The 147th Open at Carnoustie: Looking back and looking ahead

Once again, The Open delivered a compelling final round befitting golf’s oldest championship.

The 42-year-old Tiger Woods seized the lead – and the golf world’s attention – early in the back nine, adding fuel to an improbable comeback. Jordan Spieth fought valiantly to defend his title. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy thrilled the locals with spirited charges on the closing holes. In all, at least a half-dozen golfers battled atop the leaderboard as the holes dwindled and the sun began to dip over historic Carnoustie, which bared its teeth via strong breezes and hole locations tucked in corners.

The Open field taking shape; PerryGolf takes you there in 2019 & 2020

The 147th Open at Carnoustie begins in 10 days. Final Qualifying was held last week at Notts (Hollinwell), Princes, St. Anne’s Old Links and Renaissance in the U.K., and continued last weekend on the PGA Tour where the top four finishers inside the top 12 at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier who were not already exempt punched their ticket to Scotland. Kelly Kraft, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Kokrak and Austin Cook earned their way into the field.

Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down
Royal County Down by Aidan Bradley.

Royal County Down Golf Club is one of Ireland’s oldest golf clubs. Located in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland, RCD is home to two 18-hole links courses that date back to 1889.

Where Can and Can’t You Use Buggies in UK and Ireland? Here’s the Answer

Planning your next golf vacation to the UK and Ireland? You probably want to know whether you’ll be walking or riding each round of golf.  Here’s a chart with the answers to this question at many of the more popular golf courses in the British Isles.  Certainly exceptions have been made in some cases in the past, but this chart should serve as a guide to better understanding what you  can expect your next golf vacation.

Golf Course Buggies/Carts Available? Cost Notes