Adjacent to the Carnoustie Championship Course, the Burnside oozes character and has its own legendary tale to tell. From the back tees, it is a splendid test of golf with heather, gorse and a burn coming into play throughout the course. Many of the short holes would compare with any championship course, with the 5th and 14th in particular providing dramatic challenges for those striving to achieve par.
Established in 1914, the Burnside has its own intricacies and character not unlike its neighbour. In 1953, the great Ben Hogan shot 70 across the Burnside to help him qualify for the Open Championship, which he subsequently won. If situated elsewhere, the Burnside would receive much greater recognition, but as it is, it remains one of Carnoustie Country’s undiscovered gems.
An excellent links course in its own right, it would be an enjoyable addition to any golfing holiday in Scotland.
The Burnside is similar in style to the Championship course, although it plays much shorter. Sensible driving will allow you to test your approach play, with plenty of opportunities arising to work on your short game due to the tricky, undulating greens.
The Burnside can often be overlooked, so be sure to include it in your Carnoustie Country visit!