dundee and Tayside
The Dundee and Tayside area are an excellent base for a golfing holiday. Not only is there some great golf in and around Dundee, but you are also within easy travelling distance of Carnoustie as well as St Andrews and Fife. If you are staying in Dundee, you are only a short drive away (by car !) from St Andrews to the East (via the Tay Road Bridge) as well as Carnoustie to the North East via the coast.
The Scottish Open was first held in 1972 at Downfield Golf Club near Dundee.
Just north east of Dundee, you will find both Carnoustie and Panmure Golf Clubs. It was at Panmure Golf Club that the legendary Ben Hogan made his rigorous preparations for victory at Carnoustie in his only British Open Championship appearance. In that year, 1953, he spent two weeks familiarising himself with Scottish links golf, ready to play the challenge of Carnoustie. Legend has it that Hogan himself cut the grass on the 17th green at Panmure, to suit his requirements ! Panmure hosted the first Scottish Professional Championship in 1907 and even today it is sometimes used as an Open Qualifying venue. It is fairly easy to get a game at Panmure, except on Tuesday and Saturday mornings which are reserved for members.
When the great Ben Hogan came to Scotland to play Carnoustie, he booked into a hotel in Dundee to enjoy the modern hotel facilities that he had expected and which in those days did not exist in Carnoustie ! However nowadays there are numerous excellent hotel options in both Dundee, Carnoustie and surrounding areas.
There is a small airport at Dundee which offers flights to London City, Birmingham and Belfast, and the train station in Dundee has intercity train arrivals from London, Aberdeen and Glasgow.