Carnoustie Championship Golf Course is widely recognized as the toughest test in Open Championship golf with a par 72 and an amateur scratch of 75. So allowing for the buffer zone, you can retain your category 1 status without breaking 80! Nearly all handicap golfers will need a few spare shots in the bag for the final five holes.
Playing Carnoustie Golf Course
Formation in 1842 makes Carnoustie one of the ten oldest golf clubs in the world and argueably one of the ten most demanding courses in the world.
Playing from the forward tees will ease the pain a little but even arriving with your best game and the benefit of a fortunate bounce or two, you are unlikely to leave without some bruising. Your final put on the 18th should leave you with the satisfaction of knowing that golf just doesn’t get much harder, nor more rewarding than this.
The course has hosted 7 British Opens dating back to 1931 with the last in 2007 when Padriag Harrington came out champion. And who can forget Scotland’s own Paul Lawrie winning in 1999 where he famously pipped Jean Van Velde in his unfortunate collapse.
The course is an absolute must for those playing golf in Scotland, both from a historic and a challenge to a golfer point of view.
The Course features include:
- A top class Pro Shop
- A welcoming Clubhouse
- An after-round Restaurant
- A Caddie Service
- A standard scratch score of 72 – course record is 64 is shared by Colin Montgomerie, Steve Stricker + 2 others;
- Championship Standard Links course played by some of the most influential golfers of all time; and
- Known to bring on the “Carnoustie Effect”
The British Open Dates and Winners:
- 1931 – Tommy Armour
- 1937 – Henry Cotton
- 1953 – Ben Hogan
- 1968 – Gary Player
- 1975 – Tom Watson
- 1999 – Paul Lawrie
- 2007 – Padraig Harrington
What do the Pro’s think of Carnoustie Golf Course?
Tiger Woods - “The golf course is hard, but it’s fair. I think it’s a fantastic test.”
Phil Mickelson - “I didn’t realise what a wonderful golf course it is. It’s terrific.”
Colin Montgomerie - “One of the toughest and best links courses that we have in the world”
Ernie Els - “It’s got length. It’s got great bunkering. You’ve really got to have your wits with you to play this golf course. It’s probably the best bunkered course that you’ll ever find anywhere in the world.”
Padraig Harrington - “There isn’t a player who didn’t find this course a test and enjoyed that test. Credit to Carnoustie, it’s one of the best in the world”