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Golf Australia Express : Issue 13
One of the most famous course’s in the world is home to one of the most infamous holes. With hazards including a deep pot bunker and an ancient stone wall, the Road Hole at St Andrews Old Course is such a beautiful beast. DREAM THE THE ROAD HOLE IF ONLY YOU COULD... IKNOWN AS the ‘Road Hole’, the 17th at the Old Course St Andrews is one of the most distinctive holes world golf. Ironically, the beauty of the 17th comes from its lack of it. You won’t find a stunning water backdrop or other breathtaking feature here. Instead the Road Hole offers an abundance of charming and menacing characteristics. It’s features include a tee-shot over an old building, a sealed road and charming stone in play around the green, a devilish greenside pot bunker, and a shallow green set at 45 degrees to the fairway sloping towards the bunker. Many great players label this 455-yard beauty the hardest par-4 in the world. And it’s a sentiment supported by history. It was ranked the most difficult hole at the 2000, 2005 and 2010 British Opens, averaging 4.71, 4.63 and 4.66 respectively. 17th Hole, St Andrews (Old Course), Fife, SCOTLAND HOLE