James Braid, Old Tom Morris
The villages of Lundin and Leven at one time in the mid-1800s shared eighteen holes, but when the railroad came through and split this course, each community added nine holes to make up its own full course. The work was carried out by James Braid, and his course at Lundin has had what it takes to host qualifying rounds of the Open Championship when it is played at nearby St. Andrews twice a decade. Needless to say, upkeep is impeccable. The train still runs on the tracks that split the old shared course, and adds to the charm of the place, as well as a reminder of the large role that the railroads have played in shaping golf in the British Isles. So here, as at St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Prestwick and other legendary courses, play is enlivened by the click of the wheels on the tracks and the lonesome whistle.