Review for Carnoustie (Burnside)

Reviewer Score:


Genuinely perplexing how this doesn’t rank in the top 100, especially when you look at some of those that do!

As many have said the first few holes aren’t great but at the same time I wouldn’t say they were terrible holes. Certainly when you compare it to a course like Peterhead the first 5 holes are better than there.

From 5 onwards though, the course really does get going. 5 is a fantastic little par 3 surrounded by water on 3 sides. It can be as little as a wedge down wind or a 5 iron into the wind. Absolutely terrifying at times!

6 through to 13 is a lot of mid length par 4s that you always feel like you should make plenty of birdies on but inevitably you fail to do so. The star of the show in that stretch is probably the par 3 9th. 160 yards to a table top green that falls off on all sides. A great short hole. 14,15 and 17 are all good in the closing 5. 16 used to be a great little par 3 though personally I don’t like it much since it has been changed. 18 is a bit like 18 on the old course. Not much too it on paper though the amount of food rounds I’ve seen destroyed by a high slice OB is incredible!

Definitely worth playing if you’re in the area and should definitely be ranked about 75 or so in this site. A travesty that it is not.

Date: September 15, 2020

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