What’s it like to play the Old Course backwards?

What’s it like to play the Old Course backwards?

Pick out the Swilcan Bridge from the 1st tee and avoid the Road Hole bunker with your approach.

Hardly the conventional way to kick-off 18 holes at the Old Course, but then this was no ordinary round for David Hall at the Home of Golf. He was one of the lucky few who played the legendary layout in reverse.

It’s one of the quirks of golf’s most famous course that it can be played both conventionally and back to front.

Once a common occurrence, the practice of going clockwise, which sees golfers start on the 1st tee and play to the 17th green, go from the 18th tee to the 16th green and so on, largely fell out of fashion.

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It was revived this year to celebrate St Andrews Day and tee-time holders, of which Huddersfield 9-handicapper Hall was one, had the chance to play the Old Course with a difference.

“You’re stood on the tee, you’ve got the