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Burnside Course, Carnoustie

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  • 18 holes, par 68, 6,028 yards. Links.

    Much like the Kintyre course at Turnberry, Ballybunion’s Cashen or the Portland course at Royal Troon , Carnoustie’s Burnside course is perennially in the shadow of its more popular older sibling. But like the other ‘second courses’ mentioned, visiting golfers ignore the Burnside at their peril, for it’s a lovely course in its own right that would surely be much more highly regarded if it were located elsewhere.

    After a slow start, things go up a gear around the 6th hole, with the course moving onto the same patch of ground as the esteemed Championship course. As with so many courses, the one-shotters are a real barometer of quality, with particular praise going to the 5th and 14th, both of which are magnificently demanding.

    It goes without saying that the condition is immaculate, and with the infamous Barry Burn complemented the plethora of pot bunkers, a real challenge awaits. It might ‘only’ be a par 68, but a Standard Scratch of 70 tells you just how tough this course is.


    • Clubhouse
    • Bar
    • Golf Shop
    • Changing facilities
    • Practice Range
    • Practice Area
    • Putting Green
  • Attire in Golf Clubhouses

    Visitors of Carnoustie are expected to wear suitable golfing attire whilst out on the course and in and around the clubhouse

    Caddies and Carts

    Caddies are available for visitors and are highly recommended - some of the caddies have been at the course for over 50 years. Guests of Carnoustie can also hire golf trolleys from the pro shop on the day of play if required.

    Practice Facilities

    Carnoustie plays host to ‘The Nestie’ which is a 6 hole junior course which is free to play for all (precedence is given to junior golfers). Also Carnoustie has two 18 hole putting greens open between April and October which are available to all visitors.

Useful Information

Burnside Course, Carnoustie, 3, Links Parade, Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland, DD7 7JF