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The biggest story in golf over the weekend has taken a new twist.

As reported by The Courier, Fife Council chiefs are investigating whether the controversial addition to the iconic venue needs planning permission.

The stonework around the bridge drew widespread ridicule over the weekend from golf fans and players alike, and the local authority is now investigating whether the St Andrews Links Trust might need to apply for permission for the paving, after it has been laid.

• Twitter reacts to bridge controversy

• St Andrews Links Trust explains bridge work

Alastair Hamilton, planning service manager at Fife Council, told the Courier: 

“We’re aware of the works which have been undertaken and are investigating the situation.

“We will confirm whether there’s a need for any retrospective planning or listed building consents in due course.”

St Andrews Links released a statement on Sunday, in which they addressed concerns that had been raised.

A spokesperson said: “The ongoing works are solely focussed on the turfed approach area to
the bridge, which regularly falls into disrepair due to the significant
foot traffic by tens of thousands of golfers and countless other
visitors seeking to have their photograph taken at the landmark.

“In
order to avoid having to close the bridge to foot traffic during
certain periods of the year, a number of solutions have been attempted
previously. 

“These include installation of hybrid and synthetic
turf and the regular replacement, reseed and support of natural turf but
none have proven to be successfully in adequately protecting the area
from the significant wear and tear.”

In view of the latest twist in the story, bunkered.co.uk has again reached out to St Andrews Links Trust.

Main pic: @SnaintonGolf


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Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

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