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Carnoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie Golf Links Scotland

Since the early 1500s, golf has been played on the links. Up to the turn of the 20th century, it was developed into the course we use today, and little has changed since then. The club is most notable for hosting The Open seven times, most recently in 2018 when Francesco Molinari of Italy secured victory.

The Par 5 sixth hole, “Hogans Alley,” is one of the course’s most well-known holes. Ben Hogan’s sole trip to the UK was for the 1953 Open Championship, during which he navigated each of the four days’ tee shots within a little area of land between the out-of-bounds posts and the deep penalising bunkers.

Carnoustie is, to put it mildly, a hard and demanding course, but it’s also a really fun one.  It will put a smile on your face, give you butterflies in your tummy, and has beautiful scenery 

A Brief History of Carnoustie Golf Links

The origin of the name "Barry Links" for the golf course that is currently known as Carnoustie Golf Links dates back to the 16th century. But, golf wasn't played frequently on the links until the middle of the 19th century.

James Brown, a local hotelier, started constructing holes on the course for guests to play in 1850. Old Tom Morris and James Braid, among other renowned golf architects, contributed to the course's expansion and improvement over time.

Over the past century, Carnoustie gained renown by staging a number of important competitions, including the Open Championship, the Senior Open Championship, and the Women's British Open. The Open Championship has taken place on this course several times, most recently in 2018 when Italian golfer Francesco Molinari emerged as the champion.

Course Design at Coursernoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie Golf features three 18-hole courses: the Championship Course, the Burnside Course, and the Buddon Links Course. 

The closing three holes at Carnoustie Links are known around the world as being among the most difficult links golf tests you will ever play. The “Barry Burn” meanders across the final stretch of this Par 72, 6945-yard course, which includes a lengthy par 3 and two challenging par 4 holes. That is therefore sufficient to put even the best golfer to their knees. It is regarded as one of the most difficult courses in the world and has witnessed many dramatic moments in the history of major championships.

The halfway house behind the 10th green is a great place to refuel and every golfer should stop there to have one of their renowned pies!

Both the Burnside Course and the Buddon Links Course are outstanding golf courses in and of themselves, providing a more forgiving design for players of all abilities. Each course provides challenging shot-making possibilities as well as breathtaking views of the Scottish shoreline.

Facilities and Amenities

The recently constructed Links House add to the eye-pleasing aesthetic experience that makes Carnoustie feel so pleasant. Carnoustie Golf Links is home to first-rate facilities of the highest calibre.

A bag drop area, a practice putting green, a practice chipping area, and the 5-Hole Nestie Course are among them. Anybody can use these to hone their skills.

Moreover, there are the Professional Shop, Indoor Performance Center, The Caddiemaster, and locker rooms and changing facilities. The Golf Operations Team may answer any questions at the Guest Relations Desk.

The Rookery, a gorgeous restaurant featuring the best local fare from the land and sea, is available for your refreshment and eating needs. It has panoramic views of the golf courses and the waters of Carnoustie Bay.

Fees at Carnoustie Golf Links 2024

Single Rounds 2023 Prices 


The Championship

The Burnside

The Buddon

31st March to 30th April




1st May to 15th October




16th October to 31st October





(14yrs-18yrs inclusive)

All year





(13yrs or younger)

All year




Looking to play more than one round? Find out about their special multi-round options.

SPECIAL OFFERS + Further Information + Additional Fees



Per Day

Per Round

Push Trolley Hire


PowaKaddy Hire


TaylorMade Club Hire*



Single Bag – £70

Fore Caddying

  • 4 Golfers – £120
  • 3 Golfers – £100
  • 2 Golfers – £90*Women’s & Men’s left & right-handed sets available, including a sleeve of golf balls.


GENERAL NOTICE: The handicap limit for Men is 28 and for Ladies 36

Membership at Golspie Golf Club

There are season tickets available for juniors & seniors who stay in the Angus region but there is a waiting list as it is very popular.

Where is Carnoustie Golf Links?

This is located in Angus, Scotland, about 12 miles east of Dundee and approximately 1 hr north of St Andrews and 1 hr south of Aberdeen. If you’re driving, take the A92 from Dundee and follow the signs to Carnoustie. Carnoustie Station, which is just a short taxi ride or a 10-minute walk from the course is the closest train station you can use.

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