Carnoustie Golf Links

Carnoustie Hole by Hole Guide

Carnoustie Golf Links will host The Open Championship for an eighth time in 2018 as it gears up for a fantastic four days of golf from 19-22 July. The venue first hosted The Open in 1931 and it has since hosted one Ladies' British Open (2011), as well as two Senior British Opens (2010, 2016).

It is one of three courses used for the Alfred Dunhilll Links Championship on the European Tour each year and the course is held by Tommy Fleetwood, who fired a brilliant round of 63 in 2017.

Carnoustie Scorecard

Hole Name Yards Par
1 Cup 410 4
2 Gulley 435 4
3 Jockie's Burn 351 4
4 Hillocks 375 4
5 Brae 343 4
6 Hogan's Alley 512 5
7 Plantation 394 4
8 Short 167 3
9 Railway 413 4
‚   3400 36
10 South America 446 4
11 John Philp 362 4
12 Southward Ho 479 4
13 Whins 161 3
14 Spectacles 476 5
15 Lucky Slap 459 4
16 Barry Burn 245 3
17 Island 433 4
18 Home 444 4
‚   3305 35

Total: 6705 yards - Par 71

2018 British Open - Hole by Hole

Hole 1 - 410 yards - Par 4

The opening hole at Carnoustie will provide a nice little introduction to the Championship Course. An invitingly wide fairway will naturally bring balls to the right hand side and the second shot will be a tricky test as it is effectively played blind.

Hole 2 - 435 yards - Par 4

The second hold demands a nice straight drive, with plenty of power behind it, as players bid to avoid the bunkers that are waiting to gobble up any errors. Club selection will be crucial from here on out as the greens measures 60 yards from back to front...

Hole 3 - 351 yards - Par 4

This is a relatively short par-4 but don't let appearances fool you into thinking that this is easy. The fairway bunkers will lap up anything that drifts too far to the left.

Hole 4 - 375 yards - Par 4

The fourth hole demands caution as there is a ditch waiting at the back of the double green, which is protected by several bunkers.

Hole 5 - 392 yards - Par 4

The fifth hole provides a couple of intricate challenges, including a slight dog leg to the right and a two-tiered green. Big-hitters will need to be wary of going too bug as there is a narrow ditch along the entire width of the fairway.

Hole 6 - 512 yards - Par 5

The par-5 sixth hole was renamed 'Hogan's Alley' in 2003 after the 1953 Open champion Ben Hogan. The hole can be a real test as there is usually a stiff wind and there are numerous bunkers waiting to bring down the confident players that try to drive the narrow fairway. This hole can make-or-break an entire round and there is no shame in recording a score of 5 here.

Hole 7 - 394 yards - Par 4

'Plantation' is another hole that provides sneakily/cleverly placed fairway bunkers to catch drives that go too far to the right, before a testing 'up and down' approach to the green.

Hole 8 - 167 yards - Par 3

The first par-3 on the Championship Course and it is one of the most famous in the world as it is played into a cross-wind and confidence is crucial when bidding to find the green.

Hole 9 - 413 yards - Par 4

The drive will dictate a player's success on this hole as there is a ditch on the right, out of bounds on the left and fairway bunkers. Relief if short-lived as players then have to find a green that has been well-protected.

Hole 10 - 446 yards - Par 4

The back-nine requires a long, straight drive to avoid the bunkers on the fairway and then there is a bit of a dilemma - can the Barry Burn, which runs to the front of the green, be negotiated with a second shot or is it better to lay up?

Hole 11 - 362 yards - Par 4

Another technical decision is required at the 11th hole as players may opt to drive straight down the long fairway or take the safer option by laying up and leaving a longer shot onto the sloping green.

Hole 12 - 479 yards - Par 5

Another intimidating hole that boasts ditches on the right and left-hand sides, as well as two huge bunkers. Another hole that is often better treated with caution by laying up to the green.

Hole 13 - 161 yards - Par 3

It might be a short par-3 but this is a very difficult hole when it is played down wind as it becomes very difficult to stop the ball, which is often caught by the bunkers that surround the green.

Hole 14 - 476 yards - Par 5

The second shot will define performance at the 14th hole as players have to make the call as to whether they want to take on the huge Spectacle bunkers. These bunkers are unforgiving and there are a few more bunkers closer to the green for good measure.

Hole 15 - 459 yards - Par 4

One of the toughest par-4s in world golf. Accuracy and length are the order of the day off the tee and yet more power is needed to negotiate the wind. Bunkers can be found 25 yards short of the green and they are often difficult to get out of..

Hole 16 - 245 yards - Par 3

Another hole that is often played into a testing wind. The fact it is a par 3 and measures 245 yards ensures a par score is often an excellent achievement.

Hole 17 - 433 yards - Par 4

Carnoustie boasts a brutal finish - this 17th hole will need a drive that goes between the island part of the hole before a long, demanding approach to a bunker-protected green.

Hole 18 - 444 yards - Par 4

A desperately tough hole to finish the round. The burn is a threat for the drive on the right-hand side and there is also a tough bunker to negotiate at the front of the green - which is a difficult obstacle for the second shot. Jena van de Velde won't remember this hole fondly as it was here that his Open Championship hopes were ended in 1999.


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