European Tour's toughest holes in Scotland

2017 01 Carnoustie Beef
• Three of four toughest European Tour holes in 2016 in Scotland
• The tenth hole at Carnoustie is also ranked No.10 out of 18
• But the easiest hole in 2016 was also in the Home of Golf

EUROPEAN TOUR | SCOTTISH GOLF

Three of the four toughest holes on the European Tour in 2016 were on Scottish courses, it has been revealed.


Fifty events took place on the European Tour with six Scottish courses used – Castle Stuart (Scottish Open), Royal Troon (The Open), Archerfield Links (Paul Lawrie Match Play), Carnoustie, St Andrews Old Course and Kingsbarns Golf Links (all Alfred Dunhill Links Championship).

The European Tour has compiled the 18 toughest holes of the past season, and it’ll likely come as no surprise as to which ones the players struggled with the most.

Read more -> Top 10 Toughest Holes in Scottish Golf

Carnoustie Golf Links

Firstly, in tenth place on the list was the tenth hole at Carnoustie (above) – a 464-yard par-4 which played at a stroke average of 4.52 during this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

But it’s the top four where the Scottish courses really come into their own.

General Views of Royal Troon Golf Course

4 – 11th at Royal Troon


Average: 4.56
Birdies or better: 24
Bogeys or worse: 186
Highest score in 2016: 9

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Day Four

3 – 17th at St Andrews Old Course


Average: 4.62
Birdies or better: 35
Bogeys or worse: 157
Highest score in 2016: 8

2 – 9th at Phoenix Gold Golf Club, Thailand

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Day One

1 – 18th at Carnoustie


Average: 4.67
Birdies or better: 16
Bogeys or worse: 70
Highest score in 2016: 10

However, two of the three easiest holes on the European Tour in 2016 were also in Scotland.

The par-5 ninth at Kingsbarns Golf Links was the third easiest, while the par-5 third at the Fife venue was recognised as the easiest.


European Tour's toughest holes


Have you played any of the holes listed above? If so, can you understand why they're where they are in the list? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.
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