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Carnoustie Course Guide

Hole 1 – Cup – 406 yards, par 4

A gentle introduction into one of the toughest golf courses on the Open Championship Rota. The fairway is wide but does slope left to right which tends to take the ball to the right hand side. There are 3 fairway bunkers up the right hand side and one guarding the front right of the two tiered green which is in a swale surrounded by mounds. Click here to see image…

Hole 2 – Gulley – 463 yards, par 4

This hole requires length and accuracy off the tee. There are bunkers littered right and left which are likely to catch any tee shot not finding the centre of the fairway. The green is elongated and measures 60 yards from front to back. Most of the trouble is at the front of the green so aim for the middle. Click here to see image…

Hole 3 – Jockie’s Burn -401 yards, par 4

A short par 4 with an elevated green. Jockie’s Burn runs across the fairway.  The fairway bunkers are a danger if playing right to avoid the burn and if the drive is pulled too far let there is another bunker which will gather the ball. Click here to see image…

Hole 4 – Hillocks -412 yards, par 4

This hole dog-legs to the right and has bunkers either side of the at the point where the fairway turns. It is a relatively straightforward shot to a green which is guarded by two bunkers to the front right and two bunkers to the front left. Click here to see image…

Hole 5 – Brae – 415 yards, par 4

Another hole which do-legs to left to right, with bunkers either side of the fairway at around 230 yards. The green is elongated and two tiered with bunkers guarding the front left and middle left. A narrow ditch stretches across the full width of the fairway at around 280 yards and can catch the longer drives. Click here to see image…

Hole 6 – Hogan’s Alley – 578 yards, par 5

Named Hogan’s Alley to commemorate Ben Hogan’s feat in 1953. This hole is a par 5 with a split fairway with out of bounds to the left and bunkers to the right. The safer play is go up the much wider right side, but the better line is up the narrower and more dangerous left side. During his only appearance in the British Open, Hogan played up the more dangerous left fairway on all four days. He won the tournament, and the hole became nicknamed “Hogan’s Alley” which has since been made the hole’s official name. Click here to see image…

Hole 7 – Plantation – 410 yards, par 4

Out of bounds runs down the whole of the left side of this hole. There is a fairway bunker on the left at 196 yards and two fairway bunkers on the right at 251 yards, both measurements from the championship tee. The green which is wide at 31 yards is guarded at the front by bunkers either side. Click here to see image…

Hole 8 – Short – 183 yards, par 3

This hole is one of the top par 3’s in championship golf. There is out of bounds down the left hand side with 2 bunkers between the out of bounds fence and the green and a further 2 bunkers to the right of the green. The green is 2 tiered with the elevation at the rear. Click here to see image…

Hole 9 – Railway – 478 yards, par 4

This hole has trees and out of bounds to the left. There are also numerous fairway bunkers on either side with a ditch on the right. Even finding the fairway with the tee shot, leaves a long and difficult approach to the green which is protected by two bunkers to the left and one bunker to the right. Click here to see image…

Hole 10 – South America – 466 yards, par 4

This is the start of the very difficult back nine. A straight and accurate drive is required to negotiate the 5 bunkers right and 1 bunker left. Trees also run down the left hand side. The second shot needs to negotiate the Barry Burn which runs the width of the fairway around 40 yards from the green. Although this is a par 4, a 5 is more than acceptable on this hole. Click here to see image…

Hole 11 – John Philp – 383 yards, par 4

It is a tough decision from the tee as to whether it is better to take on the 4 fairway bunkers, 2 on either side, which are at 209 yards on the left and 229 yards on the right.    or lay up short leaving a longer second shot to a green that slopes from back to front and is well bunkered on both sides. Click here to see image…

Hole 12 – Southward Ho – 499 yards, par 4

Clearing the gorse in front of the tee and avoiding the ditches on both sides of the fairway, make this one of the most menacing tee shots on the golf course. There are also two large fairway bunkers at driving distance on the right with more heavy gorse on the left. The wide green is guarded by 2 bunkers front left and 2 bunkers front right which are around 30 yards short of the green. Click here to see image…

Hole 13 – Whins -176 yards, par 3

The deep lipped bunkers surrounding the green on this short hole make the hole more difficult than it seems especially if playing the hole down-wind. The bunkers will catch anything that is not straight and if the wind is helping it is difficult to stop the ball on the green. Click here to see image…

Hole 14 – Spectacles – 514 yards, par 5

It is a tough tee shot on this hole with out of bounds down the left and the 3 bunkers from 219 to 259 yards. There is also a pot bunker right fairway at 246 yards. Then you have the massive ‘Spectacle’ bunkers around 64 yards short of the green. The green is large with bunkers protecting the front left and right. Gary Player struck an amazing shot here to make an eagle 3, when winning the Open Championship in 1968. Click here to see image…

Hole 15 – Lucky Slap -472 yards, par 4

This hole which requires a long and accurate drive is as difficult a par 4 as any other in golf. If the wind is against, most golfers will not be able to reach the green in 2 shots. There are 2 deep bunkers 25 yards short of the green, so laying up short of them and chipping on is a wise option. Click here to see image…

Hole 16 – Barry Burn – 248 yards, par 3

The green on this hole is long and undulating, guarded by 5 bunkers, the green also has banking on either side. This must be one of the hardest par 3 holes in championship golf as playing into the wind at 245 yards makes it a bit of a monster and it is really a 3.5 and to get a par here would be an exceptional accomplishment. During the 1975 Open Championship, Tom Watson had 5 attempts to get a par 3 here and was unsuccessful. Click here to see image…

Hole 17 – Island – 461 yards, par 4

The 17th is a very testing hole and the tee shot must be accurately placed on the island where the Barry Burn criss-crosses the fairway. Water is waiting for the any tee shot that is hooked and the fade is a better shot here as the burn traverses to the right. This leaves a long second shot to a sheltered green which is guarded to the font by 4 well placed bunkers. Click here to see image…

Hole 18 – Home – 499 yards, par 4

An extremely difficult finishing hole. The burn runs across the front of the teeing area and up both the sides of the fairway with the burn on the right ending just prior to the start of 3 punishing bunkers that start at 252 yards from the championship tee. The burn then comes into play again just short of the 45 yard long green which is guarded by a bunker front left and  a huge bunker to the right. Jean Van De Velde was easily winning the Open in the final round in 1999 when disaster on this hole aided by the Barry Burn dashed his hopes of victory and the title was eventually won by Paul Lawrie. Click here to see image…

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