Monifieth (Medal) - Angus & Dundee - Scotland

Monifieth Golf Links,
Princes Street,
Monifieth,
Angus,
DD5 4AW,
Scotland


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There are two golf courses at Monifieth, which are administered by a local Trust. The lesser is the 5,100-yard, par 68 Ashludie course and the principal is the 6,650-yard, par 71 Medal course that is used as an Open qualifying venue along with Montrose, Panmure and Downfield when the Open is played at nearby Carnoustie. Monifieth (Medal) is the most westerly of three renowned links on the Angus coastline, the others being Panmure and, of course, Carnoustie (Championship).

There are four clubs – three of whom have their own clubhouses beside the 18th green – which play over the Monifieth links: Monifieth, formed in 1858, Broughty (1878), Ladies Panmure (1893), Grange (2005). The Monifieth Medal course was first formally used for golf in 1845 when Alan Robertson and Alexander Pirie of St Andrews designed a nine-hole course, which was extended to 18 holes in 1880. The Panmure golf club also played here at that time but due to increasing congestion, they moved to their present home at nearby Barry in 1899.

The course is built over undulating links with some old dune ridges, often gorse covered, between fairways and, unusually for a links, many holes also have tree lined fairways.

The Medal has a reputation as a hard, uncompromising course, which is bounded on one side by the main railway line to the north. There are no prisoners taken when battle commences on this layout, particularly when the prevailing wind blows in from the Firth of Tay and brings into play tough stretches of rough that awaits errant shots.

Monifieth has large, fast, firm and true greens and clever bunkering, which are the hallmarks of this very much-underrated links.

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Description: There are two golf courses at Monifieth but it's the Medal course that's used as an Open qualifying venue when the Open is played at nearby Carnoustie. Rating: 7.3 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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Dan Hare
We played the Medal course as part of the highly recommended Carnoustie Dream Ticket. The starter was very friendly as proved the members that we met. In common with lots of traditional Scottish links courses there is a choice of club houses to use for your changing and post match beer... just ask the starter. It's a lovely course with undulating fairways and hard to read greens. Also the traditional out of bounds railway down the right for the opening holes! A slight flat spot at the far end of the course but all considered a nicely designed course with plenty to think about and great condition. One bit of local gossip is that they were told by the Royal and Ancient that real links courses don't have trees... they told them to get stuffed. Bravo!
March 29, 2010
6 / 10
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Malcolm Searle
I had the good fortune to play as the guest of a member today who kindly offered to introduce me to links golf. What can I say - I'm now a fan. A lovely course, challenging without being so hard I had no chance at all. The rough was generally short enough to allow us to find our balls, which helped keep our pace up. The gorse wasn't as savage as some Scottish courses I've played and the pine trees certainly enhance the course - sometimes sheltering you from the wind, and sometimes funnelling it right at you. It was a busy day on the course, hardly surprising with four clubs sharing the two courses here. Hot on our heels were a trio of lady members who ensured we didn't dally on the greens - but everyone was very friendly and unpretentious. The greens were fast and the whole course was in great condition in spite of the amount of golf that must get played here. When it stopped drizzling and the sun came out, I couldn't think of anywhere better to spend a morning. A very enjoyable experience and I'll be back.....rain or shine.
September 30, 2008
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

Monifieth Medal lived up to its reputation as a fine example of a links course when I played it today. Monifieth (Medal) - Photo by Jim McCannThe first three holes run along the railway and take you away from the starter’s hut towards Panmure.

Three of the remaining holes on the outward half are excellent: hole 4 (“Featherbed”) with its large mound in front of the green; hole 7 (“North Buddon”) where the burn threatens the tee shot; and hole 9 (”Long Hole”) which incorporates a real big dipper of a fairway from tee to green.

On the back nine – and I’ve used the phrase before, but no apologies for repeating it – the course just gets better with every hole and there were particular favourites at a) the right dog legged 10th which has a hidden lateral water hazard at the bend in the fairway, b) the semi blind, short par three 14th and c) the 435-yard 17th where five cross bunkers in front of the green provide more than ample protection for the putting surface.

The early holes were frost bound when we started our early morning round so putting was a bit of a lottery but by the time the greens had thawed on the inward half, they were running both fast and true. I can only reiterate a comment made by another reviewer; if you are in the area and want a top quality 36-holes of golf then you will not beat a round at nearby Panmure and here on the Medal course.

Jim McCann

October 23, 2007
6 / 10
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Richard Smith
This is another outstanding links course in the area north of St. Andrews. Monifieth is just outside of Dundee on the road to Carnoustie and is well worth seeking out if you are in the area. The course is distinguished by it's proliferation of pine trees, which certainly sets it apart from almost every other links course that you will play. However it is a true links course and an outstanding test of golf. The first few holes are guarded by a railroad to the right, but as with all great strategic courses, the safe route to the left off the tee leaves the player with a more difficult approach. The 4th was particularly memorable, with a green protected by ominous mounds that made for an extremely tricky approach. Our caddies were members of one of the local course, and they were justifiably proud of their layout. We joined them for a pint following the round, and I will always cherish my afternoon at Monifieth. I can't wait to return there in the future. Richard Smith Knoxville, Tennessee
April 25, 2006
8 / 10
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Richard Smith
I find it hard to believe that this course isn't rated higher. Monifieth is a classic links course with wondeful holes. The trees give it a different look, but make no mistake about it, this is links golf at its best. The holes have a nice flow to them, and the layout makes excellent use of the natural terrain and feels very natural and comfortable. This course is easy to miss, but I think that anyone visiting the east coast of Scotland should take in Monifieth, Panmure, Montrose, Royal Aberdeen, Murcar and Cruden Bay. These are all outstanding links worth playing.
November 20, 2005
8 / 10
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David
Similar in many ways to the links courses of the area but has many areas of pine trees which adds to the challenge. Well kept course and often by passed by golfers on their way from St Andrews to Carnoustie but to miss this fine course would be a mistake. Excellent value, the course is played on by different clubs and consequently there is no central club house. Play here in the morning and Panmure in the afternoon and you'll have a day's golf as good as you'll find anywhere.
November 09, 2005
8 / 10
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