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What’s cooler than playing St. Andrews’ Old Course? Playing it backwards—and now you can!

November 6, 2019

One of the best and most bucket-list worthy courses in the world is the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. The Home of Golf has hosted the Open Championship 29 times, most recently in 2015, and it will host again in 2021.

As a public course, it’s one of golf’s ultimate pilgrimages. If you can play it, you’ll never forget it. But of those lucky enough to make the journey, far fewer get to play it backwards. That’s right, later this month the folks at St. Andrews are allowing golfers to play the Old Course in reverse.

While that might sound silly, remember it’s actually relatively easy to accommodate (and this has happened before). The Old Course consists of seven shared greens and four solo greens. (And some say the features actually seem to make more sense when playing the course in reverse.)

Graylyn Loomis tweeted the Old Course news he received via St. Andrews Links (below).

The reverse play will be available Nov. 29-30, although there’s limited availability on the 30th due to a local golf club event. As for the 29th, a priority and open ballot will take place seven days prior and award tee times from 8:40-11:40 a.m. local. Those hoping to get a lucky tee time can enter St. Andrews’ online ballot beginning 2:15 p.m. local on Nov. 21. For more information on that ballot, click here.