St Andrews: Hole by hole | 11th
Hole 11 – High – Par 3, 174yds
The caddies call this the shortest par 5 in Scotland and it’s brutal. The fairway is riddled with nasty bunkers, then you’re hitting into a green that is really slopey, really slanted. Go long and it’s death and an easy double. They often put the pin at the very back, three paces from the valley. A lot of guys will get suckered into the newly reworked Bobby Jones bunker.
Recent Tweaks: The left side of green has been softened and re-graded to restore pin positions that had been lost with the increased speed of modern greens, thereby bringing the infamous Hill Bunker more into play. As illustrated below, the change is subtle, but by far the most controversial since purists have long railed against the reworking of one of golf’s most revered par 3s.