Upon arrival to Carnoustie the first thought that comes to mind is the Jean Van de Velde's catastrophe in the 1999 Open. A bad decision and bad luck deprived him of being Champion Golfer of the Year. The course is an extreme challenge from the 1st hole to the 18th, you have to be very careful from tee to green. It is a typical Scottish links although the sea is not visible (its 500m away), with varied design and spectacular holes, it has the most difficult ending stretch (16th-17th-18th) in the British Isles.
Hogan's Alley, this 512 yards par 5 with out of bounds to the left, was renamed in 2003 by Paul Lawrie in honor of Ben Hogan and his triumph in 1953. A really nice hole, difficult and strategic. It is possible to score a birdie, but it's also easy to score a 9. It's not a bad idea, despite being approachable in 2 shots, to play safe with the first, it can prevent a disaster.
Wegolf Insider Tip
It's possible to get a good score but you have to stay focus from the first hole. If it's cold, we recommend a nice whiskey shot at the 10th bar and keep going. The greens are fast and really hard to read. Despite it's not beautiful, it's a nice course and every shot worth it.