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Golfing in The Vicinity of The 2018 Open Championship Venue


With 34 courses within a 40 minute drive of the famous Carnoustie Championship course, venue of seven Open Championships, the vicinity is one of Scotland’s top golfing destinations.

Carnoustie Country is nestling between the cities of Dundee and Aberdeen, along the East Coast of Scotland. Carnoustie Country provides a great backdrop to enjoy a golfing break with opportunities around every corner to explore the rich heritage and lovely countryside.

Since 2005 the Carnoustie Country Classic, a Stableford tournament, has offered a great way to experience some of the gems of Carnoustie Country.

The tournament is open to all amateurs with a minimum handicap for men of 24, for women of 32, and is played over 72 holes on four great links courses:Carnoustie Championship, Montrose, Monifieth and Panmure.

Carnoustie and three courses in the vicinity

Carnoustie Championship (pictured above) was designed by James Braid and has hosted seven British Opens. Most recently in 2007 when Padraig Harrington of Ireland lifted the Claret Jug.

In 2018 the Open will return to Carnoustie. Now deemed ‘the toughest links course in the world’, Carnoustie Championship is a significant challenge even on a mild day. And a must if you want to take your game to a new level and experience the very best in Scottish golf.

Montrose Medal celebrated it’s 450th anniversary in 2012 and is the fifth oldest course in the world. So for anyone looking to play Scotland’s classic links courses, this should be on your list. It has a traditional links layout, requiring skillful shots in the sea breezes which can significantly alter the character of the historical links course.

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Montrose Medal Golf Course

The medal course at Monifieth is a stunning combination of parkland and links, undulating ground flanked on many holes by rows of pine trees. Its lush rolling fairways and fast greens make it an enjoyable test for any golfer.

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Monifieth Medal Course

Panmure Golf Club is perhaps less conspicuous than it’s neighboring Carnoustie, but is one of the true gems of the Angus coast and will test any golfer.

Ben Hogan famously practiced at Panmure, in real vicinity of The Open course, prior to winning the The Open at Carnoustie in 1953, and rated the 6th hole at Panmure in his top 18 holes.  Panmure, like Montrose and Monifieth, served as a qualifier when the Open came to Carnoustie in 2007.

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The 6th at Panmure Golf Club

Waiting list to enter The Classic

The Classic has earned a reputation of being one of the friendliest tournaments in Scotland and the United Kingdom. Over time the tournament has become incredible popular.

And even more so for the 14th edition from May 13th to May 17th, 2018. The return to Carnoustie of The Open in 2018 has led to the event being sold out in record time.

The organizers of The Classic did however open a waitlist facility in case of any cancellations.

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