Panmure Golf Club

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Panmure Golf Club is located in Barry, Angus, Scotland. It is situated near the town of Carnoustie and is renowned for its challenging links course.

The club dates back to 1845, making it one of the oldest in the entirety of the country. It is a traditional links golf course, with both Old Tom Morris and James Braid as the men behind the lay-out of the track.

The course has hosted many international and amateur competition during its 180-year history, including both Regional and Final Qualifying for the Open Championship, and the R&A Girls Amateur Championship.

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A Brief History of Panmure Golf Club

Panmure Golf Club can claim to be one of the oldest in the country, dating back to 1845. Allan Robertson and Alexander Pirie were the men to design the original 9-hole lay-out, with the course eventually being extended to 18 holes 35 years later.

Like all courses, Panmure has seen changes over the years. Five-time Open Champion James Braid laid out proposals to change the majority of holes on the course in 1922. The last major change saw the re-sighting of the 14th green.

Prior to winning his sole Open Championship in 1953, in what was his only trip to Scotland, Ben Hogan practiced at Panmure. He spent two weeks acclimatising to British links conditions, as well as the smaller ball used in British golf. The 6th hole at Panmure is named Hogan, and there is even a pot bunker which he suggested be added to the hole.

Panmure has been the home to several prestigious tournaments over the years, including being a venue for Final Qualifying of the Open Championship, Senior Open Championship and the AIG Women's Open. The Amateur Championship, R&A Girls Amateur Championship and British Senior Amateur Championship have all been played at Panmure over the years.

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Panmure is a par-70, 6,551 yard links course that borders the Carnoustie Golf Links. The lay-out allows for good scoring, but there is danger around every corner if you are not too careful.

The opening 300-yard par-4 allows for confident players to have a crack at the green, but for us mere mortals, a lay-up to the right distance, especially with out of bounds down the right hand side, is the right play. The 2nd, a par-5, is reachable in two for the longer hitters, but out of bounds looms for the errant shot once again. Two tough and long par-4s follow, with danger on either side of the fairways. 

The 5th is the opening par-3 on the course at Panmure, and it is only 144 yards from the back tees. It is not long, but there are plenty of bunkers to catch an errant shot. ‘Hogan’ is Panmure’s signature hole, and the hardest on stroke index. A bogey 5 is no bad result on the 6th. Two more par-4s follow before the front side of the course closes with a par-3. At 180 yards, it requires a good and accurate hit to find the putting surface.

The 10th is the hardest hole on the back nine, with blind shots and bunkers towards the green. The 11th is then the easiest hole on the property, a 168 yard par-3. It is a flat green, but there are bunkers and grassy knolls for even the slightest or errant shots. The 12th then features a double burn, and an upturned green, making par a good score.

After another par-4, the 14th is then the back nine’s par-5. It is the longest hole on the course at 533 yards from the tips, and could just be reachable for the bigger hitters. A 233-yard par-3 follows, but with fairway in front of the green for those who might struggle to reach the dance floor. A trio of par-4s finish off the Panmure links, with the 18th playing back towards the spectacular clubhouse, and with out of bounds all down the right side. 

Where is Panmure Golf Club located?

Panmure Golf Club is situated on the eastern coast of Scotland, located in Barry, Angus. It is just a few miles east of the city of Dundee, which provides good transport links for local visitors. It is less than an hour north by car from Kingsbarns and St Andrews, two of the venues for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The other, Carnoustie, is literally next door to Panmure. 

Dundee Airport is the nearest to Panmure, but the nearest major international airport is Edinburgh Airport, which is 90 minutes to the south west. Edinburgh provides flights to the majority of European countries, as well as Stateside. 

What are the green fees at Panmure Golf Club?

The most expensive green fee at Panmure comes during the summer, with a round costing £145. However, if you are a member of a UK golf club, then you receive a £20 discount off that original price.

To play at Panmure during the shoulder months would cost £90, but visitors are not able to play the links during the winter months. 

Caddies and buggies are also available to hire for your round at Panmure. A caddy will set you back £70 plus a gratuity, while a buggy will cost £35 per round.

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