Length: 6,941 yards (6,347m)
Architect: Allan Robertson, Old Tom Morris, Willie Park Jr., James Braid
Carnoustie is considered the hardest course on The Open rota, and one of the toughest golfing challenges in the world. Yet, that is this great course’s attraction. After years in the Open wilderness, Carnoustie returned in 1999 and spectacularly tested some of the world’s greatest golfers with Paul Lawrie claiming a memorable victory for Scotland.
While essentially flat, Carnoustie’s 6,941 yards reward accurate play. Each of the 18 holes present a challenge and most hazards are located to punish a shot that is just slightly off the mark.
The finish is particularly tough. The 14th boasts the intimidating ‘Spectacles’ bunkers – if entered they’re difficult to exit. At the 18th the sinuous Barry Burn is the riveting element which must be crossed twice to reach home in safety.
Carnoustie is a links with an allure like no other.