Did You Know....The Open Championship?
Carnoustie Golf Course - 18th Hole
The Open (Not the British Open!!!) is returning to Carnoustie in July. The Open is the oldest of golf’s four major championships dating back to 1860 - a full 35 years older than the US Open!
It will be the 8th time that the course has hosted The Open with previous winners including Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gary Player, as well as Scotland’s own Paul Lawrie.
Golf has been played on the links in Carnoustie since the early 1500’s, with the current course being designed by Old Tom Morris.
A notoriously difficult links course, especially when the wind blows, it is guaranteed to provide a real test to the best golfers in the world. Jack Nicklaus rated it the hardest course on the circuit.
There are 5 golf courses on The Open rota, half of them in Scotland. The Championship is rotated, although it is played at St Andrews, the home of golf, every 5 years.
Swilken Bridge at St. Andrews
Scotland has around 550 golf courses, more per head than any other country. There are links and parkland courses; beautiful settings ranging from mountains to islands; and warm. welcoming clubhouses where you can enjoy a dram at the "19th hole".
Whilst a small number of courses are private, most welcome visitors, including those on the championship rota. St Andrews, for example, can be played for around £180 ($250), whilst the championship courtse at Carnoustie is £200, or £560 for a fourball. There are many fine courses, however, where you can expect to pay less than £50.
In my previous role, I was lead planner and event commander for the 2015 Open at St Andrews, and the 2016 Open at Troon. I was also event commander for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. I would be happy to tailor a package around Scotland’s golf courses – with around 550 to choose from, there is sure to be something to meet your needs!