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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allan rodger
Lucky enough to have played here Friday 2nd October for a grand sum of £25.We were also lucky enough to have a day that although overcast,stayed dry and hadn't a breath of wind!Firstly we need to get this out of the way...this is NOT a links course,heathland yes but not links!It has the pot bunkers of a traditional links but the grass is soft,springy and not links like and the fact that there is heather and trees abound for me put it in the heathland catagory.On to the course...we played from the Medal tees which measure the course at 6360 Par 70.The opening hole is a gentle par 4 of 300 yards with OOB down the right and a few fairway bunkers to negotiate,it is that gentle 3 bogeys and 1 par was managed .The next 3 are all pretty similar design,a pretty short par 5 and 2 400 yard Par 4's all again with OOB right.I would say that it is after the 4th the course starts to get going.The 5th is a cracking 145 yard Par 3 with a green perched up and the green itself having some wicked contours (see 3 jab!).The 6th Hole is S.I.1 and is reputed to be Hogan's favourite a tight 400 yard Par 4 were the green appears to be perched high on a hilltop and gorse through the back! The only poor hole on the front 9 is the 8th a 360 yard Par 4 where you drive blind and then the shot to the green is obscured by 2 huge dune like hillocks that serve no purpose at all in enhancing the design of the hole.....totally ridiculous,chop the hills in half and let the golfer see the top half of the pin at least!!(dreadful hole and I birdied it) .The front 9 ends with another superb Par 3 of 180 to another highly guarded green.The back 9 continues in the same frame as the front with hole 12 a 370 yard Par 4 played over the Buddon Burn to another highly guarded raised green ,hole 14 a 535 Par 5 with OOB right and plenty fairway bunkers to thread past and a green tucked slightly hidden around the left hand dogleg behind trees and the monster 235 yard Par 3 15th played to a green surounded by sand being the pick of the bunch.The only other poor hole on the course sadly comes at the 18th which is a 402 yard par 4 with OOB right again,this for me was one of only two holes that just didn't sit right with the rest,maybe a few more fairway bunkers off the tee would help what is a bland final hole.(I also birdied this...what does that say about my golf??!!) All in all Panmure is a cracking track which was in great nick with the greens being up there with anything I have putted on this season,the course isn't the longest by todays standards but it was playing long enough with not a great deal of run from the springy soft heathland turf.
October 03, 2009
8 / 10
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Andy MacLean
The write up is a little misleading in that the day I played it, with wind in our face and rain coming down, the opening holes were not easy. This is a very good course with many superb holes, especially the 6th, which I guess was Hogan's favorite. The people were very friendly, the rough was brutal - long and green, and the greens were the best I played in Scotland. ANDYMAC
July 23, 2009
8 / 10
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Shaun
Simply superb golf course and clubhouse, obviously not enough of the Golf World Top 100 panel have been fortunate enough to play here. A must play course.
July 23, 2008
8 / 10
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Alan Strachan
October 10, 2008
Was lucky enough to play this fantastic Angus Links on a gorgeous October day, this really is a gem, particularly from 4-16 where the wonderful mosaic of heather, marram, fescue roughs and gorse all providing superb, defence but beauty too, Whilst at the same time maintaining playabilty. greens, approaches, f/ways and tees were all in superb condition, and presentation was outstanding. Really couldn’t fault the day.
Jim McCann

The clubhouse at Panmure – a replica of the Calcutta Golf Club clubhouse – is a magnificent building that complements the course beautifully. Panmure - Photo by Jim McCannYou 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.

Jim McCann

October 03, 2007
8 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
I can safely say that if I was forced to spend the rest of my life playing golf on no other course than Panmure, I'd die a very happy man!! We arrived for an afternoon round as the sea mist closed in over the course, the temperature dropped and we stood shivering on the 1st tee, Scotland in June, what more did we expect. However, by the time we'd negotiated our way up the 1st hole the mist had cleared, the sun had come out and we spent the rest of the round bathed in lovely sunshine, if I wasn't a 'Jerusalem' child I'd have to agree 'God's country'!! Panmure to be fair is a cross between a traditional links course with it's rolling fairways, deep pot-bunkers and tight-lies and a heathland course with the wonderous soft, springy grass, heather, gorse and groups of trees to frame each hole. Every hole is a challenge, with superb, clever bunkering and wonderous greens that were superbly conditioned and consistent. Par the 6th with Hogan's Bunker and you're doing well and try not to laugh at the quirky 8th that we renamed 'Dolly Parton', you'll see why when you play it! Follow the round as we did by enjoying a drink on the patio in the evening sunshine and life gets no better!!
June 28, 2007
10 / 10
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David Redwood
A course that has been on my list for a while and did not disappoint. The holes around the middle of the course are fantastic and are not let down by the simpler beginning and end. A course where straight hitting and correct club selection are crucial.
October 25, 2006
8 / 10
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Kem Westdyk
I played Panmure on a windless, cloudless day in September 2006, the day after I played Carnoustie. The first few holes were a bit bland, but then the course suddenly turned into a fantastic links experience. The 6th hole (on which Hogan famously practiced before his open win in 1953) is a gem, the 8th a classic links hole with a blind tee shot and blind approach, the 9th one of the most beautiful par 3's you will find, and 13, 14 and 17 just pure links joy. An interesting aspect of this course is that it does have a very parkland look to it, due to hundreds of beautiful trees around the course, but except for on the 3rd hole they are not really in play at all. Make sure to have lunch in the amazing clubhouse that just oozes class and history!
September 25, 2006
6 / 10
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Richard Smith
This was a course I had always wanted to play and I was not disappointed. The first three holes are rather bland, but after that the course wanders through some of the most wonderful linksland you will ever experience. The highlight must be the 6th, which we played into a stiff wind. The green looks like it is sitting on top of a mountain. A 4 there was the highlight of my day. The holes out around the turn are also outstanding, and at the far end of the property you can catch a glimpse of the neighboring course of Monifieth, another great and underrated links course. This course will demand all of your shotmaking skills as well as clear strategic thinking. The weakness of the first three holes is the only thing that keeps it out of the top rank of Scottish links. In addition, we had arranged dinner at the club and the members and staff were wonderful and cordial. I love Carnoustie, but Monifieth and Panmure are just a few miles down the road and well worth taking in when you are in the area. Richard Smith Knoxville, Tennessee
April 15, 2006
8 / 10
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David
Fabulous links course that you will want to return to. First 3 holes are fairly flat with the course starting with a gentle short par 4, a reachable par 5 and a slight dogleg par 4. Then you go through a gap in the trees along a path and the entire landscape changes. The next 12 holes are as good as any stretch you'll find. Great par 3's, sloping greens, well placed bunkers all add to the challenge. Not the longest by todays standards but the gorse, heather and rolling links land make for a stern challenge. Panmure is situated between Monifieth and Carnoustie and when the Open is held at the latter Panmure has been used as a qualifier. If you are in the area it should definately be on your itinerary.
November 09, 2005
8 / 10
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