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Worlds First Golf Course (St. Andrews)

St. Andrews (Old Course) is one of the oldest and most famous golf courses in Scotland. You will hear different stories as to which golf course, St. Andrews or Musselburgh, is actually the original golf course.

Written documentation showed that golf was played in 1672 on Musselburgh Links and rumours have it that Mary Queen of Scots played the course in 1567. However, documentation shows that golf was played on the St. Andrews course as far back as the 1400ís even before the game was popular. Those that enjoyed the game of golf had a tough fight ahead of them to keep the game alive as many kings held to the ban put in place by James II of Scotland when he decided in 1457 that too much time was being spent on this game instead of archery which was necessary for the military. The ban was finally lifted in 1502 by King James IV that enjoyed the sport.

Today, the Old Course is on common land in St Andrews, Fife and is a public course held in trust by The St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament.

The features of the golf course are what truly make St Andrews a pleasure to play as well as challenging and popular. Unique features that set St. Andrews apart include that seven holes share the same greens with only the 1st, 9th, 17th and 18th holes with their own greens. The 700 year old Swilcan Bridge spanning the 1st and 18th holes is depicted in photos world wide and must be crossed in order to play the 18th hole. However, one of the most famous and even strangest features is the fact that the course can be played anti-clockwise and clockwise. The bunkers which add up to 112 have names and even a personality all their own with stories to tell and you need to get you round this large course. One known as Hell Bunker on hole 14 is 10 ft deep and could tell all kinds of stories of the golfers that met their doom here.

The final day of The Open Championship and the Women's British Open is held at the Old Course and the dream of winning either of these championships is considered to be one of the most revered accomplishments in a golferís life.

Past winners of include greats as John Daly, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Tony Lema, Kel Nagle, Bobby Locke, Peter Thomson, Sam Snead, Dick Burton, Denny Shute, Bobby Jones, Jock Hutchison, Hugh Kirkaldy, Jack Burns, Jamie Anderson, Tom Kidd, Lorena Ochoa, Louis Oosthuizen, and Stacy Lewis. Those that have won the title twice in their lives include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, James Braid, John Henry Taylor, and Bob Martin.