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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6585 yards
Slope 0
Rating 0.0

The Medal Course at Montrose Links is a majestic layout in the true traditions of Scottish links golf and has played host to many important events in its history, including the Scottish Professional Championship in 1967 and 1970, the Scottish Amateur Championship in 1975 and the British Boys Championship and Internationals in 1991. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club honored the Links in being chosen as a final qualifying golf course for the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999 and again in 2007.

Located on the links between the town of Montrose and the coast, the Montrose Medal Golf Course is recognized as the fifth oldest golf course in the world. Golf has been played on the Medal Course since at least 1562.

Described as "a magnificent stretch of marvelously natural ground" the course challenges golfers with its undulating fairways and fast greens, made more difficult when the wind whips inland from the sea. The par-71 golf course measures 6,585 yards.

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Montrose Links - Medal
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 71 6585 yards
Yellow 71 6203 yards
Blue 70 5733 yards
Red (W) 73 5622 yards
Scorecard for Medal
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
White M: 72.3/134 391 391 154 365 292 490 368 329 444 3224 395 444 176 320 414 555 235 418 363 3320 6544
Yellow M: 70.8/131 379 378 150 350 276 479 357 299 420 3088 368 434 140 307 401 522 226 378 339 3115 6203
Red W: 73.0/123 368 357 137 334 226 416 302 270 330 2740 333 339 131 292 379 492 192 398 326 2882 5622
Handicap 3 7 13 5 17 15 9 11 1 10 2 18 12 6 16 8 4 14
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 35 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 35 70
Handicap (W) 4 6 12 10 18 2 16 14 8 9 3 15 13 17 1 7 5 11

Course Details

Year Built 1888
Golf Season Year round
Architect Old Tom Morris (1888) Willie Park, Jr. (1902) H. S. Colt (1913) Martin Hawtree (2008)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - medical certificate required
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

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3.7
22 Reviews (22)
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Handicap 5-9
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3.0
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Great course looking frayed

I have played this great course many times and I fully realise that they have had a lot of trouble from the elements. And it is early March. But I was still disappointed by its forlorn state. Ongoing winter work makes many places look sad and I am a member at Dunbar and have played Gullane 1 a couple of times recently and they are magnificent just now.

I just hate what so many places do in the winter i.e. push tees away forward, put pins in silly places. Surely it is not beyond the wit of the greenkeeping fraternity to put a wee bit thought into the winter layout for players, both members and visitors.

My pal carried his clubs while I had a power caddy and I think I must have walked two miles more than him - round all the fences erected to protect the places that get a lot of traffic.

Not the Montrose I know and love then. I hope it will soon be back to its best. It is a great layout for anybody who has not played it before; just NOT at the moment.

Pace of play was great and we were only a a few minutes over three hours for the round.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Highlight of a trip to Carnoustie Country

With The Open ongoing at Carnoustie, it afforded us a chance to check out the local links, and Montrose, although the farthest drive from Carnoustie, was the highlight. The opening four holes are as good as it gets in the area in terms of starting out. The course's unusual landscape features the highest holes by the sea, and then the remainder of the course is well below and plays closer to the town. I tried to explain it to my playing partner as a kind of "reverse Dornoch" but that phrase might need fine-tuning. The flatter holes certainly have character as well, like the par-5 15th and the long but interesting par-3 16th. the town skyline serves as a nice backdrop as well. Don't think there is a better 50-quid course in this part of Scotland. About an hour south of Aberdeen and 40-minutes northeast of Carnoustie, do try and fashion some time to visit if you're in the area of either.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Top Links

Another great links course in Scotland, top conditions and beautiful views.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather

Disappointing communication

First things first- I love this course and will play it as often as I can. It is a true links course with a traditional feel, friendly members, and beautiful scenery. It will test your game.

My gripe with this round was that I booked on a hot deal and was prepared to play off winter tees. However there was no mention of the requirement to play off mats when on the fairway or semi rough, or the fact that winter greens were in play. The reason I paid to play was that I would get to play on summer greens, as is generally the case year round here.

The pro informed us when we signed of these conditions when we signed in at the pro shop. Had we known these measures were in place we wouldn't have played, but come back later in the year.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Montrose Links

Although a winter course the course was in excellent condition.
Off summer tees it would be a real test.
A true links course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Must Visit!

An excellent day for links golf, sunny, not too windy and excellent views along the sea.
Course was in excellent condition and the welcome was very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing course and overall experience

The course is stunning as are the surrounding views. Course was in superb condition with greens fast and true. As true a links test as you will find anywhere.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic old style links

Played the course in the middle of the practice day for the europro tour event. Really slow..... don't know how these guys can keep their patience!
The course itself is fantastic, not desperately long but in great condition & a great example of old style links.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

excellent links course

Course in excellent condition. Greens very nice. Couple of across the beach shots from the mens tees. Fairways often bumpy but generally wide. No cross traffic. Recommended

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather

Classic Links

A truly fantastic course. Despite it being only the middle of May, the ground was firm and beginning to burn out a little giving that classic links look. Was a windy day, which we benefitted from on the way out but playing into the wind on the way back to town was significantly tougher but that's all part of the charm of links golf!

Course is highly recommended and any visitor to Scotland should try and fit it into their itinerary.....they won't be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Top quality links

Played on a last minute deal, and given the time of year - mid March- the course was in excellent condition. Greens were running well and very receptive. Course is a good challenge especially when the wind is up. A cracking course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Excellent Value

Course was playing a little shorter from winter tees but still a good challenge. The greens were in nice condition for the time of year. From past experience it can be slow but as the course was quiet there were no issues this time. Excellent value if you can take advantage of a discounted tee time. Only downside was the alarming amount of dog waste at various spots around the course. Their owners should be ashamed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great winter setup

A great course to play during winter months.
Shorter in length due to tees being moved forward on some holes but playing to the full greens.
On going course improvements and maintainence doesn't impact play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

True links experience

It was all great: course, people and even my game.
Beautiful piece of real links.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather

Interesting course

Fun challenging course with excellent greens, good pace of play and friendly members. Would recommend for all levels of players.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather

5th Oldest Golf Course in the World - 1562!

This course is what links golf is all about! My family is from around the bay and our family name is mentioned in both the Royal Montrose club and the Mercantile Club house. So playing this course has a personal attachment/meaning then just playing a great old track. Our 2nd time playing here and again it didn't disappoint! Great views of the north sea from the holes that run along the coast, with tight and well bunkered fairways. Greens are quick but not super undulated. Well placed tee boxes give you a good perspective of the hole and landing areas. Its just a short drive from the town of St Andrews and is worth the trip to play one of the oldest courses in the world!
Both the Royal Montrose and Mercantile clubs allow all golfers to come in the clubs enjoy food and bevys after the round. Staff and members are all very friendly and enjoy hearing about your experience on their golf course!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather

Montrose Medal

Great Course. Greens in superb condition

27/03/15

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent

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