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ST. ANDREWS LINKS

THE OLD COURSE

THE HOME OF GOLF

the 17TH — THE ROAD hole — at The Old Course AT ST. ANDREWS. golf has been played here for 500 years.
Photo courtesy St. Andrews Links Trust

The greatest public golf course complex in the world includes the world's oldest course,
one of the world's newest great courses, and five other courses offering a full
range of golf challenges for golfer's of all abilities and most budgets.

          St. Andrews, as most everyone knows, is The Home of Golf. If golf did not actually begin here, it was here on the Fife Coast that the game first gained a solid footing and put down long roots into the sand. The Old Course at St. Andrews traces those roots 600 years back to the Middle Ages: golf was played here before Gutenberg invented the printing press, before Columbus discovered America, before Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel.
        
St. Andrews Links has taken a unique route to the top of the golf world. Apparently committed to the idea that golf is a sport for everyman, St. Andrews holds firm to its place as a public facility with play and practice available to golfers of most every level of golf expertise and financial standing. The St. Andrews town fathers oversaw the links property as a public facility until the town council was dissolved in 1974. Next, an act of Parliament created a trust to continue the public operation, the equivalent of Augusta National being administered as a public trust — like a national park — by an act of Congress.
          Ancient tradition and quirky customs accompany St. Andrews operation. No one plays on Sunday on The Old Course — except when the links hosts major tournaments — but the public is invited to walk the course on Sundays on their own or with a guide. Guided walks on The Old Course are available on days of play, too. Tourists are treated to stories about great players and tournaments from the past, and they see The Old Course’s unusual and nearly unique double greens accounting for 14 of the 18 holes, a design that readily permits play on the out-and-back Old Course to proceed counter-clockwise (normal) or clockwise (just a handful of days each year). Visitors see the testing 17th “Road Hole”, and the in-play road across the 18th fairway, as well as the 18th’s ancient arched stone Swilcan Bridge, crossed and posed upon by the greats of golf and thousands of strollers. Such an invasion of tourists and commercial tourism at Augusta National is hard to imagine.

          At St. Andrews, “Europe’s largest public golf complex” has become still larger, adding the cliff-top Castle Course in 2008 to much fanfare. Of the six 18-hole championship courses at the St. Andrews Links complex, four have been ranked on Golf Digest’s current “Best 100 Golf Courses Outside the United States” list: The Old Course (currently #3 in the world), as well as The New Course, The Castle Course, and the Jubilee Course. Mix in the less-challenging, less-costly, and less-crowded 18-hole Eden and Strathtyrum courses, and the downright cheap 9-hole Balgove Course to see St. Andrews’ full range of courses and prices, all open to the public on the near-sacred linksland by the ancient town that has watched (and not always approved) the 700 years of growth of golf from curious pastime to international industry.

St. Andrews Old Course

One of golf's classic scenes: the first hole of The Old Course bordering the town of St. Andrews, Scotland. Photo standrews.org.uk.

One of golf's classic scenes: the 1st hole of The Old Course bordering St. Andrews, Scotland.
THE CLUBHOUSE OF THE ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB OF ST. ANDREWS (LEFT) IS BY THE 1ST TEE.
Photo standrews.org.uk

  

St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
The Old Course at "The Home of Golf" is still #3 in
the world after 600 years and a frequent
host course of the British Open.

          St. Andrews Old Course has more to do with the history and with the future of golf than any other golf course on earth. The private club that has playing rights to the public Old Course, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club — probably second oldest (1754) in the world, behind Muirfield’s Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (1744) — is the ruling body for golf everywhere but in the United States, where the USGA holds dominion. The Old Course traces its roots — literally the roots of the game of golf — back 600 years to the Middle Ages when games of any kind — unless exclusive to the noble classes — were suspected as idleness and, therefore, the devil’s play.
          In the centuries since, the Old Course and the Royal & Ancient have been home to many of golf’s nobility. Kings and princes of the British Empire have been captains of the R & A. Belonging to the grand old club is akin to a

The Swilcan Bridge on the 18th fairway of St. Andrews Old Course: the altar at THE shrine of Golf. In the background is the clubhouse of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club. Home At First Photo © Greg Elwell, used with permission.
The Swilcan Bridge on the 18th fair-
way of St. Andrews Old Course: the
altar at the shrine of Golf. In the
background is the clubhouse of
the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.

