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Call the Masters. Carnoustie Golf Offer with St Andrews

Carnoustie Championship, Burnside Course & Buddon Links, plus Montrose, Panmure, & Monifieth, with St Andrews

The Open Championship returned to Carnoustie in 2018. Inspired? This is your chance to tackle the rotations biggest beast. Take advantage of this unique opportunity; the Faraway Fairways full Carnoustie golf offer with St Andrews.

Think of St Andrews as Mozart, and Carnoustie as Beethoven. Or if you prefer a drink, a fine champagne and dark vintage port. You get the idea. Carnoustie is a name that sends shudders through golfer’s the world over. It can be brutal. We play all three of the Carnoustie links in this special offer. The Championship course is the highlight, and is as unforgiving as it gets. It’s widely regarded as the toughest that the R&A has. The Burnside course plays inside it on the same parcel of land. It was here in 1953 that Ben Hogan qualified before going onto lift the claret jug. The most recent addition to the Carnoustie family are the Buddon links, now playing at 18 holes and out on the most exposed part of the estate. This trio under-writes the authenticity of the Carnoustie golf offer, but we aren’t finished yet. Not by a long chalk!

The experience isn’t just about the Carnoustie golf club though. Nearby Panmure is a top quality course that combines links and heathland features and has been used extensively over the decades as a venue for final Open qualifying. Another course that has also performed the honours is Montrose, the fourth oldest in the world. Montrose is one the most traditional links land you’ll ever encounter, playing as it does in classic links landscape. Monifieth completes this trio of qualifying venues and is where Tom Watson first struck out in 1975 and began his links odyssey

Finally, well it would be rude not to wouldn’t it? Carnoustie is only 45 minutes from St Andrews. We aim to play the Old Course through the ballot and duly include it in the Carnoustie golf offer. You’d rightly feel short-changed if we tried to deny you this, but if we aren’t successful with our ‘plan A’, we seek to play the Jubilee course instead, probably regarded as the hardest of the St Andrews links. Your prospects of success are fairly good in truth

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N/A Carnoustie
Monday CARNOUSTIE BUDDON LINKS (am) & PANMURE (pm) N/A Carnoustie
N/A Carnoustie
Wednesday CARNOUSTIE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE Glamis Castle Carnoustie


5 Nights Duration
  • Premier
  • Carnoustie (4) Edinburgh (1)
  • Premier price
  • High Season, £1625 approx $2112 (subject to & settled at current exchange rate)

BASIS OF PRICE - Four golfer's sharing transport, two people sharing a twin room

ST ANDREWS OLD COURSE BALLOT- Anyone intending to play the Old Course through the ballot should make contingency to add £190. This is paid locally once the result of the draw is known 48 hours before play. It will likely mean forfeiting the provisional reservation to a cancellation on the course you were otherwise scheduled to play. A customer who has qualified for our special offer will need to be refunded their Old Course green fee separately to the rest of the offer

CHAUFFEUR GUIDE - The tour described is self-drive. Should you prefer to engage a chauffeur driver instead, this option is available. Please notify us accordingly.

NON GOLF ACTIVITY - Non-golfers get more time for non-golf activity than golfers. An asterisk (*) is used on the ‘Non-Golf’ button in the itineraries to indicate where a golfer could reasonably expect to be able to undertake an activity. Anything left unmarked is only practical for non-golfers to undertake. Check the button called ‘What’s Included’ that appears on the final named day ‘tab’ to see if it’s included in a price.

