Old Tom Morris - Return To St Andrews

Return To St Andrews

Morris returned to St Andrews as greenskeeper and professional in 1865, at a then-generous salary of 50 pounds per year. He was sought out by the Royal and Ancient, which formally passed a motion in 1864 calling for his rehiring. St Andrews was then in very poor condition, and his first task was to correct this. He did so by widening the fairways, enlarging the greens, applying greenskeeping techniques he had developed at Prestwick, building two new greens (on #s 1 and 18), and "managing" the hazards. He stayed in the post until 1903, a total of 39 years, and was kept on after this by the R & A at full salary.

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