AROUND THE TRAPS
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.