What makes a links golf course?

The U.S. Open visits Chambers Bay, whereas the Open Championship heads to St Andrews, prompting Andy Farrell to consider the characteristics of links golf.

American Links

British exports to the United States have a long and colorful heritage. Tony Dear—himself a British export to the U.S., asks whether links golf courses, with their fast running fairways, odd bounces and treacherous pot bunkers, have made a genuine transition across the Atlantic