Top Golf Courses in Angus and Dundee
Carnoustie is known to be the heartbeat of golf in Scotland, and is located in the picturesque countryside of Angus and Dundee. It is home to the British Open and is an extremely enjoyable golf course. Courses like Monifeith have been in existence since 1858 and are well established, with beautifully landscaped courses. Golf courses are very strict on dress code, as many host Open Championship Tournaments, such as the Downfield Golf Club. Downfield also hosts P.G.A’s and prides itself on varied course they offer, complete with water and a staggering amount of tree species and wildlife. Other popular golf courses in Angus and Dundee include Edzell, Dundee, Panmure and Montrose, and all these courses guarantee a wonderful day of golfing.
What can one say about the Carnoustie Golf Course? That the course may be a beauty, and certainly is a beast? That this is how golf was meant to be played? One can say all that and more - but best of all Carnoustie offers a challenge to golfers of all levels.
Few people outside Scotland know about Downfield Golf Club, tucked away in the outskirts of Dundee. This is surprising as Downfield has had its share of fame. It was the qualifier for the 1999 Open when the final was held at Carnoustie. In fact the eventual winner Paul Lawrie came through the final qualifying at Downfield. It was also the venue for the inaugural Scottish Open in 1972. It has hosted the Scottish PGA Masters, the Scottish Boys Strokeplay and the Scottish Amateur Championship. This lovely little gem is one of the most beautiful inland parkland courses in Scotland.
Letham Grange boasts of two golf courses set in the tranquil, picturesque Angus countryside. Located in Colliston, Abroath in Central Scotland, the Old course and Glens Course are quite different from the windy links courses of Scotland. This does not, however, mean that they offer less of a challenge - in fact Letham Grange Old Course is considered to be one of the most difficult inland courses in Scotland. It has even been compared with the world famous Augusta course.
Monifieth Golf Links has prestigious neighbors – enough to reassure you that this is a links course worth playing. Carnoustie is four miles away along the coast and St. Andrews is a 30-minute drive away. Like them Monifieth is also a public links; furthermore, it is a qualifying course for the British Open when the Open is held at Carnoustie. You may not have heard much about this hidden gem in the golfing heart of Scotland but it is one of Scotland's most underrated, championship layouts.
The opinion of those who have played at the Montrose Golf Course in Angus, Scotland is that it is unfortunately overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Carnoustie. The Montrose Medal course is a natural links course that extends to 6506 yards and is a par 71 18-hole course. It ranks among the ten oldest golf clubs and courses in the world, the exact rank being in a bit of debate, depending on what is acknowledged as the date of formation of its golf association. One thing which makes the course unique is that at one time it had 25 holes! Although they were not played on regularly, they all came into play during a unique event in 1866.
Panmure Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in the world, founded in 1845. At that time a nine holes course was laid by Robertson and Pires of St Andrews in the area of Monifieth. This was later extended to 18 holes in 1880. The Panmure Golf Club was then shifted to its present location at Barry in 1899. Today Panmure Golf Club is a traditional links course that is situated adjacent to the world-famous Carnoustie Championship Links and the Monifieth Golf Course.