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There is noth­ing to match the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing one of the most fa­mous and chal­leng­ing courses in world golf. Orig­i­nally laid out in 1840 by Allan Robert­son, with ma­jor changes being in­tro­duced later by Old Tom Mor­ris and James Braid, the fin­ish­ing hole of the cham­pi­onship course with the club­house and ho­tel in the back­ground is a Scot­tish golf highlight. A scene of ma­jor drama in the 1999 and 2007 Bri­tish Opens, this 510- yard par- 4 will play as a par- 5 for the ma­jor­ity of golfers, even from the front mark­ers. Faced with a tee shot most likely into the wind, you must ne­go­ti­ate the no­to­ri­ous Barry Burn that winds across the fair­way like an ag­i­tated snake. A five is good here and a six would have won Jean Van de Velde the claret jug in 1999. The Bri­tish Open will make a wel­come re­turn here in 2018. www. carnoustiegolflinks. co. uk ( Nearby courses: Carnoustie Bud­don, Carnoustie Burn­side, Pan­mure, Ar­broath.)

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