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