Robertson, Tom Morris, James Braid
What can you say about the "Beast" that is
Carnoustie Golf Links? Whether it is praise or blame that you seek
to apportion, the names of Robertson, Morris and Braid are those
in question. Though records speak about golf or "gowff" to be more
specific, being played in the area as far back as 1520, the present
course was moulded by successive architects over the years since
the initial ten holes were laid out in 1842.
there may be little dramatic background scenery, the beauty of Carnoustie
is to be found in the golf course itself. The layout is such that
no two consecutive holes face the same direction, a factor that
does nothing for the golfer in finding their rhythm in the face
of often-stiff winds. Carnoustie's famous burns that snake their
way around the course - Jockie's Burn and the Barry Burn represent
two more obstacles to posting a respectable tally.
Regarded by many including Walter Hagen and Gary Player as one of
the best links in the world, Carnoustie, though certainly long,
is not a course for the unthinking big-hitter. With judgement of
wind and distance critical, every tee shot needs careful placement
to set up an approach to the green. After 15 grueling but majestic
holes, the virgin player is still unprepared for the "toughest
finish in golf". If you par the last three holes, you will invariably
walk from the 18th green with your head held high - if not, as Jean
Van de Velde found to his eternal cost, you may just lose the money.
Given its quality, it is difficult to comprehend why this links
lay virtually undiscovered for so long and why it took until 1931
for it to host its first British Open. Since then, this great links
has hosted the Open on six occasions, its array of champions including
Armour, Cotton, Hogan, Player, Watson and Lawrie, fittingly bearing
testament to the toughness of Carnoustie.
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