Twitter: GeoffShac
Writing And Videos
  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • A Life Well Played: My Stories
    A Life Well Played: My Stories
    by Arnold Palmer
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
« WSJ: Anchoring "Decision" To Come Wednesday | Main | USGA Core Strategy Over Next Four Years: "Reducing the need for longer and longer golf courses" »

After Late Friday Press Release, Monday Morning Work Commences On Old Course At St. Andrews Changes

Anthony Pioppi hears (and Tweets) that the modifications to the Old Course, announced late Friday in a press release, have begun with work on the Road hole.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (29)

Wow, I guess they didn't want to wait to hear from the commoners.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim S
that was fast.
No finer example of haste makes waste.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Canyon
Moving so fast Old Tom has barely enough time to start spinning.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
Hey, let's straighten the Leaning Tower too, while we're at it. Maybe paint the White House purple! Man, that would be SO AWESOME!
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShort Knocker
Dawson & Hawtree = arrogant & self-agrandizing
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenter3Jack
Mark B...and Bobby Jones--dual spinners
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike S.
Maybe The New Old Course will be better?
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
...adding to Amen Corner's comment, then what has been know for 117 years as "The New Course" would then become "The Old New Course"?
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenter3Jack
@amen coroner....

I think it would be ''The Young Old Course''.

And that ''spinning''- dual spinning'' has upset my Thanksgiving leftovers lunch real bad.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Aint right.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Matre
Just don't smell right
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarva
Where's the Occupy movement when you need them?
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
How about the The Hawson Course at St. Andrews?
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
yeaaaahhhhh, let's keep our eyes on the big issue in golf...the belly putter....anyone?....<sound of crickets>

This is beyond shameful. R&A stood by, regulatorily flaccid, while equipment advances incrementally murdered the older courses. Now, even the mighty has fallen. Shameful...but, hey, at least the manufacturers made a lot of money and we all spent it to get longer and longer.

(Said with HEAVY sarcasm): Bravo, R&A. Well played.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
Do they still play the course backwards once a week? Maybe they should try that instead in tournament play to offset the low scoring. That approach from the 17th fairway to the 16th green can't yield too many birdies...
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Has Melvyn's head exploded yet?
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
Melvyn and Manos-where are they now?!
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Time to look up MHM's facebook page.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Interesting historical article considering the present circumstances....
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
A good rule of thumb for administrative matters that are important only at the margin (key word, only):
"It's easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission."

I don't think that's gonna work this time. Fixing the Mona Lisa's smile is a bad idea. I'm thinking 8-letter word, plural, that begins with "a"; how about the rest of you?

Melvyn? The world awaits. Are you OK?
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Gotta be a Trump plot to make his new Hawtree course move up the rankings faster...
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn G
If the old course can be "renovated", then how can i stop the green chariman at my home course from doing so?
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmails
KLG - As soon as the first shovel pierced the turf, Melvyn went straight to The Jigger Inn and hasn't surfaced since.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
I'm reminded by Oostie's win in '10 of how the wind was a strong factor.

So how are the "enhancements" to the greens for more pins going to play out in that wind? Especially on the 11th...
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPHK
Sorry, but this just pisses me off. Here's to Tom Doak and his petition campaign!
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's obvious to everyone that the only thing that matters in golf is the professional game. I do think the suits are missing an opportunity here, though. Let the little people keep their Old Course if that's what it takes to shut them up. The future of golf is in building monster-sized, domed, climate-controlled stadiums. Just imagine the sheer Trumpiness of it all. We'll sell naming rights to corporate sponsers---The Links at Gargantuan Industries LLP Stadium---I like it. We'll have great big multimedia scoreboards with lots of room for advertising, sky boxes, a Taylormade fitting center on the mezzanine, and computer-pneumatically aided adjustable landscapes that can be reconfigured with the touch of a button. No more pesky weather to deal with, no silly ancient landforms to be handcuffed by. Think of the possibilities. We'll need a couple in China, another in Dubai, one in Florida for sure, preferably visible from little Timmie's house, one in Vegas, and maybe another couple in Europe somewhere. Yep, I think this is the definitely future of golf.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdmorg
Don't people in GB know how to protest? All those warm beer drinkers at 11 am....what the hell.... why can't they stage a massive protest-standing on the course would keep work off, and bring the press- and a nice girl on the 17th could earn a page 6.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Digs-if I hadn't read it on here I wouldn't have known anything about this-and I live less than an hour away!!
This was kept pretty quiet over here-lot of noise today though!

I'd like to hear from a PROPONENT of the changes. Dawson, or Hawtree, or someone similar. Not because I support them; quite the opposite. But I'd like their side, and their arguments for the changes, to be fully aired and examined in the crucible of a stern debate, so that we know exactly what we are up against. Why the changes in general, and why these specific changes?

Oh, and Geoff; I haven't yet seen a link on how to sign Tom Doak's petition.
11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.