Carnoustie Golf Links | Scottish Golf Tours

Among The Open venues, Carnoustie Golf Links is generally regarded as the most difficult course on the rotation. This theory was reinforced by the chaos of the 1999 Open and the lasting image of Jean Van de Velde standing in the Barry Burn. Tom Watson and Gary Player both won here, but it was Ben Hogan’s triumph in 1953 that best defines Carnoustie’s history with The Open. After winning The Masters and U.S. Open that year, Hogan crossed the Atlantic to make his one and only start in The Open Championship. He returned home with the Claret Jug and the admiration of everyone who crossed his path at Carnoustie.

The notorious links at Carnoustie provided Old Tom Morris with his first experience with golf course design. He assisted his mentor, Allan Robertson, in laying out the first nine holes at Carnoustie, then later returned to extend the links to a full 18-holes. Most of the course as we know it, however, was the work of five-time Open Champion James Braid. The 6th hole – known as Hogan’s Alley – is one of the most famous par-5s in Scotland. The name commemorates Hogan’s win but also his bold play off the tee on the hole. The closing stretch is not for the faint of heart, with the Barry Burn snaking its way into play on multiple occasions.

Carnoustie Golf Links is a great addition to any golf tour to Scotland. Either build this course into your stay in St Andrews or incorporate a round on your travel day to the North East or North of Scotland. It’s an exceptional test of links golf and one that should be experienced by every golfer visiting Scotland


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Carl McCreath August 2023

First class start to finish. We had a couple curve balls with flight delays etc.. and the St Andrews Golf Travel team adapted and ensured our trip stayed on track. Thoughtful hosts, excellent accommodations, and impeccable service. Can't wait to come back and enjoy their hospitality again.

Kuo Tong August 2023

Our group of 8 played 4 rounds in St Andrews in Aug 2023. So many great posts already about the professionalism, dedication, and service provided by the St Andrews Golf Travel team it's challenging to offer a different take. Everything was a 5 star experience. Thank you Graeme, Marc, and the rest of the team. We'll be back!

Brandon Carroll August 2023

Graeme and Marc are absolutely wonderful. We planned an 8-man trip to Scotland and every detail was perfect. Their service was impeccable. After meeting several other similar groups on Troon and St. Andrews, we felt very fortunate to have conducted our trip with St. Andrews Golf Travel. Every detail was carefully curated and all coordination, transportation and accommodations were flawless. I can't thank them enough and we are already looking forward to an Ireland trip with them.

Michael Roth August 2023

Incredible! from my very first inquiry over two years ago until the completion of our trip on 8/13/2023 Graeme, Marc and St Andrews Golf Travel are 5 stars. Graeme would always follow-up within an hour or two even though the time difference was 5 hours. He planned every single detail of the trip and it was exactly as he said it would be. The golf was incredible, stayed at great places, ate incredible food and had a wonderful driver in Andy. I wouldn't or consider anybody else for our next golf trip across the pond! Graeme/Marc Thank you both and Cheers

Jon Argabrite August 2023

Loved the company, Loved the Golf, Loved the history, Loved the town, loved the people in Scotland. Marc and the representatives of St Andrews Golf Travel were wonderful. I highly recommend booking through St Andrews Golf Travel.

John Shipka August 2023

These guys are the best. They got us on great golf courses, great tee times, and fantastic accommodations. Do not consider any other company for a golf trip!

Brian O'Connor August 2023

This was the 5th time I’ve been to St Andrew’s for a golf trip, 4th time organizing a trip for 8 golfers, including myself. Covid canceled our original trip, so pushed back to July 2024!
Not only did Marc stick with us, he made the trip even better! I’m located in Scottsdale Arizona and Marc was always there for us and went way and beyond any other tour operator I’ve ever worked with. Hotel was close to Old course and Angus was a great host. Newly refurbished rooms & Fantastic breakfast at Bibi’s cafe to start our days. 5 of the lads had never been before and guaranteed Old course time didn’t disappoint. Marc secured all requested courses and was even able to move tee time back for our final round at Dumbarnie. Thanks again St Andrews Golf Travel.
If your looking for a tour company, look no farther than St Andrews Golf Travel!

Barry Hill August 2023

A big thank you to Graeme and the team at St. Andrews Golf Travel. The trip was perfectly planned and executed and our group of 4 college buddies had the trip of a lifetime. Thanks for taking care of us!!

Scott Bauccio July 2023

1-10. 10 being the highest. 12!

Todd Schaap July 2023

Marc and his crew executed the bucket list golf trip of a lifetime. It could not have gone any better. Thanks again!!