St Andrews: The Old Course

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St Andrews: The Old Course

May 26, 2010

This year's Open will be the 29th played on The Old Course.

The Old Course occupies a narrow strip of ground, about 2 1/2 miles long between St. Andrews Bay and the Eden Estuary.

The course will total 7,297 yards for the Open, eight yards less than in 2010.

Hitting a lot of fairways and greens is easy here; putting together a good 18-hole score is hard.

There are despicable, invisible pot bunkers in the middle of fairways.

The Old Course makes all the rules and breaks them all, too.

It's a course that used to be played backward.

Bad shots are punished here, and sometimes good shots are, too.

This is a primordial landscape of infinite mystery.

There'll be many more broken dreams at St. Andrews this year. And plenty of magic, too.

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