Natural layout of Carnoustie Golf Links

The Great Carnoustie

December 18, 2017
Open Championship

Carnoustie Golf Links, the site of the 147th Open Championship (July 15-22, 2018) is often referred to as “Car-Nasty”.

For good reason, too.

Universally regarded as one of the strongest links course designs in the world, Carnoustie is not all that visually appealing and its menacing bunkers will gobble up balls faster than those tractors at a driving range. Some of the bunkers are insanely deep and cavernous.

“It’s probably the best bunkered course that you’ll find anywhere in the world,” says Ernie Els.

That said, Carnoustie really becomes “Car-Nasty” when the wind starts howling and you almost need a calculator to tally up your score. The last four holes are brutal, which rewards spectators with wild and crazy finishes if the  scoring is close.

Who can forget Frenchman Jean Van de Velde’s epic meltdown in 1999 at the Open at Carnoustie? They almost began etching his name on the Claret jug when he started making bad decisions and ridiculous shots.

Designed by Allan Robertson and opened as a 10-hole layout in 1842, Carnoustie was expanded to 18 holes by Old Tom Morris in 1857. When people talk a Carnoustie, they’re generally talking about the Championship course. The complex also has two other 18-hole layouts—the Burnside and Buddon.

Located about an hour’s drive north of St. Andrews in Angus, Scotland, Carnoustie has hosted the Open Championship seven times as well as a Ladies Open and two Senior Opens.

The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie will be very spectator friendly with a Spectator Village with large screen televisions, food and beverage stations and a dedicated kids play area. Other appealing elements include “Free Golf Lessons” by a team of expert PGA Professionals at Swingzone and the HSBC Golf Zone, where you can test your golf skills with a chance to win prizes.

Premier Golf is experienced at taking clients to the Open Championship with attention to detail and a keen knowledge of Carnoustie and the St Andrews area.