4th May,2016

Old Course, St Andrews

~~I have promised my Golf Academy members that I will do a special golf trip this year. I have locked in with Matt from St.Andrews two tee times at 14.00pm and 14.10pm on the 29th of June 2016 for 8 players,sorry 7 members, I am playing as well.The Old Course is often referred to as ‘The Old Lady’, St Andrews is probably the only golf links in the world that retains a sense of mystery every time you tee it up. Just ask Rory McIlroy US Open champion, shot a blistering opening round of 63 at last year’s Open Championship at the Old Course to give us all a glimpse of what was to come in such a young and promising career. However, the joy was short-lived as the Old Course took revenge on day two and quite literally blew away any hopes he had of landing what would have been his first major title. McIlroy’s second round of 80 showed just how unforgiving St Andrews Old Course can be. Therein, however, lies its majesty.
As the home of golf, St Andrews has charted the course of the game as we know it today since 1764 when the R&A decreed that the game of golf should be played over 18 holes.
The most notable modification before last year’s Open Championship was to the infamous Road Hole (17th), which was stretched by 40 yards and played as a 495-yard par four. While the line of the tee shot remained unchanged, the carry over replicas of the old railway sheds was more demanding and the approach to the green lengthened.
Legends of the game like Jack Nicklaus twice Open champion at St.Andrews in 1970 and 1978 and Tiger Woods Open champion at St Andrews also on two occasions in 2000 and 2005 hold a torch for the links that has so often been the stage for the game’s greatest theatre.
My ONLY challenge now is how to get my members in the club house which is open only once a year to the public for a visit and a whisky drink.
The Open Championship has been staged at the Old Course at St Andrews 29 times.