St. Andrew’s Hole by Hole: Part II
This is the second in our two-part series detailing the 18 holes at St. Andrews, site of the 144th Open Championship beginning Thursday in Scotland.
Hole #10 – Bobby Jones. Par-4, 340 yards. You have to be a great golfer to get a hole named after you at St Andrews, even more so when you’re an American. This one was lengthened in 2000, but a good drive can still reach the green, giving it eagle potential.
Hole #11 – High (in). Par-3, 179 yards. It’s the second shortest hole and second of two Par 3s on the course. The Strath Bunker looms ominously in front of the sweet part of the green.
Hole #12 – Heatherly (in). Par-4, 348 yards. There are four prominent bunkers, none of which can be seen from the tee box. The green is on a pair of tiers here.
Hole #13 – O’Cross (in). Par-4, 465 yards. The new tee is now 10 years old and the ground from there to the green – which it shares with No. 5 – is rough and rugged. A copse of trees infringes on the right side of the course along with a substantial, sharply sloped hill.
Hole #14 – Long. Par-5, 618 yards. The simplest and most appropriate name for the longest hole. If the wind’s at your back, an eagle 3 is a real possibility; if it’s not, well enjoy your stay.
Hole #15 – Cartgate (in.) Par-4, 455 yards. If the wind is blowing from the east, the Sutherland Bunker is a major factor. If not, only a few passable hills separate the big hitters from a second shot onto the green.
Hole #16 – Corner of the Dyke. Par-4, 423 yards. The history of this hole is remarkable, with the old railway comprising the right boundary, and stretching the length of the hole. There are bunkers at the midway point of the fairway, and three more circle the green.
Hole #17 – Road. Par-4, 495 yards. With its extreme right turn and frequency of deep bunkers, it has garnered the reputation as the toughest hole of the four Majors.
Hole #18 – Tom Morris. Par-4, 357 yards Short and straight-forward, with the iconic bridge crossing the river and the valley of sin, the high point that acts like a mountain top in the middle of the fairway, wreaking havoc at least once per pairing.