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OPEN Cham­pi­onship venues such as St An­drews (pic­tured), Carnoustie and Royal Troon could be un­der­wa­ter by the end of the 21st cen­tury if sea lev­els rise even slightly as a re­sult of cli­mate change, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

The Cli­mate Coali­tion says golf will be one of the hardest hit sports, es­pe­cially in the United King­dom where hun­dreds of links cour­ses lie on the coast.

Last year, the 450-year-old Mon­trose links in Scot­land lost its 3rd tee and sand had to re­in­force its 1st green and 2nd tee due to coastal ero­sion.

“Only a small in­crease in sea-level rise would im­peril all of the world’s links cour­ses be­fore the end of the cen­tury,” the re­port says.

The re­ports adds that: “more than 450 years of golf­ing his­tory at Mon­trose is at risk of be­ing washed away by ris­ing seas and coastal ero­sion linked to cli­mate change.”

Re­search pub­lished by Dundee Univer­sity in 2016 showed the North Sea had crept 70 me­tres to­wards Mon­trose within the past three decades.

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