DISCLAIMER - The content of all tours are sold subject to availability and final confirmation of price. We do not speculatively book hotels in advance. Late bookings might be subject to a market led price increment. The prices displayed are strong indicators of what you would expect to pay but can also fluctuate in line with choices people wish to add or omit. Please check what's included. Prices are per person based on two sharing


With a verifiable record going back to 1562, Montrose is the world’s fifth oldest golf course, and is something of a gem. Ben Crenshaw described it as “the most magnificent stretch of marvelously natural ground”. The medal course is rugged, windswept and wild. The topography is undulating and the turf springy. The yellow peril that golfer’s know as gorse is plentiful. It is very much the archetypal links, with some deep bunkers and characteristic sand dunes. A number of the holes run alongside the unrelenting Angus coastline offering some stunning scenery and precious little respite if the wind decides it wants to come out and play. We suggest Montrose as an alternative to the Carnoustie Burnside course. Carnoustie is definitely ‘the name’, but most commentators would regard Montrose as superior to the Burnside. You might consider playing both in a single day

Image with permission from Montrose Golf Club

Carnoustie, Buddon Links

Carnoustie’s Buddon Links are the newest addition to the family. The investment and introduction of two new holes in 2014, increased the quality of the course significantly. Locals now refer to the new Amen Corner at holes 11 and 12 where golfers are tested to the max. Whilst there are links elements on the Buddon course, there are other features such as a heathland stretch at the 6th where heather and silver birch trees are more reminiscent of a Highland golf course. Playing the 18 also provides you with a lesson in British military history given the number of holes named after battles.


Panmure golf course is less than 2 miles from Carnoustie and played host to final Open qualifying and many national and regional championships.

The greens are fairly small and the bunkers deep. Accuracy is often more important than length and each hole should be played strategically with thought always given to the approach shot. Whins and thick rough abound throughout the course and can destroy a poorly managed game. Tight fairways lined with gorse demand good placement from the tee at the expense of distance. Approach shots also require accuracy and on occasion clever improvisation is necessary,

The course is perhaps most readily associated with Ben Hogan who practised extensively at Panmure prior to the 1953 Open at Carnoustie. The sixth hole of the course was rated in his top 18 holes.

Image with thanks to Andrew Crear, Panmure GC, tour operators release


Monifieth’s Medal golf course is a combination of parkland and links, undulating ground flanked on many holes by rows of pine trees. The course has been used numerous times as a final Open qualifying venue for Carnoustie. Indeed, it was here that a young Tom Watson began his association with Scottish links golf on his way to lifting the claret jug in 1975 for the first time

Time spent thinking on the tee will pay off, especially with out of bounds down the right of the first 6 holes. This golf course rewards strategy and precision, making it perfect for anyone who wants to sharpen their tactical golf skills. Deep revetted bunkers are another feature.

Carnoustie Burnside

It lacks the length of its monsterous neighbour, but otherwise the course is similar in style to the Championship course, playing inside of it as it does. Mercilessly though, it is shorter. 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 closing two holes are normally cited as the round wreckers and better suited to the neighbouring championship course. The fifth is worth noting. A natural meander in the Barry Burn has created an island green similar to the 17th at Sawgrass. The Burnside proved to be a decent overture for Ben Hogan in 1953. He qualified on the Burnside before going onto lift the claret jug.


Carnoustie Championship Course

American media commentators wasted no time dubbing the Tayside course ‘Car-Nasty’. Few would deny the claims of Carnoustie to the crown of toughest Open venue of them all. Carnoustie is long, dark, and menacing. It has a number of challenging holes, particularly the par fives. The Spectacles’ (14) and ‘Hogan’s Alley’ (6) are the two toughest assignments on the stroke index. The par 3 sixteenth is another shocker. It’s the enduring image from the 1999 Open of Jean van de Velde paddling about in the Barry Burn however, that cemented Carnoustie’s legend. Sports Illusrated described the course as being “a nasty old antique brought down from the attic by the R&A after 24 years” as scoring soared. Carnoustie revels in such notoriety. If the wind gets up (and surprisingly a lot of people hope it does) you’re unlikely to ever play a tougher assignment

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Qualification requirements for play

Carnoustie operates a handicap threshold of 28 for gentlemnen, and 36 for ladies respectively. Players who are unable to meet this standard are invited to tackle the alternatives we’ve nominated instead

St Andrews Old Course

St Andrews, the home of golf, needs little introduction nor hype from us. The first surviving record of the game being played here dates to 1522. The town oozes atmosphere and the course is soaked in heritage. The view from the iconic Swilcan Bridge on eighteen, looking back up the final fairway to the magnificent R&A headquarters, flanked by the red bricked Hamilton Hall is one of the most instantly recognisable in world sport, never mind golf. The Road Hole 17th, is another signature assignment, as are the unique and massive double greens. The secret? don’t be over-awed. Keep out the 112 bunkers, especially so ‘Hell Bunker’ at the 14th. Then attack the course! St Andrews is actually one of the more obliging links, so don’t leave wondering what might have been. It can be tamed!

