Carnoustie Golf Links has been home to the British Open Championship 7 times and hosted the Seniors Open and the Women’s British Open. It’s also one of the awesome courses that we get to play on our British Open tour.
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.
This course, acknowledged as one of the toughest in the world is always exposed to the elements. But unlike most firm, fast, sand-based links, Carnoustie doesn’t march out in one direction, then backtrack on the inward nine. Its holes change direction constantly. No more than two in a row face the same angle to the wind.
Its bunkers, as at most Scottish links, have vertical revetted walls of turf, but some aren’t ovals. They twist and turn, distorting their walls into canted, even convex faces. Braid bunkers, locals call those concoctions, after their author, architect James Braid. To whet your appetite, view a flyover of the holes on the Championship Course click here