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 – 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.
Be 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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