|11th green at Monifieth|
|12th hole Panmure|
Day two heralded a late tee time on Panmure. Panmure can date its history back 1845 and has the odd splattering of Royal blood thrown into the mix for good measure. Probably due to fighting the English...... but thats another story. Not your typical links course, but definitely with links features, in fact it is about a mile from the sea but still retains its 'links' charm. The clubhouse has been designed with wood panelling and a trophy cabinet to die for. An established membership who opened their arms and welcomed us into the fold. Even playing late in the day and mixing with a local school taking lessons on the course we were made to feel at home
Well into the competition, the leaders were starting to break away and hold their nerve. The beauty of the stableford format coming into play for many of us allowed the odd blow up hole, or in my case few holes. With friendly banter and camaraderie a-plenty the week was starting to shape up into a great experience.
|2nd hole Montrose Medal|
Finals day and being the first tee time really helped as we only got caught in the final few holes with the rain. An amazing course to test the final day nerves (for the winners anyway!), otherwise just play each hole as it comes and enjoy this wonderful links course. Staying 'on-site' at the Carnoustie Hotel helped for the final day, especially in light of the turn in the weather, and like all links courses, weather does make a difference!
A couple of holes of note - Hogans Alley (6th) aptly named after Hogan drove day after day in the Open to the narrow stretch of fairway between the bunker and out of bounds to put him in A1 position.
The infamous Barry Burn 16th hole is a test towards the end of the round and one which has no room for complacency. Looking fairly inconspicuous, but don't be fooled.
It would be rude to not mention Simpsons of Carnoustie. Simpsons is the second oldest golf shop in the world and is located opposite the Carnoustie Hotel. Opened in 1883 and still to this day selling a variety of golfing products a trip into the shop doesn't so much as transport you back in time, more opening its arms to you as a golfer. It has little features to make your step over the threshold worthwhile - check out the bag tags hanging from the ceiling from all over the world. The Simpsons family are what made golf so great, from Jack winning the Open in 1884, to Robert finishing 4th twice and was joint runner up in 1893 as well as assisting Old Tom Morris in the redesign of the Carnoustie Championship Course. You can imagine dinner was a lively one at their table in the evening after a round of golf and a few tots of whisky- poor Mrs Simpson - I hope she played!
It is true Carnoustie is the course best known for the area and the one which brings in the golfers - and it is a great course, but there are so many other great courses in the area too. Why not let us help you out with a few more choices to really make your Carnoustie Country visit a trip to remember.
In association with Angus Council and the four golf clubs the Carnoustie Classic will be available to play again next May 2015, Interested?
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to Angus Council who hosted us for the Classic and much more.
to Arnold Clark who provided us with a nippy Renault to enable us to really enjoy the area and not be late for the golf (might have failed on that one, but I cant blame Arnold Clark for that!)
to the four golf courses mentioned for letting us play your amazing golf courses and making us feel welcome