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The Old Course St. Andrews.

Old Course St Andrews Background

The first time you play the Old Course, you may not enjoy it. You may hit a good shot and catch a bunker or fire one straight at the pin and not even find it. You will however, enjoy the challenge of playing the most famous golf course anywhere on the planet.

After you have teed off at the first hole, following in the footsteps of Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus to name just a few… after you have observed the unique bunkering, the double greens, played the ‘loop’… after you have played the ‘road hole’, crossed the Swilken Bridge after teeing off at the final hole… walking up the final fairway and back into the ‘Auld Grey Toon’….

….then, and only then, can you say that you have played at the ‘home of golf.’

1st Hole : Burn

The opening tee shot at the Old Course is a bit unnerving at the best of times and more often than not there is a small crowd watching as well. A drive on the Swilken Bridge is ideal and a good mid iron to follow should secure a par 4.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 339
Yellow 355
White 376
Par 4
Stroke Index 10

2nd Hole : Dyke

The right-hand side of the fairway is the best line from the tee here, avoiding Cheap’s bunker on the left. The approach shot is tricky as the ball tends to kick right and forward from the landing area short of the green.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 375
Yellow 395
White 411
Par 4
Stroke Index 6

3rd Hole : Cartgate (out)

A drive down the right-hand side, avoiding the bunkers is preferable here. Watch out for the Cartgate bunker that sits at the front left of the green. Not a long hole and two good shots will set up a birdie chance.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 321
Yellow 337
White 370
Par 4
Stroke Index 16

4th Hole : Ginger Beer

Always plays one of the most difficult holes during the Open Championship. A testing tee shot is followed by long second into an undulating putting surface. A par is never a bad score here.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 401
Yellow 411
White 419
Par 4
Stroke Index 8

5th Hole : Hol O’Cross (out)

The first of the par 5’s on the Old Course and despite being 574 yards, it is still reachable in two shots for the bigger hitters down the wind. The green is over 90 yards in length so commit and play the yardage.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 454
Yellow 514
White 574
Par 5
Stroke Index 2

6th Hole : Heathery (Out)

The infamous ‘Coffins’ bunkers lie on the left-hand side of the fairway and must be avoided at all cost. Another tricky approach shot awaits on this hole but more often than not it will only be a short iron.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 325
Yellow 360
White 374
Par 4
Stroke Index 12

7th Hole : High (out) – Par 4

The first of the ‘loop’ holes and a good positional tee shot is required to set up your approach. An awkward camber just short of the green makes any front pin position very difficult to get close to.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 335
Yellow 349
White 359
Par 4
Stroke Index 4

8th Hole : Short

The first of the two par 3 holes on the Old Course. It shares it’s green with the 10th hole and the first job here is to ensure you hit enough club to clear the bunkers short of the green. Be careful, this putting surface is difficult to read and has many subtle breaks.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 145
Yellow 154
White 166
Par 3
Stroke Index 14

9th Hole : End

A shot to the widest part of the fairway is often the best play here and a good wedge shot in could set up a birdie.  

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 261
Yellow 289
White 347
Par 4
Stroke Index 18
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10th Hole : Bobby Jones

Known as the ‘Tenth Hole’ until 1972 when it was renamed in honour of the legendry American. Your approach shot here is the important one and depending on the wind, may require either a punch shot or a pitch and run.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 296
Yellow 311
White 340
Par 4
Stroke Index 15

11th Hole : High (in)

Make sure you take enough club to clear the famous ‘Strath’ bunker at the front of the green. Once you are putting, have a good look at the line as there are many hidden breaks on this putting surface.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 150
Yellow 164
White 174
Par 4
Stroke Index 7

12th Hole : Heathery (in)

If you are not having a cut at the green, your lay-up should be in line with the bunker 30 yards short of the green. From there, a good wedge should give you a birdie putt.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 304
Yellow 304
White 316
Par 4
Stroke Index 3

13th Hole : Hole O’Cross (in)

‘Coffins’ bunkers come into play again here. The safe shot is to play down the sixth fairway but this could leave a semi-blind approach shot depending on the pin position.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 377
Yellow 388
White 418
Par 4
Stroke Index 11

14th Hole : Long

This is a great par 5 with out of bounds on the right and bunkers on the left. On your way to the green, you will also have to navigate ‘Hell’ bunker. One of the most strategic par 5’s in the world so choose you shots carefully.   

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 487
Yellow 523
White 530
Par 5
Stroke Index 1

15th Hole : Cartgate (in)

Aim on the church steeple in the distance from the tee on this hole and make sure that you avoid the well positioned ‘cottage’ bunker on the left. Allow for a bit of run on your second shot into the steeply undulating green.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 369
Yellow 391
White 414
Par 4
Stroke Index 9

16th Hole : Corner of the Dyke

The ‘principal’s nose’ bunkers are the problem from the tee here. Play left, right or short of them, but bear in mind, the further left you play, the more difficult the angle into the green becomes.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 325
Yellow 345
White 381
Par 4
Stroke Index 13

17th Hole : Road

There are many ways to play this most famous of holes depending on the wind direction and pin position. An approach shot towards the front of the green is never a bad play and two good putts may secure a par.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 426
Yellow 436
White 455
Par 4
Stroke Index 5

18th Hole : Tom Morris

A good drive followed by an accurate wedge are required at the final hole. Avoid the ‘valley of sin’ in front of the green and you will have a good chance to finish off with a birdie in front of the clubhouse.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 342
Yellow 361
White 374
Par 4
Stroke Index 17
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