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St Andrews Old Course Guide

Hole 1 – Burn – Par 4, 376 yards

Tee shot played from in front of the R & A Clubhouse at St Andrews Old Course. The fairway is extremely wide and inviting. The Swilcan burn runs across the front of the green which has a few undulations and if the flag is at the front, getting your second shot close can be difficult and risks spinning into the burn. The fairway and green is exposed to the winds which do not help. Click here to see image…

Hole 2 – Dyke, 453 yards, par four

It is a blind tee shot from this tee to the 2nd fairway and the ideal line is to the right but not too far or the gorse will come into play. To the left side of the fairway is Cheape’s Bunker which is quite large and restricts your chances of reaching the green in two.  The front of the green slopes downwards causing the approach shot to veer right. This is the first of the shared greens on the golf course.

Seven of the greens on the Old Course are shared by two holes each, with hole numbers adding up to 18. Only the 1st, 9th, 17th and 18th holes have their own greens. Click here to see image…

Hole 3 – Cartgate (out), 397 yards, par four

This hole has an undulating fairway with numerous bunkers down the right side. The fairway is relatively wide and has room to the left thereby avoiding the bunkers. The hole is quite short but birdies are not easy to come by as pin positions are usually made difficult to get the ball close. Click here to see image…

Hole 4 – Ginger Beer, 480 yard, par 4

The focal point of this hole is the island of scrub in the middle of the fairway. Players must decide whether to go for a carry over the scrub or go to either side of it. The wind is predominantly against and it would be an excellent shot to carry the scrub. Shots from the left of the scrub are made even tougher as the green slopes from left to right and the pin can be cut up against a deep bunker. Click here to see image…

Hole 5 – Hole O’Cross (out) – 568 yards, par 5

This long hole is heavily bunkered with 11 fairway bunkers, seven of them down the right hand. Short of the green are two further bunkers, The Spectacles. The green is massive – and acre and a half and just short of 100 yards deep. The hole can be punishing if you get into any of the pot bunkers. Click here to see image…

Hole 6 – Heathery (out) – 412 yards, par 4

This fairway is very undulating which can cause drives to easily bounce in any direction. The fairway is bunkered on both sides with the infamous Coffin bunkers on the left. The green is reached over a 5 foot high rampart. The green itself is one of the flatter surfaces on the golf course. Click here to see image…

Hole 7 – High (out) – 371 yards, par 4

This is the start of the loop that dictates the in and out layout of the course. The loop goes from the 7th through to the 12th hole. Again, this fairway is very undulating with a long carry to clear the Gorse up the right. The green is guarded by a rampart and has a slope at the front which makes the ball kick right. Click here to see image…

Hole 8 – Short (out) – 175 yards, par 3

The Old Course only has 2 par three holes and this is the first of them. The green, which is one of the flatter surfaces, cannot be seen due to the front guarding bunker. The tee is quite sheltered so it is difficult to judge the wind. Click here to see image…

Hole 9 – End (out) – 352 yards, par 4

The green on this hole is certainly driveable. Boase’s and End Hole are 2 deep pot bunkers in the centre of the fairway and if these can be navigated, the hard bounce can take your ball to the green. The green is flat and circular. This is the easiest par 4 on the golf course. Click here to see image…

Hole 10 – Bobby Jones – 386 yards, par 4

This is the turning point in the loop, running in exactly the opposite direction to the 9th. The hole is driveable for the longer hitters but the green has lots of bumps and hollows which can make the pin difficult to get close to for second shots. The green is around 50 yards deep and is one of the shred greens on the course. This hole shares the green with the 8th. Click here to see image…

Hole 11 – High (in) – 174 yards, par 3

This is the shortest hole on the golf course, elevated and guarded by Strath Bunker which is the deepest bunker on the course. Holding the green can be very difficult as it slopes from back to front and anything short can feed into the Strath Bunker. This is a difficult tee shot and any misjudgment can cause your ball to enter the ‘Strath’ and getting out of the bunker can be and arduous ask. Click here to see image…

Hole 12 – Heathery (in) – 348 yards, par 4

Another hole where big hitters can have a go for the green. However anything short may be caught by the pot bunkers which litter the fairway. The green is like an upturned saucer and will test any approach short, long or short. An excellent par 4. Click here to see image…

Hole 13 – Hole O.Cross (in) – 465 yards, par 4

This hole has the 3 Coffin Bunkers down the left hand side and is one of the most difficult holes on the golf course. Any Miss-hit playing to the right of the bunkers flirts with the out of bounds wall so left of the bunkers up the 6th fairway is the place to go. The huge double green is shared with the 5th and 3 putts are easy to come by. Click here to see image…

Hole 14 – Long – 618 yards, par 5

One of the longest holes in major Championship golf and the longest hole in Open Championship History. The hole has out of bounds all the way down the right and the Beardies Bunkers down the left. Your second shot needs to clear the infamous Hell Bunker. The from of the green has a rampart, similar to others on the course, making pitching difficult. Click here to see image…

Hole 15 – Cartgate (in) – 455 yards, par 4

This is a straightforward par 4 where the second shot is played to a double green. The fairway is quite narrow with undulations on both sides. The green is shared with the 3rd and slopes away from the approach shot. Click here to see image…

Hole 16 – Corner of the Dyke – 424 yards, par 4

The Principals Nose bunkers are in the middle of this fairway and there are out of bounds all the way down the right hand side. Another green with a rampart or bank at the front but this has also got a ridge at the back. A very tricky green to negotiate. The green is tucked into the corner of the wall (dyke), which gives it its name. Click here to see image…

Hole 17 – Road Hole – 495 yards, par 4

One of the most famous sights in golf, a drive over the old tram sheds (now part of the Old Course Hotel) to a fairway which cannot be seen and dog-legs sharp to the right. Opting out of driving over the hotel and going to the left can land you in thick rough making it impossible to reach the green with your 2nd. The green is only around 13 yards wide with the pot-hole (road Hole Bunker) at the front making it extremely difficult to hit. An excellent and memorable golf hole. Click here to see image…

Hole 18 – Tom Morris – 357 yards, par 4

One of golf’s most memorable sights, the 18th has an extremely wide fairway with out of bounds down the right hand side. The line for the tee shot is the clock on the R & A Clubhouse which takes you slightly to the left. The fairway is relatively flat until you come to the Valley of Sin which sits in front of the green. Then you have to decide whether to pitch over it or run through it. A fantastic finishing hole, steeped in history. Click here to see image…

 

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