment section."

  4. Is everything OK with Randy? His combined struggles walking downhill between this episode and the steps at Cruden Bay I'm officially concerned.

  5. The pimp-step + early tee grab by DJ on the playoff hole (18:29) becomes even more incredible when you realize it was a wipe 70 yards right of his target.

  6. Hey guys I’m 14 about a two handicap you may never read this but your channel has encouraged me to play more tour sauce and continue to make golf fun! Ipractice everyday then get home and listen to a podcasts you guys are awesome!!

  7. Are the greens on all of these courses as pure as they look? I've looked up the cost of the courses you have played on this tour and most are extremely reasonable. I am surprised at the condition of the greens with what they charge.

  8. My favourite series ever! Love to see you boys come over here and really get it. This is Scottish golf at its finest. Did not think many golfers from across the pond would really get it and enjoy and appreciate it. Thanks guys, much much more please!

  9. We may drive on the opposite side of the road however we still take stairs /embankments the same way. Big Randy for the second time looking like a newly born giraffe unsure what his legs are for.

  10. "darker than our cameras make it look" / "hard not to be intimidated with what he just saw" both on the same tee box. Soly is officially foreshadowing the next NLU series: "Back to the Booth" ….You cant script this.

  11. I’ve been waiting for this since the 2nd part of the Scotland podcast. The description intrigued me, but I didn’t look it up…hoping you’d show some of it on TS. I am blown away. I love the quirks of the course routing and landscape,, DJ bucking his head a la Icarito, and Large Randall repelling down the aqueduct. Tourist Sauce is my must see content…thank you for that. Please release outtakes and stuff that didn’t make the final cut.

  12. Great video gents. Played Cullen many times whilst growing up in Aberdeen. Many gems off the beaten track in that area, Stonehaven and Westhill are two I grew up playing alot.

  13. DJ and Soly are now all square after Pie killed him with those Dre lyrics. Great series, guys. Really enjoying each one. 👏

  14. Soly going full Burnley/West Ham on the past two vlogs is, quite frankly, one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen on a golf course. What was he thinking?

  15. F-Yes! The broadcasting in the backswing is legendary the post round interview so great. The venue was intense. Captured the vibe of the club so well. Great Job

  16. For several years I always thought “wow, these guys are so similar to me it’s crazy” and then I see they are singing/rapping along to “Forgot About Dre” and my mind was officially blown. Not similar,…. EXACTLY LIKE ME! Love the content

  17. Cullen & Boat of Garten are my 2 favourite courses for pure fun, great to see you having a blast & hopefully there are more visitors to these wee gems.

  18. Loved this video. The course looks really fun. I really appreciate that you guys enjoyed it even though it is not a "big name" place. Also it's cool that you got to play in our crazy dry summer giving you a unique experience. What do think of Tennants lager?

  19. Including babies and the elderly, Cullen has a pop of 1,300. How many pints had you had to not realize that Anne Clarks dominance, although impressive, wasn't 10% of the freaking video impressive?

  20. Love it, super hype, light was sick, course and George n Anne killing it, can't wait to be better and go those few hours north to play this legendary region.

  21. hold up ** have you just put a 4 iron and 5 iron into your 6 club bag 😂😂 ffs man I fort you wer a playa bro
    I play off a 3 handicap. . . UK handicap that is 😉 my usga 1 is .7 😂🙈 and I only ever play with a half set man 4 6 8 pw 52° n 58°hi toe , driver an 20° wood … like a strong 7 wood 😂 yep ino it's a lady's club … I just think it's pointless us handicapped golfers having a full set man … don't think we can actually present the loft on each at impact uno … so missing 1 out does the trick for me 👌
    sick video btw … I'll be off upto Cullen for sure wen the weather picks up bk home … I'm just chillin in San Fran at half moon bay all Xmas n new year me then bk too the greyness ov the UK 🙈

  22. Hi guys, I am a fellow Scottish golfer living not far from St Andrews…I am a member at Aberdour Golf Club, I think you guys might like this stat, I'm not sure but i would think it has to be a world record, A guy called Stuart Meiklejohn he has won the club championship 29 times ! , Next time you are in Scotland it would be worth coming to the course for a round and maybe try and get a chat with him, the course is not a links course but has 4 holes that go along the sea / coast line, and was voted Scotlands 4th best golfing experience in Bunkered magazine

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