Why Saint Andrews is THE holy of holies in world golf

The 18th hole at the Old Course Golf Links in St Andrews GLYN KIRK / AFP

the 150e edition of the British Open takes place from Thursday on the Old Course Golf Links, a true legendary course.

All fans dream of it. Fly to Scotland and swing at Saint Andrews on its legendary course. A dream with mythical contours, born of a mad passion. A journey to the center of the world, that of the little white ball. The pilgrimage to make at least once in a golfer’s life.

It was on the east coast of Scotland, between Edinburgh in the south and Dundee in the north, that golf was invented between the 14the and the XVe century. Facing the North Sea, Saint Andrews, a small port with red brick houses, braves the icy winds that descend from the fjords of Norway before they rush into the funnel of the English Channel. This is where the idea of ​​a funny game was born, with a wooden stick, a ball hard as stone and a hole the size of a gutter bent in two, fallen from a roof. A game reserved for the lords of the kingdom, who over time have written its sometimes somewhat bizarre rules.

Known around the world as “the home of golf” – the cradle -, the little…

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