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The 2010 Open Championship

Author: Mike Wolfe
Published: July 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

f you're a golfer you know it better as The Open Championship.  As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Open Championship, we are fortunate enough to celebrate it at St. Andrews, The Old Course. 

St.AndrewsImage by Brian Forbes via Flickr

What's the Big Deal About St. Andrews?

For those of you unfamiliar, this is the "birthplace of golf." It's said that golf has been played here since 1400 AD.  Can you believe that?  We talk about the history at Augusta National and Pebble Beach but these course are barely even babies compared to The Old Course.

It's a course every golfer knows about.  Although it seems like the technology of golf has made this course easier for the players, the coastal "breeze" can make it a nightmare.  In a single round you can wear every piece of golf clothing you own. 

The 2010 Open Course

The 2010 Open Course plays at a whopping 7,377 yards.  The par 72 has only 2 par 3's and 2 par 5's.  The front and the back each have one.  The par 3's play about 175 yards each.  The par 5's add some length playing at 568 yards on the front and 618 yards on the back. 

Want to see golfers hit tee shots over a hotel?  You're in luck.  The 17th hole, named Road, has golfers hit their tee shot over a hotel (which is out of bounds) and into a fairly wide fairway.  The 455 yard par 4 forces your second shot to be spot on into a narrow green as it's guarded by a large pot bunker.  One of the most famous holes in the world, The Road Hole forces players to use brain and guts to survive. 

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