On The Road Hole
March 1 1998 by John Steinbreder
Jim Kelly loves golf but only gets to knock the ball around three or four times a month. He plays mostly in the
“It’s called the ‘Road Hole’ because of its proximity to a road which runs just beyond the green,” he says. “It’s one of the most famous golf holes in the world and is certainly one of the toughest. I think of all the times I’ve watched the British Open on television and seen the pros play it. Being so close to the end of the round, the 1 7th often has a great impact on how the players will finish the tournament, and there always be something dramatic happening there. So for those reasons I found playing it to be very special. It also didn’t hurt that I parred it either, getting on the green in regulation and then getting down with two putts for my four. That did make it even more memorable.
“Just being in
“I enjoyed the whole experience at
The Old Course
JAMES P. KELLY
Hole: 17th,par-four, 461 yards from the, championship and regular tees, though a more forward tee (about 30 yards ahead) is sometimes used for amateurs.
Hole Description: A par-five until the late 1950s, the hole requires a difficult drive cutting across property now owned by a hotel (and considered out-of-bounds) and then a long approach shot to a narrow green that slopes from left to right and is protected by the brutal “Road Bunker,” which is six feet deep and features a high, steep bank. The hole is so difficult that during the 1984 British Open it yielded only 11 birdies after four days of play by the world’s best golfers.
Course Architect: Unknown. Golf is believed to have been played on the property since the early 1400s, and the course has evolved over time. There is a map of the golf links dated 1821, and the layout today is virtually unchanged.
Resort Description: Considered the birthplace of golf, the Old Course is a must-play for anyone traveling to
John Steinbreder is a regular contributor to Golf Digest and Golf World magazines and is the author of five books, including Golf Courses of the