Carnoustie Golf Links is a 45 minute drive north of St Andrews. Carnoustie’s Championship Course has hosted The Open Championship on seven occasions, most recently in 2007. It is set to host the 147th Open Championship in 2018.
Ben Hogan won here in 1953. It was his only appearance in The Open but he left a unique legacy for his play on No. 6 named thereafter as “Hogan’s Alley.” Carnoustie is considered by many to be the most challenging layout in the Open Rota due largely to its demanding finish: No. 16 – 248 yard par 3; No. 17 – 461 yard par 4; No. 18 – 499 yard par 4.
Ironically it was club member and local accountant James Wright who in 1930 designed the famous finish. His improbable stamp is found in the company of James Braid‘s major redesign of 1926; Old Tom Morris‘ extension to eighteen holes in 1870; and the original layout by Alan Robertson in 1850.
Consistently ranked among the Top 25 courses in the world, Carnoustie Golf Links is scheduled to again host The Open in 2018.
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