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Carnoustie

Carnoustie Championship Course Background

The Championship Course at Carnoustie has hosted the Open Championship on seven occasions and will do so again in 2018. It is probably the most difficult course on the open rota, and if you have any weaknesses in your golf game, Carnoustie will expose them. An authentic feel of a Championship Links layout awaits visitors to this famous Angus Links.

1st Hole : Cup – Par 4

The opening hole offers a gentle start to your round. Favour the left side of the fairway from the tee to find the best angle into the green.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 354
Yellow 389
White 401
Par 4
Stroke Index 10

2nd Hole : Gulley – Par 4

A long, straight drive is required here to leave a mid-iron into a green fully 6o yards in length. Selecting the correct club for your approach shot is crucial.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 382
Yellow 407
White 435
Par 4
Stroke Index 4

3rd Hole : Jockie’s Burn – Par 4

A tee shot onto the fairway should leave a short iron into the green. Any miss-hit short will end up in Jockie’s Burn immediately in front of the putting surface.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 318
Yellow 331
White 351
Par 4
Stroke Index 14

4th Hole : Hilocks – Par 4

One of the shorter par 4s on the course and a possible birdie chance. A good drive will be rewarded with a straightforward approach shot into the only double green on the course.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 358
Yellow 364
White 375
Par 4
Stroke Index 16

5th Hole : Brae – Par 4

A ditch 280 yards from the tee awaits the big hitters on this dog-leg hole. The two-tiered green is best accessed from the left half of the fairway.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 350
Yellow 369
White 387
Par 4
Stroke Index 12

6th Hole : Hogan’s Alley – Par 5

Originally named ‘Long’ but officially renamed in 2003 to recognise Ben Hogan’s feat in his only Open Championship appearance in 1953. Be aware of Jockie’s Burn on your second shot as it bites into the fairway on the right.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 485
Yellow 500
White 520
Par 5
Stroke Index 2

7th Hole : Plantation – Par 4

Premium on the tight tee shot here with out of bounds on the left and bunkers ready to catch a pushed tee shot on the right. Once on the fairway a straight forward approach shot awaits.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 350
Yellow 373
White 394
Par 4
Stroke Index 8

8th Hole : Short – Par 3

Carnoustie’s first par 3 and it is well worth the wait. A mid iron to an elevated green with two bunkers on each side. Normally played in a cross wind, long is better than short.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 133
Yellow 157
White 167
Par 3
Stroke Index 18

9th Hole : Railway – Par 4

A tee shot onto the fairway avoiding the numerous bunkers is a good start here. A long, difficult approach shot to a well-protected green will follow.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 402
Yellow 416
White 413
Par 4
Stroke Index 3
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10th Hole : South America – Par 4

Shares its name with the adjacent 4th hole on the Burnside Course. Anything other than a fine tee shot will probably require a lay-up for your second shot as the Barry Burn runs across the fairway 40 yards short of the green. A bogey 5 here is not a disaster.

A bogey 5 here is not a disaster.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 332
Yellow 417
White 446
Par 4
Stroke Index 3

11th Hole : John Philp – Par 4

Two good shots may well lead to a birdie here. A tee shot between the bunkers will leave a short iron to the green which slopes from back to front.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 330
Yellow 351
White 362
Par 4
Stroke Index 15

12th Hole : Southward Ho – Par 5

From the tee, avoiding the two fairway bunkers on the right is paramount. Approach shots must be thread between the bunkers short of the green. A lay-up short could still yield your last realistic chance of a birdie.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 395
Yellow 407
White 479
Par 5
Stroke Index 9

13th Hole : Whins – Par 3

A tee shot into the middle of the green, regardless of the pin placement, is never a bad play here as an up and down from any of the green side bunkers is an arduous task.https://youtu.be/LDCjtW75bcE

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 118
Yellow 141
White 161
Par 3
Stroke Index 17

14th Hole : Spectacles – Par 5

Drive to avoid bunkers and whins on the left. The ‘spectacles’ are a no-go area so lay up short of them if you are in any doubt. Hitting the green in two may be rewarded with a birdie.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 440
Yellow 459
White 476
Par 5
Stroke Index 1

15th Hole : Lucky Slap – Par 4

Probably the most exacting par 4 on the course. Two long and accurate shots are required to reach the green in regulation. If you have to lay-up, do so well away from the bunkers on the right.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 418
Yellow 437
White 459
Par 4
Stroke Index 7

16th Hole : Barry Burn – Par 3

Tom Watson failed to make a par here during his Open Championship victory in 1975. Most of the trouble is at the front so take plenty of club is the best advice here.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 212
Yellow 235
White 245
Par 3
Stroke Index 13

17th Hole : Island – Par 4

A formidable par 4 which requires a drive onto the right- hand side of the island part of the hole. From here, a long second shot into a well-protected green awaits.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 374
Yellow 421
White 433
Par 4
Stroke Index 5

18th Hole : Home – Par 4

As difficult a finishing hole as you will find anywhere. It denied Johnny Miller (1975) and then Jean van de Velde (1999) of Open Championship glory. Remember, the Barry Burn runs in front of the green here so don’t be short with your approach.

Course Yardage
Ladies (Red Tees) 383
Yellow 421
White 444
Par 4
Stroke Index 11
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