Home At First Photo © Greg Elwell

peerage in the House of Lords. The R&A

 

oversees the world’s most honored and watched golf tournament, the Open Championship — what we provincials in American democratically demote to the British Open, one of four major events in the world of golf, the other three being played Stateside. Of course, golf’s nobility knows the importance of the Open Championship. Each July the best in the world — including all the top Americans — drop what they’re doing to make the pilgrimage to Britain to try to win golf’s most famous trophy, the Claret Jug. Although played in England, too, the British Open is played most frequently in Scotland, the home of golf. Twenty-nine times since the Open Championship first began in 1860 the tournament has been held on the Old Course at St. Andrews. No other course has hosted the British Open more often. The list of British Open winners at St. Andrews is a list of golf’s royalty: Bob Furguson (1882), J. H. Taylor (1895, 1900), James Braid (1905, 1910), Bobby Jones (1927), Sam Snead (1946), Peter Thomson (1955), Jack Nicklaus (1970, 1980), Seve Ballesteros (1984), Nick Faldo (1990), John Daly (1995), Tiger Woods (2000, 2005), Louis Oosthuizen (2010), and Zach Johnson (2015). As of 1990 St. Andrews has been scheduled to host the Open every five years.

The Old Course hosts its 30th Open Championship July, 2020? (to be confirmed)

The deep bunkers, rolling fairways, and thick rough of The Old Course are exposed to the ever-changing moods of Scottish weather. Photo standrews.org.uk.

The Old Course's deep bunkers, rolling fairways, & thick rough are exposed to the ever-changing  moods of Scottish weather. Pictured are The Students bunkers lined up on the the 5th fairway.
Photo courtesy standrews.org.uk.

          One could easily expect golf at the Old Course to be aristocratically exclusive, aloof, snobbish, prohibitively expensive, unwelcoming, regressively traditional, and not especially fond of upstart American golfers. Not so. The course handles the weight of its prestige and the pressures of being the #1 Shrine of Golf quite lightly, even humorously. Being a public course helps. Not forgetting that golf is a game played in the fresh air (mostly) by amateurs looking to enjoy themselves has kept St. Andrews a happy place. Remembering that during its long history the Old Course had to contend with angry rabbit farmers, royal sanctions against golf by Scottish kings, and even bankruptcy has kept St. Andrews humble.
          The long history of the Old Course has been peopled with as many quirky characters as there are quirky hazards on the course itself. Perhaps the denizens of St. Andrews have come to an understanding that its eccentricity makes the Old Course one of golf’s oddest, most memorable, most delightful and most entertaining must-plays. Eccentricity? Consider asphalt lies, a hole named after a beer concession, fairway bumps called "Miss Grainger’s Bosoms", dykes, the Valley of Sin, public roadways, two-holed greens, play in two directions, a bunker that mysteriously appeared overnight, a bunker from hell, bunkers that look like eyeglasses or coffins or an educators prominent nose. And how about this: the Old Course is closed on Sunday — closed for golf, but not for walkers. Leave your clubs at home on Sunday — bring your camera.

The rich history and eccentricity of The Old Course make it the #1 shrine in golf.

The rich history and eccentricity of The Old Course make it the #1 shrine in golf.
Photo courtesy standrews.org.uk.

