Curtis Strange

Open venue's pure lunar-see

In his 1959 novel "Goldfinger," Ian Fleming draws upon the peculiarities of Royal St. George's as a faintly disguised setting for a high-stakes golf match between James Bond and the diabolical Auric Goldfinger.

British Open entrants, though, might be just as apt to guess the scene was part of "Moonraker."

"Lunar" is a popular word to describe the bumps and pockmarks that spatter the fairways on the southeast England linksland, frequently kicking an unsuspecting player's shot into waist-high heather — or worse.

Others might prefer the term "loony."

"It's very much humps and bumps," Justin Rose said, "and...