Carnoustie & North East – Carnoustie – 6941 yds – Par 72
Welcome to Carnoustie Country
St Andrews has history, Prestwick has character, Muirfield is classy, Dornoch has charm, Turnberry is pretty and Carnoustie is ‘A great big shaggy monster’.
The description, we add, is not ours but we know that it has been said as a compliment. Mountaineers want to scale the highest peaks and golfers the world over want to play Carnoustie simply because it is the ultimate golfing challenge. Hagan said it and Hogan proved it.
The golf links is the mightiest of courses which rewards good play and punishes poor play severely. What makes Carnoustie great is it’s vastness and length, that can be stretched to over 7400 yards, and the scale and severity of it’s hazards. Famous for ‘Hogan’s Alley’, the ‘Spectacle’ bunkers and the ‘Barry’ burn which runs through the course. Tom Watson was a winner here in 1975 and Scotland’s own Paul Lawrie lifted ‘The Claret Jug’ in 1999. The Open was last held here in 2007 when Padraig Harrington won the coveted Claret Jug.