        Not so, again. The fact is, the Old Course takes its role as Shrine #1 with a great sense of responsibility but not with an overblown sense of pride. They know everyone wants to play the course, and they do yeoman’s work keeping the place immaculate and remarkably affordable. Its current greens fee of about $250 is less than those charged at Royal Troon and Turnberry in Scotland, and less than the popular Irish courses at Doonbeg, the K Club, and Old Head of Kinsale, and much less than the American shrines: $500 at Pebble Beach, for instance. If you can get on. The Old Course, it’s true, can be difficult to get on, too. St. Andrews is taking reservations now for next year. But — and this is big — there is a daily lottery (ballot”) to fill open tee-times. Play the lottery a couple of days and you’re likely to win — about half of the Old Course’s annual tee-times are filled this way. And singles who approach the starter early each morning have more than a decent chance at getting assigned to a less-than foursome.

         Don’t forget that St. Andrews

 

is much more than the Old Course. There are 6 other courses at the St. Andrews complex. At least four of these (Eden, Jubilee, New, and Castle) are excellent challenges, and all cost far less than the Old Course. The New Course — new” only in comparison to the Old Course — for example, was designed by the great golfer/designer Old Tom Morris in 1894. It’s right next to the Old Course, and has many of its classic features, including shared fairways

Golf at St. Andrews: quirky, historic, even beautiful, and still challenging after 600 years. Home At First Photo © Greg Elwell used with permission.
Golf at St. Andrews: quirky, historic, even beautiful,
and still challenging after 600 years.

Home At First Photo © Greg Elwell

and a double green. Tee-times are

 

almost always available and the weather is identical to that affecting the Old Course. At £70 per round, the New Course is a bargain.

OLD COURSE: FACTS, FEATURES, HOW TO BOOK

LOCATION:
St. Andrews Old Course, Links Clubhouse, West Sands Road,
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9XL, Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1334 466666
Bookings:
reservations@standrews.com
The Ballot: http://www.standrews.com/Ballot
Web Site

LENGTH & PAR: Par 72
CHAMPIONSHIP TEES: 7,125 yards
WHITE TEES: 6,721 yards, SSS: 73
YELLOW TEES: 6,367 yards
RED (LADIES') TEES: 6,032 yards

GREENS FEES: Currency Converter
Mid-APRIL to Mid-OCTOBER: £170/round
April 1-13: £112/round
October 20-31: £120/round
November—March: £80-£85/round

Open & Playable Year Round, but always closed on Sundays, except the final Sunday of the British Open. Open from 6:30AM May–August (opening time differs in spring, autumn and winter).

FACILITIES:
Golf Cart (Buggy): not permitted on Old Course.

Pull Cart (Trolley): not permitted on the Old Course in winter. Permitted April—October if there are no caddies or trainee caddies available. Rental trolleys only may be used.

Club Rental: Callaway: £30/round; £40/day.

Shoe Rental: £12.50 (includes new pair of socks).

Caddies: Caddie: £45; Trainee Caddie: £25.
Request Tel: +44 (0) 1334 466633, or via automated form:
http://www.standrews.com/Play/Caddies-Hire-Clubs/Caddie-Request.

Practice Center: for practicing driving, iron play, pitching, bunker play and putting.

Restaurant & Bar

Links Clubhouse: has a range of facilities for both golfing and non-golfing visitors. Open to the public with ample car parking and handicapped accessibility.

Golf Shops: Three shops at St. Andrews offer clothing, accessories and souvenirs with the official Old Course and St Andrews Links logos. All purchases help finance the maintenance of St Andrews Links. The shops are behind the 18th green of the Old Course and in both clubhouses.

Visitors Welcome!
BOOKING OF TEE TIMES: To make an advance booking or for more information please contact: Tel +44 (0)1334 466 718 or reservations@standrews.com.

Handicap Limits for The Old Course (present valid certificate or handicap card to starter):
Men: maximum handicap: 24
Women: maximum handicap: 36

Dress Code for the Old Course: Smart casual. (No blue denims, no shorts unless tailored.) Soft spikes preferred. Socks required.

