Four golf clubs in one
Monifieth Golf Links
Monifieth Medal is a wonderful little course, a few miles south of the more famous Carnoustie. Here, as with many of the courses in the area, there are several golf clubs, all playing on the same land.
Monifieth Golf Links
|Address||8 Princes St, DD5 4AW Monifieth, Scotland|
|Phone||+44 (0)1382 532767|
|Number of holes||36|
|Service||putting green, pro shop, rental clubs, trolleys|
You pay your modest greenfee at the small starters hut, and you’re good to go. If you need a trolley, rent one at the pro shop nearby.
The Medal course was first laid out in 1845 by Alan Robertson and Alexander Pirie, and in 1880 it was extended to the current 18 hole layout. It has been used as a qualifying course for the Open Championship when the Open has been played on the nearby Carnoustie.
The first couple of holes run along the train tracks and are straight and relatively wide, providing for a nice warm-up stretch. Then the fun starts.
Going out, several of the holes run along the dunes, the only protection from the wind. With hard, bumpy fairways, it is essential that you know where to land your shots, something that only gets more difficult in the wind. On most of the holes you get a good view of the fairway and the green, but there are a few blind tee shots, with surprising gullies in the fairways. On the blind holes you have to trust the markers that indicate the line. There’s also an abundance of pot bunkers to contend with.
The greens were in very good condition, true and fast. A few have several levels, but most are fairly flat, yet not easy to read. Experience is essential.
The back nine are a bit further inland, and therefore more sheltered from the wind. A few of the holes could even pass as parkland, as some of the fairways are tree-lined, unusual for a links course.
Information about Medal course
|Number of holes||18|
|Greenfee||Weekdays: 70 GBP, Weekends and holidays: 70 GBP|
|Season||January - December|
|Course designer||Alan Robertson & Alexander Pirie|
|Tee||Par||Length (yds)||CR/Slope (Men)||CR/Slope (Women)|
|Yellow||71||6655||SSS 72||-/ -|
|Yellow||71||6420||SSS 71||-/ -|
|Red||73||5972||-/ -||SSS 74|
Map and satellite image
lat: 56.486463, long: -2.796278