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Golf St. Andrews Course

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Golf St. Andrews Course

We'll learn about the Old Course at St. Andrews, known as the birthplace of golf and often hosts the Open Championship.

  • Old Course at St. Andrews
  • Pot Bunkers
  • Swilken Bridge
  • The Road Hole
  • Open Championship

Old Course at St. Andrews

The Old Course at St. Andrews Golf Links, located in Scotland, is one of the most famous golf courses in the game and is known as the ""home of golf"" since the sport was played on the links at St. Andrews in the early 15th century. The Old Course has hosted the Open Championship, one of golf's four majors, 29 times, and will host this tournament next in 2020.

Pot Bunkers

A pot bunker is a small, circular but deep bunker with steep faces. Pot bunkers are most commonly found on links golf courses such as the Old Course at St. Andrews. The fact that they are small and deep, pot bunkers are some of the most hazardous of all bunkers on golf courses.

Swilken Bridge

Swilken Bridge, is a famous small stone bridge at the Old Course at St. Andrews. The bridge spans the Swilcan Burn between the first and eighteenth fairways on the Old Course, and has become an important cultural icon in the sport of golf. It is customary for champions of golf to publicly show some sort of homage or respect to the structure.

The Road Hole

The Road Hole, the long dogleg right Par 4 17th is one of the signature holes of the Old Course at St. Andrews. Players are forced to hit their tee shots over a hotel building to cut the corner on the right side of the hole to hit the fairway. A concrete road runs along the entire right side of the hole, which forces the players to cater to the left side of the golf course.

Open Championship

The Open Championship, often referred to as The Open or the British Open, is the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. Held since 1860 in the United Kingdom, it is the only major outside the United States. The Open is currently the third major of the year, between the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, and is played in mid-July.


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