Montrose Golf Links - Medal Course
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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|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|
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.
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.
Another great links course in Scotland, top conditions and beautiful views.
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.
Although a winter course the course was in excellent condition.
Off summer tees it would be a real test.
A true links course.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
True links experience
It was all great: course, people and even my game.
Beautiful piece of real links.
Fun challenging course with excellent greens, good pace of play and friendly members. Would recommend for all levels of players.
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!!
Great Course. Greens in superb condition