Carnoustie Golf Links – Burnside

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At A Glance

Carnoustie Golf Links Burnside Course is where Ben Hogan shot 70 in 1953 to qualify for the Open Championship which he went on to win.


Full Course Review

The Carnoustie Golf Links Burnside Course is a par 68 and comes in at under 6,000 yards even from the back tees. With a generous 3 hours and 46 minutes allotted to play the course, it is the perfect 18 after the tougher Championship Test.

The only par 5 tips the scales at just 490 yards but three of the par 4's come in at over 450 yards. With one par 5, four par 3's and the balance being par 4's, it is no slouch. Similar to the Championship course, OOB comes into play on the 2nd, 3rd and 18th. The namesake is earned with burns found on the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 17th and 18th.

Although it is the second course at Carnoustie, it is by no means second rate. In fact, it probably suffers from the Championship courses' success. The 11th green is perhaps the most difficult test of the 36. The centreline bunker on 12, the punchbowl on 13 and perhaps a driver to the 228-yard par 3 make this string of holes particularly noteworthy.

Burnside is a great example of what can be found if one is not in a hurry to race to the next course over in Fife or north in Aberdeenshire or The Highlands.


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The Essentials

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