, 2007 Location:
Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland
Golf has been played at Carnoustie since the early 16th century, and in that time the links here have earned themselves a well-deserved reputation as one of the toughest golf destinations in the world. The original 10-hole course, laid out by Allan Robertson in 1842, was extended to 18 by Old Tom Morris, and then updated by James Braid and James Wright in 1926 to present the classic test that we know today. It’s not just the strong winds which blow along this exposed stretch of the Angus coast; nor the bunkering, which is perfectly positioned to capture anything less than a top-quality shot; but it is also a very long, narrow golf course that, at 7,421 yards, is the longest of any of the Open venues. As Sir Michael Bonallack put it, “When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest golf course in Britain. And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest.”
|Carnoustie at a glance |
|Course length (2007 Open) |
7,421 yards, par 71
Ben Hogan winning The Open in 1953 at his first and only attempt, after arriving two weeks early to practise. It was Hogan’s third consecutive Major victory.
Carnoustie has provided The Open Championship with many of its most notable winners. At Carnoustie’s first Open, in 1931, the winner was Tommy Armour, a First World War veteran who was blind in one eye; in 1937, Henry Cotton won the second of his three Opens in horrendous weather conditions; in 1953, Ben Hogan won his third of the three majors in a season, just four years after a near-fatal car crash; and who could forget Paul Lawrie’s incredible 67 and subsequent play-off brilliance in stormy conditions on the final day in 1999.