The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and St. Andrews Links Trust recently announced several controversial changes to holes at the Old Course in preparation for the 2015 Open Championship. Graylyn Loomis, a student at the University of St. Andrews and author of the "Living As A Links Golfer" blog, took several pictures of the Old Course under construction.
At the par-4 second hole, the two bunkers in the foreground are being filled in, and the two bunkers in the background are being added.
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A closer look at the new bunkers at the second hole.
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Signs are posted on the holes under construction with details on the changes being made.
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A view of the second green from the right of the new bunkers.
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Gorse was removed from the front of the seventh tee.
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A collection area in the seventh fairway is being filled in.
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Another view of the seventh fairway.
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The sign that greets golfers at the 11th hole.
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A slope on the back of the 11th green is being removed to add more pin positions.
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Travelin' Joe Passov recently spoke with Tiger Woods about the changes to the 11th green. Woods didn't think it was a big deal: "You'd have to be stupid to fire at that pin, because anything over the green, and you've got nothing. Guys are still going to take the middle of the green. That's why you see so many three-putts there."
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Another view of the 11th green.
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A third look at the 11th green.
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The official press release stated, "The work will widen the Road Bunker on the 17th hole by half a metre at the right hand side and recontour a small portion of the front of the green to enable it to gather more approach shots landing in that area."
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A closer view of the Road Hole bunker.
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Woods did say he was unsure about the changes to 17: "I think 17 is hard enough as it is. I don't think we need to make that bunker any deeper or bigger."
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A view from behind the 17th green.
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