The Carnoustie Golf Links, like St Andrews, is a public golf course. The Championship course has hosted several Open Championships, most recently in 2007 when Padraig Harrington prevailed over Sergio Garcia in a playoff.
The course is widely thought of as the most demanding Open venue and is an excellent golf challenge. The wind plays a big part in the way the course is played and a calm day here is uncommon. The holes are generally long and are so well bunkered that position off the tee is paramount to a good score. Carnoustie has no weak holes and requires a well-rounded game to score well. Accurate chipping to the large greens is crucial and it is best to avoid the bunkers as they are deep and well placed.
The finishing holes are as good a collection as you would find anywhere. The 16th is a punishing par three of over 250 yards to an elevated green. The 17th is a par four where it is possible to cross the burn three times during the journey to the green, and the 18th is a difficult driving hole across the burn and the approach must also carry the burn as well and has been the undoing of many a fine round such as that of Jean Van de Velde in 1999 when he infamously ended up trying to play from the burn en route to a triple bogey that was ultimately to cost him the Open Championship.
|Address:||Carnoustie Golf Links, 20 Links Parade, Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 7JF|
|Course Architect:||Alan Robertson (1850), Old Tom Morris (1870), James Braid (1926) and James Wright (1937)|
|Catering:||Yes within Hotel Complex|
|Major Events:||Hosted the Open Championship 6 times, the Amateur Championship 4 times and hosts the Dunhill Links Championship annually|
|Practice Facilities:||Putting green, Driving Range and short game practice facilities|
|Guest Locker Rooms:||Yes|