St Andrews, Scotland
Championship Course overview
The name Carnoustie resonates with golfers around the world for its history in hosting The Open. More specifically it is the Championship Course at Carnoustie which is the celebrated course at this links facility. Carnoustie differs from the other links courses on The Open rota as rarely do you have views of the ocean from the course however it is widely regarded as the toughest of The Open Championship venues.
Golfers are recommended to bring their A-game to this links course which measures 6948-yards from the championship tees. Particularly the brutal finishing holes that include a 245-yard par-3 16th followed by two 400-yard plus par-4’s, which have golfers crossing the Barry Burn (a creek that runs through the property) no less than five times.
Due to being located within an easy driving distance of the town of St Andrews, this course proves to be a very popular venue year after year which is aided by the fact tee times are much easier to access than many of the other Open Championship venues. Caddies are also available which we recommend taking as they will certainly enhance the overall experience.
The par-4 18th hole is one of the best finishing holes in golf. Known around the world for the chaos it caused in the final round of the 1999 Open Championship where Jean Van de Velde blew a 3-shot lead to go into a playoff that he lost to Scotland’s Paul Lawrie. The main feature of the hole is the infamous Barry Burn which snakes its way across and adjacent to the fairway, intimidating even the world’s best golfers. A par here is a superb effort.
Accommodation near Championship Course
Six Murray Park
Six Murray Park, with eight beautifully decorated guestrooms, prides itself on being a modern guesthouse whilst maintaining the original theme and traditions of an elegant Victorian townhouse.
The Ardgowan in St Andrews is a 36-room family-run, 3-star hotel in the center of town. A popular spot for golfers, this hotel is just a short walk from the 1st tee of the famed Old Course.
The Rusacks Hotel is one of the best properties in St Andrews. Recently improved to become a 5-star venue and situated overlooking the 18th hole of the Old Course, staying here is a real treat.
Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa
The Carnoustie Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa is beautifully nestled along the seafront offering breath-taking views over the sea and Championship Golf Course.
The Gleneagles Resort
The Gleneagles Resort is a superb 5-star venue in Central Scotland that offers a luxury hotel, stunning private grounds and championship golf courses (King’s Course, Queen’s Course & PGA Centenary Course)
The Kinnettles Hotel is a small, upscale boutique property in the center of St Andrews, giving guests 5-star luxury within walking distance of the world’s most famous golf course, the Old Course.
Old Course Hotel St Andrews
The five-star Old Course Hotel, which runs alongside the renowned 17th ‘Road Hole’ of the Old Course, exudes pure luxury and charm with lavish bedrooms, multiple dining options, and an outstanding Spa.