Carnoustie Golf Links
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Golf has been played over the links at Carnoustie since the 1500’s but the present course came into being in 1850 when it was designed by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. Some 20 years later the legendary Old Tom Morris improved and extended the course to 18 holes and in 1926 the famous architect James Braid redesigned the Championship course extensively. Braid’s work was universally acclaimed, but it was still felt that Carnoustie Championship course had a weak finish. Prior to the 1937 Open Championship the final 3 holes at Carnoustie were redesigned by James Wright, a local man, and he produced what has come to be regarded as the toughest finishing stretch in golf. The 250yd, par three sixteenth can sometimes require a driver depending on the wind direction. The Barry Burn then snakes across two enormously challenging par 4’s- famously reducing Jean Van de Velde to his bare feet in 1999, as he incredibly blew a three shot lead on the final hole. The quality of the putting surfaces here are second to none, and are considered amongst the best in Scotland each and every year. This fact has been confirmed by the R&A’s agronomy team. Its historical merit combined with excellent conditioning of the course has resulted in Carnoustie hosting no less than eight Open Championships.