Carnoustie Championship Course & Burnside Course & Buddon Links

Carnoustie Weekend Golf Break
– The Character of this tour

Duration – 3 nights
Logistics – Daily ‘back-to-base’ structure
Transport – Either Self-drive or Managed driver works fine.
Mileage – Low
Travel Class – Premier
Non-Golf offer – Limited (Glamis Castle, Scone Palace & St Andrews)
St Andrews Old Course – Odds against play through the ballot, but not without a chance.
The Old Course isn’t part of the package, but Carnoustie is near enough
The opportunity to ‘roll the dice’ would exist.

At Faraway Fairways we’ve become increasingly aware that a number of you want to ‘get away from it’, but don’t necessarily want the commitment of a longer ‘tour’. In other words, you want a top golf break over a weekend with a true world class course as the focus, but you have so many other things going on around you that have to get back to. It shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn therefore that Faraway Fairways have just the answer with our Carnoustie weekend golf break, one of six options we’re excited to offer.

The Carnoustie weekend break is designed for someone who can leave work mid-day Friday, or even early evening, so long as they can arrive in Scotland (Edinburgh or Glasgow) early on Saturday. Anyone taking it from the UK or continental Europe will be back at work by Tuesday morning. But here’s a twist, by virtue of flying back across time zones, so will anyone from North America.

The Carnoustie weekend golf break isn’t exactly a new concept you might suggest? True, we’ll give you that ‘short putt’! But most of these weekend golf packages tend to be resort first and golf second. Faraway Fairways’ big weekend golf breaks put the golf first. Well to no small extent in Scotland, you have to, Spain we ain’t!

So it might sound a bit ambitious at first, and its probably not completely unfair to think that this type of weekend Scottish golf break is more likely to appeal to those of you who have fast moving lifestyles and a bit of ‘go’ about you, although this needn’t be exclusive. Ultimately the world is becoming a smaller a place however, and it is becoming increasingly possible to do these types of things. The more you think about it, the more you’ll come to realise it. When you walk back into work on Tuesday and someone enquires whether you “did anything interesting at the weekend?” it would perhaps be nice to reply “played golf at Carnoustie, Scotland. And you?”


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CARNOUSTIE BUDDON LINKS Glamis Castle Carnoustie
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3 nights
  • Premier

The price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room for three nights, and four people sharing the cost of the transport (a standard golfing four-ball)

Travelling to Scotland

Long weekend golf breaks are designed to minimise disruption to your working week. Schedules are built on an assumption that you can leave work mid afternoon to early evening, on a Friday. We envisage you arriving at either Edinburgh or Glasgow international airports or respective railway stations.

Golfer’s travelling from within the UK, or flying from continental Europe, do have more margin. Many of you will be able to arrive in Edinburgh/ Glasgow on the Friday evening. This will incur an extra nights accommodation, but will allow you to make an earlier start the next morning

Those of you flying the Atlantic however will arrive early on Saturday morning. There are direct flights to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The whole secret to the Long weekend is that you’re at least in Scotland early on the Saturday. The return leg is easier as you’re flying with the time zone, and can even sneak an extra round if routing back through London

Ordinarily Faraway Fairways would tend to advise that you aim to arrive as follows;

  • Edinburgh if playing St Andrews
  • Glasgow if playing Turnberry
  • Edinburgh if playing Carnoustie
  • Either if playing Gleneagles with slight preference for Edinburgh

The ultimate objective is to get you into the course as quickly as we can, especially if you’re arriving on Saturday morning, or playing St Andrews.

Glasgow and Edinburgh are about 60 minutes apart by road. It might happen that an earlier arrival at say Glasgow, can result in an earlier arrival at St Andrews, despite it being further away. You might even route through London or Dublin

We wouldn’t necessarily discourage those of you who practically can do, to arrive on Friday evening. This extends your scope for securing favourable tee times and would be particularly helpful for the St Andrews Old Course on Saturday.

It would probably be advisable to travel as light as you can in order to make check-in and baggage reclaim much quicker. You might even find you’re able to do this using the clothes you’re wearing, some small items in hand luggage, and if necessary, buy a few extras from the pro-shop whilst you’re here (they also double as souvenirs of course). You might even decide to play with hired clubs (though in fairness, hardly anyone ever does).

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.

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.


