Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship Course

4.5000000000 4.5 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6941 yards

Address Course Location

  • Carnoustie Golf Links, 20 Links Parade, Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 7JF
  • +44 (0) 1241 802270
  • +44 (0) 1241 802271
  • carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk

Key Info

Year built: 1850
Architect(s): Old Tom Morris, James Braid
Type: Public
Style: Links

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes - £4.00
Clubs: Yes - £35.00 per round or per day
Caddies: Yes - £40.00

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 72 6941 yards 0.0 0
Yellow 72 6692 yards 0.0 0
Green 72 6405 yards 0.0 0
Red 72 6127 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 2 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
1
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

2 out of 2 reviews


Reviews


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"There are prettier Open Championship courses..."


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my round on Carnoustie, getting brutalized at every turn by its massive pots, narrow fairways and sinister greens. I just tend to favor more scenic links in Scotland like Royal Dornoch, North Berwick and Cruden Bay. History abounds at every turn here. Playing the closing holes at Carnoustie, thanks to the infamous Wee Burn, are no picnic, just be happy to escape without having to partially disrobe like a certain Open Championship competitor. Good thing the hotel and bar were built in recent years, so a pint or two is nearby. You'll need one after playing here.

By the way, I'm happy to report I carded a tidy 7 on 18 just like Mr. Van de Velde.


Player Tip: Do you have an accurate driver? Take on Hogan's Alley on No. 6, the sliver of fairway between O.B. and fairway bunkers.

18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Quite possibly Britain's most difficult links"


MattAdamsGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2013
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Carnoustie is not romantic, it does not whisper sweet refrains of the joys of a life lived without constraint. In many ways, it is perfectly fitting that this was the course where Ben Hogan won his one and only Open Championship in which he competed in 1953 (the Scots named him “the wee Ice Man” that week). Like Hogan, Carnoustie is a course that we want to love and to understand it’s mystery; it’s mystic, but it remains emotionally indifferent in guiding us down our pathway to discovery.

Carnoustie is described as the most difficult course in all of Great Britain and it may well be if the winds of fate turn against you. From the par 5, 6th (“Hogan’s Alley”) to the finishing holes that posses the subtlety of a punch in the jaw, Cournoustie could not care less about your sense of inspiration, yet you will depart inspired none-the-less.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course