Where could be more appropriate for a sand sculpture than a golf course? Especially one as famed for its bunkers as Carnoustie Bay, in Scotland, which this year is hosting the 147thGolf Open.
NBC Golf Channel asked Sand In Your Eye to make a sand carving of the famous Claret Jug, or to give it its official name – the Golf Champion Trophy. The jug was an obvious choice to make into sand art as it is held in such high regard and has been won by such golf luminaries and legends as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy.
Jamie Wardley travelled up from Yorkshire to Carnoustie, which is on the east coast of Scotland, just 11 miles north of Dundee and spent the day carving a sand sculpture of the elegant and sought after trophy on the beach by the golf course. The awesome scenery and sweeping greens made for a fantastic setting to work in, it was a pleasure to visit Carnoustie Bay, which is renowned to be one of the toughest courses in the world, where unbelievably golf has been played since the early 16thcentury! Although it was a lovely sunny day there were windy conditions, which Carnoustie is well known for amongst golfers, Jamie had to work quick so the sand sculpture didn’t dry out in the breeze but when the two trophies are side by side we think you’ll agree he did a great job. It’s a shame he’s not much of a sports fan – a lot of golfers would kill to be so close to the actual Claret Jug!
The guys at NBC Golf Channel couldn’t have done more to help us, they were a really friendly, chilled out bunch of guys and we think they enjoyed the making of the sand sculpture as much as Jamie did.