Payment of Fees:
          Once paid, green fees are non-refundable. Ballot times should be paid for at the Starter's Box on the day. The course accepts cash (£ sterling), checks (with guarantee card) and major credit cards (except Diners Club). Tax is payable on all golf bookings made by commercial concerns such as tour operators and hotels. Bookings made with the Trust by individual golfers remain VAT exempt.

HOW TO get to PLAY THE OLD COURSE:

Singles: advance tee times not required for singles.

Without Advance Reservations: Singles without tee times should apply to the starter early in the day. The starter will try to add single golfers to the first available twosome or threesome.

Advance Reservations: Singles wishing to play the Old Course should contact the reservations department via e-mail at: reservations@standrews.com or Tel +44 (0)1334 466 718. There are a small number of Advanced Reservations tee times for the Old Course available for single golfers which may be booked in September for the following year. Singles booking The Old Course in advance are required to also book a round on the Jubilee Course. Tee times for the other six courses cannot be reserved in advance so single golfers should approach the Starter on the day.

Groups: due to huge demand for tee-times, it is very difficult for groups to secure advance tee times sooner than one year ahead of their desired playing date. However, because of the St. Andrews Old Course ballot system, advance tee times are not required for groups.

Without Advance Reservations: Around 50% of all starting times over the year are put into the daily ballot (lottery) which is drawn two days prior to any day's play except Sunday - the Saturday draw is for Monday & Tuesday play. Success in the ballot is not guaranteed and chances vary according to the time of year, how busy the course is, and the weather. A minimum two golfers may apply for the ballot at one of the clubhouses or by phoning Tel +44 (0)1334 466 666 before 2PM two days prior to the day you wish to play. The results are shown by 4PM on the web, at the clubhouses, the starters' boxes, the caddie pavilion, local golf clubs and the tourist information centre. Ballot results web page:   http://www.standrews.org.uk/Playing-in-St-Andrews/Book-Online/Ballot-times.aspx.

Advance Reservations: Groups (of up to 8 golfers) wishing to make advance reservations to play St. Andrews Old Course should write or write or fax the Reservations Office up to two years ahead of their desired date of play. Applications are held in order of receipt and applicants are contacted in September/October of the year before play. Applications should provide details of all golfers in your group (names, home golf clubs, and handicaps), name a Lead Golfer with a home address for future correspondence, and list the dates you wish to play. A maximum of two times a day may be applied for. For dates between 1 April and 31 October, there is a two-course must-play policy; choose a second 18-hole St. Andrews course: Jubilee, Eden, New, or #7 (under construction). You will be informed in September the year before you wish to play whether or not your application has been accepted. The booking will be valid only for those named on the application form and only those named will be allowed to play. At the Trust's sole discretion one name change per starting time may be accepted provided it is notified by the Lead Golfer at least one month before the date of play. No name change will be accepted within one month of the date of play. Identification evidence is required by the Starter and anyone whose name does not match the booking will not be allowed to play. On the day please take the tickets to the Starter along with current handicap certificates/cards and proof of identity (e.g. drivers license, passport or credit card) for all players. A letter of introduction from a home golf club is no longer acceptable.
Place reservations by Tel +44 (0)1334 466 718 or
reservations@standrews.com

LOCATION: St. Andrews Old Course is located just west of St. Andrews, Scotland, at the entrance to town on the A91.

Nearest Home At First Lodgings are Kingdom of Fife Cottages, about 5 miles west of St. Andrews. Other nearby Home At First lodgings are in Central Scotland approximately 90-120 minutes west of St. Andrews and EDINBURGH, approximately 90 minutes south of St. Andrews.

DIRECTIONS: from Home At First’s Kingdom of Fife cottages near St. Andrews, take the A91 5 miles east to St Andrews.

