On The Course

St Andrews Old Course review

We explore some of the Old Course’s signature holes and discover why it is rightly hailed as the ‘Home of Golf.

Chris Bowles
Chris Bowles 4 mins read

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The 17th is the Road Hole and is arguably the most famous hole in all of golf. Once upon a time, you had to drive over what were railway sheds, but they have long since gone. The area is now occupied by the Old Course Hotel, and a structure shaped like the sheds has been built. Find the middle of the fairway and you then face an incredibly difficult shot to a narrow green protected by the Road Hole bunker at the front and a road to the rear.

Old Course, St Andrews Links

The 18th is the most famous finishing hole, with out of bounds on the right and miles of room on the left. However the further left you go, the harder you’ll find the second shot to the huge green that slopes from back to front as well as being protected by the famous Valley of Sin. Everybody who plays this hole should take the time to stand on the world famous Swilcan Bridge, which has been crossed by every giant of the game.

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The Old Course is the most famous links on the planet. In what other sport could you share the same arena as the best golfers who have ever lived?


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Chris Bowles

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist - UK & Ireland

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist, I help golfers find their ideal golfing getaway

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