PAUL LAWRIE’S EX­CLU­SIVE HOLE-BY-HOLE GUIDE TO PLAY­ING CARNOUSTIE

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1 CUP 395 YARDS PAR 4

Off the tee, choose a club that will see your ball fin­ish short of the deep, right-hand bunker. From the left half of the fair­way you can see more of the green. The ap­proach must land on or just short.

2 GUL­LEY 461 YARDS PAR 4

A great hole where you have to hit a good drive. I aim for the left of the fair­way be­cause the bunkers right are pe­nal. A very long green, but straight and short won’t hurt you.

3 JOCKIE’S BURN 350 YARDS PAR 4

Play short of the big mound of rough in the fair­way – even if you think you can carry it. A ball fly­ing that far won’t stop be­fore reach­ing the burn. A mid-iron off the tee leaves only a short shot to a green that has a lot of move­ment to it.

4 HILLOCKS 415 YARDS PAR 4

There is a choice here from the tee. Play­ing short of the bunker on the left or, if the rough isn’t too thick on the right, any­thing up that side is fine and al­lows a shorter ap­proach. The pin po­si­tion dic­tates the best play. The green is shared and, like the first, is rel­a­tively flat.

5 BRAE 412 YARDS PAR 4

Nor­mally plays down­wind so the best tee shot fin­ishes short of the left bunker. That takes the fair­way burn out of play and leaves a mid-iron in. The long, nar­row green is no bar­gain. The bank on the right is awk­ward, as is any pin above the tier in the green.

6 HO­GAN’S AL­LEY 580 YARDS PAR 5

Down­wind, I take on the fair­way bunkers. Into the wind, I play safe short and right. The ideal sec­ond will fin­ish in the left-half of the fair­way and leave a nice an­gle into a nar­row green and should take the bunkers on the right out of play.

7 PLAN­TA­TION 410 YARDS PAR 4

Most times, I hit a 3-wood short of the bunkers on the right. Other play­ers like to try to get past them. You can’t get on the green from the sand! The ap­proach calls for real ac­cu­racy. Short is not great and nei­ther is long.

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