OTHER REGIONAL COURSES OF NOTE:

Fairmont St. Andrews Resort & Spa: new resort just south of St. Andrews with two championship courses.

Kingsbarns Golf Links: recently built world-class championship course just south of St. Andrews.

Elie: Traditional links along Fife Coast 22 miles south of St. Andrews.

Crail Balcomie: Traditional links along Fife Coast 11 miles SE of St. Andrews.

Lundin Links: Traditional links along Fife Coast 19 miles south of St. Andrews.

Leven Links: Traditional links along Fife Coast 22 miles SW of St. Andrews.

Carnoustie: Monstrous links (British Open venue) on Angus coast 25 miles north of St. Andrews.

Gleneagles: Scotland's best known inland courses (3), including the Jack
Nicklaus Ryder Cup course, 45 miles west of St. Andrews.

THE OLD COURSE: A HISTORY & SOME NOTEWORTHY HOLES

 

HISTORY OF

ST. ANDREWS OLD COURSE:

Golf has been played on the Links at St Andrews since around 1400AD. Once golf grew in popularity in Scotland and elsewhere in the 19th century, St. Andrews and the Old Course became the center of the golfing universe. After 600 years golf at St. Andrews has evolved from one simple course hacked through the heather into seven public golf courses—the largest golfing complex in Europe, attracting

Clubhouse of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, just off the 18th green of St. Andrews Old Course. The R&A is the world's second oldest golf club. Among other things, the R&A hosts the annual British Open Championship. Photo © Home At First.
Clubhouse of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, just off the 18th
green of St. Andrews Old Course. The R&A is the world's
second oldest golf club. Among other things, the R&A
hosts the annual British Open Championship.

Photo © Home At First

many thousands of golfing

 

pilgrims from around the world who wait up to two years to get a tee time. But golf at St. Andrews wasn't always such a universal institution, and the Old Course faced some crucial, essential, and often humorous situations:

Golf was banned in 1457 by King James II of Scotland who felt it was keeping young men from practicing archery. Successive monarchs upheld the prohibition against golf until James IV who relaxed the ban 1502 when he became a golfer himself.

In 1764 the Old Course had 22 holes — 11 out and 11 back — with golfers playing to the same hole going out and in, except for the 11th and 22nd holes. When club members (of what would become the Royal & Ancient Golf Club) decided that the first four (and, therefore, the last four holes, too) were too short, they converted them into two holes. This reduced the number of holes in the round to 18, and created today's standard round of golf. At that time, once a hole had been successfully played a golfer teed up his ball within two club lengths of the previous hole, using a handful of sand scooped out from the hole to form a tee.

When, in 1797, the St Andrews town council lost total control of the golf course to bankruptcy, local farmers attempted to secure rights to the links land for the profitable raising of rabbits. After two decades of struggle a wealthy local golfer settled the dispute by buying the course and dedicating its use to golf.

The original Old Course was so narrow that golfers played to the same holes going out and coming in. Congestion first came to the course in the 19th century when inbound and outbound golfers would approach the same hole. The solution was to cut two holes on each green. Holes on the front (out) nine were pinned with white flags, and those on the back (in) nine with red flags.

Once Old Tom Morris designed a separate 1st hole green in the 19th century, golfers could proceed in either direction on the out-and-back, green-sharing course. Thereafter the Old Course was played clockwise and counter-clockwise on alternate weeks. In modern times counter-clockwise has become the accepted direction of

19th century congestion required The Old Course to evolve.
19th century congestion required
The Old Course to evolve.

play. Many of the course's 112 bunkers were

 

clearly designed to come into play normally when the course is played clockwise. In  2005 the Old Course experimented with offering a limited number of days when play would move in a clockwise direction. Clockwise play begins with a drive from the 1st tee in the direction of the 17th green. The second hole is then played from the 17th tee to the 16th green, and so on until the final hole, which is played from the 2nd tee to the 18th green. Since 2005 a few days of clockwise play are offered each spring.

