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Part ofThe Buddon course flooded by the last few days heavy rain fall. This part of the course is next to the road that goes to the greenkeepers shed. The hole in front of the tea shed was also badly affected.
Part ofThe Buddon course flooded by the last few days heavy rain fall. This part of the course is next to the road that goes to the greenkeepers shed. The hole in front of the tea shed was also badly affected.

LOCAL golfers would have needed waders if they planned to play over the Carnoustie and Monifieth courses at the weekend.

Following days of heavy rain, courses at both locations were either closed or under restriction as to the number of holes available.

At Carnoustie, none of the Winter League events were able to go ahead as the Burnside course was closed.

Carnoustie Golf Links manager, Graeme Duncan, told the Guide & Gazette on Monday that staff were doing their utmost best to get the courses playable again.

He revealed that on Sunday the Burnside and Buddon courses had been closed and the Burnside remained closed on Monday. The Championship was restricted to 10 holes and the Buddon Links had nine holes in operation.

He stated: “There is still a lot of standing water around the courses and it is worst at holes 2 and 4 at Burnside, 8 and 9 at Buddon and 17 and 18 of the Championship course.

“We hope to clear away the water as soon as possible but the Barry Burn overflowed its banks at various areas to add to the problems.

“The rainfall will dry eventually but at the moment the water level is so high that there is nowhere for it to drain away to. We need at least two or three days without rain before we will see an improvement.

“At the moment we are working on a day to day basis and we have pumps in operation, but we are dependent on the burn level going down so we can pump water into it.”

At Monifieth, the situation was virtually the same.

Steven McFarlane, Monifieth Links golf manager, said that the Ashludie course was down to seven holes and at the Medal nobody could get across the bridges to 6 and 7 as the burns had overflowed.

He went on: “The rest of the course is playable. We have not been able to clear the waterlogged areas and are just existing from day to day.

“Luckily, no competitions were cancelled but there are not many at this time of year any way.

“Obviously, everything depends on the weather and if we can get a few days without rain we will be able to make inroads on the problem areas.”

Local MSP Graeme Dey who is a season ticket holder at Carnoustie admitted he wasn’t surprised by the difficulties being experienced, particularly on the Burnside.

“I played the course just under a fortnight ago following heavy rainfall and although 17 holes were in operation at that point there was a lot of standing water lying around,” he said.

“What struck me then was that we were seeing flooding in parts of the Burnside I’d not seen that sort of standing water on before.

“And since then of course there’s been further and quite dramatic rainfall.

“It’s frustrating for golfers who’d been looking to take advantage of being on holiday to get in a game or two, that the local courses are either closed or only partially open but there’s not a lot more to be done than is being done by the staff at Carnoustie and Monifieth.”