Carnoustie Golf Links

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Home of the 2007 open (won by Padraig Harrington), the game of golf has been played in Carnoustie for well over four centuries. The first indication that the game was being played there can be found in the Parish Records of 1560 when the game of gowff was mentioned and there is every indication that the game has played an important part in the town's life ever since.

Carnoustie's first golfer might well have been a gentleman called Sir Robert Maule (1497-1560), a local landowner who was described as "a gentleman of comlie behaviour, of hie stature, sanguine in colour both of hyd and haire," and who was "given to leicherie" and other sports such as "hawking, hunting and the gawf."

Unfortunately, nobody knows how proficient Maule was at "gawf" or, for that matter, "leicherie". As with so many of the older Scottish golf towns, the history of Carnoustie is not well recorded. We do not know where Maule and his colleagues "exercisit the gowf" in the 15th century but we do know that by 1839 the Carnoustie Golf Club had been formed, making it the oldest artisan club in the world.

To begin with, the Carnoustie course consisted of 10 holes, laid out by Allan Robertson, the greatest golfer of his time and the man generally acknowledged to be the first golf professional. Later, in 1867, Tom Morris extended the course to 18 holes but it was not until 1926, when the great James Braid was brought in to overseas sweeping changes, that the course became ready to receive the Open Championship.

Since then, Carnoustie's championship course has become regarded as one of Britain's finest, and most challenging, tests of golf. Occasionally, from time to time, the course was allowed to deteriorate but, under the watchful eye of current Course Superintendent, John Philp, it has been restored and is now, not just a formidable challenge, but also one of the best-conditioned courses in the country as well.

Today, Carnoustie is visited by countless thousands of tourists, both from home and abroad. What they find is a course that is difficult but still eminently playable, provided the golfer hits the right shots at the right time. It is, in short, a wonderful test of golf, and one that, thankfully, still has not been made obsolete by advances in modern equipment.

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Golf Course Details:

Yardage: 6941
Number Of Holes: 18
Par: 72
SSS: 75
Green Fees: One round £115
Club Shop: Yes
Driving Range: Yes
Tee off times: Find available tee times
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Address & Contact Details:

Main Contact:
Address: 20 Links Parade, Carnoustie, Angus,DD7 7JF
Map: View directions for Carnoustie Golf Links
Telephone: 01241 802270

Carnoustie Golf Links Reviews

1. Great course, dull town

1-6 great, 7-11 not as good, 12-18 fantastic. Top condition. No real clubhouse. Overall - a great course, dull town

Carnoustie Golf Links reviewed by @johnnyoshea -


2. Demand everything!

toughest, most challenging and best course on the Open rota in my view! #demandseverything

Carnoustie Golf Links reviewed by @FHCGU -


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