History of Golf in Carnoustie Country
Carnoustie Country is immersed in tales of endeavour and triumph. Its history is written by legends who have prevailed at one of the world’s most esteemed golf destinations. From the American Tommy Armour who won the first Carnoustie Open in 1931 and Henry Cotton who won the next, to the enigmatic Ben Hogan and the incomparable Gary Player, each has played a part in a remarkable sporting legacy.
The Championship course at Carnoustie has staged eight Opens as well as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships and a number of other Majors including the pinnacle of the senior and women’s tours. Carnoustie Country venues, such as the picturesque Panmure and magical Monifieth, have hosted Opening qualifying while the ancient links at Montrose – where golf has been played for over 450 years – has witnessed the World Hickory Open and numerous Europro Tour events.
Carnoustie Country is where Ben Hogan prepared for his solitary Open Championship, with his meticulous planning at Panmure paying off when he lifted the Claret Jug at the 82nd Open. Similarly, Tom Watson chose Monifieth as the venue to play his first UK links layout before triumphing at Carnoustie in 1975.
The champions who have conquered the fairways of Carnoustie Country have accepted the challenge laid down by the legendary course designers who came before them. Names such as Old Tom Morris, James Braid, Alister McKenzie and Allan Robertson have crafted remarkable courses in some of the finest golfing land anywhere.
Carnoustie Country is where the past comes to life in the charismatic undulations of the links and stunning highland views.