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Carnoustie Course Hotel - Carnoustie area

With every passing Open Championship, the distinctive white-stoned, slate roofed hotel with its clock, that sits at the back of the 18th green is becoming an increasingly recognisable feature of this great old links. The Carnoustie Course hotel itself is a comparative juvenile by Scottish golf standards, a requirement that saw the Championship return to Carnoustie in 1999, after a break of a quarter of a century


Carnoustie Course hotel

The hotel with the Barry Burn in the foreground

To some extent the link between course and hotel is a bit unfair on the hotel, for although the name of ‘Carnoustie’ slips alongside some of golf’s greatest and people naturally feel that the Carnoustie Course hotel has to be in the same class as the likes of Gleneagles, Turnberry, or the better ones of St Andrews. The Carnoustie Course hotel isn’t a five-star however, and was never in this type of category, yet people can feel a little bit underwhelmed due to having unfounded expectations in the first place. The upside of this however is that the hotel isn’t actually as expensive as you might imagine. Provided you don’t mind doing a manageable commute of 45 mins each day, the Carnoustie Course hotel can conceivably be used as a base for playing St Andrews without incurring the St Andrews price list. Indeed, if you stay three nights we’ll usually be able to secure complimentary rounds for you in the evening on both the Burnside Course and the Buddon Links


Twin bedroom at Carnoustie. If a mysterious growling noise has kept you awake, don’t fear, that’ll be the course outside.

By way of ‘tip’, it’s definitely worth upgrading to a “course view room”, as the difference in cost is relatively small and instantly recovered the moment you draw back the curtains in the morning, especially if greeted with a sunrise, fine mist, and the glistening sparkle of a morning dew lying on the fairways


The view from the breakfast table overlooking this most treacherous stretch of golf yardage. There it is. I mean, how are you supposed to eat with this monster out there?

Although it’s a resort hotel and provides spa and health treatments to help you relax, it doesn’t have the size of the estate that Gleneagles or Turnberry does to offer quite the same range of outdoor activities. Perhaps the most important thing to manage here is expectations. The bottom-line is that outside of golf and a few conferences, Carnoustie needn’t have a great deal to attract visitor, and this has impacted on it a little bit.


The 19th hole is a haven. You’d be amazed how much your round improves the more time you spend in here

Carnoustie Course hotel – Single Supplements

Even though we have to impose some supplementary surcharges in line with passing costs on, we endeavour to adopt a sincere position that doesn’t seek to penalise such travellers and exploit your situation, occasionally absorbing some of the cost ourselves. Despite our commitment to fair play, there is still ultimately only two bottom-line options:

1: Pay a single traveller supplement
2: If you indicate a willingness, we can attempt to pair you in a twin room

It is worth mentioning that a single person will rarely be allowed to play a round of golf solo, and you will almost certainly be required to join a group. This can sometimes work to your advantage though, as you’ll be more flexible.

Cancellation premiums

Most hotels operate a cancellation premium of some description. The amount charged however varies between chains, and even different hotels within the same chain, it also fluctuates with little sense of predictability. In addition, the terms and conditions also differ with 3 days to 24 hours being typical cut-off points beyond which cover is invalidated. Group bookings can find they’re subjected to 28 days given that a hotelier takes a bigger risk accepting such a reservation to a mass cancellation. We try to reserve piecemeal as a result

Our policy is to recover what we can for you, but we are restricted in line with what the hotel offers. It’s always helpful to check the individual hotels T&C’s. We advise you if booking by credit card, to check that you don’t hold an added service item that came when you signed up. This might cover you.

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