Panmure - Angus & Dundee - Scotland

Panmure Golf Club,
Barry,
Carnoustie,
DD7 7RT,
Scotland


  • +44 (0)1241 855120

  • Golf Club Website

  • 0.5 mile S of Barry

  • Welcome except Saturday and Tuesday mornings. Contact in advance

  • Joanna Paterson (Club Administrator)

  • James Braid

  • Andrew Crerar


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The Panmure Golf Club was founded in 1845, when seventeen gentlemen met and commissioned Allan Robertson and Alexander Pirie from St Andrews to lay out nine holes in the area of Monifieth. They were paid the princely sum of thirty shillings. A further hole was added in 1851, but discarded twenty years later. 

In 1880, Panmure was extended to eighteen holes, but before the turn of the century, with the number of clubs playing the course increasing, the Panmure Club resolved to move and settled on the present site in Barry in 1899. 

This Open Qualifying course, a few miles south from Carnoustie on the road to Dundee, lies inland from the Monifieth Links, but Panmure has all the characteristics of a championship links. 

There have been changes, and the course has been lengthened from its original design, many of the changes coming from suggestions of James Braid in 1922. 

Ben Hogan spent two weeks on the links prior to the Open at Carnoustie in 1953, getting used to the terrain, tight lies and the 1.62 inch ball. It is even reported he cut the 17th green to his specification, and returned the cleaned mower to the head greenkeeper! He won the Open by four shots, creating a course record with 68 in the final round! 

There is a gentle beginning before Panmure opens up beyond the pine forest. Hillocks and heather present the same challenge as the more traditional sand dunes. The 6th played at an angle is only 387 yards, but the second shot to the raised green poses a stern test. 

The real quality of the course is in the next few holes – so often the case in links golf – either side of the turn. The 7th is the longest par four at 418 yards, the 8th threads between hills and the 10th a long dogleg right, before a change of direction at 11. 12 and 13 are not long, but penalty awaits a wayward shot. 

The longest hole, par five 535 yards 14th, precedes a long par three, 234 yards, and then three par fours, long but fairly straight, takes you home.

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Description: There is a gentle beginning on Panmure Golf Club's Open Qualifying course before it opens up beyond the pine forest. Rating: 5 out of 6

Played Panmure on Sept. 11 and greatly enjoyed it! The wind was ferocious -- right to left and slight into my face on most of the front nine and, thankfully, often at my back on the back nine. As is often said, the middle part of the course is spectacular, with the undulations and dunes, etc. The fairways were in very good shape, as were the greens (which had been verticut recently but to no bad effect). I "loved" the rough ... often billowy and wild and, amusingly, FULL of rabbit holes, etc. (so watch your step, lest ye break an ankle ... better yet, keep it in the short grass). I played alone, late in the day, and it was magical with the shadows, etc.

A real treat and an easy drive from my hotel in Dundee! Highly recommended.

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September 13, 2017


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The start and finish to Panmure is often unfairly labelled pedestrian and whilst the opening three and closing four holes certainly don’t offer the rollickingly good golf that can be found in the heart of the linksland it is far from dull and certainly earned my respect on a recent visit - there are some subtle touches which can easily be missed.

Greenside bunkering at the 302-yard opener is excellent which means if you find yourself just slightly out of position you could easily be fighting for your par on what could, and perhaps should, be an early birdie opportunity. The second is a graceful par-five whilst the third gives us an indication of what is to follow with just a hint of movement in the land as it sweeps to the right.

Jumping forward, the angled 15th is a par-three that might not be visually satisfying but at 234-yards is likely to require a well struck 3-wood or even a driver for most players before the demanding run for home is maintained at 16 and 17; two-shotters that continue to ramp up the pressure on the golfer with a score in his hand or a championship on the line. That strain could easily become too much at the grand closing hole of 462-yards with out-of-bounds lurking ominously down the right. A couple of mighty blows are required to get home in two to a green that sits under the gaze of the striking clubhouse that looms ever nearer over the closing stretch.

Panmure is an understated, discrete, handsome and distinguished links with a certain amount of panache and one that should form an essential part of any golfing itinerary when playing in this part of the country.

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June 09, 2017


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Had plans to play all the Aberdeenshire links courses but visitors were turned away from Royal Aberdeen and Silverburn courses thus had a day to kill. Missed out on Panmure last year in my Angus Links trip so went down for a hit in July 2015. A stock standard opening couple of holes but then get in behind the trees and a rugged little masterpiece opens up. Adjoins Monifieth which was a real surprise packet for me last year and Panmure was equally impressive. Greens were fantastic and the land, whilst not surrounded by massive dunes, had great undulations and just enough height on the small mounding to look fantastic from atop the course at about the 7th tee I think. No sign of the ocean and not really a course full of photo opportunities but a unique atmosphere is created by this crisp, gruff brilliant course.
August 06, 2015


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We had a chance to play Panmure before the Open at St.Andrews on July 17th. The course must be one of the better we have played in recent years. Perfect greens and well maintained fairways with a challaging lay out. If you plan to visit Carnoustie, this course is a must !!!PS, the Station Hotel can also be recommended
July 21, 2015


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Don’t let your first views of the opening and closing holes fool you. The first two holes are quite flat and fairly easy and I am rather puzzled as to how the first, a par four of 289 yards, is rated index 9. As you walk up the second fairway there is a real feeling of the countryside and once you reach the 3rd, you are in a different world with stands of fir trees, gorse-clad dunes and fairways full of bumps and swales.

