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The Old Course - Hole 18


Photo tour of The Old Course at St. Andrews
Old Course at St. Andrews Hole 18

The Swilcan Bridge in the foreground, the R&A clubhouse back left is the view from the tee on No. 18.

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  • Name of 18th hole: Tom Morris
  • Par: 4
  • Yards: 455 (all yardages in this gallery are listed from the tees in use during the 2010 British Open.
The home hole on The Old Course is straightforward - a huge fairway and a huge green. The sheer size of the green can cause problems, however, with many putts of unusual lengths possible.

The hole starts with a drive over the Swilcan Burn, which the player crosses via the old stone Swilcan Bridge. With lots of roll, the hole is drivable - and has been for longer pros going back many years.

There are no bunkers on the 18th hole, but the fairway is crossed by a road - Granny Clark's Wynd - that is in use and in play. And in front of the green is the deeply undulating swale known as the Valley of Sin.

See also: Players posing on the Swilcan Bridge

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