Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship Course)


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   Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship Course) Est. 1842

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Carnoustie Golf Links' Championship course - once played never forgotten! This 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."

If Jockie's Burn doesn't catch you out at the short par-4 3rd, then its big brother, the meandering Barry Burn has to be reckoned with as it snakes through the par-4 10th (South America) and then loops around the celebrated closing trio of holes. This notoriously intimidating burn doesn't discriminate between aspiring amateurs or Open Championship contenders (including Frenchman who nearly have the Claret Jug in the bag!). The Burn needs to be crossed twice at the long par-4 17th and, from the back tees, three times as you negotiate the perilous par-4 18th. Leading you into this closing duo, the long par-3 16th is no picnic either, often unreachable if played into a stiff nor' easterly.

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.

Stay & Play at Carnoustie: onsite hotel accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Making Contact

Carnoustie Golf Links
Links Parade,
Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7JE
Scotland
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Office   +44 (0)1241 802 270
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1241 802 270
Fax

  +44 (0)1241 802 271

Email   golf@carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk
Website   www.carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk
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Golf Pro
 
Colin Sinclair (Head Golf Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
 
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
 
Designer: Original 18-hole course laid out by Old Tom Morris (1867). Significant changes made by James Braid (1926), which brought the course up to Open Championship standard.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6941 6692 6127
Par 72 72 74
SSS or Slope 75 74 76
 
At the Same Location:
The three 18-hole courses at Carnoustie Links are: Championship course (par-72, 6941 yds from the back tees); Burnside course (par-68, 6028 yds); Buddon course (par-68, 5921 yds). They are complemented by the six-hole Junior course (opened in 2014).
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How2Get There?

12 miles E of Dundee
From the east side of Dundee, follow the A92 direction Abroath. After approx 7.5 miles, take exit Carnoustie / Barry Mill and follow direction Carnoustie. After approx 1.1 miles, at roundabout, turn left direction Town Centre. After o.8 miles, immediately after primary school, turn right into Links Avenue. After o.2 miles Carnoustie Hotel and golf course is in front of you.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Oct) (all days): £210. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, combination tickets, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance (can be done via Carnoustie's website). Minimum age for players: 14 years. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available.
Caddies available.
Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Carnoustie's Championship course has hosted many top-level tournaments, including the British Amateur, British Ladies Amateur, Scottish Open, British Boys Championship and on several occasions, the Open Championship itself. For more details see: Top Golf Tournaments at Carnoustie Golf Club.

Most famously in the 1999 Open, Jean van de Velde could have won the Claret Jug with no worse than a double-bogey six at the par-4 final hole. Compounding mistake upon mistake, the Frenchman hit a wayward driver, then clattered into a spectator grandstand going for the green in two. His third was hacked into the Barry Burn from deep rough. After a bare foot paddle in the Burn, he reluctantly took a penalty drop (four), hit the ball into a greenside bunker (five) and finished with a sand save from the bunker (six & seven). He subsequently lost out to Scotland's Paul Lawrie in a three-way playoff that also included Justin Leonard (USA). It should be said that Van de Velde heroically took the defeat on the chin, and cheerily moved on.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 14th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (56.497178)
Longitude: (-2.716945)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Carnoustie Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa 4-star
The Links, Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7JE
+44 (0)1241 411 999
www.carnoustie-hotel.com

Located just a short putt beyond the 18th green of Carnoustie's Championship course, and close to the unspoilt beaches lining the North Sea. Many rooms have wonderful views onto the Carnoustie golf courses.

Golf at this hotel Carnoustie (Championship, Burnside and Buddon courses)
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Golf within 5 miles Panmure; Monifieth
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Golf within 20 miles Downfield; Letham Grange; Scotscraig
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Panmure Hotel 3-star
Tay Street, Monifieth, Angus DD5 4AX
+44 (0)1382 532 911
www.panmurehotel.co.uk



Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Monifieth; Panmure; Carnoustie (Championship, Burnside & Buddon courses).
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Golf within 20 miles Scotscraig, Downfield, Letham Grange
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