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Qualification requirements for play

“A current official handicap card (Golf Club affiliated to a Golf Union/Association) record or certificate must be presented to the starter prior to play. Maximum handicaps – 24 Men, 36 Ladies. St Andrews will not accept letters of introduction from a local Club Professional”. Players who are unable to meet this standard are invited to tackle the alternatives we’ve nominated instead

The Ballot

One of the most remarkable things about St Andrews is that it’s actually a public course. Luckily the Scot’s also have a tradition of egalitarianism and although golf has often taken on an exclusive aura in many countries, the Scot’s have guarded a sense of open access quite preciously.This means that the Old Course is subject to a public ballot drawn 48 hours before play. It’s important that we stress that we rely on this method. The ballot does NOT guarantee you a tee-time.

We’re often asked ‘what are the chances of success on the ballot’?. The time of year is an important factor. Applications that avoid July, August & September are more likely to succeed. We also make more than one application using the different days available to us. Thursdays and Saturdays have the most ballot times available. It also depends on how flexible you’re prepared to be, regarding days of the week, times of the day, and group size. We’re normally confident for April, May, June, October & November. We’re more cautious regarding the summer months, but more people who set out to play the Old Course succeed than fail. This guidance stops short of being a guarantee though.

Guaranteed tee-times

There is a price premium to guarantee a tee-time. This involves a minimum hotel stay in St Andrews of three nights, and playing additional St Andrews courses. If you’re playing the Old Course as part of a wider ranging tour across Scotland or Ireland however, then you won’t always have the luxury of being able to spend three days here. In this case you either have to extend your stay, or take your chance through the ballot or the ‘walk up’ rule.

The Jubilee course, St Andrews's toughest track

The Jubilee in question was that of Queen Victoria, this course dates to 1897. The course plays on a strip of land wedged between the Old and the New courses. It’s a quite typical links for the area, threading its way through low dunes, and without any double greens. The raised tees afford the golfer stunning views across St Andrews Bay and the town beyond. It was only in 1988 that the Jubilee course came of age when Donald Steel was asked to upgrade it though and added not length, interest, and challenge to the layout. Until then it tended to get overlooked on a St Andrews bucket list, but slowly it’s built up a reputation and loyalty. Today many experienced links doyens regard the Jubilee as St Andrews’s most under rated course.

Time to say Goodbye

Time, as they say, waits for no man, and sadly we’re no exception. Today it’s time to bid you farewell, hope you enjoyed your stay, and will consider returning soon. Better still, the return match awaits. We’ll ensure you get to your airport for a safe, and comfortable return across the Atlantic, where the benefits of flying east to west will now become apparent, as you land a mere two hours after you took off! Don’t forget to stay in touch through our blog, email, or the social networks, as we update information. Once again, thank you



‘The Deal’ laid out
All you have to do is the following….

  1. Select who you think will win the 2020 Masters
  2. Book this tour with your selections name
  3. Pay your deposit no later than February 28th, 2020,
    (payments after this date subject to agreement)
  4. Pay the remaining balance by March 31st, 2020,
    (payments after this date subject to agreement)

Should your nominated player win….we’ll pay for (way of 100% refund) the total cost of your tour to the advertised price.


So where’s the catch? have I read this right?

The offer only extends to paid bookings, based on the result of the 2020 Masters. Should your nominated player fail to win, you aren’t required to pay any forfeit for being on the wrong side of the result. The risk is ours. You just take your tour as intended, on a ‘nothing lost’ basis.

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