Scotland’s Great Finishing Holes – Part 1

2nd Jul, 2021 by The Caddie

The Caddie has put together a two-part guide to Scotland’s Great Finishing Holes – Part 1. Read on for the first six in this two-part series:

Carnoustie Championship

Carnoustie, Championship, Par 4, 444 Yards

First on our list for Scotland’s Great Finishing Holes is Carnoustie. If you want a measure of the 18th at Carnoustie, ask Padraig Harrington, who won The Open in 2007. The Irishman called it “the toughest finishing hole in championship golf” and “one of those holes that keep you awake at night”. You’ve got OOB left, water left, water right, water short, OOB beyond the green, deep bunkers, thick rough. It’s as tough as it gets.
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Castle Stuart Golf Links

Castle Stuart, Par 5, 595 Yards

In little over a decade, Castle Stuart has cemented itself as one of Scotland’s top golf courses – and, with a finishing hole as spectacular as its 18th, it’s little wonder. A long par-5 that plays back along the elevated portion of the course towards the eye-catching art deco clubhouse, it offers magnificent views of the Moray Firth, Black Isle and Kessock Bridge towards Inverness.
How would you fare?

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Leven Links, Par 4, 456 Yards

Without question, the 18th at Leven Links is one of the finest holes in Scottish golf. Two well-struck shots into the prevailing wind are required to reach a large green, fronted by railway sleepers and perched just beyond the wide, serpentine Scoonie Burn, which snakes around the right and front of the putting surface.
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Trump International
Trump International Golf Links Scotland, Par 5, 651 Yards

The enormous 18th at Trump Aberdeen is one of those holes you either love or hate – but there’s no denying that it is simply spectacular. The hole features no less than 18 bunkers, two natural ponds, steep dunes, gnarly rough and, when you finally get there, a long green covered with subtle borrows.
Now, this is quite a way to end your golf break.

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North Berwick West Links
West Links North Berwick, Par 4, 277 Yards

A quirky way to finish a quirky round, it’s possible to score pretty much everything from a one to a ten on 18 at the West Links. At only 277 yards from the back tee, big-hitters will fancy their chances of driving the green. However, with its raised profile, holding the putting surface with your tee shot is far from easy, and you could leave yourself a tricky pitch. And that’s to say nothing of the line of parked cars that runs all the way down the right side.
This is one of those must-play before you die golf holes.

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Dumbarnie Links
Dumbarnie Links, Par 4, 497 Yards

Our final entry on our Scotland’s Great Finishing Holes list, Dumbarnie Links. Scotland’s newest golf course has a suitably brilliant final hole that is destined to stage drama galore in the years to come. A dog-leg from left to right, the fairway swings around a vast dune on the right-hand side that you absolutely must avoid with your tee shot. You can then chase one down onto a large green that sits in front of the bold new clubhouse. Be careful, though; there are lots of subtle slopes and run-offs that can quickly extinguish any hopes you might be harbouring of finishing in style.
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