Rival courses will be ‘green’ with envy

Carnoustie golf course
Carnoustie golf course

It’s only par for the course for a golfing town like Carnoustie to have two of its courses rank in a national magazine’s top 100 British links.

In an article at the end of last year the National Club Golfer magazine included two Carnoustie links, the Burnside at number 87 and The Championship at a very impressive third.

The article was written by Dan Murphy and is still available on their website at www.nationalclubgolfer.com.

He wrote: “A definitive list of Great Britain and Ireland’s Top 100 Links Courses has never been created before. Our goal was to create a list that bears scrutiny and earns the respect of serious and knowledgeable golfers.

“Top 100 lists will never be unanimous. It is a matter of judgment given that there is no such thing as one golf course being categorically better or worse than another.”

The judging panel was made up of tour professionals, elite amateurs, greenkeepers, architects, golf writers, golf photographers and readers of the magazine.

The Burnside was bracketed either side by Elie (88) and Askernish (86) while The Championship shared the top five with Royal St George’s (5), Turnberry’s Ailsa (4), Muirfield (2) and the Championship at Royal County Down (1).

A spokesperson for the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee said: “We are delighted with this news and having two courses in the top 100 is a great accolade for the efforts of the Links Superintendent Sandy Reid and his team of greenkeepers.”

There was further recognition of the quality of the courses at the annual greenkeepers’ conference in Harrogate last month.

A spokesperson for the CGLMC said: “We were extremely pleased to discover that Carnoustie Golf Links had been shortlisted into the final four of the STRI Environmental Awards of 2015.

“The presentation took place at BIGGA’S annual exhibition and conference in Harrogate this January.

“Although not being the outright winner, Carnoustie took second place, which is a great achievement and CGLMC would like to extend congratulations to all the greens staff.”