Carnoustie Burnside

We’re probably being too poetic to suggest that the lion sat down with the lamb, but the Carnoustie Burnside will always have to live in the shadow of its more brutal neighbour. That’s not to say that the sister course at Carnoustie is a push-over, but it is shorter and compared to the Championship assignment its comparatively tame (but then 99% of courses are)


Founded 1892
Yardage 6082 yds
Par 68
Handicap Restrictions No handicap restrictions apply


Carnoustie Burnside

The Course itself

As the name suggests, this particular scaled-down version also makes use of the Barry burn amongst its defences but perhaps the feature of the course is the collection of par 3’s. To no small extent it really is the proximity of the Championship course that over-shadows this stable-mate, as it would otherwise be regarded as a stern test anywhere else in the country.

Sensible driving will let you test your mid to short game as the key is working out where you think you can most effectively play your second shot from given the heather whins and rough that come into play.

The notorious ‘Barry Burn’ winds its way through the Carnoustie, Burnside course. The water hazard becomes a feature of many of the short holes and none more so than the 158yd fifth hole where it coils its way around the putting surface like a python round the throat of its victim. It’s a hole that draws the occasional comparison with the 17th at Sawgrass and only an accurate shot will save you here. The 17th “the Sinkies”, is a particular tough par 4 that looks as if it’s been lifted out of it neighbours play book at 473 yards. Even if you can negotiate this obstacle without destroying your round, the 18th “Lismore” has an out of bounds that could still do just that. It’s also worth mentioning that the greens tend to be more undulating than you realise, and they can bite.

The Burnside was where in 1953 Ben Hogan shot 70 to help him qualify for the Open Championship which he subsequently won.



Buggy hire, Trolleys, Caddies and Clubs

Driving Range Available Yes
Rental Carts Available No
Rental Trolleys Yes
Caddies Yes – gratuity at own discretion
Rental Clubs Available Yes
Pro Shop Yes


When playing Scotland you are very much in the heartland of the sports traditions. In a lot of cases this won’t extend to 20th century inventions such as buggies/ carts. You are invited to take a step-back into history to a large extent and play a round in the manner more akin to how the game was originally conceived. This is quite normal for the top courses. Carnoustie requires a medical certificate before allowing the use of a course vehicle.

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