Panmure Golf Club
St Andrews, Scotland
Panmure Golf Club overview
Panmure Golf Club was founded in 1845 and members played on the nine holes of Monifieth Links, which were extended in 1880 to create the Medal Course at Monifieth. Due to the popularity of the game, Panmure moved sites completely in 1899 to where it is today, inland just 2 miles from Carnoustie and 20 miles from St Andrews.
The same contractor that built the St Andrews New and Muirfield courses, both of which are Old Tom Morris layouts, was brought in to create the new Panmure course, which was subsequently re-designed by James Braid in 1922. As you would expect from one of Scotland’s grand old courses, Panmure has hosted many championships over the years and held Open Championship Final Qualifying multiple times. Golfing historians will know that this was a special place for Ben Hogan.
Panmure Golf Course overview
Although located inland from Monifieth and Carnoustie, Panmure has all the characteristics of a championship links. A par-70 and measuring just over 6500 yards off the championship tees, the course starts off gently before opening up beyond the pine forest, with hillocks and heather providing the same challenge as sand dunes.
On relatively flat land and an easy walk, the best stretch of holes is either side of the turn. Panmure is a really pure course with excellent greens and consistently ranks amongst Scotland’s top 40.
It has to be number 6, a 414-yard par-4 called ‘Hogan’. You’ll see why when you read below.
Did You Know?
Ben Hogan spent two weeks at Panmure in preparation for the 1953 Open Championship at Carnoustie, getting used to the terrain, fast greens and tight lies. This was his only Open and he went on to win the Claret Jug by four shots, setting a course record of 68 in the final round. His one recommended improvement to Panmure was to add a bunker in front of the 6th green, which just shows how great the course was and is today. Unsurprisingly the 6th was renamed ‘Hogan’.
Accommodation near Panmure Golf Club
Fairmont St Andrews
Fairmont St Andrews is a beautiful 5-star resort just 3 miles outside the town of St Andrews with two championship clifftop golf courses onsite – the Torrance and the Kittocks.