Final Chance to Play St Andrews Old Course in 2016
St Andrews Old Course advanced applications ends Monday at 2pm BST!
You need to hurry if you want one of the most convenient, and cost-effective, ways to play the Old Course at St Andrew's. The Advanced Application ends on Monday and from then on it will be the daily ballot or the Guaranteed Package. If you want to know more give AGS a call now and let us talk through the best way to play at the Home of Golf.
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One of the unique features of the Old Course are the large double greens. Seven greens are shared by two holes each, with hole numbers adding up to 18 (2nd paired with 16th, 3rd with 15th, all the way up to 8th and 10th). The Swilcan Bridge, spanning the first and 18th holes, has become a famous icon for golf in the world
Everyone who plays the 18th hole walks over this 700-year-old bridge, and many iconic pictures of the farewells of the most iconic golfers in history have been taken on this bridge. A life-size stone replica of the Bridge is situated at the World Golf Hall of Fame museum in St. Augustine, Florida. Only the 1st, 9th, 17th and 18th holes have their own greens.
Another unique feature is that the course can be played in either direction, clockwise or anti-clockwise. Along with that, the Old Course has 112 bunkers which are all individually named and have their own unique story and history behind them. The two most famous are the 10 ft deep “Hell Bunker” on the 14th hole, and the “Road Bunker” on the 17th hole.
Countless professional golfers have seen their dreams of winning the Open Championship squandered by hitting their balls in those bunkers.
The Old Course is also home of The Road Hole, the par-4 17th, one of the world’s most famous golf holes. Among its unique features are:
• Players using the back tees cannot see where their tee shots land. This is not unusual except that they must take aim over a corner of replica railway sheds which lie beyond the out of bounds wall. The original sheds were torn down when the rail line running next to the course closed, and after several Opens were played without the tee shot being blind, replicas of the sheds were created in preparation for the 1984 Open.
• Other than rough, the primary hazard in front of the green is a sand trap known as the “Road Bunker.”
• Over the back of the green, hazards include a tarmac roadway, as well as an old stone wall. Both are in play; a wayward shot can lead a player to take their next stroke off the roadway or to hit the face of the wall and take their chances with the ensuing bounce.
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