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Hole-by-Hole Guide to Carnoustie

By: Derek Clements | Sun 15 Jul 2018

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1st (Cup), 396 yards, par 4: The Barry Burn down the left is out of bounds and caught out Tiger Woods in 2007. A bunker lies in wait for any drive leaked right while the higher left side of the fairway gives a view of the sunken green over a ridge with bunkers short right.
2007 average: 3.93 (rank 15)

2nd (Gulley), 461 yards, par 4: Braid’s bunker is in the middle of the fairway, but at 215 yards is not the same danger as the traps left and right further down. The narrow green, guarded by more bunkers, is 57 yards long, with out of bounds beyond.
2007 average: 4.13 (rank 11)

3rd (Jockie’s Burn), 350 yards, par 4: A new area of fairway has been added to the right of the central bunkers, but the severely sloping green is protected by more sand and Jockie’s Burn in front.
2007 average: 4.19 (rank 8)

4th (Hillocks), 415 yards, par 4: A slight dogleg to the right with a ditch awaiting any drives hit too far left and over a fairway bunker. Bunkers narrow the entrance to the only double green on the course, shared with the 14th.
2007 average: 3.90 (rank 16)

5th (Brae), 412 yards, par 4: Jockie’s Burn crosses the fairway at 300 yards and just before it are two bunkers. The hole dog-legs right and the two-tier green is 57 yards deep with bunkers short and left.
2007 average: 4.33 (rank 5)

6th (Hogan’s Alley), 580 yards, par 5: Named after Ben Hogan for his preferred route close to the out-of-bounds fence left of the bunkers in the middle of the fairway. A ditch runs down the right, 80 yards short of the undulating green.
2007 average: 4.83 (rank 17)

7th (Plantation), 410 yards, par 4: The out of bounds fence is on the left, with rough separating it from the fairway. Bunkers on the right may see many leave the driver in the bag depending on the wind.
2007 average: 4.03 (rank 12)

8th (Short), 187 yards, par 3: Long wait for the first par three, but it is a real tester. Heather and gorse in front of the tee, out of bounds left, a hollow short of the green and two bunkers either side.
2007 average: 3.14 (rank 10)

9th (Railway), 474 yards, par 4: Played as the toughest hole in 1999 and described as one of the hardest driving holes on any course in the world by eventual champion Paul Lawrie. Three bunkers - two right, one left - are at driving distance and trees line the left-hand side and frame the long, narrow green.
2007 average: 4.22 (rank 7)

10th (South America), 465 yards, par 4: A cluster of bunkers down the right and one at 300 yards on the left restrict the driving area. There are also trees on the left, but the large one short right of the green, just over the Barry Burn, impacts more, as do two more bunkers on the left.
2007 average: 4.34 (rank 4)

11th (John Philp), 382 yards, par 4: Renamed in 2012 in honour of a former course manager, the 11th gives players the choice of laying up short of the fairway bunkers or trying to clear them to get closer to a long green.
2007 average: 3.97 (rank 13)

12th (Southward Ho), 503 yards par 4: Plays as a par five off the back tee for members, but becomes a really tough par four for The Open. Craig Parry had a triple bogey here when leading on the last day in 1999. Left is best off the tee and the green lies over mounds.
2007 average: 4.38 (rank 2)

13th (Whins), 175 yards, par 3: A large horseshoe bunker is positioned before a green 43 yards long, but it is the two bunkers pinching into the middle of the green and the slope from back to front which really adds difficulty.
2007 average: 2.95 (rank 14)

14th (Spectacles), 513 yards, par 5: An almost blind tee shot over gorse and rough to a fairway which turns left by the largest of four bunkers. The feature of the hole is the two deep Spectacles bunkers 50 yards short of the green.
2007 average: 4.54 (rank 18)

15th (Lucky Slap), 472 yards, par 4: The start of arguably the toughest finish in golf. Fairway tilts from left to right towards bunkers and the approach has to be well struck to avoid more sand short on both sides.
2007 average: 4.34 (rank 3)

16th (Barry Burn), 248 yards, par 3: In two Opens here, including one he won in a play-off, Tom Watson failed to make a par once. The length makes it hard enough, but the green is raised and bunkers narrow the entrance.
2007 average: 3.31 (rank 6)

17th (Island), 460 yards, par 4: The Barry Burn is in front of the tee and then twists back, coming in from the left and cutting the fairway in half. A long approach also has to carry bunkers short of the green.
2007 average: 4.17 (rank 9)

18th (Home), 499 yards, par 4: Scene of much drama over the years. Forever remembered for Jean Van de Velde’s triple-bogey seven on the 72nd hole in 1999, when a six or better would have given the Frenchman the title. Van de Velde got away with a pushed drive but eventually saw his hopes sink in the Barry Burn which runs in front of the green. You must hit the fairway from the tee.
2007 average: 4.61 (rank 1)

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