How Martin Hawtree changed St Andrews Old Course

Golf World highlights the key tweaks Martin Hawtree made to the Old Course at St Andrews Golf Club.


Hole 2 The two bunkers on the right side of fairway have been advanced up to the green and closer to the edge of the putting surface.

Hole 3 First fairway bunker moved beyond existing furthest bunker to sit about 275 yards from the championship tees.

Hole 4 Two bunkers short and right of green replaced by one larger bunker. Contouring added on right side of green.

Hole 6 Re-contoured the flat right-hand side of green and re-aligned the 7th tees.

Hole 7 Reworked landing area of fairway to remove divot-scarred hollow. Slight re-contouring at the back of the green.

Hole 9 A new bunker has been added short and left of the green and softening of the banks
of two fairway bunkers
on the right.

Hole 11 The left side of green has been softened and re-graded to restore pin positions that had been lost with the increased speed of modern greens, thereby bringing the infamous Hill Bunker more into play. As illustrated below, the change is subtle, but by far the most controversial since purists have long railed against the reworking of one of golf’s most revered par 3s.

BEFORE: When the 11th green ran fast, addng a pin position close to Hill Bunker was impossible.

BEFORE: When the 11th green ran fast, addng a pin position close to Hill Bunker was impossible.

AFTER: The green has been reduced in height and the contours closest to Hill Bunker softened.

AFTER: The green has been reduced in height and the contours closest to Hill Bunker softened.

Hole 15 Slight contouring added beyond the green on right side to create more undulations.

Hole 17 Road Bunker widened on the right by half a metre, and part of its front recontoured to gather more errant approach shots. 

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Nick Wright