The 6th is a super hole and is rated index 1. When Ben Hogan practiced here for the 1953 Open, it was this hole which really took his fancy. A draw is needed with the drive followed by a most difficult approach to this 387-yard par four. You hit slightly uphill to an elevated green that is protected by a steep grass-covered dune on the front right.

Hit two good shots on the 12th and it’s an easy hole. First there is a meandering burn that forms an S along the fairway commencing about a hundred yards short of the green and then there is the elevated green with grassy humps and deep pot bunkers nearby.

Panmure is an underrated course. The holes from the 3rd to the 14th especially, are all well-conceived and challenging for even the best of players whilst they are not impossibly difficult for high handicappers. Strategy, rather than brute force, is the order of the day here, particularly from the tee.

This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every Scottish course that he played and featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
March 24, 2015


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Panmure is a treasure not to be missed if you are planning a visit to Angus. We played on a pleasant morning in June and following a fairly late night we were happy to see that the first two holes offered an attractive but gentle start to the round. Panmure Golf Course - Photo by reviewerFrom the 3rd onwards the pace quickens somewhat. The 5th is a good looking par 3 but the 6th which is named after Ben Hogan, is a great hole, bending left to an elevated green it requires two well struck shots to get home. The back nine finishes with a 170 yard Par 3, with a well protected and severely sloping green this hole is pure class. The back nine gets off to a good start with the strong 10th and is soon followed by the superb 12th where you must clear the burn with your approach to another tricky elevated green. The 14th is a picturesque Par 5 and the Par 3 15th at 234 yards must be a real brute into a stiff breeze. The clubhouse is a wonderful old building full of charm and tradition. If you have the time it’s well worth donning your jacket and tie to have a look around the main lounge and dining room. The beech panelling and huge fireplaces give a very comfortable and relaxed feel to this most impressive of interiors. The staff were all very friendly and Andrew the club Pro was kind enough to show us around. A great experience. Brian W
June 22, 2013


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Me and my old man played Panmure on 4/016/12 and agreed that we had never played on a course in such tip-top condition; it really is immaculate from tee to green. I would doubt if there's a course in the UK that currently has truer putting surfaces than Panmure and I've never seen such huge and well manicured fringes/approaches to the greens. There are lots of strong holes and three of them (6, 9 and 12) shoot straight into the shortlist for my favourite 18 holes. If I use Royal Aberdeen GC and Royal Dornoch GC as the "templates" for 6 ball links courses then I would award Panmure a comfortable 5 ball mark; arguably RAGC has more "strength in depth" in terms of championship quality holes and RDGC has more of a "wow" factor. Nevertheless, Panmure is in my top 10 or 12 courses. The clubhouse is traditional and charming and all the staff very pleasant and helpful. An absolutely cracking day out. Derek, Edinburgh,June 2012.
June 07, 2012


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I played Panmure on a rather blustery April day in 2012, with significant wind, intermittent rain and temperatures in the 50F range. These conditions made the course play longer than the "card" distance. Despite the early spring date, I found the conditioning of the course to be first rate. Panmure features a series of consistently strong holes, with several truly excellent holes such as #12. Many challenging approach shots with a strong risk vs. reward relationship. Unlike others, I am not put off by the parkland start and finish, with classic links holes comprising the middle of the layout. Overall, I would say that Panmure deserves more prominence among visitors to Scotland than it may currently enjoy, especially given the green fee rates (below $100) compared to Kingsbarns and several notable newer layouts. The pro shop and clubhouse staffs could not have been more pleasant and accommodating as well. I would strongly encourage U.S. visiting golfers to give a fair hearing to courses such as Panmure (e.g. Moray, Lundin Links, Montrose, etc.) which are not on the Open rota but offer comparable challenge at half the cost (or less).
April 16, 2012


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A quiet, peaceful and traditional course that Panmure Golf Course - Photo by revieweris well worthy of its ranking. A demanding layout that requires precision striking throughout, and a short game that can get you out of trouble when necessary. In dank and windy conditions its teeth are all too apparent with clinging rough reducing shot distance abruptly. Some of the starting and finishing courses are a bit similar in aspect but with great variety in the middle with all but two (par three) holes running roughly East or West. A course to be respected and admired more than loved maybe, but with a lot to admire.
September 14, 2011


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Just back from my first visit to Scotland and I must say that this course was one of the most enjoyable that we played. While the opening and closing two or three holes pale in comparison to the rest of the course, the reasons Ben Hogan chose Panmure to practice for Carnoustie become very apparent in the middle of the course. The segment from 5 through 14 is sublime. Surely 10 of the finest holes in a row anywhere. The Punchbowl green is one of the most unusual putting surfaces outside the Castle Course of St. Andrews. The 6th - Hogan is very demanding with a shared fairway with the 7th Eastwards, which has a demanding tee shot. The 8th Hillocks is blind from the tee to a green guarded by two Titans. The Twelfth Buddon Burns is one of the best holes in golf bar none. A thinking man's hole if there ever was one. Panmure is an excellent test of golf in excellent condition and fast greens. Definitely an Eagle, not not miss it!
July 13, 2011


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