Carnoustie (Burnside) - Angus & Dundee - Scotland

Carnoustie Golf Links,
20 Links Parade,
Carnoustie,
Angus,
DD7 7JF,
Scotland


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The Burnside course at Carnoustie has been used in the past for qualifying when the Open has been held on the Championship course and no less than Ben Hogan entered the tournament this way for the 1953 Open before going on to lift the old claret jug later the same week.

What it lacks in its 6,028-yard length is more than made up for by tight fairways, heather, whins, pot bunkers and, as the name suggests, the Barry Burn which wanders through part of the course and features at several of the demanding par three holes. Greens are small, contoured and hard to hold, especially in dry summer conditions or when the wind gets up.

The short holes are a real feature on the Burnside and the 158-yard 5th, named “Burn” and 228-yard 14th, called “Scoup” would not be out of place on any championship course. A strong finish is to be faced, with the long par four 17th – “Sinkies” – measuring all of 473 yards and as difficult a par four to be found anywhere. No respite either at the 307-yard, par four, 18th hole, called “Lismore” where the out of bounds fence has wrecked many a scorecard.

Its illustrious neighbour may overshadow it but the Burnside has its own character and charm and is a fine test of golf in its own right – the par of 68 and a Standard Scratch Score of 70 tells you the Burnside is no pushover.

The three courses at Carnoustie – Championship, Burnside and Buddon – are public links and several local clubs play on them, including Carnoustie Caledonia, Carnoustie Mercantile, Carnoustie New Taymouth, Dalhousie and Carnoustie Ladies – which is the oldest female golf club in the world, having been established in 1873.

There is another club, Carnoustie Golf Club, who also use the three links. It was formed in 1842 so it is one of the ten oldest clubs in the world. At the turn of the 19th century, many Carnoustie members traveled abroad to play and teach golf and some were founding members of the US and Australian PGAs – in recognition of this, Carnoustie have been permitted to use the crests of these two Associations in its signage at the entrance to the clubhouse.

Three former Carnoustie members, Alex, Willie and McDonald Smith, won many professional tournaments in America and Alex’s two US Open winners’ medals from 1906 and 1910 are on display in the clubhouse for all modern day golfers to see.

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Description: The Burnside course at Carnoustie Golf Links has been used in the past for qualifying when the Open has been held on the Championship course... Rating: 6.2 out of 10 Reviews: 14
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Andy MacLean
Play this course before the Championship course or you will be dissapointed. There are some very good holes out here, but the overall feel is just average. ANDYMAC
July 23, 2009
4 / 10
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Jim McCann

The Burnside is a good warm up for the Championship course, Carnoustie Burnside - Photo by Jim McCannnothing more and nothing less. I cannot see why the Standard Scratch Score is two more than par for the course as it seems a very straightforward track to me with only one par five on the card and only a couple of dozen bunkers throughout – it felt similar in places to nearby Monifieth and Panmure where I played recently, thanks mainly to the small tree copses dotted around the property.

After a fairly gentle front nine (where OOB threatens at holes 2, 3, and 4 and the Barry Burn protects the 5th hole) the round really warms up on the inward half with a far more interesting set of holes. The 11th is called “Deil’s Ha’”with good reason – it may not contain greenside bunkers but a severe slope from back to front on the green tests putting skills to the full. The par three 16th is a little squeezed in – surely the adjacent 17th tees could be moved forward a little – but the penultimate hole is a real cracker, crossing the Barry Burn twice, just like the closing hole on the big course.

Burnside is a good way to spend a morning in preparation for the sterner golfing examination in the afternoon next door.

Jim McCann

August 25, 2008
5 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
Having recently visited Carnoustie and cancelled our round on the Championship course due to the compulsary mats that were brought in for the month before the Open, we only played the Burnside and therefore there I felt a certain disappointment that probably unfairly clouded my view of this excellent course. More heathland in feel than links, the Burnside is well laid out, challenging and good value at £35 a round. The greens are gently rolling, the fairways reasonably generous on the longer holes and the bunkers as expected small, deep and challenging! The course was not in bad but not great condition, probably due to the heavy rains that had fallen for a number of days and also that I imagine every available greenkeeper was busy preening the Championship course! If you are in the area and can combine this with the Championship course it will be a wonderful day to remember!
June 28, 2007
6 / 10
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Hugh
Well, what can I say? In my view the Burnside IS a gem and I would absolutely recommend you play it. If it wasn’t positioned next to the Championship course it would surely be more widely known and more highly regarded. The layout is interesting and holds attention even for the low single digit golfers and although its shorter than its neighbour is a great test of golf and maintained in the same immaculate condition. For about £30 per round the Burnside is a steal and worth every penny.
November 14, 2006
6 / 10
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