6945 YARDS – PAR 72 – USGA 75.1
Warm-up swing room, driving nets & putting green
The Championship Course has hosted eight Open Championships, one Women’s British Open and two Seniors Open making it one of the very few to have done so in the UK. It is one of three courses used for the annual Dunhill Links, the others being Kingsbarns and the Old Course in St Andrews.
It’s a regular host to the British Open and has seen winners including Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tom Watson and most recently Padraig Harrington in 2007. But its recent lore belongs to who didn’t win it, Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, after his infamous triple bogey collapse on the 72nd hole in 1999. Play the diabolical 18th yourself however, and it’s easy to sympathize with the Frenchman.
The course is nicknamed “Car-nasty,” due to its famous difficulty, especially under adverse weather conditions. It is considered by many to be the most difficult course in the Open rota, and one of the toughest courses in the world.
“Carnoustie Golf Links is the toughest course anywhere.” – Gary Player