Carnoustie Golf Links – The Host of The 147th Open Championship

    By Jazzy Morgan

    The Open Championship is golf’s oldest and most prestigious major championship. In addition to being the oldest it is also the most internationally known championship in professional golf. It was created to crown the Champion Golfer of the Year and since its inception in 1860, The Open has been played on 14 of the world’s most cherished golf links. This year, the historic championship will be held at Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, UK.

    Golf has been played at Carnoustie since the early 16th century and has now developed the reputation as one of the hardest courses in the world.

    • The course is alongside the Angus Coast producing strong winds that impact play.
    • Bunkers throughout the course are positioned in such a way that you must hit every shot perfectly to avoid them.
    • It is the longest course out of all the host venues of The Open has been played at 7,421 yards., in addition to it being incredibly narrow.

    The Open Championship has been played at Carnoustie seven times: 1931, 1937, 1953, 1968, 1975, 1999, 2007 and for the eighth time in 2018!Carnoustie Golf Links

    Carnoustie Golf Links – A Rich and Long History

    The game of golf has been played at Carnoustie Golf Links for over 4 centuries. The first record of golf ever being played on the land that is now Carnoustie was found in records that date back to 1560.

    In 1839, Carnoustie Golf Club was created, making it the oldest artisan club in the world. During this time, Carnoustie only consisted of 10 holes that were laid out by the greatest golfer of that time, Allan Robertson. 28 years later in 1869, the course was extended to 18 holes. However, it wasn’t until 1926 that the course was in the position to host The Open Championship.

    Carnoustie Golf Links – What’s in a Name?

    There are many stories behind where the name Carnoustie derives from. One being from two Scandinavian nouns; car meaning rock and noust meaning bay.

    Another historical theory, is that it came from the Battle of Barry which was fought in 1010, where the Scottish King fought off a band of Danish invaders. The battle was suggested to be quite the lengthy massacre until Camus, the Danish general, was taken out with a sword. There is a cross on the grounds of Panmure Estate, just around the corner from the golf course, that marks the spot where he was buried.

    Legend has it that due to the loss of their favorite warrior, Norse Gods put a curse on the neighborhood including what is now the golf course, which let thousands of crows loose. The crows then colonized in the a near woodlands, what is now Buffon Ness. As the number of crows grew, they became known as the Craw’s Nestie and later, Carnoustie.

    Padraig Harrington at The Open ChampionshipBe Part of History at The 147th Open Championship

    Each championship brings unbelievable excitement and drama, from what may have been one of the greatest Opens of all time in 1953 with Ben Hogan’s victory, to Padraig Harrington’s win at The 2007 Open, arguably the best major performance of all time.

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     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 


    Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Jazzy Morgan

    Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading Vogue & Cosmo, keeping up with fashion trends and watching her favorite soccer team, Manchester United.


    Evan Chronis

    Evan Chronis was born in Omaha, Nebraska but has made his home in south Charlotte for almost two decades. A Tar Heel born and bred, Evan received his B.A in Media and Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is an avid Boston sports fan thanks to his family’s New England roots, and a fanboy of Wes Anderson films.