The Old Course at St. Andrews will have a slightly new look when the British Open returns in 2015.
In the first significant changes to the home of golf in some 70 years, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and St. Andrews Links Trust have agreed on altering nine holes in a two-year project. Work already is under way on the first phase, which includes widening the famous Road Hole bunker by about 20 inches.
Three bunkers will be moved closer to the putting surface -- two on the second hole, one on the fourth hole. Two bunkers well to the right of the second hole -- close to the third tee -- will be removed. On the third hole, one fairway bunker will be removed, and one will be added about 275 yards off the tee. Another bunker will be added on the short par-4 ninth hole, about 25 yards short and to the left of the green.
The corners of six greens will be recontoured, which includes lowering the back of the green on the par-3 11th hole. A large depression in the landing area of the se...