 

THE OLD COURSE:

          About St. Andrews Old Course Tiger Woods says, It's my favorite course in the world.” But such high praise is rare. The truth is that the Old Course is uniquely different — so different that it makes many golfers uncomfortable. Although St. Andrews Old Course is the Home of Golf, it has little resemblance to conventional modern courses. The challenge at St. Andrews has much to do with the unconventional nature of its 600-year-old links.
          Remarkably, the Old Course is a public course—one of what will soon be a total of seven courses on the St. Andrews Trust links land. Over

18th green at St. Andrews Old Course.
18th green at St. Andrews Old Course

time the Old Course has evolved with the game

 

over. Although three men (Daw Anderson in the 1850's, Old Tom Morris in the second half of the 19th century, and Dr. Alister Mackenzie in the 1930's) played the greatest role in the modern” lay-out at St. Andrews, most credit Nature and the Hand of God with the Old Course's unique architecture.
          An
out-and-back course”, with the front 9 playing east-to-west, and the back 9 reversing the direction to west-to-east. From the medal tees, one par-3 and one par-5 are incorporated into each 9. From the ladies’ tees, the front 9 has one par-3 plus 2 par-5’s, and the back 9 has one par-3 plus 3 par-5’s. Many greens are doubled” with 2 holes cut into the putting surface to serve out” and in” holes. As such, putts approaching 100 yards are possible. The course includes 112 bunkers, including Hell” on the long 14th, and the Road Bunker on the 17th. This penultimate hole (when played counter-clockwise), called the Road Hole”, is probably the most famous golf hole in the world, because a road (which is in play) runs right up against the back edge of the 17th green.
          The Old Course is also unusual in that it starts and finishes at the entrance to town. Indeed, you can come off the 18th green and walk to the shops and pubs along the high street in five minutes. Most remarkable of all, is that this simple ancient, treeless, almost waterless, relatively short and open public course successfully holds its own against the best players in the world every five years when the British Open comes to St. Andrews.

Some Notable Holes ON THE OLD COURSE:

• Hole #2, Dyke”, Par 4, 413 yards, Handicap: 6 — The dyke” is the old wall which forms the boundary between the hotel and the 17th fairway.

• Hole #4, Ginger Beer”, Par 4, 464 yards, Handicap: 5 — 150 years ago Old Daw Anderson set up his refreshment stand along this hole. Despite the hole’s name, soft drinks were not the only libation Daw hawked to golfers.

• Hole #10, Bobby Jones”, Par 4, 379 yards, Handicap: 17 — Named for the great American
golfer who even more than Tiger Woods had a love affair with St Andrews.

• Hole #14, Long”, Par 5, 581 yards, Handicap: 10 — The longest hole with the largest bunker (Hell Bunker”) around 100 yards from the pin.

• Hole #17, Road”, Par 4, 455 yards, Handicap: 1 —
Most famous hole in golf? Named after the road immediately behind the green. The road — in play — has changed the leader board significantly during several British Opens. It cost Tom Watson the Claret Jug in 1984, but helped John Daly win in a 1995 playoff.

• Hole #18, Tom Morris”, Par 4, 357 yards, Handicap: 11 — Another road in play — this time running across the fairway—plus the Swilcan Burn with its famous stone arch bridge, plus the Valley of Sin” gulley at Tom Morris's masterpiece green, plus hotel row and the Home of Golf”, combine to make Hole 18 one of the most memorable holes you may ever play.

A rude bridge arches Swilcan Burn on the approach to the 18th green at The Old Course.
A rude bridge arches Swilcan Burn on the
approach to The Old Course 18th green.

