Carnoustie is famous for golf, which is first recorded as having been played here in the 16th century. Carnoustie Golf Links has three golf courses: The Championship course (on which several international tournaments are held), the Burnside course and the Buddon course.
Carnoustie Golf Links is one of the venues in The Open Championship‘s rotation. The course first played host to The Open in 1931, when it was won by Tommy Armour of the USA. Subsequent winners have included Henry Cotton of England in 1937, Ben Hogan of the USA in 1953, Gary Player of South Africa in 1968, Tom Watson of the USA in 1975, Paul Lawrie of Scotland in 1999 and Pádraig Harrington of Ireland in 2007. The Open returns to the links in 2018.
The 1999 Open Championship is best remembered for the epic collapse of French golfer Jean van de Velde, who needed only a double-bogey six on the 72nd hole to win the Open—and proceeded to shoot a triple-bogey seven, tying with Paul Lawrie and 1997 champion Justin Leonard at 290, six over par. Lawrie won the playoff and the championship. With several experienced players running into difficulties on the course that year, the media responded by dubbing the course ‘Carnasty.’
Carnoustie is also one of the three hosts of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, along with The Old Course at St Andrews and Kingsbarns.
The Carnoustie links is well known for a prestigious amateur competition called The Craw’s Nest Tassie. ‘The Tassie’, as it is popularly known, has grown into an institution where amateur golfers return to Carnoustie year after year. First played for in 1927 it is limited to a number determined by the Links Committee whose handicaps must be 18 or below.
We recommend the following list of prestigious and historic courses to play, all are within a close proximity to Carnoustie.