Carnoustie Golf Club Announces Plans for International
Membership and Clubhouse Development
Carnoustie Golf Club, established in 1842, has announced the launch
of an International Membership Club, and plans for a major development
of its clubhouse facilities, to coincide with the last Open Championship
of the millennium, which will take place over the Carnoustie Championship
course from July 15th-18th.
Carnoustie Championship course is steeped in the history and traditions
of the game. At 7,361 yards, it will be the longest ever Open layout
and is also recognised as being one of the best and most demanding
courses in the world.
renovation work has taken place since the Open was last played at
Carnoustie in 1975, when Tom Watson defeated Jack Newton by one
shot in a tense 18 hole play-off. Several greens have been altered,
existing bunkers have been re-shaped and a number of new bunkers
introduced. While a state-of-the-art irrigation system has ensured
that the greens, fairways and the rough will be in perfect condition
when the Open field tees off.
on the condition of the Championship course in a recent newspaper
article, Sir Michael Bonallack, the outgoing R&A Secretary said:
"Carnoustie is back to being one of the world's premier courses.
The transformation has been unbelievable."
part of Carnoustie's rejuvenation, a new international hotel has
recently been built overlooking the first tee and 18th green of
the Championship course. And with Scotland's four other Open venues
at St. Andrews, Muirfield, Turnberry and Royal Troon, not to mention
the majestic Gleneagles Hotel, all within driving distance, Carnoustie
is now once again firmly established as a prime golfing destination.
final part of this historic rejuvenation, is the re-birth of the
Carnoustie Golf Club and its exciting plans to create an International
Membership and also further develop the existing club facilities.
Membership will be limited to 350 and will cost £5,000, with an
annual subscription of £500. It is hoped that new members will come
from all the major golf playing nations throughout the world.
Carnoustie Golf Club is the first golf club at any Open Championship
venue to offer International Membership and its associated privileges.
return for helping The Carnoustie Club achieve its goals and also
gain the recognition the Club deserves for the role it has played
in the development of the game throughout the world, international
members will be able to enjoy special privileges.
will include the opportunity to play the Carnoustie Championship,
Burnside and Buddon courses, along with invitations to introduce
guests to the Club at any time. International members will also
have access to the Carnoustie Club Hospitality Tent at the 2000
Open at St. Andrews, plus a host of other exclusive benefits.
about the Club's future plans Club Captain, Dave Mitchell said;
"The Carnoustie Golf Club has a rich and fascinating history. For
example, we were the first club to perfect the standard scratch
score system of handicapping. The Club also had a considerable influence
on the development of the game throughout the world."
continued: "We also have an outstanding collection of historical
and unique golfing memorabilia, which has been gathered from all
over the world. Our members are proud of the club's history and
also passionate about sharing and promoting the traditions and friendships
of the game into the 21st Century as part of our vision for the
Mitchell concluded: "To realise these goals one of our main objectives
is to work towards creating clubhouse facilities of a standard that
will reflect and compliment the world class golf course on our doorstep
and also the newly-built Carnoustie Hotel."
the plans for the improved clubhouse facilities in the early planning
stages, the International Membership Club initiative will be an
important factor in achieving the club's vision for the future and
helping to generate sufficient funds to assure the Carnoustie Club's
long term financial stability and security.
last three holes on the Carnoustie Championship course are recognised
as being the most difficult finishing holes in the world. The Championship
has been staged at Carnoustie on five previous occasions and the
list of winners reads like a 'Who's Who' of golf. The first man
to win the famous claret jug at Carnoustie was American Tommy Armour
in 1931. Henry Cotton claimed the title in 1937 and the great Ben
Hogan was victorious in 1953, which was the only time he played
in the Open. South African Gary Player triumphed in 1968 and Tom
Watson won the first of his record-equalling five Open titles at
Carnoustie in 1975.
the end of the last Century and the early 1920's, over 300 sons
of Carnoustie left their native soil to teach the game of golf in
all four corners of the world. Many of them, who had been members
of the Carnoustie Golf Club, were also among the founding fathers
of the American and Australian PGA's.
club's extensive collection of historic golfing memorabilia includes
such priceless items as Willie and Alex Smith's US Open winners
medals. Also on show is a set of clubs belonging to their brother
MacDonald Smith, who twice finished runner-up in the US Open and
also won numerous tournaments in America. The great Arnold Palmer
has been a member of the club for over 20 years.
Carnoustie Club Golf Memorabilia Collection and details of the exclusive
International Membership will be shown at a special Marquee, which
will be situated on the front lawn of the Carnoustie Clubhouse during
the week of the Open Championship.
further information contact Helen Heady on 0181 743 7797.