Montrose, Angus DD10 8SW
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Much of the current layout is credited to Willie Park Jr (1903).
Above distances are for the 1562 course. Also at Montrose Links is the 18-hole Broomfield course (par-66, 4830 yds from back tees).
1 mi NE of Montrose centre / 30 mi NE of Dundee
From the A92 follow signs towards Montrose town centre and continue heading eastwards towards the sea. The golf clubhouses are located on Traill Drive, to the north and east of Montrose town centre.
Montrose Golf Links (1562 course): As the name suggests, golf on this venerable stretch of links land dates back over 450 years to 1562. This may account for the still rugged and challenging feel that characterises Montrose's championship course and shorter par-66 Broomfield course.
As you might expect from one of Scotland's much revered layouts, the 1562 course (formerly known as the Medal course) combines all the essential ingredients of a wonderful seaside gem. Here you will find deep bunkering, springy fast-draining turf, abundant gorse bushes, good-sized sand dunes and greens that are usually terrific to putt on.
The 1562 comprises many excellent golf holes, not least those that run alongside the beach. Don't be surprised if cool North Sea breezes play on your mind, and need to be factored into your yardages. As the Scots hereabouts will tell you, "when it's breezy, swing easy." So, carding a good score at Montrose demands good shot-making and careful course management. But irrespective of the score, Montrose has always been a Scottish seaside links that disappoints the few and delights the many.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required (for 1562 course).
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Although Montrose Links does not have its own clubhouse facilities, these are available in the two golf clubs whose members play on the Links. Situated only a few yards from the first tee, the Montrose Caledonia and Royal Montrose Mercantile Golf Clubs welcome visiting golfers.
Golf is recorded as being played over the Montrose Links since 1562. It is reputed to be the fifth oldest golf course in the world. It celebrated its 450th birthday in 2012. Today a number of different golf clubs use the Montrose Links, most notably Royal Montrose Mercantile GC and the Montrose Caledonia GC.
Montrose is used as one of the final qualifying courses in those years when the The Open Championship is played at Carnoustie. The Montrose course has also hosted the British Boys Championship (in 1991) and many national and international golf matches.
Scotland: 44th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).
Mid Links, Montrose, Angus DD10 8RL
+44 (0)1674 671 000Visit website
Built in the 1800s for the owners of a local mill, the Paton family, the Links Hotel now offers 36 bedrooms, a cosy bar, restaurant, coffee shop, function suite and meeting rooms. It is located within walking distance of Montrose Beach and the world's fifth oldest golf course.
Edzell; Letham Grange; Carnoustie (22 miles).
John Street, Montrose, Angus DD10 8RJ
+44 (0)1674 663 400Visit website
Located in the quiet mid-links area of Montrose, yet only a few minutes walk from the busy high street, the beach and the golf. Each of the 57 rooms has television, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, welcome tray and trouser press provided as standard.
Edzell; Letham Grange; Carnoustie (22 miles)
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