With a links as famous as Carnoustie, where do you begin. The history? The famous battles for the Claret Jug? The fearsome reputation? Or do you talk about the whole package and how one of the world’s most famous courses embraces the future?
Carnoustie lies on Scotland’s stunning east coast. Golf has been played here since the 1500s. The present course came into being in 1850 and was designed by Alan Robertson. Later architects included Old Tom Morris and most famously, James Braid. There have been further changes over the decades, with James Wright creating the famous and feared final three holes in 1937, but it is Braid’s name mostly closely associated with a links that has hosted the Open Championship eight times. It remains at the top of every golfer’s bucket list and after the drama of the last three Opens to be held here (1999, 2007, 2018), is it any wonder!
As you journey through the course, you will understand its charm as a golfing venue, vistas from the tees and fairways which confound, temp and please you. Culminating in the last five holes better known as the finest finish in golf anywhere in the world. As well as being the finest, Carnoustie presents without doubt the ultimate toughest finish in Championship Golf. You will step off this course wearing your round like a badge of honour, leaving you knowing that not only have you done it, but have truly lived it.
Every step is worth savouring, experiencing this old links will bring you the same delight in the challenges of this incredible course that have tested golfers for hundreds of years, encountering unique features and hazards synonymous and unique to these famous Scottish links. Carnoustie is wonderfully exposed to the elements, with wind directions designed to keep you thinking each step of the way.
The course needs little introduction – the greats rarely do – but not many golfers appreciate that Carnoustie has two other courses: The Budden and The Burnside and along with the impressive new clubhouse, Links House, on the 1st hole, Carnoustie has become a searingly attractive destination that caters to every golfer. One exceptional addition within that clubhouse is the high-tech indoor performance centre where you can replicate the exact course conditions outside so you can enjoy the ultimate warm up inside… and have no excuses when you step onto the 1st tee of the deservedly awarded World’s Best Golf Course in 2019.
Once you’re done, after you’ve stepped off the exceptional 18th and added up the scores, the Rookery Restaurant and Bar offers a panoramic view of the course and a meal to revitalise the soul. Look over a course of legends and relive a day that will stay with you forever. Savour the birdies and even the pars and chalk it down in the memory bank that you’ve just played one of the most memorable courses in the world.
That’s worth bragging about.