Panmure - Angus & Dundee - Scotland

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


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  • 0.5 mile S of Barry

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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.

The Dundee Advertiser published on 24th November 1897 had reported that “the ground was surveyed, Tom Morris was engaged to go over it, and as his opinion was favourable” but it appears some financial problem with two of the land owners delayed the project by a couple of years.

In the end, the course was built by the same contractor – R. Duff of Edinburgh – who constructed the St Andrews New and Muirfield courses, both of which were Old Tom Morris layouts.

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: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 29
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David Worley
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
8 / 10
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Brian Ward
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 21, 2013
8 / 10
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Derek Haswell
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 06, 2012
8 / 10
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Patrick McGarey
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 15, 2012
8 / 10
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Matthew Adams
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 13, 2011
8 / 10
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James
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 12, 2011
8 / 10
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Jim McCann
Our fourball enjoyed a round today for a reduced green fee but, to be honest, I think we would have been grossly over charged if we’d paid the regular rate because the course was in pretty poor shape on many of the holes. I can understand two greens being out of play due to maintenance at this time of year but large sections on around half a dozen fairways were under water (as were most of the bunkers).Panmure Golf Course - Photo by Jim McCann Nevertheless, the 16 greens that we played on were in absolutely tip top condition so the rain that had obviously fallen in Biblical proportions recently had not had any effect on these wonderful putting surfaces. Such was the ferocity of the wind against us for most of the front nine, the green at “Hogan,” the wonderful 6th hole, was impossible to get near to in two blows today, even from a mere 369 yards off the regular tees. It’s a mighty tough hole in benign conditions – today it was near impossible to par with a pin cut two yards from the right side of a green that drops off sharply on that flank. It’s never easy to properly appraise a course in the close season so I’ll just have to look forward to returning when it’s playing hard and fast, as it was last time I was here. On that occasion, I wanted to give the course a mark of four and a half balls and instead I awarded it five. This time it only deserved four so that evens the marking out nicely. Jim McCann
March 21, 2011
6 / 10
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Robert Hawthorne
Stunning Golf course. Holed a 9 ironed at the 3rd from 150 to cap a great day and win the money. Very reminiscent of holes at Hillside near Liverpool and wasn't expecting as so close to Carnoustie. It's a very flat course but with so many features it is a truely great occasion to play. Do not miss it if you are close to Carnoustie for a different experience.
October 04, 2010
10 / 10
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Jim Robertson
Have just returned to Panmure after a gap of many years and was delighted to find it even better than I remembered. Other reviewers refer to the first three holes as bland but I can assure them that they were anything but bland played last week into a very strong wind! Three pars would have been a real accomplishment.The course was in fantastic condition and the greens were quite outstanding. Like other reviewers I would nominate holes 6 (incredibly difficult), 8, 12 and 14 as the highlights but this is one of those rare courses without a weak hole. Panmure is not quite in the Carnoustie class - nowhere is - but belongs firmly in the second echelon of Scotland's links courses.
July 12, 2010
8 / 10
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Dan Hare
Panmure's "Barry Links" is a super course to be enjoyed with its neighbours in Carnoustie and the adjoining Monifieth. It's relatively straightforward and traditional with some great holes, mention should to go to the Hole 6 "Hogan", 8 "Hillocks" and 12 "Buddon Burn" which is as good a hole as you will play anywhere - obviously my birdie putt should have dropped but that is golf ! = ) if you left one short at Carnoustie previously maybe you can pick up your ball here. super club house.
May 08, 2010
6 / 10
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