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Last updated: 23 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Fionn Davenport

It’s nicknamed ‘car-nasty’ and when the wind is up, it’s not difficult to understand why: the championship course at Carnoustie is fiendishly difficult at the best of times, but when nature gets involved it can break even the toughest golfing spirit.

It’s a proper test; of length, accuracy, strategy and a whole heap of patience. Out of bounds beckons on plenty of holes, while the devilishly placed bunkers just seem to attract a disproportionate number of shots.

Play well here and you can comfortably call yourself an experienced and talented golfer. A regular host of the Open Championship.

Logistics

Price from: £200
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

The course is 12 miles east of Dundee; you’ll need to book your tee time well in advance, especially for summer play.

When to do it

Visitor tee times are currently between 9am-4pm Monday to Friday, Saturday from 2pm and Sunday from 11.30am. Pick a good day to play – ideally between April and September, when there’s less chance of foul weather and you won’t have to play off mats and to winter greens.

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