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With 34 courses within a 40 minute drive of the famous Carnoustie Championship course, venue of seven Open Championships or British Opens, Carnoustie Country is one of Scotland's top golfing destinations. Nestling between the cities of Dundee and Aberdeen, along the East Coast of Scotland, Carnoustie Country provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a golfing break with opportunities around every corner to explore the rich heritage and beautiful countryside. Since 2005 the Carnoustie Country Classic, a Stableford tournament, offers a perfect way to experience some of the gems of Carnoustie Country. This amateur event is played over 72 holes on four great links courses: Montrose, Monifieth, Panmure and Carnoustie Championship. The tournament is open to all amateurs with a minimum handicap for men of 24, for women of 32 (handicap certificate of home club is required).
The Classic has earned a reputation of being one of the friendliest tournaments in Scotland and the United Kingdom. Over time the tournament has become so popular that for the 12th edition from May 8th to May 13th, 2016 the maximum number of competitors has been increased from 140 to 160. Due to late sunset only around 9 pm in May there is sufficient daylight for all participants to play the same course each day. The Classic will take place on the following courses from May 9th through May 12th, 2016 in this order:
Montrose Medal celebrated it's 450th anniversary in 2012 and is the fifth oldest course in the world. So for anyone looking to play Scotland's classic links courses, then this is a must. It has a traditional links layout, requiring skillful shots in the sea breezes which can significantly alter the character of the historical links course
The medal course at Monifieth is a stunning combination of parkland and links, undulating ground flanked on many holes by rows of pine trees. Its lush rolling fairways and fast greens make it an enjoyable test for any golfer.
Panmure Golf Club is perhaps less conspicuous than it's neighbouring Carnoustie, but is one of the true gems of the Angus coast and will test any golfer. Ben Hogan famously practised at Panmure prior to winning the The Open at Carnoustie in 1953 and rated the 6th hole at Panmure in his top 18 holes. Panmure like Montrose and Monifieth served as a qualifier when the Open came to Carnoustie. Carnoustie Championship was designed by James Braid and has hosted seven British Opens, most recently in 2007 when Padraig Harrington of Ireland lifted the Claret Jug, In 2018 the Open will return to Carnoustie. Now deemed 'the toughest links course in the world', Carnoustie Championship is a significant challenge even on a mild day and a must if you want to take your game to a new level and experience the very best in Scottish golf.
After the last round at Carnoustie a gala dinner with prize giving will be held at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel. Trophies for best overall gent, lady and over 65's champions. All prizes will be presented at the Prize Giving Dinner on Thursday evening in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel. Participants will check out of the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on May 13th, 2016 and travel home or can extend their stay and play more courses in the area.
The golf package including entry fee for the Carnoustie Country Classic starts at £749 and includes the following items:
- 5 nights accommodation in 4-star Carnoustie Golf Hotel (based on 2 people sharing a Twin/Double room)
- Full Scottish Breakfast each morning
- 4 rounds of golf on Montrose, Monifeith, Panmure and Carnoustie Championship
- Gala dinner with Prize Giving on the final night in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel
- Media Service Carnoustie Country – Continental Europe
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