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What you need to know

Significant parts of the present courses, the Medal and Broomfield, are still laid out on what was the original golfing ground. For the first 300 years or so, Montrose golfers began their rounds within a short distance of the town centre playing a circular course and ending their round where they started. The Mid Links area, pictured below in the early 19th century, and which can be observed in its present form looking southwards from the 13th green on the Medal course, was where golfers in those days began and ended their rounds.
It was the route taken by the first railway line to Montrose in 1849, now the cycle path that sits behind the 14th tee on the Medal course, that forced local golfers to stop using the mid links section of golfing ground and to realign the course further North. But for that development, golfers at Montrose might still, as at the Old Course at St Andrews, be starting their rounds within a wedge shot’s distance of their town centre.The East Links, the open expanse of ground to the South of the pro shop and golf clubs, was part 0f the original golfing ground and pictured below is Old Tom Morris playing a challenge match against Bob Dow, the first Montrose Professional, on that part of the links in the late 19thcentury.

Getting here

As well being one of the foremost golfing centres in Scotland, Montrose is a town with a wealth of history.Situated approximately 40 miles north of Dundee and 35 miles south of Aberdeen, on the North East coast of Scotland, Montrose is easily accessible by air, road and rail.By Air:Dundee is the nearest airport to Montrose and offers connections within the UK.Aberdeen airport (40 miles) has good UK connections with direct flights to many European countries.Edinburgh airport (95 miles) provides a wide range of UK and International connections.Glasgow airport (120 miles) provide a wide range of UK and International connections.By Road:From Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee, follow the A90 and then A92 trunk roads into the town. When entering town the golf courses are well sign posted.By Rail:Montrose, which has its own Station, is on the East Coast Main line from London to Aberdeen and also has regular services from Glasgow. Taxis are normally available to take you and your clubs to your accommodation or directly to the Courses.  The National Rail Enquiries website is very useful and will help you plan your journey.SatNav ref:DD10 8SW

It was a Town Council decision around 1900 to preserve the East Links for leisure and commercial development that forced the golf courses to give up those holes and utilize more land to the North and East.Fortunately for golfers in Montrose, the loss of these parts of the original golfing ground posed few problems as the total links area available in Montrose, perfect for adaptation to golf, was very extensive. So much so, that in the mid-19th century Montrose Links had more holes in play than anywhere else in the world and celebrated that fact in 1866 with the only 25-hole professional golf tournament ever held. Cash prizes on offer in that unique tournament exceeded what the professionals were playing for at the early Opens, and the entry included four past and future Open Champions – William Park, James Anderson, Andrew Strath and Old Tom Morris – who would win eleven Open titles between them.

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