Mystery solved of golf fan’s personal Road Hole bunker

Mystery back garden bunker.
Mystery back garden bunker.
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The mystery of a replica of the Road Hole bunker created in a St Andrews back garden has been solved.

This picture of the famous Old Course hazard came to light this week and shows the bunker in all its glory, complete with rake.

The house at 12 Howard Place is now a holiday let property - and is rumoured to be the home-from-home this week for a top 10 golfer in town for The Open - but we heard from the previous owner who had the bunker installed.

“I commissioned the replica bunker about six years ago and it was built to spec by a greenkeeper from the Links, Colin Mitchell,” said Stuart Lloyd. “It was about 7/8 size of the original not current.

“It was a bit of fun and replicated the feature shot of the Old Course.

“It acted as the concept behind the ‘bunker challenge’ in the Golf Zone as I worked with HSBC to replicate the fun factor had by spectators trying to extract a ball.

“It was cited in the book ‘American Caddy in St Andrews’ by Oliver Horovitz.”

Having managed to ‘escape’ the bunker, Stuart went on to created an apt feature the house he moved to in North Street - a full-sized Astro turf putting green.

The real Road Hole bunker is a trap on the 17th hole at the course, and countless golfers have seen their dreams of a great round disappear after getting stuck.

Top Japanese golfer Tsuneyuki Nakajima was in contention at The Open championship in 1978 until he putted into the bunker and took four attempts to escape.

The real Road Hole bunker on the Old Course. (Picture: Philwols/Flickr)

The real Road Hole bunker on the Old Course. (Picture: Philwols/Flickr)

The house owner 'escaped' the bunker to create a putting green at his new home.

The house owner 'escaped' the bunker to create a putting green at his new home.