Following in the footsteps of Champions – Carnoustie Country

Whether you are looking to take on the challenge of the Carnoustie Championship Open Venue Course; the historic Open qualifying courses at Montrose, Monifieth and Panmure or are simply looking for a few relaxing rounds, there are around 30 golf courses in the “Carnoustie Country destination” that will ensure you have a memorable golfing break. For more details please visit Golf Courses, visit website

Carnoustie Championship Links

It is a matter of historic record that golf has been played at Carnoustie since the early 16th century. In 1890, the 14th Earl of Dalhousie, sold the links to the municipality. It had no funds to acquire the property but this was resolved through public fundraising with the proceeds donated to the local authority. The original ten hole course, which crossed and recrossed the Barry Burn; was designed by Allan Robertson, assisted by Old Tom Morris, and opened in 1842. The coastal railway from Dundee to Arbroath opened in 1838 and brought an influx of golfers from as far afield as Edinburgh. This led to a complete restructuring of the course, extended in 1867 by Old Tom Morris (assisted by Robert Simpson) to the 18 holes which had by then become standardised. Two additional courses have since been added: the Burnside Course and the shorter though equally testing Buddon Links.

Carnoustie first hosted The Open in 1931, after modifications to the course by James Braid in 1926. The winner then was Tommy Armour, from Edinburgh. Open winners at Carnoustie include Henry Cotton of England in 1937, Ben Hogan of the USA in 1953, Gary Player of South Africa in 1968,Tom Watson of the USA in 1975, Paul Lawrie of Scotland in 1999 and Pádraig Harrington of Ireland in 2007. The last three championships were all won in playoffs.

The Championship course was modified significantly (but has kept its routing used since 1926) prior to the 1999 Open, with all bunkers being rebuilt, many bunkers both added and eliminated, many green complexes expanded and enhanced, and several new tees being built. A large hotel was also built behind the 18th green of the Championship course. visit website

Montrose Golf Links (Fifth oldest golf course in the world)

It is known that golf has been played on the links of Montrose for more than four hundred and fifty years making it one of the very earliest and important venues in the history of the Royal and Ancient game.

To a young Montrose lad by the name of James Melvill goes the credit for recording the existence of golf at Montrose as early as 1562, more than twenty years before Mary Queen of Scots, golf’s first lady player, met her unfortunate demise. James Melvill was a gifted lad who entered St Andrews University when only 15 with not only academic gifts but a keen interest in golf.

His diary records that while he was a boy in Montrose he was taught from the age of 6 to play many different sports including archery “and how to use the glubb for goff”. James was born in 1556 so it is established that the game was being played in the town on, and very probably well before, 1562. visit website

Monifieth Golf Club

Monifieth is a thriving community situated at the mouth of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland. Lying between Dundee and Carnoustie, it is in the heart of an area famed for beautiful and challenging golf courses.

Golf has been played at Monifieth since the mid 19th. Century and the Monifieth Golf Club is the oldest club still playing over the Links. visit website

Panmure Golf Club

We are very proud of our traditions, our Clubhouse and, most of all, our Golf Course which combines the best elements of links and heath. With tight fairways, challenging carries and compact, undulating greens, it is admired by visitors from home and overseas. Old Scots pines and sandhills forged by nature give the terrain an enduring quality in keeping with its long history. visit website