Buddon Links up to scratch with new holes

Buddon Links after
Buddon Links after

Today (Friday) sees the historic unveiling of two brand new holes on one of Carnoustie’s world renowned golf courses.

The Buddon Links has undergone massive changes recently, thanks to the hard work of the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC) to transform it into a course suitable for the modern game of golf.

The course, which was designed by Peter Alliss and David Thomas, was opened in 1979 and in the 1980s and 1990s underwent several changes which saw it reduced from 6,600 yards to 5,420, and from a par 71 to 66.

With the opening of the new golf centre the first hole was reduced to a three-par, making for eight in total on the Buddon, considered by many golfers to be too many.

Pressure on waiting lists also restricted some season ticket holders to only playing on the Buddon Links, therefore the CGLMC proposed a plan to add two new holes, drop the existing first, merge nine and 10 and extend and redesign the 12th to bring the total length of the course back up to 6,088 yards.

This would reduce the number of par threes to six, add two new strong par fours, and the removal of the first would free up space for a short game practice area.

In addition it is hoped that it will be possible to relieve some pressure on the Burnside by allowing some play over from the Buddon Links.

The two new holes will be officially opened this morning (Friday) by Angus Provost Helen Oswald and chair of the CGLMC Pat Sawers.