With debates taking place on many topics within the world of golf, the planned modifications to the Old Course of St Andrews announced late November last year, and covered in our blog post of that time , caused considerable controversy and divided opinion.
In announcing the changes the St Andrews Links Trust and the R&A said they were being made “to stiffen its defences in some places to ensure it remains as challenging as ever to the professionals. The proposals from (highly respected links architect) Martin Hawtree should place more of a premium on accuracy and ball control while retaining the spirit and character of the Old Course.” In underscoring the minor nature of the work R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson said “It’s men with shovels and wheelbarrows rather than bulldozers.”
Congratulations to the St. Andrews Links Trust who have become the first Open championship course to win a GEO (Golf Environment Organisation) certified eco-label. The Links Trust at St. Andrews manages seven courses around the town and the award is in recognition of operating a sustainability programme across all courses and facilities, as well as demonstrating a commitment to promoting social responsibility and community engagement. It is good to see a course with such heritage demonstrating such view to the future. You can see further details here.
By Alastair Niven. Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.