Another city managed municipal course, like The Old Course in St Andrews, Carnoustie is one of the most difficult golf courses in the world. The course dates back to the 1500's, but was most recently redesigned by Old Tom Morris and James Braid. Frequently called "evil", "monstrous" and "brutal", Carnoustie was the site of Ben Hogan's only Open appearance and victory, and the first of Tom Watson's five Open victories. The 1999 Open staged the famed “les miserables” by Jean Van de Velde, and a victory by local player Paul Lawrie. The 2007 Open Championship was won by Padraig Harrington in a playoff over Sergio Garcia, and is known for hard fairways and unusually fast greens. This course is most evil when the wind picks up, and the distances to the many creeks (burn's) are hard to judge. Holes 15 through 18 are perhaps the toughest finishing holes in the world, with the Barry Burn crossing the fairways enough to catch at least one of your shots. When these links are in good condition, there is an endless array of shots required to tame the "beast". If there was ever a course that requires a caddie, this is it! There is no practice range but the new Welcome Center with Pro Shop and small café is quite functional, as is the pub next door in the hotel. The course is located on Links Parade along the beach in Carnoustie, about 45 minutes north of St Andrews (if not delayed by traffic or the rail line – so allow an hour drive). This course is ranked #25 in The Golf Magazine World Top 100.
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