SLIDESHOW: Damp day at the Links

Golfers at Carnoustie have had a few more water hazards than usual to deal with over the festive period.

Heavy rain on Boxing Day caused the course to flood, leaving areas of it unplayable.

However, the greenkeepers had put in place pumping equipment and by Monday (December 28) when these pictures were taken, the situation was returning to normal and golfers were out playing a shortened course.

Graeme Duncan, Carnoustie Golf Links General Manager, said: “On Saturday, we were faced with torrential rainfall for many hours, which was falling on already saturated ground. At this time of year, we are operating with a reduced number of staff, but the greenkeepers who were on duty did an outstanding job to keep the Championship and Buddon Links courses open on Sunday.

“We are aware that local players are keen to get out on the courses, so we do everything possible to open as many holes for play as we can.

“A large number of golfers have expressed their thanks to the greenkeepers for the work they did in very testing conditions, and this is greatly appreciated by the staff.

“As of Today (Tuesday, December 29) we have all three courses open.”