Course for British Open lengthened by 181 yards

The course at Royal Lytham and St. Annes has been lengthened by

181 yards for this year’s British Open, with all but two holes

having been altered since the last time the tournament was held

there in 2001.

Royal and Ancient Chief Executive Peter Dawson said Monday that

the total length of the course has increased to 7,086 yards, but

that it will remain a par 70.

Dawson said the biggest changes were made to the seventh, 10th

and 11th holes. The 10th is 52 yards longer compared to 11 years

ago, while No. 7 is 35 yards longer and has a completely new green.

The 11th now measures 592 yards – 56 yards longer than last

time.

The only holes that have not been changed are the par-4 fourth

and par-3 12th.

”The course will still be a challenge for the modern player,

and players will have to remember there are over 200 bunkers on

Royal Lytham,” Dawson said at a news conference.

Another major change is that spectators will be allowed to bring

their mobile phones to this year’s Open, which starts July 19.

Royal and Ancient first banned mobile phones in 2007 at

Carnoustie, but will adopt more relaxed rules for this year’s

tournament with designated sites where fans can use them.

”We have taken advice from the various tours and spectators, so

we have taken the opportunity to reintroduce them (mobile

phones),” Dawson said. ”We had taken the decision reluctantly

some years ago to ban them, and while we know it will not be easy

for marshals, we are allowing them back on the course based on

trust. Also, we are hoping there will be peer group pressure if

people do use the phone in places where they shouldn’t.”