photo courtesy Carnoustie Golf Links
The 2018 Open Championship, perhaps better known in America as the British Open, takes place at the historic Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland. It is the 147th edition of the Open Championship, and the 8th time Carnoustie has hosted the event. The history of golf at Carnoustie is documented back to the 16th century, however, the history of the current Carnoustie Golf links dates back to 1842. It was built on land owned by the Earl of Dalhousie and was designed by Allan Robertson and “Old” Tom Morris. The course predates the standardization of 18 hole courses, being originally only 10 holes, until Old Tom Morris extended it to the now-standard 18 holes in 1867. The course was purchased by the local government in 1890 and has remained open to the public ever since. Carnoustie links would receive a facelift in 1926 and 1999, but has retained its infamous difficulty.
Carnoustie Golf Links is the longest course to host the Open Championship at 7,400 yards and is an absolute nightmare to play when the winds come whipping from the coast. In fact, the psychological term describing a reality that drastically fails to meet high expectations is known as the“Carnoustie effect”. This phrase is derived from the shock many professionals had playing the difficult course during the 1999 Open Championship where even the winner Paul Lawrie scored +6. However, if you’re willing to face the challenge Carnoustie Golf Links are available for play to the golfing public.
Carnoustie Country Stay and Play
The town of Carnoustie contains around 12,000 people and is located near the Scottish city of Dundee. In addition to Carnoustie Golf Links, there are numerous other historic courses dotting the area. As a result, Carnoustie remains a popular place for golf tourism to enjoy the centuries-old golfing traditions, charming pubs and delicious food. The Angus Council offers numerous stay and play options for “Carnoustie country” that provide inclusive golf tours of the region, including the following packages geared especially for the 2018 Open Championship.
Packages offering hotel accommodations and tickets to the Open Championship start at £395, while packages including rounds of golf are significantly higher. The cheapest option to both watch the Open Championship and play golf is the Final Day & Carnoustie Challenge package which begins at £995. With this package you get three nights stay at the Doubletree by Hilton in nearby Dundee and access to all the action during the final day of the Open Championship. Golfers will get to play Carnoustie Golf Links two days after the end of the tournament, playing the exact same pins as the professionals and with the stadium seats remaining for a very unique experience. As an added bonus, golfers will also get a round at nearby Panmure, a links course built in 1845 and still home to one of the oldest golf clubs in the world.
Golfers can also choose a five night stay starting at £1525. Golfers stay at the same Doubletree by Hilton with breakfast included and a rental car. Golfers also have entrance tickets to the final two rounds of the tournament and are able to play rounds at three different local courses, including the aforementioned Panmure. In addition to Panmure, golfers will play the Monifieth Medal and Montrose Medal courses. Monifieth Medal has roots dating back to 1643, and is a combination of parkland and links styles. The Montrose Medal is another course with roots back to the 1600s, and its links layout is right along the rugged Scottish coast. The course is the 5th oldest in the world and will provide a memorable (and challenging) round to all comers. For a longer stay, golfers can opt for a seven night stay beginning at £2047, which offers identical accommodations and playing opportunities, but includes an extra two nights and a weekly access ticket to the Open Championship to enjoy all the action.
For golfers who want it all, look no further than the Carnoustie Champions Experience. This combines a seven day stay at the 4-star Doubletree by Hilton with all the amenities with a weekly pass to the Open Championship and four rounds of golf. Golfers will get to play a round at the historic Panmure, Monifieth Medal, Montrose Medal and Carnoustie Golf Links just two days after the end of the tournament. While the price reflects the historic courses visitors will be playing, the luxury accommodations and entrance into a major championship, there is simply no better deal available to take in the 2018 Open Championship and play these beautiful Carnoustie country courses.