It may be the Old Course, but a part of it will have a new look this summer.
The Open Championship at St. Andrews will boast the event’s largest grandstand arena in the tournament’s history. The grandstand, which will seat nearly 10,000 people, will be constructed near the 1st, 17th and 18th holes for the 144th British Open, which is July 16-19.
The grandstand expansion was spurred by the popularity of the horseshoe seating at Royal Liverpool last year.
“There is always an incredible atmosphere at The Open and particularly when it is held in St Andrews,” said Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, the executive director of championships at The R&A, in a press release. “We want to make sure as many spectators as possible can experience that unique atmosphere and enjoy wonderful views of the play on the opening and closing holes at St Andrews.”
The 18th green will feature a two-tiered grandstand, and an L-shaped grandstand will be erected around the 17th green (the Road Hole). The course will have more than 21,000 grandstand seats total for the tournament.