Angus and Carnoustie Courses
Carnoustie’s Championship is one of the courses that every golfer in the world wants to play. Voted the World’s Best Golf Course in 2019, venue for eight Open Championships and two Women’s Opens, Carnoustie is undoubtedly one of, if not the most, memorable golf courses that you’ll ever play, not just in Scotland but in all of golf. This bucket list venue, also known as the toughest venue on The Open rota, is a course that challenges each person who visits and is rightly known as Golf’s Greatest Test. It will make you think on every shot, there’s no escaping the course once you’ve started, one of the beauties of Carnoustie is the way in which it grabs hold of you, immerses you in the landscape and takes you on a journey. That deep breath that’s taken on the first just before teeing off is only exhaled on stepping off at the 18th.
Holes: 18 | Yards: 6790 | Par 71
Further to The Carnoustie Championship Course, Carnoustie also gives you two more courses to enjoy while you are there, the challenging Carnoustie Burnside and Carnoustie Buddon Links. Before Ben Hogan could win the 1953 Open at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland he had to qualify. Incredibly, the great man travelled to Carnoustie in Scotland with no guarantee of even making the 1953 Open Championship field. Of course, he did qualify though and he did so on Carnoustie’s Burnside Course, making the Burnside Course an opportunity for a double-dose at history.
Holes: 18 | Yards: 5965 | Par 68
Games of golf have been won and lost over the links at Panmure for a very long time.
Panmure is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, dating back to 1845 and are one of the 24 clubs that originally helped purchase the Amateur Championship trophy first played for in 1885.
This famous Old Tom Morris and James Braid influenced links requires both strategy and skill whilst offering an enjoyable test for all levels.
The course combines the best elements of links and heathland, with tight fairways, challenging carries, undulating greens and sandhills forged by nature.
The 1562 Course featured in Scotland’s top 100 courses for 2021 and has been described as “a magnificent stretch of marvellously natural ground”. The 1562 Course challenges golfers with its undulating fairways and fast greens, made more difficult when the wind whips inland from the sea.
Montrose 1562 Course has all the key ingredients to make up one of the utmost challenges in the world of golf – rugged and undulating (yet an easy walk), some deep bunkers, springy yet quick draining turf, bountiful gorse, sand dunes aplenty and fantastic greens. A number of the holes run alongside the rugged Angus coastline offering some stunning scenery.
The course can also offer one of golf’s most significant challenges – the East wind demands the upmost respect even from the most experienced golfer. The combination of all of the classic links ingredients are here in abundance, providing a demanding test of golfing proficiency. However, we have also introduced a new blue tee which ensures the course is more accessible for higher handicap golfers.
Established in 1643, Monifieth’s Medal course has a special place in the history books of golf. It was on this ancient turf that the legendary Tom Watson first experienced playing links golf in Scotland. His links initiation was clearly a success as he established himself as one of the world’s best golfers on the links, going on to win The Open a staggering five times.A unique combination of parkland and links with undulating ground that is often flanked by rows of pine trees, Monifieth has a distinctive blend and its own distinguished feel. Deep revetted bunkers provide ample challenge, while the meandering burns will require your attention.It is a golf course that certainly provides a stern test and lasting memories,and is clearly not to be missed by fanatics of the links game.
Downfield has a well-deserved reputation as a visually stunning and challenging parkland course. In 2016 it was chosen as a qualifier for the Senior Open Championship, which was being contested at Carnoustie. It has also hosted the Scottish PGA Open, the SPGA Masters, the Scottish Amateur Championship as well as the UK Girls Home Internationals.More significantly, it has twice staged qualifying events for The Open, with Paul Lawrie making history in 1999 as the first qualifier in the modern-day format to go on to win the Claret Jug. He describes Downfield as “one of the finest inland courses in Britain”.
Set in a mature estate on the outskirts of Dundee, Downfield combines wonderful scenery with bountiful wildlife including squirrels, waterfowl, buzzards and deer. The original course was designed by James Braid and yet remains relatively unknown compared to other courses in the area. This makes it the ideal discovery to include in your Scottish golfing adventure.