In January this year the eighth tee at the Royal North Devon was washed away by the sea following three days of battling from big storms and high tides. Now the course at Montrose in Angus is falling into the North Sea. Over the past 30 years the sea has advanced 70 metres towards the course, affecting three of its holes. Rock defences have been tried but proved ineffective.
A recent report by the Climate Coalition pointed out that one in six courses in Scotland is a links and at risk of rising sea levels and increased storm surges. These courses include Open Championship venues such as the old course in St Andrews, Carnoustie and Royal Troon.