Golfing in Angus: 11 Unmissable Courses

January 29, 2024

As home to some of Scotland’s most sensational coastline, Angus is a prime location for playing golf.

You will find exceptional golf courses dotted around the region that are regarded not only as some of the best in the UK, but as some of the best in the world.

If you are interested in golfing in Angus, here are 10 courses that you won’t want to miss.

Carnoustie Golf Links, The Championship Course

Carnoustie Golf Links Hotel in Angus, Scotland

As one of Scotland’s most famous Championship courses, no experience golfing in Angus would be complete without visiting Carnoustie.

Considered a challenging course with narrow rolling fairways, serious rough and deep bunkers, Carnoustie’s Championship Course has garnered the nickname of “Golf’s Greatest Test” and is home to sensational scenery to boot.

Carnoustie has hosted eight Open Championships, two Senior Opens, two Women’s Opens, and is one of the three courses featured in the annual Dunhill Links competition. As a result, playing here is a bucket-list dream for many golf enthusiasts.

Arbroath Golf Links, Arbroath

Established in 1877, some of golf’s legends were involved with the design of Arbroath Golf Links; Tom Morris in 1877, Willie Fernie in 1907, and James Braid in 1931.

A traditional links course, at first glance Arbroath seems to offer flat open fairways. But looks can be deceiving, and the undulating greens are protected with testing bunkers to provide an intriguingly tough game for golfers of all pedigrees.

Sensational sea views can be enjoyed at various points during the course.

Montrose Golf Links, The 1562 Course

When it comes to golfing in Angus, we had to feature our courses too!

The 1562 Course is the fifth oldest in World and featured as one of Scotland’s “Top 100 Courses for 2023”. A traditional Scottish links course, the holes are laid out in a T-shaped configuration, with gorse, deep bunkers, dunes, and undulating fairways throughout.

The first nine holes are played mainly along the shoreline, with sweeping views across the North Sea. Plus, with an ever-changing East wind, the 1562 Course can be challenging for even the most experienced golfer.

Monifieth Golf Links, The Medal Course

One of Tom Watson’s favourite golf courses, The Medal Course has been used as a qualifying course for the Senior’s Open Championship in 2016, and the R&A Junior Open in 2022.

The Medal Course provides a thrilling game whatever the weather. A railway, a meandering burn, heather, sandy hillocks, and gorse will keep you on your toes.

Monifieth is considered one of the friendliest golf clubs in Angus, and visitors are always welcome. Monifieth Golf Links is also home to The Ashludie course – a shorter, trickier course with a wide variety of shot-making skills required.

Kirriemuir Golf Club

Rear view of a male golfer on the fairway at Kirriemuir Golf Club

Situated at the foot of the Angus Glens, Kirriemuir Golf Club is home to 18 beautiful well-kept holes in a mature parkland setting. Thanks to the plans of James Braid, the course was extended from 9 holes in 1924.

As one of Angus’ finest inland courses, Kirriemuir is known as a friendly, relaxed atmosphere happily welcoming visitors throughout the year.

With lush fairways and undulating greens throughout the course, a round at Kirriemuir provides a challenge for players of all abilities.

Forfar Golf Club, Cunninghill Course

The Cunninghill Course is one of the oldest 18-hole course in the world founded in 1871, it was originally laid out by Old Tom Morris.

Set in beautiful, wooded heathland, the course has generous fairways, excellent greens, and splendid views towards the Angus Glens.

Each of the holes has a slight change in direction, so the wind is felt differently at each one. The result is a stimulating course that will keep you engaged throughout the game.

Montrose Golf Links, The Broomfield Course

Our other course, The Broomfield, offers an enjoyable game for golfers of all levels of ability.

Although a relatively flat course, each hole still requires a complete commitment to accuracy in every shot. The key to conquering the course is controlling the ball from the tee and having a delicate touch on the greens.

To experience the best of golfing in Angus, we recommend you play The Broomfield Course in the morning, fuel up with a hearty lunch, and then take on The 1562 Course in the afternoon.

Edzell Golf Club, The Old Course

Regarded as a welcoming club to members and visitors alike, Edzell Golf Club is a popular course located midway between Dundee and Aberdeen.

Another inland course, The Old Course challenges golfers with tree-lined fairways and a few blind shots. It is set on 120 acres and is nestled in the foothills of the Grampians, with fine scenery to admire at every hole.

Edzell Golf Club is also home to a nine-hole course called the West Water for those
wishing to play a shorter game.

Panmure Golf Club, Barry

One of Britain’s oldest golf clubs, Panmure was established in 1845. The links were influenced by Old Tom Morris and James Braid, and so players require a combination of strategy and skill at every hole.

Traditional Scottish heather can be found throughout, adding texture to the course. A beautiful inland course, Panmure provides an enjoyable testing game. Players have to navigate tight fairways, undulating greens, sandhills, and challenging carries.

Brechin Golf Club

Established in 1892, Brechin Golf Club is a parkland course with splendid scenery of the Angus Countryside. Crowned as Scotland’s Golf Club of the Year at the Prestige Business Awards, this remarkable course maximises layout showcasing the foothills of the Grampians.

The infamous James Braid’s modifications of the 10th-17th Holes providing a truly memorable golfing experience for players, offering tricky to read greens which require players to produce some exceptional putting skills.

Piperdam Golf Course

Redesigned in 2013, Piperdam’s 18-hole course will round out your experience of golfing in Angus.

Well-regarded for its layout, the course is demanding for both high and lower-handicapped players. Tricky shots with high risk and high reward are available for the latter.

There is also a short 9-hole par-3 course on-site, that has previously hosted Scotland’s National Par 3 Championship.

We hope that this blog has provided an introduction to some of Angus’ finest golfing opportunities, with 10 unmissable courses that have something to offer every level of ability.

While golfing in Angus, don’t forget to come and visit us at Montrose Golf Links. Alongside playing our two stunning courses, you can also take lessons with our PGA professional to improve your game.

Book your tee time today!