A quick 9 golf facts about Carnoustie golf course

9th Aug, 2021 by The Caddie

9 quick golf facts about Carnoustie golf course to help book your golf break. Carnoustie is situated in Angus, Scotland, just north of Dundee. It is best known for the Carnoustie Golf Links, more specifically the Championship Course.

Often ranked as one the best golf courses in the world and the ultimate test of links golf, Carnoustie Championship Course has hosted : 

  • The Open on eight occasions 
  • The Women’s Open 
  • The Senior Open Championship,  

On several occasions being part of the trio of courses used for the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. 

A quick 9 golf facts about Carnoustie Golf course 

1. The first indication that golf was being played in Carnoustie can be found in the Parish Records of 1560 when the game of “gowff” was mentioned and there is every indication that the game has played an important part in the town’s life ever since. 

2. The name Carnoustie probably derives from two Scandinavian nouns, “car” meaning rock and “noust” meaning “bay”. 

3. The Carnoustie course originally consisted of 10 holes, laid out by Allan Robertson, the greatest golfer of his time. Old Tom Morris extended the course to 18 holes but it was not until 1926, when the great James Braid was brought in to oversee sweeping changes, that the course became ready to receive The Open Championship https://www.theopen.com/. 

4. The tree on the crest of Carnoustie is now considered to be The Dibble Tree, found in the centre of the town. The Dibble Tree is over 200 years old and the town is said to have been built around it. 

5. Carnoustie has hosted The Open Championship on eight occasions, most recently in 2018 with champions including Francesco Molinari, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Tom Watson, Gary Player and Ben Hogan. 

6. There are three courses that makeup Carnoustie Golf Links: the Championship Course, Burnside Course and Buddon Course. 

7. Links House officially opened in 2018, providing a world-class facility for members and visitors pre- and post-round including The Rookery [https://www.therookerycarnoustie.com/] – the destination restaurant with panoramic views of the golf courses and the sea, serving the very best local produce from the land & sea. 

8. Carnoustie co-hosts the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with the Old Course St Andrews and Kingsbarns. Tommy Fleetwood shot the current course record – 63 – at the event in 2017. 

9. The Barry Burn weaves its way through the Carnoustie courses and is probably one of the most famous water hazards in golf, especially after The Open in 1999 when Jean van de Velde found difficulty with the burn. 

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