Why Montrose?

What you need to know

The why is easy – Montrose is situated on the most famous coastline in the world for links golf.We have a classic links course in the 1562 Championship, where golf has been played for over 450 years; making it the 5th Oldest in the world. Experience 36 holes of traditional links golf, suited to all ages and abilities, located within stunning scenery.The course you play now is a final layout from 1913 designed by Harry Colt, who decided to use our natural dunes to great effect.Harry, in 1907, also designed our Broomfield Course, which is shorter than the 1562 but equally challenging on a breezy day.You will receive a traditional Scottish warm welcome with new visitors greeted by our Golf Ambassadors, who will look after you pre and post golf and ensure you have a memorable golfing experience. There are three, warm, welcoming, clubhouses which are open to visitors with excellent catering available using locally sourced produce.We have a driving net and a putting green located near to the first tee on both courses along with a short game warm up area.Buggy, Trolley Hire, Club Hire can be arranged in advance of your visit by calling us on 01674 672634 or emailing admin@montrosegolflinks.comWe have excellent main line rail and road links for anyone travelling within the UK. Aberdeen Airport is 1 hour north and Edinburgh/Glasgow Airports around 2 hours south – all are served internationally.So, the question now is – why not Montrose!

History

The Montrose Links is one of the oldest and most important venues in the game of golf. In 1562, when James Melvill, a six year-old Montrose schoolboy, recorded in  his diary that he was taught to “use the glubb for goff” by the Reverend William Gray, this made Montrose Links the fifth oldest recorded golf links in the world, and only at St Andrews has golf been played continuously longer over the same golfing ground.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.
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Location

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.
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Testimonials

Montrose is a golf links in the best possible tradition. A course which deserves recognition as a modern test as well as a moment to the past.

Donald SteelGolf Course Architect

A magnificent stretch of marvellously natural ground which depicts how the game was born.

Ben CrewshawAmerican Professional Golfer, who has won 19 events on the PGA Tour, including two major championships: the Masters Tournament in 1984 and 1995

Great golf links, great hospitality, great weather. Only sorry it took 73 years to find you.

Bob CharlesNew Zealand Professional Golfer, winner of The Open Champion at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in 1963