Downfield has a well-deserved reputation as a visually stunning and challenging parkland course. In 2016 it was chosen as a qualifier for the Senior Open Championship, which was being contested at Carnoustie. It has also hosted the Scottish PGA Open, the SPGA Masters, the Scottish Amateur Championship as well as the UK Girls Home Internationals.
More significantly, it has twice staged qualifying events for The Open, with Paul Lawrie making history in 1999 as the first qualifier in the modern-day format to go on to win the Claret Jug. He describes Downfield as “one of the finest inland courses in Britain”.
Set in a mature estate on the outskirts of Dundee, Downfield combines wonderful scenery with bountiful wildlife including squirrels, waterfowl, buzzards and deer. The original course was designed by James Braid and yet remains relatively unknown compared to other courses in the area. This makes it the ideal discovery to include in your Scottish golfing adventure.