Carnoustie Golf Links Championship

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What we say

A brutal golf experience which is great fun for anyone who likes a challenge. Not an attractive course but you know the battle you are going to face. It rewards considered strategic play, hence Hogan won there. A fabulous course that tests every club in the bag. The course starts out with a series of tough par 4s, and builds to a brutal finish, starting at 16, with possibly the hardest par 3 in the world!

Strong points: For a links course, it really is strikingly beautiful; there is plenty of gorse farming the fairways and many of the greens are either raised or perfectly framed in the rolling dunes. Best of all, it's surprisingly playable; in non-Open conditions the course is usually very benign. Weak points: It's a fair bit greener and softer than most traditional links courses, meaning that it plays very long. Into the wind, you'll struggle to reach the longer par-4s in two. Star hole is hard to single out, But you have to say that the insane 17th, with the Barry Burn weaving all over the fairway, is a thrilling challenge. You'll stand on the tee and have no idea what to do!

A superb blend of beauty and brutality, this world-famous links offers a test on every occasion you play it. No golfer's CV would be complete without the word 'Carnoustie' stamped proudly within it.

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Having hosted the Open Championship seven times, the Carnoustie Championship course is one of the finest golf links in the world. It is due to host the Open again in 2018.

The Championship course is a bit greener and softer than many of the other course on the Open rotation and will play a bit longer making it a difficult test of golf for even the finest of golfers.

The par-72 course doesn't eas you in gently and begins with some tough par-4s. It won't let you finish gently either and closes with an equally tough stretch.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman says: "Responsible for one of the best holidays of my life. I stayed at the on-site hotel along with three mates and we played the Championship course, with the help of caddies, three days running. We had such a laugh and, for me, it’s great trying to improve on your previous day’s score."

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.8 out of 5
  • Address
    Links Parade, , CARNOUSTIE
  • Tel 01241 802270
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £160
Course Length 6,941 yards (6,347 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Other

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course does not have: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4.5 out of 5 The Best Golfing Experience I have ever had!

    By hindmarshsl

    What a place! The history, course, people, hotel and … weather! However despite our fair share of the Scottish "Sunshine" the course was in top nick the greens running fast and true. The staff were so friendly in fact on my whole trip I met no-one who wasn't prepared to help! Everyone was pleasant and one was greeted with a smile! The course itself is a true corker! The 1st is actually one of the easier holes however the impossing hotel makes it tough indeed. The second is often a forgotten hole but actually is one of the best! Holes 3,4,5 were excellent but from Hogan's Alley onwards there are no weak holes culminating in the best finish in golf!! Will definately return again just to meet the starters who were like something out of the last of the summer wine!!!!

  • 5 out of 5 Goood Course

    By Anonymous

    Good course but its just tooooo EASy, I shot -2 gross and it isn't as good as the old course of St andrews.

  • 5 out of 5 top course

    By piginthebunker

    A fantastic experience everyone was so friendly and helpful. Playing in open year made it especially special. Stood on the 18th thinking a 6 to win the open like VAN De VELDE and then actullay getting it superb. Playing the course as a package with the other 2 great courses here is great value to.

  • 5 out of 5 Great Experience

    By James7urner

    Loved every second of it. The fairways are undulating and the bunkering is superb. The rough was generous (seen worse). If you're straight off the tee, you're in with a shout of reaching GIR. If not, forget it. Definitely worth getting the stamp in your golf passport.

  • 5 out of 5 Not so nasty!

    By Craig6

    Probably the best links I've ever played possibly even better than the Old Course at St. Andrews. Best finishing stretch anywhere!

  • 4.5 out of 5 How hard?

    By Anonymous

    Amazing in all ways - but how hard is this course. Forget the score and enjoy the experience. Condition is amazing

  • 5 out of 5 Quality

    By Anonymous

    Absolutely stunning course / could not fault in anyway. The other 2 courses ( burnside / buddon links ) were also great . Buy the special 3 course greenfee and make no1 on your must play list

  • 4 out of 5 An experience!!

    By Anonymous

    A superb course that lives up to its reputation in all ways. Unfortunately we met the course on a day when it was blowing a 40mph hoolie. Despite the conditions however, the actual course was challenging but fair. The rough was nowhere near as savage as it will probably be for next year's open. The clubhouse is awesome, but very welcoming. The people were vey friendly and full of good tips ("you could have picked a better day!" etc.). We paid for the day, and was not cheap (£105 for the round), but you can get a package playing the other course as well and seemed good value for money. Definately a must play course however.

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