   
 

THE REGION: When you’re not playing golf — or you’re waiting for the lottery results to be posted — visit the British Golf Museum just off the 18th green of the Old Course (open daily at least 10AM-4PM; admission: £7/adult, £5/senior). Or stroll through St. Andrews town (pop. 15,000, of which almost half are students) and up to the top of the hill to see the dramatic ruins of the 11th century cathedral and the 13th century castle. St. Andrews University, third oldest in the United Kingdom (1411), ranks with the best in Britain. In recent years it became something of a tourist attraction owing to the attendance of Prince William, second in line for the British throne, and one of the world’s most eligible bachelors.
          This corner of Scotland — east central, just north of Edinburgh and south of Dundee — is (the Kingdom of) Fife, but could just as easily be called golf heaven. The Fife coast is home to dozens of golf courses, including recent

St. Andrews Cathedral ruins trace their foundation roots to the 11th century. Photo © Home At First.
St. Andrews Cathedral ruins
trace their foundation roots
to the 11th century.

Photo © Home At First.

ones: Fairmont St. Andrews Resort & Spa with 2 resort

 

courses, and the highly-rated Kingsbarns as well as some wonderful traditional links courses that may be played for very reasonable greens fees (Elie, Crail Balcomie, Leven Links, Lundin Links). Not too far (approximately 45 minutes) inland is Scotland’s best known public parkland golf complex, Gleneagles, with its 3 courses including a recent one of Jack Nicklaus design that hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup.
         
Home At First offers several very comfortable cottages strategically placed for access to St. Andrews and other golf courses in Fife and throughout Central Scotland. Just 10 minutes drive from the Old Course, our Kingdom of Fife Cottages offer great convenience, charm, and — like all Home At First lodgings — all the comforts of home.

THE BRITISH OPEN: The Open Championship was first played on the Old Course at St Andrews in 1873 and the Old Course has now become the most

frequent venue, having been used 29 times

 

for the championship. The 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews — won by American Zach Johnson in a 3-way playoff following the fourth round played Monday July 20 after Saturday's third round was postponed by weather (wind, not rain!) — was the 29th time the event has been played over the Old Course since it first moved away from Prestwick way back in 1873. Tiger Woods won the 2005 Open at St Andrews as he did in 2000 when the victory was part of his inimitable Tiger Slam”. In 2000, Woods landed in none of the Old Course’s 112 bunkers, capturing his third successive major championship with a record 19-under-par 269.

Jack Nicklaus's two victories at the Open Championship at St. Andrews were commemorated on a special Scottish five-pound banknote.
Jack Nicklaus's two victories at the Open
Championship at St. Andrews were
commemorated on a special
Scottish £5 banknote in 2005.

Woods victories in 2000 and 2005 mirror Jack

 

Nicklaus, who won successively at the Old Course in 1970 and 1978. Other notable champions who have won the British Open on the Old Course include a veritable history of golf. The venerable James Braid won the British Open 5 times, twice at St. Andrews (1905, 1910). Golf's greatest amateur, Bobby Jones, won at St. Andrews in 1930. Another smooth Southerner, Sam Snead, won here in 1937. Other Old Course winners of the modern era include three crowd pleasers: Champagne Tony Lema (1964), Nick Faldo (1990), and John Daly (1995). South African Louis Oosthuizen introduced himself to the world of golf by winning The Open in 2010 at St. Andrews and nearly a second time by making the 4-hole playoff in 2015.

The Open Championship returns to St. Andrews for the 30th time:
 
July, 2020?
(to be confirmed)

INFORMATION ABOUT THE OTHER 6 COURSES AT ST. ANDREWS

TRAVELING TO SCOTLAND TO PLAY GOLF?
Let
HOME AT FIRST make your advance tee-times at the courses of St. Andrews and many other Scottish golf courses as part of your pre-reserved Scottish trip itinerary. There’s no extra charge for this service.

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Golf in Scotland
Home At First's
SCOTLAND travel program

Want to learn about other courses throughout the British Isles
including some of the greatest tests of golf in the world? See our
SCOTLAND, IRELAND, ENGLAND, and WALES
Course Guides for more information.

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