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Encyclopedia > Old Course at St Andrews
The 18th green and clubhouse of the R&A.
The 18th green and clubhouse of the R&A.
Looking up the 18th fairway towards the clubhouse with the famous bridge over the Swilken Burn in the middle distance.
Looking up the 18th fairway towards the clubhouse with the famous bridge over the Swilken Burn in the middle distance.
The infamous "road hole bunker" at the 17th hole.
The infamous "road hole bunker" at the 17th hole.


The Old Course at St Andrews is one of the oldest golf courses in the world, and the oldest in Scotland [citation needed]. The Old Course is a public course over common land and is held in trust by The St. Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) club house sits adjacent to the first tee and many people think that they own the course, but they are just one of many clubs that have playing privileges on the course, along with the general public. Image File history File linksMetadata 18th_Green_and_Clubhouse. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 18th_Green_and_Clubhouse. ... The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. ... Image File history File links Bridge_over_the_Swilken_burn. ... Image File history File links Bridge_over_the_Swilken_burn. ... Image File history File links Road_hole_bunker. ... Image File history File links Road_hole_bunker. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a sport where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... States currently utilizing parliamentary systems are denoted in orange and red—the former being constitutional monarchies where authority is vested in a parliament, and the latter being parliamentary republics whose parliaments are effectively supreme over a separate head of state. ... The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. ...


There is no real knowledge of when golf was first played over the grounds that now constitute the Old Course. The earliest written evidence is a license issued in 1552, which permitted the community to rear rabbits on the links and "play at golf, futball, schuteing ... with all other manner of pastimes." The course evolved without the help of any true architect for many years. Originally, it was played over the same set of fairways out and back to the same holes. As interest in the game increased, the whins were cut back to allow for two fairways. All the greens were also increased in size and two holes were cut. Species Ulex argenteus Ulex boivinii Ulex borgiae Ulex cantabricus Ulex densus Ulex europaeus - Common gorse Ulex gallii - Western gorse Ulex genistoides Ulex micranthus Ulex minor - Dwarf gorse Ulex parviflorus Ref: ILDIS Version 6. ...


One of the unique features of the Old Course is the huge double greens. Seven greens are shared by two holes each. Only the 1st, 9th, 17th and 18th holes have their own greens. Another unique feature is that the course can be played in either direction, clockwise or anti-clockwise. The general method of play today is anti-clockwise, although clockwise play has been permitted on one day each year for the past few years. Originally, the course was reversed every week in order to let the grass recover better. One other unusual thing about the Old Course is that it is closed on Sundays to let the course rest. On Sundays the course turns into a park for all the townspeople who come out to stroll, picnic and otherwise enjoy the grounds. As a general rule, Sunday play is allowed on the course on only two occasions:

Sunday play may also occur when the Old Course hosts other major events; for example, it will host the Women's British Open in 2007. The Dunhill Links Championship is one of the richest golf tournaments on the PGA European Tour. ... The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ... 2005 Open Champion Tiger Woods holding the Claret Jug. ... Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California) is an American golfer and among the greatest golfers of all time. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Nick Faldo on the cover of his autobiography. ... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Nicklaus celebrates his victory in the 1980 U.S. Open Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio), also known as The Golden Bear, was a major force in professional golf, first on the PGA Tour from the 1960s to the mid to late 1980s, and then on... Tony and Betty Lema Tony Lema (February 25, 1934 - July 24, 1966) was an American professional golfer. ... Kel Nagle (born December 21, 1920 in North Sydney) is an Australian golfer best known for winning the British Open Championship in 1960. ... Bobby Locke (b 20 November 1917 Germiston, South Africa, d March 9, 1987) was one of the first internationally successful South African golfers. ... Peter Thomson (born 1929) is an Australian golfer. ... Samuel Jackson (Sam) Snead (May 27, 1912 – May 23, 2002) was one of the top golfers in the world for most of 4 decades. ... Denny Shute ( d 1973) was an American golfer who won three major championships in the 1930s, namely the 1933 British Open at St Andrews and the 1936 and 1937 PGA Championships. ... Bobby Jones can refer to different people: Bobby Jones: a golf player Bobby J. Jones: a baseball player Bobby M. Jones: a baseball player Bobby Jones: a basketball player Bobby Jones: a gospel singer This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the... Jock Hutchison was a professional golfer. ... There have been at least two notable people called James Braid: For the Scottish golfer see James Braid (golfer) For the Scottish physician who coined the term hypnotism see James Braid (physician). ... John Henry Taylor (March 19, 1871 - 1963) was one of the pioneers of the modern game of golf. ... Jamie Anderson (b 1842, Scotland d 1905) was a nineteenth century professional golfer who won The Open Championship three times. ... The Womens British Open, also known for sponsorship reasons as the Weetabix Womens British Open, is one of the leading events in womens professional golf, being the only tournament which is classified as a major by both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Old Course had 22 holes, but as play increased the first and last few holes were combined to leave 18 holes. Over time, this became the standard number for courses all over the world. In 2005 the Old Course was ranked as the greatest golf course in the rest of the world, ie. outside the United States, by Golf Digest. Golf Digest is a monthly golf magazine published by Advance Publications in the United States. ...


See also

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. ... St Andrews Links in the city of St Andrews, Scotland, is regarded as the home of golf.It is the oldest course in the world. ...

External links

  • BBC Golf on the Old Course - a review by former European Tour player Ken Brown and several supporting features.
  • St Andrews Links Trust
  • The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
  • Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
  • St Andrews Open
  • Golf Club Atlas Guide

  Results from FactBites:
 
Old Course at St Andrews - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (676 words)
The Old Course is a public course over common land and is held in trust by The St. Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (RandA) club house sits adjacent to the first tee and many people think that they own the course, but they are just one of many clubs that have playing privileges on the course, along with the general public.
In 2005 the Old Course was ranked as the greatest golf course in the rest of the world, ie.
St Andrews Links - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (215 words)
St Andrews Links in the Royal Burgh of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, is regarded as the "home of golf".
Today there are six public golf courses including the Old Course which is widely considered one of the finest, and certainly the most famous and traditional, courses in the world.
St Andrews is also home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, one of the most prestigious golf clubs and one of the two rule making authorities of golf.
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