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11 Interesting St Andrews Old Course facts you didn't know!

11 Interesting St Andrews Old Course facts you didn’t know!

 
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Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

There’s only one thing more enjoyable than watching the Open Championship telecast with your buddies over coffee and Cap’n Crunch, and that’s seeing the awe in your friends’ eyes as you wow them with your vast knowledge of the Old Course and it surrounds. Unprepared? Fret not. Here are 11 pieces of St. Andrews curio that will save you a trip to Wikipedia.

1. Saint Andrew was one important dude

St. Andrews takes its name from the patron saint of Scotland, who was believed to have been one of Jesus’s apostles and who was crucified by the Romans in the first century A.D. Legend has it that a Greek monk known as St. Rule received orders from an angel to transport St. Andrew’s remains to “the ends of the earth.” And, no, he didn’t wind up at Bandon Dunes.

11 Interesting St Andrews Old Course facts you didn't know!

2. There’s eerie symmetry in the Old Course’s configuration

A man, a plan, Panama. That’s a palindrome. So is the Old Course in the configuration of its pars. No matter how you read the scorecard, backward or forward, the order of its pars plays exactly the same.

3. Gary Player once overnighted on the beach next to the Old Course…

In the lead up to the 1955 Open, a man not yet known as the Black Knight showed up at St. Andrews for the first time, and quickly got acquainted with the sand. Lacking the wherewithal to afford a hotel room, a penny-pinching Gary Player bundled himself up in a woolen sweater and, as he tells it, bedded down for the evening on West Sands Beach, which flanks the Old Course along the Firth of Forth.

11 Interesting St Andrews Old Course facts you didn't know!

Photo Courtesy of Gary Player.

 

4. …and that’s not all that beach is famous for

In 1981, the Open was staged at Royal St. George’s but the best slow-motion camera work from that year took place at St. Andrews. Remember the training scene from Chariots of Fire? The one with the treacly soundtrack and those aerobicized guys in underwear running on the beach? It was shot on the same stretch of shoreline where Player camped out.

11 Interesting St Andrews Old Course facts you didn't know!

Photo Courtesy of YouTube

5. Old Tom lived three times longer than Young Tom

Four-time Open champion Old Tom Morris (pictured) was born in St. Andrews in 1821 and lived long enough to merit his moniker. He was nearly 87 when he died after falling down the stairs in the clubhouse of the New Course. His son, Young Tom Morris, was not so lucky. He died at 24, after an apparent heart attack, though in his short life he matched his father with four Open wins. Both Toms are buried in town at St. Andrews Cathedral, as are the partial remains of Saint Andrew himself.

Photo Courtesy of Wikiwand.

To see the other 6 St. Andrews facts, check them out here!

Source: Josh SensGOLF

Pictures: David Cannon/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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