No 7 - Carnoustie - Championship

Carnoustie hosted Padraig Harrington’s thrilling Open Championship victory in 2007. It's hard to think of a sterner – or fairer – test of golf in the British Isles

Carnoustie

7 CARNOUSTIE – Championship

Architect: T Morris 2006 position: 12 Stats: 6,692 yds; par 70; SSS 74 GF: £62.50-£150 T: 01241 802270 W: carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk (opens in new tab)

In 2007, Carnoustie hosted the Open for the seventh time. The competition will be remembered for Padraig Harrington’s thrilling play-off victory, but for me, the course also played a starring role.

The great links was set up perfectly and presented immaculately.

Carnoustie is a famously tough layout, even off the boxes, but I never felt harshly treated during my round.

The bunkers have a magnetic appeal, the greens are large and undulating, the fairways are narrow, and gorse and heather encroach ominously.

I can’t think of a sterner – or fairer – test of golf in the British Isles. FB

+ Superb layout; epic finish; fantastic test of golf even for the very best - Not the most inspiring surroundings; inadequate practice facilities

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Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?