1Play your tee shot to the left center of this first fairway to avoid the bunker on the right and provide the best angle to approach the green. The burn on the left is out of boundsThe lone greenside bunker on the right must be avoided to get off to a great start.2A tee shot of 215 yards or greater is required to carry Braids bunker set directly in the middle of this fairway.This green is nearly 60 yards front to back and as you can clearly see all the trouble is in the front. Hit enough club to reach the center on your approach.3Despite is reasonably short length, the tee shot options on this hole all come with some peril. Commit to the shot and don't second guess your decision.A water hazard guards the front of this green that must be avoided at all
costs. Caddies advise that you double check your distance to the pin location on this hole.4There is no hidden trouble from this tee, but the prevailing southwest wind is against you, so a low, boring stinger tee shot is advisedEnjoy the relatively flat green on this hole. it's the only time on the entire course you'll be able to experience such a level landing area. Play to the yellow flag. This is the only double green on the Carnoustie Championship course shared with the fourteenth. 5A left to right tee shot fits the shape of this dogleg right best. Trouble lurks at 300 yards from the tips in Jockies Burn.6Ben Hogun only played in one Open Championship in his illustrious
career, the one here at Carnoustie in 1953. On all 4 days of that Championship Hogun threaded his tee shot on this hole between the bunkers on the left and O B. He won that year by four shots. This hole Hoguns Alley is named in his honor.7There is O B left the entire length of the fairway. Several Bunkers guard the right side. Tee it high and let it fly to carry the bunkers and enjoy a short iron into this green. 8The blind tee shot on this hole invites you to play it safe and short. Being short is the last thing you want to do on this hole. There is far less trouble over the green.Hit an extra club and do not end up short.9There is O B left the entire length of this most difficult hole as well as bunkering on the right. You may be noticing a theme. Far better to play shorter and more accurate tee and approach shots to avoid all the trouble, even if it leaves you with a short approach for you third than end up with a snowman.10Avoid the three bunkers on the right to have any chance of reaching this green in two. Why South America? According to local loreA caddie here announced he was emmigrating to South America but only got as far as this hole where was found the next morning sleeping off the affects of a wee too many wee drams.11Yes. Another dogleg right, this time measuring 383 from the tips, favors accuracy over distance on the tee shot. After playing a smart, non-driver tee shot, youre left with a short to mid iron to this green. 12This short par 5 plays as a par 4 for the pros in the Open, but don't be fooled. Even pros are cautioned against going for the green. The green is wide but very shallow resulting in many well intended second shots carrying through the green into trouble over the back.13There are so many bunkers guarding this green that your tee shot is essentially to an island green. A well struck mid iron to green center will leave you with a reasonable chance.Lag your birdie putt to inside three feet, should you find the putting surface. Many players will not have been so lucky, rendering your par a very good score on this hole.14A reachable par 5 in to if you can thread your tee shot between the Spectacles bunkers in the neck of the fairway. With two bunkers guarding the front of the green, if your drive is at all out of position, its far better to leave yourself a third shot where you can spin your approach shot. The red flag is in play here on the back nine on the only double green on the Carnoustie Championship course, shared with the fourth.. 15Stay left of center on your drive on this hole as the fairway slopes left to right and feeds shots into the bunkers on the right. Best shot shape is right to left.The approach shot on this hole requires a left to right shape to avoid trouble. If you're out of position from the tee, better to play short and away from trouble. Having a reasonable putt for par, and scoring no worse than five is likely to beat a large percentage of the field.16The prevailing wind is against you from the north east on this long par
three. All the trouble is just short of the green.Either play a shot far enough to reach green center, or layup short of the trouble and pitch on to score no worse than four. Many of your competitors will wish they did the same.17This is the ultimate risk-reward hole. The line from the tee is the right half of the island towards the gables on the white house. Clearing Barry Burn requires a carry of 300 toThe safer play is to layup short of the Barry Burn. Seldom are heroic approach shots rewarded. Four bunkers guard the approach and front of the green. If you find yourself out of position lay up your approach some 50 yards short of the green and walk away with no worse than five.18The clock on the hotel is the line from the tee. Watch out for the Barry Burn bordering both sides of the fairway and the front of the green. The last time the Open was held here in 99, the burn spelled disaster for the leader Van de Veld who hit his tee shot into the burn on the right. Similar to hole 9, should you find yourself out of position after you tee shot, its far better to play safe, leaving a pitch onto the green a score no worse than five.
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