Carnoustie. One of my favourites, flattish no spectacular scenery but you are there for the golf which is testing from the very start. Excellent design because as you progress around the course it gets tougher closer to the finish by which time you should be well warmed up.
You need to plot your way around while # 6 Hogan’s Alley is a thrill to play. He drilled his four drives into the gap between the out of bounds and the bunkers on his way to win the Open in 1953- this line will give you a better approach to hit the green in two! However you probably won’t tee off beside the tee with the plaque.
There are many holes on which you can score while you travel round the horseshoe shaped course which has two par threes and four par fives the most spectacular of which is the ‘Spectacles’. The last three are very testing so you should score early and often.
Most greens have an extended ‘tongue’ which makes them long so note where the flag is as indicated on each tee box. The long par three 16th is called the Barry Burn (stream) which is not in play here but does weave its way round the course and appears with devastating effect elsewhere particularly on 17th ‘Island’ and 18th .
You cannot play the last without reminders of Van de Velde, Harrington and Molinairi who finished 7, 6 and 3. Surely you can match one of these scores or just enjoy the trip….. pd April ‘19
Date: April 04, 2019