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'Significant' tweaks for Castle Stuart

Scottish Open venue reveals exciting alterations ahead of new season

By SCG Newsdesk

A new kind of challenge awaits players returning to the esteemed Scottish Open host venue, Castle Stuart Golf Links, this season.

A formidable feature of the Moray Firth course has undergone a makeover over the winter months as staff prepared the course for its eighth season.

Golfers will find the front part of the large, fearsome bunker to the right of the sixth green has been filled in and turfed over. The large trap, which had to three to four-foot high banks, has caught out hundreds of golfers since the course opened in 2009, with very few being able to emerge without dropping at least one shot.

During the close season, the hazard was filled with nearly 300 tonnes of sand and covered with 400 square feet of turf to turn it into a different type of obstacle.

Chris Haspell, Castle Stuart’s course manager, said: “The change makes the hole more playable for our higher handicap players but it still presents a real challenge to the lower handicappers who now have a number of recovery options: flop shot, bump-and-run or even a long putt.”

The move is in keeping with Castle Stuart’s ethos of making golf more engaging, fun and enjoyable for all standards of golfer.

INTIMIDATING

Other changes for this year include adding 35 yards to the opening tee shot by moving green boxes back to white tee boxes and white to the black tee-off spots.

Haspell added: “The idea behind this is that it makes the opening tee shot slightly more challenging without it being too intimidating.

“We hope these small but significant alterations will give our players a new type of test and make the whole experience more enjoyable.”

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