Carnoustie Golf Links is the self-proclaimed home to “Golf’s Greatest Test” and a must-play course for any discerning golf fan. Carnoustie has hosted no fewer than eight Open Championships (most recently in 2018), one Women’s British Open and two Senior Opens – making it one of the select few courses to have done so.

Golf has been played at this links since 1560. When the Carnoustie Golf Club was formed in 1839 the course consisted of just 10 holes, laid out by pioneering golf professional, Allan Robertson. In 1867, Old Tom Morris extended the course to 18 holes, before the great James Braid added championship credentials in 1926.

Course Rankings

World’s Top 100: 43
Britain’s Top 100: 14
Scotland’s Top 100: 7

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Carnoustie has served up some of the most enigmatic moments in golfing history. Ben Hogan completing the Triple Crown of majors in a single season back in 1953. Yani Tseng winning back-to-back at the Women’s British Open in 2011, en route to becoming the youngest player, male or female, to win five majors.

But foremost among them has to be Jean Van de Velde’s collapse at the 1999 Open Championship. His infamous wade into the Barry Burn all but overshadowed the victory of deserving Scotsman, Paul Lawrie. If you can keep your feet dry, you will have fun treading in the footsteps of golf’s greats at Carnoustie.