|The famous Postage Stamp at Royal Troon|
2 Best Opening Hole
3 Best Closing Hole
4 Best Par 3
5 Best Par 4
6 Best Par 5
7 Best View
The club confirmed its status as the owners of the best opening hole in the world – it already boasts a plaque claiming as such.
As well as winning the title of Best Hole in Scotland, the 18th at St Andrews’ Old Course was also voted the Best Closing Hole with almost a quarter of votes. This is a tricky closing hole and home to the iconic Valley of Sin. Moray Golf Club’s closing hole, overlooking the Moray Firth, came second, beating both the esteemed 18th at Carnoustie and Turnberry.
Originally called ‘Ailsa’ due to the stunning views across to rocky Ailsa Craig, this hole was renamed when William Park writing in Golf Illustrated described the putting surface as “the size of a Postage Stamp”. The shortest hole in Open Championship golf, this one is not for the faint-hearted with many of the world’s top golfers coming to misery here.
|The 8th at Royal Dornoch - a stunning par four... that |
didn't quite make top spot.
If you have played this hole you will know that shots that veer to the right are liable to end up on the road. Other pitfalls include the devilish ‘Sands of Nakajima’ bunker nicknamed after Japanese golfer Tsuneyuki Nakajima, who took four shots to get out while leading in the third round of the 1978 Open. Other contenders in this category included Royal Dornoch (8th) and Carnoustie (18th).
The neighbour of St Andrews finished ahead of holes from Castle Stuart (18th), 2014 Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles (16th) and the recently redesigned Ailsa course at Turnberry (10th).
|Best Views... that'll be from the 9th tee at Cruden Bay|
The course, which boasts stirring views across the Bay of Cruden and Slains Castle, beat out competition from the Castle Course at St Andrews, Machrihanish Dunes and Gullane Golf Club. The category included nominations for more than 300 individual holes, testament to the wealth of stunning views across Scotland’s courses. The 12th hole at neighbouring Hopeman Golf Club, received more than 120 votes for the best view, despite not being shortlisted.
|Another of the views from Cruden Bay's 9th hole. |
That's Slains Castle under the rainbow.