The second round of changes to the St Andrews Old Course began yesterday. The renovations are occurring over the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th and 15th holes.
Martin Hawtree's design changes have been implemented in two stages. The first round of changes occurred this time last year, and photos can be seen here and here. This second stage is said to include the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 9th holes. I have included before and after photos below.
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10/11/13 - Fairway bunkering is being widened and slightly shifted away from the center of the fairway.
14/11/13 - A bunker in the fairway has been filled in and a bunker further down the fairway has been created. The bunker that has been deleted found very little use... I'm sure at the time of its creation, it was built in the driving landing area. The new bunker, in the modern landing area, is 50+ yards ahead. This is a perfect example of changes in club technology rendering various aspects of courses "outdated."
The fourth hole will have the two bunkers short and right of the green filled in and replaced with two (possibly one) larger bunkers much tighter and closer to the right edge of the green.
14/11/13 - Re-sodding the area left of 4 green is now complete.
10/11/13 - A new bunker is being added short, left of the green.
14/11/13 - Reshaping of the rear are of the green is now occurring.