Hole by hole guide
- Old Course St Andrews Background
- 1st Hole : Burn
- 2nd Hole : Dyke
- 3rd Hole : Cartgate (out)
- 4th Hole : Ginger Beer
- 5th Hole : Hol O’Cross (out)
- 6th Hole : Heathery (Out)
- 7th Hole : High (out) – Par 4
- 8th Hole : Short
- 9th Hole : End
- 10th Hole : Bobby Jones
- 11th Hole : High (in)
- 12th Hole : Heathery (in)
- 13th Hole : Hole O’Cross (in)
- 14th Hole : Long
- 15th Hole : Cartgate (in)
- 16th Hole : Corner of the Dyke
- 17th Hole : Road
- 18th Hole : Tom Morris
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||339|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||375|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||321|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||401|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||454|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||325|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||335|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||145|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||261|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||296|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||150|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||304|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||377|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||487|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||369|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||325|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||426|
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.
|Ladies (Red Tees)||342|