Walking Tour

Walk the fairways of the Old Course and get up close and personal with some of golf’s most celebrated holes. See ‘Hell bunker’ at 14. Soak up the notorious 17th, the ‘Road Hole’, and the bunker known as the ‘Sands of Nakajima’. Survey the tee shot from 18 across the Swilcan Bridge and onto the ‘Valley of Sin’ in front of the iconic R&A Headquarters building that overlooks the green. We’re able to offer you an exclusive walking tour of the Old Course most Sundays. It’s also worth noting that St Andrews is home to the National Golf Museum with over 16,000 exhibits. St Andrews is also a legitmate non-golf attraction in its own right too, and is famed for its ancient university, it’s ruined catherdral and cliff hugging old castle.

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


Sitting at the end of final fairway, overlooking the 18th green with the notorious Barry Burn snaking its way out to sea in front of it, the unmistakable white stone course hotel at Carnoustie is fast becoming one of the most striking in golf. Unlike some of the other options available in the ‘big weekend’ suite, Carnoustie isn’t really a resort. The golf comes first, second, and third here. The consequence is that the hotel is more affordable than St Andrews, but is a 4-star

Self Drive or Chauffeur

‘Long Weekend’ golf breaks assume arrival at either of Scotland’s major international airports, (Edinburgh & Glasgow) or their respective railway hubs of Waverley or Central stations.

Faraway Fairways normally recommend self-drive for our golf packages but the ‘Long Weekend golf breaks’ might be the exception? Chauffeur driven options can work perfectly well (particularly St Andrews or Gleneagles). This will typically be a Mercedes capable of taking seven passengers. The Mercedes has leather seats and a high-spec ride comfort.

Self-drive affords you more flexibility and independence, but it is a bit more time consuming to process. Long weekends can be quite intense, and the responsibility for driving might be one stress point you’d be happy to lose

The only long weekend package where we needn’t be convinced that a chauffeur driven solution works that well would be the option that involves playing Shiskine on the Isle of Arran as part of the Turnberry break. You might also be forgiven for wishing to have some transport autonomy at Carnoustie too as the town needn’t have the appeal of St Andrews, and the hotel probably hasn’t got the depth of non-golf facilities that Gleneagles and Turnberry can call on

Our pricing schedules are modelled on self-drive. Chauffeur driven options normally cost slightly more, but in some cases this could be negligible and might even be less dependent on how you decide to operate a base location, as they could involve little more than airport transfers to a resort hotel which in itself can provide for all your needs


  • 3 nights – Carnoustie Course Hotel – 4 star
    – (includes breakfast)
    – Golf Course View, twin or double rooms
  • Up to three rounds of golf with green fees for:
    – Carnoustie Championship course
    – Carnoustie Burnside course
    – Carnoustie Buddon Links
  • Self Drive – or – Chauffeur driven vehicle
    – (MPV people carrier, typically Mercedes)
  • Walking Tour of the St Andrews Old Course (Sunday)
  • Support and assistance as appropriate


– Friday night accommodation.
– Flexible hotel cancellation booking rates.
– Air-fares
– Evening meals, or additional hotel expenditure such as drinks (unless specified)
– Caddie hire, or any golf course equipment. We are happy to arrange this at no extra cost.

All tours and hotels sold subject to availability and final confirmation.

Long Weekend

Guide price based on four golfers sharing two ‘golf course view’ twin rooms
Transport costs based on self-drive and divided by all (chauffeur drive is perfectly viable)


Typical Price Range Guide –

LUXURY PEAK SEASON …………………….,£895
LUXURY LOW SEASON …..,,……………..,£775

Quite a lot of golf tour operators will take some low-season green fees, perhaps wrap them up with a budget hotel ‘offer’, and then present them as the dreaded “prices from”. Sure it makes for an eye-catching headline. Faraway Fairways could do the same. The question really though is does this help you at all? Well most golfers probably don’t appreciate having their hopes built up only for them to wade through the detail to discover that the price that caught their attention requires them to comply with all sorts of sub-optimal conditions. Instead we’re using a ‘guide price’ which needn’t be ‘spot on’ but should be close

Highlights – Carnoustie Championship Course, Carnoustie Burnside Course & Carnoustie Buddon Links

Duration – 4 days

Travel class – Premier – Carnoustie course hotel (course view rooms)

Season – All year round

Transport – Self drive or Chauffeur drive


Important – Dynamic prices do alter dependent on the choices we make, the month/ week we book for, and in the case of hoteliers that operate revenue yield management models outside of fixed rate contracts, the time of year we process a booking. As a general guideline, the nearer we book to the day of arrival, the more expensive things become. The Carnoustie ‘shoulder season’ is generous and encompasses April up until mid May and the last two weeks of October. The course is open for play during the winter but doesn’t tend to push these dates. We have to go in search of them

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