St. Andrews Golf Club (Old)

Updated: June 4, 2004, 9:52 AM ET
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St. Andrews
The Road Hole, No. 17 at St. Andrews, is as historic as any in the world.


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St. Andrews Golf Club (Old)
13 The Links
St. Andrews, Scotland KY169JB
01334-466666

Known the world over as the "Road Hole," the 17th at St. Andrews is a brute of a par 4 that has dashed many British Open title hopes. One victim was Tom Watson, who made a costly error here in the final round of the 1984 British Open when he over-clubbed on the approach, took a bogey 5 and tied for second.

St. Andrews is home to the R&A, which has a reputation for being a bit of a stickler when it comes to rules. That dates back many years, including 1771, when the R&A set the St. Andrews caddie fee limit at four pence sterling through Hole O'Cross (the fifth hole), and six pence thereafter, and any "gentlemen transgressing this rule are to pay two pint-bottles of claret at the first meeting they shall attend afterward."

Still, the club does have a light side to its history. When Bobby Jones received the Freedom of the City of St. Andrews honor in 1958, it allowed him to, among other things, dry his wash on the first and 18th fairways and to consider himself as welcome there as he would be in his own home.

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