Iconic golf course angers fans over changes to Swilcan Bridge

The change to the iconic St Andrews landmark sparked swift backlash.

Swilcan Bridge (pictured left) being renovated and (pictured right) Tiger Woods walking across Swilcan Bridge.
St Andrews golf course has backflipped on its plans after announcing it would make changes to the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole, which is an iconic landmark. (Images: Twitter/Getty Images)

St Andrews golf course has backflipped on its plans after announcing it would make changes to the cobble creek bridge on the 18th hole. The St Andrews Link Trust announced it would add a pathway to the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course in Scotland.

Golfers became aware and angered of the move when photos were posted on social media of work being done to the path leading up to the Swilcan Bridge. The iconic bridge is one of the most recognisable landmarks in golf.

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Remarkably, it is claimed the bridge could be up to 700 years old. The bridge carries special significance for golfers with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus having stopped to wave goodbye to The Open

However, the reaction to the decision to remove the bridge was swift. Many argued that there was no need to remove the landmark.

Many slammed the work down around the bridge, which didn't keep with its historic aura.

St Andrews caves over Swilcan Bridge design

However, after the golf universe spoke up about the plans surrounding Swilcan Bridge, St Andrews swiftly announced the turf around the bridge would be fixed.

"The stonework at the approach and exit of the bridge was identified as one possible long term solution, however while this installation would have provided some protection, in this instance we believe we are unable to create a look which is in keeping with its iconic setting and have taken the decision to remove it," a statement read.

The body claimed they are aware of the need to maintain the heritage that surrounds the golf course and the importance of preserving the 'hallowed grounds'.

Tiger Woods caused a stir on the bridge last year during The Open. Woods removed his hat and acknowledged the crowd as he crossed the famous landmark.

However, he did not stop on the bridge. This prompted many golf experts to claim that he would most like return to St Andrews in the future, since he didn't follow in the footsteps of legends Palmer, Watson or Nicklaus.

Tom Watson (pictured) stands on Swilcan Bridge.
Tom Watson (pictured) stands on Swilcan Bridge. (Photo by Rui Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images)

The bridge is one of the most popular spots on any golf course in the world for visitors to grab a photo.

Last year, Australian Cameron Smith took home his maiden major after winning The Open. Smith wrote his name into Australian sporting folklore after a spectacular comeback victory at the landmark 150th British Open.

With five successive birdies to start the back nine, Smith chased down home hope Rory McIlroy to become the first Australian to claim the famous Claret Jug since Greg Norman at Royal St George's in 1993.

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