This week requires game plan, rain gear

Lindsey Wright loves links golf and, in particular, the course at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. David Cannon/Getty Images

HOYLAKE, England -- We are in Beatles territory this week in Liverpool, England. This week we pray and play upon Royal Liverpool Golf Club for the 2012 Women's British Open. I mean that literally.

Praying is inevitable as the course is heavenly. I love traditional links golf. You need to plan and try to execute every shot according to your game plan. If not, the pot bunkers will rear their ugly heads and you are a shot behind the field.

As it’s a practice day Wednesday, most girls will spend much of their time practicing their bump-and-run shots, where they’ll use anything from wedges to 4-irons around the greens. Playing with wind gusts of 20-45 mph, you want to keep the ball as low to the ground as possible to ensure ball control.

The general comments regarding the course thus far range from "long," "very long," "too long," "the longest we've ever played," or "did you hear Suzann Pettersen hit driver, driver into the par-4, 405-yard third hole.”

The only thing I can guarantee this week is my umbrella will spend more time outside the golf bag than inside, and my rain gear will have to be peeled off of me at the end of the week.