St. Andrews Links Trust announced Monday that it will remove stone walkways that it had just added to the sides the Swilcan Bridge, 18th hole of the Old Course in Scotland.
Social media had posted photos on Sunday showing the path to the Swilcan Bridge. Fans and players were quick to react.
St. Andrews Links Trust released a statement Monday stating that it had installed the stonework to reduce wear and tear to the turf sides of the bridge.
The stonework at both the approach and exit of bridge was identified by one long-term solution. However, this installation would have provided some security, but in this instance we believe it is not possible to create a look that is in keeping with its iconic setting, and have decided to take it down, the statement said.
Historians estimate that the Swilcan Bridge is around 700 years old. Its where Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and other notables, pause to say goodbye to The Open.
Tiger WoodsAt the 150th Open last season, he walked alone across the bridge and waved his hat, but didnt stop in what could have been his final round at The Open at St. Andrews. He might not be 53 when The Open returns there in 2030.
Would you rather have a little bit of historical dirt on your feet or some cement mix scraps if youve traveled halfway around the globe for your bucket-list round at St Andrews? 😱 pic.twitter.com/O1NWIHbIKt
— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) February 5, 2023
St. Andrews Links Trust also stated that they could categorically state that no work has been done on the bridge.
The image from October 2022 highlights the issue of wear & tear in the area and the problem we are seeking to resolve to ensure the bridge remains accessible for all golfers and visitors throughout the year. pic.twitter.com/Fln8jqP9gg
— St Andrews Links (@TheHomeofGolf) February 5, 2023
We have also taken in feedback from many partners, stakeholders, as well the golfing public. We would like to thank everybody who has been in touch for contributing to the issue, St. Andrews Links Trust said Monday in a statement. The worldwide attention and commentary is indicative that St Andrews is highly valued around the world. We are aware of our role in preserving this legacy while acknowledging its hallowed ground have continued to evolve to meet the demands for over 600 years.