Carnoustie Golf Links Preview: 2018 Open Championship

18th Hole Carnoustie Golf Links
A view of the 18th hole at Carnoustie Golf Links in advance of the 147th Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. Credit: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The 2018 Open Championship kicked off on Sunday at Carnoustie Golf Links, with four days of prep, practice and promotions, all leading up to first-round tee times on Thursday morning at 1:35 am (EST).

Carnoustie is a links-style course located in the town of the same name in Angus, Scotland. It was first designed by Allan Robertson in 1842 with an assist from Old Tom Morris. James Braid reworked it in 1926 to its current form.

Carnoustie has hosted seven previous Opens, with the first in 1931 (Tommy Armour) and the most recent in 2007 (Padraig Harrington).

To get familiarized with this 176-year old golf course in Carnoustie, here’s a curated list of videos, previewing all 18 holes, with hosts Rick Shiels and Eve Muirhead.

HOLE 1 – ‘CUP’

PAR 4 | 396 YARDS
The first at Carnoustie eases one into play offering a wide-open fairway, sloping from left to right. The second shot is blind – one of the few at Carnoustie.
2007: RANK: 15 | SCORING AVG: 3.936


PAR 4 | 461 YARDS
A long par 4 is next, and it’s a longish one. It requires a straight tee shot, otherwise bunkers will gobble up anything off target. The second shot is fairly simple, but it is to a huge green so distance is key, or else players could be putting some long bombs.
2007: RANK: 11 | SCORING AVG: 4.131


PAR 4 | 350 YARDS
A short, deceptive par 4. Any wayward drives left will likely land in one of the fairway bunkers.
2007: RANK: 8 | SCORING AVG: 4.197

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