Carnoustie Championship Course Review
Carnoustie is one of the toughest courses on The Open rota. When the Championship was played there in 1999 not a single player finished under par after the R&A ordered the greenkeepers to let the rough grow. It won't be quite as ferocious when you play there, but you can be 100% certain that you will face a proper test.
It measures 6,948 yards and is a par 72. The finishing stretch is classic links. The 15th is a par four and it measures 472 yards from the championship tees. Miss the fairway and you could run up a telephone number. Thick rough and gorse on the left is to be avoided, and don't find any of the fairway bunkers on the right either. You then have to negotiate a series of bunkers around a narrow green. A par is a great score.
The 16th is a 245-yard par three with a green protected by savage bunkers. The 17th is a 464-yard par four with the Barry Burn twisting its way across the fairway - it must be avoided. And then there is the gorse and a well-protected green.
Survive all of that and you reach the 18th, a par four measuring 499 yards off the championship tees. The Barry Burn has to be crossed twice and there are five terrifying bunkers - three at driver distance, two around the green. This is the hole that cost Jean Van de Velde The Open in 1999. Needing a six, he ran up a triple-bogey seven.
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