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Bamberger: It's very cool how the train comes right into the golf course. It reminds me of that beautiful John Updike story Farrell's Caddie, where he has the trains gliding to Glasgow and back. The train is such an integral part of British linksland—that, the sea and flat, boring land. Lytham has a red-brick clubhouse that is also pretty cool.
Van Sickle: It's maddening to be so close to the sea and not see it because the course is so low-lying. In St. Andrews you have the ancient skyline and a sea view. Lytham has hedges and, to be polite, a subdivision. You don't get goose bumps.
Anonymous Pro: It reminds me of Hoylake. Boring. The last six holes are really tough. The town is dumpy. There's nothing fancy about Lytham, just a demanding golf course once you make the turn.
Bamberger: I love that it's in the middle of working-class England. The British take being British so very seriously, and you feel it more in that clubhouse than anywhere else. The men's changing room, the bar—the place is so old-fashioned.
Garrity: I want to put in a good word for Blackpool. The course is closer to St. Anne's, which is pretty tony. Blackpool is a hoot. It's the redneck Riviera of the U.K. It has three piers, a thousand little hotels, a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower and a world-class amusement park. It's tacky but fun.
Shipnuck: Blackpool was described to me as where Scottish dockworkers go on vacation. I remember telling someone I was thinking of going into Blackpool for dinner, and he said, "Oh, no, you'll definitely get knifed to death." I've always taken that to heart.
Anonymous Pro: I remember Seve Ballesteros making par from the car park at 16 when he won [in 1979]. I remember Ian Woosnam's caddie having a 15th club in the bag for a penalty [in 2001].
Van Sickle: I remember David Duval's win. Did anyone think that was going to be his last major title? Or his last victory, period?
Shipnuck: No, but I always think of that as the template for how to win a major. David barely made the cut, then he came out early on Saturday and took it really low. On Sunday he kind of hung on. I thought, Man, it's not that hard to win a major. Look how Duval did it.
Bamberger: That's exactly right.