Montrose

Montrose is situated on the most famous coastline in the world for links golf.

 

This is a classic links course and a true Hidden Gem in the 1562 Championship Layout, where golf has been played for over 450 years; making it the 5th Oldest in the world.

 

Experience 36 holes of traditional links golf, suited to all ages and abilities, located within stunning scenery.

 

The course you play now is a final layout from 1913 designed by Harry Colt, who decided to use the natural dunes to great effect. Harry, in 1907, also designed the Broomfield Course, which is shorter than the 1562 but equally challenging on a breezy day.

 

You will receive a traditional Scottish warm welcome with new visitors greeted by appointed Golf Ambassadors, who will look after you pre and post golf to ensure you have a memorable golfing experience.

 

There are three, warm, welcoming, clubhouses which are open to visitors with excellent catering available using locally sourced produce. We have a driving net and a putting green located near to the first tee on both courses along with a short game warm-up area.

 

The East Links, the open expanse of ground to the South of the pro shop and golf clubs, was part of the original golfing ground where Old Tom Morris played a challenge match against Bob Dow, the first Montrose Professional, on that part of the links in the late 19th century.

Over the years the Montrose Links has received care and attention from, amongst others, Old Tom Morris, Willie Park Jnr and Harry Colt. Old Tom devised a circular course that came into play in 1888.

 

The famous hole of the day was called ‘The gully’. It no longer exists but the hollow which bore the name can be seen around the current 16th green on the 1562 course.

 

Colt’s original layout of the 1562 Course in Montrose remains largely unchanged today apart from a realignment of the 2nd Hole in 2008, designed by Martin Hawtree, in response to coastal erosion, thus visiting golfers have a unique opportunity to play original Colt-designed courses.

 

The first Golf Club was set up in the town in 1810 by golfers determined to protect their links for future generations of golfers.

 

That encouraged the creation of many different golf clubs, all playing on the same golfing ground.

 

Now, just three clubs, each with its own proud history, which can be researched on their respective websites, survive

  • Caledonia,

  • Mercantile and

  • Royal Montrose clubs.

 

Their members still play on the same courses and now, in association with Angus Council, they appoint Directors to Montrose Golf Links Ltd who manage the courses and welcome visitors from around the world to play their historic links.

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