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Episode 39 – Why 18 Holes at the Old Course St Andrews?

Why is golf played over 18 holes?

Earlier this month The Home of Golf celebrated the 250 year anniversary of a change of golf which impacted the game more than any other. It was the then members of the R&A of St Andrews who decided the course would be improved by downsizing the then 22 hole format on the links to 18. It was this that created the standardised number of holes on a golf course.

Our guest Edwin Roald is a golf architect and historian who has  lead research into this momentous time in the game and interestingly questions if the downsizing of golf courses back then could be implemented again at this time during declining golf participation numbers.

You can read more about Edwin’s research on his website – www.why18holes.com

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