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Golf Courses Around the Northeast


Some of the best links land in all of Scotland follows the Northeast coast from Aberdeen around to the Moray Firth. Along this stretch of natural golfing terrain may be found some of the best links golf courses in the country. Some of them, like Fraserburgh where golf was being played in 1613, find their roots in the far distant past. Others, like the Trump International Golf Links, are glitteringly new but designed to take full advantage of what nature, the wind and the North Sea have worked for so long to create.

Add to this, Carnoustie, one of the British Open venues and one of the most difficult courses you will ever want to play and you have, in Scotland's Northeast, a dream destination for the Independent Golfer.

Courses of the British Open

  • Carnoustie – By Open standards, Carnoustie is a monster of a course that beats you up and makes you want to come back for more. Many believe it is the toughest links course in the world. The course, itself, is relatively flat and laid out is a large oval that works you around a central, waste area -- the hollow of the oval. Even within a side of the oval, the holes work out, back, and across so that there is really no dominate direction along which you move. The result is that, no matter what the direction of the wind on the day you play, you will have a balanced number of up-wind, down-wind and even cross-wind holes that will test your sensitivity to the conditions.

Carnoustie's fairways are of the classic links type, undulating and fast with scattered bunkers at all the strategic locations. They are bordered by rough that is punishing but not devastating. If you ball wanders off the fairway you may find it but you will probably not be able to get a full club on it to advance it as you would like.

Like St. Andrews, Carnoustie is a Muni course, owned by the town and open to all who wish to play. As a result, it is much easier to obtain a starting time here than at other of the Open venue courses.

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