Spectator Guide - The best places to watch
The course is ready, the Claret Jug has been polished and the players in contention are readying themselves to battle for the title of Champion Golfer of the Year, on the final day of The 147th Open at Carnoustie.
As Carnoustie opens its gates for one final day, the public will come flocking in from across the world, determined to watch the world’s best strut their stuff on one of the toughest links courses around.
And with thousands of fans expected, tee boxes and greens are going to be busy, so finding the right spot early is the key.
Spectators can of course follow a group for an entire round by sticking to the red route and when players such as Tiger Woods or the final pairing of Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele come through, there will be plenty tracking them.
But for the savvy searcher, there are some brilliant viewpoints across the Carnoustie links to watch several things at once.
The first green
The front nine provides plenty of birdie chances and if low scores are your thing, then head up the first fairway with a superb viewpoint.
Standing on the top of the several mounds around the first green, spectators can turn and track the ball from the tee all the way up the 396-yard par four – which, as Spieth proved yesterday, could well be drivable with the fairways as firm as they are.
After a group holes out, they will make the short walk to the second tee but there is no need move – stand still and spectators can track their tee shot down the fairway.
Turn around and across the other side is the notoriously tough par-three 16th, where there is a great view of the tee shot and green.
Climb the hill
Stroll a bit deeper into the course and spectators will come across a golden spot at the top of the hill next to the second green, just under a TV camera stand.
From this viewpoint, watch players go for birdie at the tricky par-four second and then see them tee off on the third.
A dog leg to the right, the third meanders it’s way down to the green and there is a clear view all the way to the pin.
Turn to the left and the fifth green is there, a tricky 412-yard par-four, as well as the sixth tee box - from which the players will disappear into the distance in chase of their ball down the fairway.
A scoreboard is also about, to help keep everyone updated.
Too much to see
Perhaps the best spot on the course is to the left of the 13th fairway, next to the 12th green, where there is simply too much to see.
As well as watching players hole out at the 12th and then seeing all of the par-three 13th, spectators can view the seventh green over the back and witness all of the par-three eighth.
A scoreboard, big screen and ice cream van means there really is no need to move anywhere else.
In the distance
If you look hard enough, there are some great spots to be found at Carnoustie. Many spectators will stick to the red route or the most popular viewing areas but for the more adventurous there is plenty of joy to be found.
The furthest spot from the first tee and 18th green, is out towards the ninth hole in the south-west corner of the course.
Only the ninth, 10th and 11th holes are out there but all three are viewable if you know where to go.
Head up the tenth fairway for a great spot, right betwixt the tenth tee and green.
From there the ninth green, 11th green and 12th tee are all in view.
The Spectator Village
Carnoustie has something for everyone and for those who want to sample the atmosphere only provided at The Open, then the Spectator Village is the place to be.
Packed with food stands and bars, there is plenty of seating as well as The Open Shop and a scoreboard to keep you updated.
And for those thinking ahead, you can find out more about The 148th Open at Royal Portrush.
TheOpen.com is the only place to get all the latest news from The 147th Open at Carnoustie. This time next year, The Open will return to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years.
Be part of the biggest party in golf in 2019. Get immediate access to Priority tickets for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush when you sign up today to join The One Club for free. Simply go to www.TheOpen.com/PortrushTickets.