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Featured European Tour Destination: The Home of Golf, Scotland

147th Open Championship at Carnoustie

The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, is one of the oldest golf tournaments played in the world and the most eminent Championship played in Europe. This year, the Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course in Angus, Scotland is the venue to this legendary tournament. Renowned for its brutal winding course, the Carnoustie Golf Links is set to put all Championship participants to a mighty test of skills. 

The course used for the Open Championship is famous for being one of the most challenging courses in the history of the Open rota. Carnoustie Championship course - once played never forgotten - is a true championship links of the highest standard and a legendary layout that sits easily with the world's best. Although never quite getting you alongside the seashore, the splendour of Carnoustie is to be found in its collection of world-class golf holes, each one laying down a wonderful and often daunting test for your golfing skills. 

Whatever the weather and wind direction, Carnoustie always seems to play "long," demanding your best quality shot-making to stay in-bounds and out of the burns, bunkers and gorse bushes (whins) that line many holes. The par-5 6th (Hogan's Alley) demands both length and great accuracy. At the par-5 14th your approach to a blind green will need to clear two enormous bunkers, the infamous "Spectacles."

Although it may not top the list of Scotland's most scenic courses (at least in terms of sea or ocean views), Carnoustie is feared and revered like no other.
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Should you want to tee off else where, head to:

Gleneagles Golf Resort & Course at Auchterarder, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland, Trump Aberdeen, and Downfield Golf Club in Dundee for their spectacular and grueling courses.

When in Scotland for the Open Championships, a visit to the Arbroath Abbey, Barnhill Rock Garden, and a drive by the panoramic Arbroath to Auchmithie Coastal Path is a must.

Also, explore Scotland's distilleries. Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail is the only trail of its kind in the world. Set in the heart of stunning Speyside, this trail takes in seven world-famous working distilleries, one historic distillery and the fascinating Speyside Cooperage.

Speyside is famous for its wonderful whisky and is often called 'Malt Whisky Country'. It's home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries, making it the ideal place to discover more about this ancient art. The area is one of Scotland's five whisky regions. To find out more about the regions and which distilleries to visit go to

Within a 30 min drive from Speyside distillery you'll find Spey Valley Golf Course just outside the Scottish Highland resort of Aviemore, one of Scotland's most popular outdoor activity centres. The area is a magnet for walkers, climbers, skiers, anglers, kayakers, bird-watchers and nature lovers.

With Boat of Garten and Kingussie golf clubs also close-by, the number of visiting golfers also looks set to rise, especially with Spey Valley now established alongside the existing brace of Highland courses 


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Where2Golf spotlights

Carnoustie Links: the 147th Open Championship returns to this iconic British links where Armour, Cotton, Hogan, Player, Watson, Lawrie and Harrington have lifted the Claret Jug. (July 19-22).
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