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Carnoustie & North East

Carnoustie and the North East area is home to some excellent Links Courses, not least the Open Championship Links in Carnoustie itself. Within a shirt drive are the Open Championship qualifying links at Panmure Barry and Monifieth.
Further north there are the courses at Royal Aberdeen, which has hosted the British Seniors, Cruden Bay and Murcar, which are always popular with visiting golfers. Now we have the new Trump International Course which is aiming to compete with the top courses in Scotland.


Carnoustie & North East – Carnoustie – 6941 yds – Par 72

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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.

Royal Aberdeen

Carnoustie & North East – Royal Aberdeen – 6372 yds – Par 70

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The majority of visitors to Scotland’s golfing heartlands do not venture further north than Carnoustie on the east coast, but any itinerary would be enhanced by a trip to Royal Aberdeen, despite the fact that golf has been played in the city since before 1565, when it was first mentioned in the town’s Civic Register.

The Balgownie Links over which the Royal club now plays was laid out in 1887 and represents a traditional links of 9 holes “out” and nine “back” to the clubhouse over fabulous low lying links land.

The dunes which run over the course break up the land nicely and the holes make excellent use of them. The 2nd to the 9th the course runs out down a valley among huge shaggy dunes, and is unquestionably one of the finest nines in the British Isles.

Trump International Golf Links

Carnoustie & North East – Trump International  7400 yds – Par 72

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This championship golf course is a classical Scottish links. The course has a Par of 72 with a maximum length of just over 7400 yards. The golf course follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes with all 18 holes threading their way engagingly through dunes, rising to find views of the sea and coastline and then plunging into secluded valleys. Each hole has 5 separate tees catering for all classes of golfer. Bunkers are placed to challenge the stronger player and not unduly punish the weaker golfer. Bunkers are turf-riveted in traditional style and the Greens are situated in natural promontories and valleys. This is an exceptional golf links which will, no doubt, host major events in the future.



Carnoustie & North East – Murcar – 6504yds      Par 71

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Murcar golf links has seen players playing the course since the 16th century. Together with Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay, this area of East Scotland offers the ideal experience for Links Golf.

Murcar was voted Scotlands course of the year in 2007 and is consistently in the top 100 courses in the UK.




Cruden Bay

Carnoustie & North East – Cruden Bay- 6395 yds – Par 70

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It is claimed that golf was played in the village of Cruden Bay as early as 1791. The present layout of the course is as a result of it being redeveloped in 1926. Many of Tom Morris’s original green sites and basic routing are still in evidence. Cruden Bay is one of the best links courses in Scotland, confirmed by the fact that it is ranked in the top 40 courses in Britain and in the top 100 courses in the World by ‘Golf World’ and Golf Magazine’.

The course creates unique challenges demanding the skills of power, placement and fine judgement upon the discerning golfer. Set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views, your visit to Cruden Bay Golf Course will be a most memorable one.

Tom Watson said…. “It is a Jewel. A true links… a true pleasure”




Carnoustie & North East – Monifieth – 6655 yds – Par 71

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The date of origin for Monifieth Links is 1845,  and Monifieth Medal Course is one of the oldest courses in Scotland.

Monifieth offers the golfer a fantastic day out, only four miles from Carnoustie and half an hour away from St. Andrews. The Traditional Links offers two courses, The Medal and The Ashludie, both of which are consistantly in excellent condition all year round.

The Medal Links was an Open Championship qualifying venue for the 1999 Open Championship; however both courses offer a very unique Links experience, as like some holes on Carnoustie, the courses have tree-lined fairways on some holes.

You will be following in the footsteps of Tom Watson who enjoyed his first experience of a links golf course at Monifieth a week before he won his first Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Monifieth has courses not to be missed when staying in the Carnoustie / St Andrews area.

Blairgowrie Rosemount

Carnoustie & North East – Blairgowrie Rosemount- 6630 yds – Par 72

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Designed by James Braid with influences from Dr. Alistair McKenzie, the renowned architect of the Augusta National course, Rosemount has played host to a number of prestigious professional and amateur tournaments.

It was the scene of Greg Norman’s first European Tour victory in the 1977 Martini event. The more forgiving fairways are compensated with larger and more undulating greens than its younger neighbour, giving the golfer a testing but rewarding challenge.

The Rosemount Course was described by Tom Morris as, “The most beautiful inland green I have ever seen”


Carnoustie & North East – Panmure – 6495 yds – Par 72

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Panmure is one of the oldest clubs in the world, having been formed in 1845.
Originally at Monifieth, it moved to Barry in 1899.

It is a traditional links course, adjacent to the world renowned Carnoustie Championship Links.

A nerve testing and adventurous links course which runs alongside The Carnoustie Links. This course features Ben Hogan’s favourite golf hole which is the dog leg 6th.

Golfers visiting Carnoustie Links should consider playing this course which is a qualifier for The Open.


Carnoustie & North East – Montrose – 6525 yds – Par 71

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An Open Championship qualifier the 1562 Course has been described as “a magnificent stretch of marvellously 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 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 1562 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. 


Carnoustie & North East – Downfield – 6822 yds – Par 73

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Downfield Golf Club, set in beautiful parkland in the city of Dundee, has been described by Paul Lawrie (1999 Open Champion) as ‘one of the finest inland courses in Britain’.

Combining wonderful scenery with the natural wildlife of squirrels, water fowl, buzzards and deer, Downfield offers a truly challenging and enjoyable experience to all golfers regardless of their abilities.

In 2016, Downfield was chosen as a qualifying course for the Senior Open which was played at Carnoustie. In the past, it has also played host to other prestigious events such as the Scottish PGA Open, the SPGA Masters, Scottish Amateur Championship 2014 and the UK Girls Home Internationals. It was also the venue for the 1999 and 2007 Open Qualifying stage.  When visiting our local golfing greats, St Andrews and Carnoustie, you are never more than 25 minutes from Downfield, so don’t miss out on adding this great course to your visit. It is an inland gem no visitor should miss.

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