Yeah, the Black isn't about the greens, it's about GETTING there. The breaks are subtle and if they are playing fast (not always), they can catch you out a bit. If they are a bit sluggish, then you can drop putts all day.
Yeah, and about being brutally hard when you "missed the fairway". They have sort of taken the teeth out the rough over the years (at least since the first Open makeover). Before the modifications, you know that sparse fescue off to the sides? It wasn't sparse- you had fairway, first cut (3inch), second cut (6-10"dp) then DENSE un-mowed fescue for as far as you could see til you got to the woods. If you went there, forget finding the ball. Once they did the changes, they cut back on on how far the fescue went because they needed better crowd movement. So now, if you fade off to the right, you have a shot at finding it in the thinner fescued areas. IF you really slice one, you can get past the fescue and only be in scrubby grass and rough. And find it fairly easily. Not to say that the first and second cuts these days are any easier- with the wetter spring we had, that stuff should be like brillo, pretty unforgiving.
Glad you enjoyed it, though.