Top Golfing at Monifieth Golf 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.

There are actually two courses at Monifieth, the Medal and the Ashludie. Established in 1858 on raised beaches or link lands, the Medal Course was originally a 9 holer that was extended to 18 in the late 1890s. Over the years changes and additions have taken place and it is now a 6657 yards par 72 course. Nonetheless, the layout of the original 150 year old course is mostly unchanged. Like many other early courses that were built on the seacoast, Monifieth too has a railway track on one side. The tracks are a constant companion to the first few holes and demand a great accuracy of play.

This is a straightforward course with an amazing honesty; there is no hidden guile here but rather a tough up front challenge. You can look forward to some exceptional holes, generously peppered with shrewd bunkering. There are an astounding number of trees for a links course and the undulating fir tree lined fairways provide a very unique Scottish golfing environment.

The relentless winds of the east coast, off the Firth of Tay, reach the wide open spaces of the Monifieth Golf Course and add to the challenge of this uncompromising, traditional layout. It is almost as if the winds and the configuration of the course are conspiring together to confuse and frustrate the golfer; you tend to feel confined in your play with a result that the fairways seem even tighter than they already are. A challenging course indeed!

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