Former Golf Magazine intern and current University of St. Andrews senior Graylyn Loomis is documenting the changes underway at the Old Course on his blog, Living as a Links Golfer. Here, the bunker in the third fairway has been filled in and replaced with a bunker over 50 yards closer to the green.
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Changes at the Old Course, 3rd Hole
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Two old bunkers to the right of the fourth green were stripped and filled in prior to reshaping the entire area.
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Changes at the Old Course, 4th Hole
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The area to the right of the fourth green was stripped and reshaped.
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In 2012, The R&A announced plans to to toughen the course for today's long-hitting pros in advance of the 2015 Open Championship. "The Championship Committee felt there was an opportunity to stiffen its defences in some places to ensure it remains as challenging as ever to the professionals," said R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson.
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Changes at the Old Course, 6th Hole
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The announcement of the planned changes were met with no small amount of controversy. “I know, let’s draw a moustache on the Mona Lisa,” wrote Ian Poulter on Twitter according to The Telegraph. “Same as messing with a great course -- St Andrews.” He added: “If they make changes to the Old Course they are insane. The course is great, just keep winning score up to Mother Nature.”
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Changes at the Old Course, 9th Hole
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The new bunker is large and will create a difficult hazard for longer hitters.
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The area behind the 15th green is being reshaped.
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Changes at the Old Course, 15th Hole
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