Mention Carnoustie to most golfers, and they think “Carnasty,” the nickname given to this famously difficult links on the east coast of Scotland. Now that I’ve had a chance to play Carnoustie, I’ll confirm what we already know–the course is bloody hard!
But the “Carnasty” moniker doesn’t do the course justice because it causes golfers to overlook the fact that Carnoustie, while incredibly challenging, is also a wonderful course. Carnoustie’s layout is great, even borderline genius. The course has more history than just about any other course in the world save for the Old Course at St. Andrews. And, despite being challenging, the course is 100 percent fair. Good shots are rewarded, but bad shots are severely penalized.
Carnoustie is an absolute must play on any golf trip to Scotland. Here are my thoughts about the course, concluding with why I am giving Carnoustie my first ever A+ rating.