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
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.