We’ve all seen the wonderfully evocative phots of fairways cutting through swathes of gorse, flanked by the sea and mountains. And we’ve all longed to play the Championship course. Newcastle is a special place, and throughly entertaining test, with or without wind. Critics may denounce the number of blind shots, but as Tommy Armour once said, “There’s no such thing as a blind shot to a man with a memory.” So no excuses second time round, which is something that can’t come soon enough after the first.