The relaxed format of the Dunhill Championship allows some of the world’s best players to sample the links golf courses that bring tens of thousands of golfing visitors to Scotland every year. The first of these is the Open Championship venue of Carnoustie Golf Links famous for producing recent Open Champions of Scotland’s Paul Lawrie in 1999 and Ireland’s three-time major winner Padraig Harrington in 2007.
For visiting golfers and professionals alike the nickname ‘Carnasty’ proves the course is demanding and respected. The Championship course is long and very difficult but offers a real example of an Open Championship test of golf. For a hole by hole guide read Graylyn Loomis’ course review here.
How easy is the course to play?
Arguably the easiest Open Championship course to tee it up on based on availability and affordability. With three courses member tee times usually don’t restrict visitor play, the booking process is straight forward and can be done online.. Finally the price outwith St Andrews is the best of all Scottish Open Championship venues at £180. As always plan ahead but unlike the Troon or Muirfield you could find yourself as a walk up getting a tee time. Considering the accessibility of the course and the lower priced green fee of some of the other Open rota courses this is the course you must visit if this ‘Play a British Open Championship Golf Course is on your Scotland bucket list.
Based around 40 minutes from St Andrews visiting golfers often visit Carnoustie from their base at The Home of Golf or ‘hit’ it on the way up north towards Aberdeen. For other great links courses visit www.carnousitecountry.com which has a directory of golf and accommodation for the Carnousite region.
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