St Andrews Hole by Hole Guide
St Andrews will host the 144th Open Championship, beginning on Thursday 15th July 2015. We have provided a breakdown of each hole to give you an idea of which players the course may be suited to. St Andrews Old Course in Fife, Scotland is a 7,305 yard par 72 course, with two par fives, two par threes and the rest par fours. The seventeenth Road hole is the most famous, but we shall provide you with a rundown of each of the eighteen holes.
St Andrews Old Course Scorecard
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Total: 7305 yards - Par 72
2015 British Open Hole by Hole Guide
Hole 1 - Burn - 365 yards par 4
A short par three played on the widest fairway in golf. The green is guarded by the Swilken Burn, so the players will look to use a club off the tee that leaves them their favourite wedge yardage for their second shot. Anything short will get gobbled up by the burn but this is one of the easier holes that many players will see as a birdie chance.
Hole 2 - Dyke - 453 yards par 4
A blind tee shot awaits the players for this long par 4. The green slopes from the right so the players aim to hit the left hand side of the green and leave an uphill putt.
Hole 3 - Cartgate-out - 397 yards par 4
Another short par 4, where a good tee shot can be rewarded with a wedge in to the green for the players and a birdie chance. The tee shot must not go too far left as there are a cluster of pot bunkers that can catch errant drives.
Hole 4 - Ginger Beer - 480 yards par 4
A par is a good score at the first of the tough par 4's on the Old Course. This long par four plays to a difficult slopey green so the ideal approach sot is a draw to the green that slopes left to right.
Hole 5 - Hole O'Cross-out - 568 yards par 5
The first par five on the course is reachable with a mid-iron for the professionals if playing down wind. There are bunkers down the right and a huge swale guarding the frnt of the green. Some players will run it through the swale whilst some land all the way on the green.
Hole 6 - Heathery-out - 412 yards par 4
This is another bridie chance for the players, with a good drive avoiding the coffin bunkers from the tee can leave a short iron approach to the green.
Hole 7 - High-out - 371 yards par 4
A really tough par 4 despite being short in length. The players will use a 3-wood or less off the tee to avoid the huge shell bunker in front of the green. This leaves a blind approach shot to a difficult green which has a big ridge running through the middle of it. A par is always a good score here.
Hole 8 - Short - 175 yards par 3
This short par three is a birdie opportunity for the players depending on the wind. The green is flat and although you can't see the green you can see the pin. Judging the wind is key.
Hole 9 - End - 352 yards par 4
Another bridie opportunity for the players to this short par 4. The players will go for the green off the tee wind depending and any short tee shorts can get gobbled up by two fairway bunkers that make going for the green in two near impossible.
Hole 10 - Bobby Jones - 386 yards par 4
The first hole coming back is another birdie opportunity. There us a bunker 290 yards down the right off the tee which must be avoided and if the pin is at the back of the green it is very accessible and is a good birdie opportunity.
Hole 11 - High-in - 174 yards par 3
The second of the two par three holes on the course is a tough challenge, especially if the wind is blowing. The bunker that guards the front of the green is the deepest on the course and the R&A like to put the pins just behind it.
Hole 12 - Heathery-in - 348 yards par 4
A short par four but plenty to worry the players. The longer hitters will be able to carry the bunkers in the middle of the fairway but there is a tricky green, with tiers at the front and back.
Hole 13 - Hole O'Cross-in - 465 yards par 4
A long par 4, littered with bunkers such as the coffins, cat's trap and lion's mouth. Some players play left of the trouble onto the sixth fairway to play in to the huge green which slopes fron the right.
Hole 14 - Long - 618 yards par 5
As the name suggests, the longest hole on the course. This par 5 has out of bounds all down the right hand side and there is a bunker well positioned if players pull their tee shot left. Despite it's length, the green can be reachable in two for the long hitters if wind assisted.
Hole 15 - Cartgate-in - 455 yards par 4
The cottage bunker on the lft must be avoided from the tee, leaving a mid to long iron to the green, which slopes from front to back.
Hole 16 - Corner of Dyke - 423 yards par 4
A shortish par 4 for the players but the Principal's Nose set of bunkers means that most will play short of these from the tee leaving a mid-iron to the green. Out of bounds continues down the right.
Hole 17 - Road - 495 yards par 4
One of the hardest and well known holes in golf. A long par four where the players hit their tee shot over the hotel, leaving a long iron to the green which is very narrow, guarded by a bunker to the fornt and the road to the bak. The green slopes forward towards the bunker and a par is a very good score.
Hole 18 - Tom Morris - 357 yards par 4
A wide fairway to a green that can be driven if conditions suit. The valley of sin guards the front of the green, but a wedge in to the green for second shot shouldn't cause the players too many problems.