I had the pleasure of playing the Old Course on the 4th of July, 2001 when we were on our honeymoon. Hard to believe but they don't celebrate the 4th over there...... I three-putted seven times enroute to an 83. I needed to birdie 17 (the Road Hole) and 18 to break 80. I manged to three putt both of them. After watching the pros struggle on 17 I'm feeling pretty good that I had a putt for a birdie.
To keep things in perspective, I played from the Whites (only 6600 yards), there was NO WIND, and I managed to avoid every single bunker. Playing from the back tees, in the wind, or in the sand would have added a lot of strokes.
it was the high point of my golf career and I'd love to get back and do it again.