The Opening Hole of the 2022 Open




The first hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews is called the Burn.
Here, you must avoid the water with your approach, when it’s your turn.

The Burn is a simple stream that protects the entrance to the green.
Caddies tell golfers to forget pin and aim for the middle, if you know what I mean.

The first hole appears to be meek and mild,
But, when the wind picks up, it can be kind of tough and rather wild.

The first hole has no sand bunker in sight.
And, there never will be as its current design is just right.

The first hole is a simple, straightaway par four.
It’s at the core of the Old Course’s history and lore.

Its stroke index has been labeled as both 12 and 10.
That’s the respective handicap rating for the ladies and the men.

The first fairway of the Old Course is one of the widest in the game.
Whether your tee shot is pushed or pulled, you will find fairway grass that looks the same.

On the first tee, aim for the small gorse bush at the left edge of the stream.
With a strong drive, you’ll have a wedge to the green – that’s your dream.

Standing on the first tee is like walking through golf’s history for you and me.
As Vardon, Hogan, Player, Palmer, Nicklaus, and Woods have been there for all to see.

Roses are red and violets are blue,
Scotland looks forward to welcoming golfers to St. Andrews in 2022.

About the Author: Mike May

Mike May
Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the sporting goods industry – coordinated special events; publicized industry announcements; generated revenue to support organizational activities; experienced public speaker; successfully lobbied U.S. Congress for passage of pro-physical activity legislation; spearheaded media outreach to generate trade and consumer exposure for association research and annual trade shows; served as on-air talent and coordinated 10 TV/radio satellite media tours; and made nearly 1,000 ‘live’ in-studio TV appearances showcasing new product trends and technologies in the sports product industry.