No 10 – St Andrews Old

The effect and influence Old Tom had on the game of golf cannot be understated. That is nowhere truer than at the iconic Old Course in St Andrews, the home of golf. Morris’ presence can still be felt wherever you go in his hometown, where he was born in 1821. His career went from caddie to club-maker; custodian of Prestwick where The Open was born to four-time winner of the championship; then back to St Andrews as ‘Keeper of the Green’. From 1864, Old Tom made significant changes to the Old, making it the course we adore today. He widened fairways, removed whins, rough and heather, enabling greens to be approached from more angles, as well as adding bunkers and removing others. The 18 holes became the standard for courses around the world.