Downfield Golf Club
Like Bobby Jones, at Wallasey and later Royal Liverpool, Paul Lawrie qualified for the Open here and went on to win the Championship. Despite not being links, it has hosted qualifying for both the Senior Open and The Open Championship - twice.
It also seems to make a lasting impression on the better players. Sam Torrance voted the 11th as one of the best holes in Scotland. The par 3 12th is said to be on of Gary Player's favourites.
Golf Course Review
Golf was played at Downfield Golf Club around the turn of the century on a 9 hole course. During WW1, the course was lost when the ground was turned over for agricultural use. It would be 1932 before golf was once again played on the grounds. It wasn't long before the course was extended to 18 holes. By 1964, the course was again modified and revamped which is largely the course we know today.
Downfield Golf Club is a parkland golf course where golf began and where links golf reigns supreme. Any inland golf course in this neck of the woods has to be good to even get a mention. Tree-lined, inland golf will never compete with nearby Carnoustie and St Andrews. However, if the links are rammed, Downfield Golf Club is an off-the-radar parkland course that is a surprisingly good option found on the north side of Dundee. Water comes into play on 7 of the 18 holes.
Downfield Golf Club - Videos
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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie
As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...