Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7JE
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
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.
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 Carnoustie Hotel and golf course is in front of you.
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.
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.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, combination tickets, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available.
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.
World: 32nd best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
GB&I: 8th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
Scotland: 7th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).
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)
Downfield; Letham Grange; Scotscraig
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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