Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7JE
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
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).
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 at T-junction turn right. After o.2 miles Burnside clubhouse is on your left.
Carnoustie Golf Links (Burnside Course): Not quite in the same league as Carnoustie's revered Championship course, but still a thoroughly enjoyable and testing layout in its own right. Played on relatively open and gently undulating links terrain, the Burnside course frequently rubs shoulders with its big brother. Family resemblances between the two layouts are clear to see, with an abundance of heather, gorse bushes (whins) and thick rough also defining the Burnside's holes.
Gently rolling fairways offer good-width landing areas, but on occasions will also feel a little tighter and a more intimidating from the tee. Excellent bunkering plays its full part in the layout's defences, particularly those mischievous steep-faced pot bunkers, all to easy to get into but not so easy to escape from. Carnoustie's most infamous water hazard, the Barry Burn, also makes its presence felt on a few holes. Whether by coincidence or design, the Burn runs amok at the long par-4 17th, as it does on the very testing par-4 17th on the Championship course.
Although only 6,028 yards from the back tees, with a par of 68 and only one par-5, the Burnside is no pushover. As is the case on its more renowned sibling, careful course management will be needed to card a good score. An excellent course and great to play on a combination ticket with "big bro."
Stay & Play at Carnoustie: onsite hotel accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance (can be done via Carnoustie's website). Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, combination tickets, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available.
The Burnside has a unique place in golfing history. It is the course on which Ben Hogan qualified to play in the 1953 Open Championship, the only time he ever competed for the Claret Jug. The Open venue was Carnoustie's Championship course, the winner - Ben Hogan by four strokes.
2019 Golf World rating: 70th best course in Scotland; 11th best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.
The Links, Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7JE
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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.
Carnoustie (Championship, Burnside and Buddon courses)
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Tay Street, Monifieth, Angus DD5 4AX
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Monifieth; Panmure; Carnoustie (Championship, Burnside & Buddon courses).
Scotscraig, Downfield, Letham Grange
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