Carnoustie Championship is prominently known as the “Beast”. Whether you take such label as blame or compliment, the designers in question are Old Tom Morris and James Braid. Believed to be founded in 1520, the present course was molded by successive architects over the years since the initial 10 holes were laid out in 1842.
Carnoustie does not have the dramatic background scenery that other Scottish golf courses possess, but its beauty is to be found in the golf course itself. In its layout, you will find that there are no two consecutive holes that face the same direction – this is a factor that does not help the golfers in finding their rhythm when faced with stiff winds.
The golf course’s famous burns (the Barry Burn and Jockie’s Burn) snaking their way represent another obstacles to finishing a respectable tally. Considered by many (such as Gary Player and Walter Hagen) as one of the world’s best links, Carnoustie Championship is not a golf course for those unthinking big-hitters. With judgment of distance and wind critical, each tee shot must be carefully placed to set up an approach to the green.
Considering Carnoustie’s quality, it is difficult to understand why it did not get the attention it deserved for so long and why it took until 1931 to host the British Open. Since then, the golf course has hosted the British Open six times. Its champions include Armour, Cotton, Hogan, Player, Watson and Lawrie, who all fittingly bear testament to the Carnoustie challenge.