17 Oct 2009

St Andrews' famous 17th hole to get back to its original challenge

3:19 pm on 17 October 2009

One of the most famous holes in golf will be lengthened next year when the British Open returns to St Andrews for the 150th anniversary of the tournament.

Modern club technology has eased the task of avoiding the long hazards around the par-four 17th at the Scottish links course, nicknamed the Road Hole.

However, the Royal and Ancient have decided to extend the 455 yard hole by another 35 for the 2010 championship.

The chief executive Peter Dawson, says this will ensure that the hole plays as it was originally intended, with the Road Bunker behind the green back in play because of the longer approach shots required.