Old Course at St Andrews could be GONE by 2050

Old Course St Andrews

Got the Old Course on your 'Bucket List'? If so, you might want to play it sooner rather than later.

According to a new climate change study, the 'Home of Golf' could be underwater within the next 30 years. 

Climate Central, an organisation comprising scientists and journalists who research climate change and its impact, has published a new study demonstrating the devastating impact that rising sea levels could have on Scotland by 2050. 

• MacIntyre through to last-16 of WGC Match Play

• Fellow pro brands Hatton "an absolute disgrace"

• bunkered supports return of Get Back To Golf Tour

First reported by The Herald, the body has published an interactive map which shows in stark detail the dire consequences that could unfold if current trends continue.

It shows the hallowed links of the Old Course - reckoned to be the oldest existing golf course on the planet - being lost to the elements 

St Andrews

Other high-profile Scottish courses could also be lost if the predictions come true, including Carnoustie and parts of the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry.

Carnoustie Turnberry

Before anybody starts to panic too much, the Climate Central website admits to using "imperfect data" and admits that there may be "some error" in their maps, which incorporate large-scale datasets. 

• Report: Koepka facing lengthy injury lay-off

• Michelle Wie feared her career was over

The organisation's website adds: "Our approach makes it easy to map any scenario quickly and reflects threats from permanent future sea-level rise well.

"However, the accuracy of these maps drops when assessing risks from extreme flood events.

"Our maps are not based on physical storm and flood simulations and do not take into account factors such as erosion, future changes in the frequency or intensity of storms, inland flooding, or contributions from rainfall or rivers."

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
DRIVING TIPS FROM A TOUR PRO | with Ewen Ferguson
Ewen Ferguson
play button
WATCH: A round of golf with Justin Thomas
Watch
play button
CAN A CLUB GOLFER COMPETE WITH A TOUR PRO?
David Law
play button
HOW TO WARM UP FOR A ROUND OF GOLF LIKE A TOUR PRO
David Law
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Rickie Fowler provides Tiger Woods rehab update
Scott Herald triumphs on Get Back To Golf Tour
Rickie Fowler aims dig at Bryson DeChambeau
Here’s why Dustin Johnson has a new caddie this week
Scots golfer matches Lee Westwood’s Kingsbarns record

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Improve your posture
Watch
play button
Keep the club on plane in the takeaway
Watch
play button
Keep working on the right things
Watch
play button
Strike down on the ball for more consistency
Watch
See all videos right arrow