The Old Course in St Andrews has defended renovation work around the historic Swilken Bridge after it was compared to a "DIY patio".
The iconic crossing, estimated to be 700 years old, provides arguably the most famous photo opportunity in golf.
As a result the St Andrews Links Trust said the approach area regularly falls into disrepair.
But its solution, a new round paved area, has been widely criticised on social media..
Commentator Ken Brown tweeted: "The Swilken Bridge now serving food. A table for Fore please."
Golf fan Warren Allsworth reacted: "Just no. That's like drawing a moustache on the Mona Lisa."
And US-based Tron Carter said it resembled a "DIY backyard patio".
Others have mocked up the new approach featuring everything from garden furniture to a hot tub.