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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.
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.
The clubhouse at Panmure – a replica of the Calcutta Golf Club clubhouse – is a magnificent building that complements the course beautifully. You don’t become a regular Open Final Qualifying venue without a great golfing pedigree and Panmure more than cuts the mustard in that regard.
Its true the opening and closing holes are a little prosaic – but only because of the exceptional dozen holes in between!
From the regular gents tees, just one of the twelve par four holes is longer than 400 yards so most golfers should be on or around those greens in two blows. With the presence of trees, gorse and heather (and springy fairways) on many of the holes, there is a moorland/heathland feel in many places, which greatly added to my enjoyment.
The 6th hole (“Hogan”) is very good (calling for a lengthy carry off the tee then a heroic approach to an elevated green) but my favourite was the 12th, named “Buddon Burn,” where the tee shot must not be too long to go into the water that snakes round the front of the elevated putting surface.
I thought on the day if I could mark the course with half balls I would award Panmure a very strong four and a half but, now, twenty four hours after playing it, I know it fully deserves five ball status.