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This week’s blog is a preview of The Open which starts in just a few days’ time on the 15th and lasts for a week. During this week, you will see the greatest players of the game take on the fantastic Carnoustie Championship course which is a brilliant and challenging seaside Links course situated in Scotland.

Carnoustie Championship course is a long, natural seaside links, which is widely considered to be one of the world’s most difficult and challenging golf courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The course arguably boasts one of the most challenging but impressive back nines in championship golf and specifically, the finishing holes are impressively difficult. The course has held The Open seven times previously and it isn’t surprising that it has been chosen to host the event again this year as it gives spectators a great game of golf to watch whilst the best golfers in the world struggle to contend with Carnoustie’s many challenges.

 

During the closing two holes, golfers must navigate their ball over the snaking burn no less than five times and in addition to the burn, Carnoustie boasts some formidable bunkers which are both cavernous and in abundance throughout the course. These bunkers can be seen in action on the par-five 6th hole which is widely regarded as one of the world’s best holes and was named after Ben Hogan who was the Open Championship winner in 1953. Golfers must navigate their way around the two fearsome looking bunkers which lie in wait in the middle of the fairway with a third bunker to the right-hand side making sure that the tee shot is a daunting one.

The 15th, 16th and 17th holes are arguably three of golf’s best closing holes. The 15th is a 460-yard par four in which the fairway slopes from left to right into the path of two waiting bunkers and your approach shot must avoid a cluster of bunkers which are positioned just to the right of the green. The 16th hole is a long par three which has many challenges besides its length for golfers to contend with. The 17th hole is very difficult as the Burn snakes in front of the tee and then loops back to cut across the fairway which can be made especially tricky when the wind is blowing…

 

Carnoustie is a very tough course to which everyone (including professionals) must bring their “A game” to if they are to walk away with a pleasant scorecard and especially so if they are looking to get their hands on the Claret Jug come the 22nd of July.

Last year at Royal Birkdale, we saw Jordan Spieth show resilience and skill in order to bounce back from the poor start that he made during his final round in order to secure his victory and claim the Claret Jug for the first time. Spieth has had a fantastic few years of golf and is one of the most successful young players that the game has ever seen as in 2015, he won both The Masters and US Open. He has had two runner-up finishes at Augusta and this April, finished 3rd, there is no denying that Spieth has a good chance of making this is the second year running with the Claret Jug.

 

There are some fantastic players that will be taking on the impressive Carnoustie Championship course and many that have the talent and grit in order to secure a victory and lift the Claret Jug so here are a few of the golfers that we should be looking out for…

 

Rory McIlroy may not have performed very well at the US Open or the Players Championship but showed an improvement in his game during the weekend at the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open which may have given him some important confidence ahead of The Open.

 

Justin Rose is certainly another player to watch as a home favourite as many believe that it is now time for him to take his place as a multiple major champion after his spectacular display winning the Olympic golf in Rio in 2016 and becoming the US Open champion in 2013.

 

Not surprisingly, Dustin Johnson, who is the world number one again and who has had a very consistent year so far is one that we should all keep an eye on as it seems time for the world number one to add another major win to his 2016 US Open triumph.

 

Someone who has had an impressive 2018 already with two wins is Jon Rahm who is destined to win a maiden major championship soon and there is no reason as to why it could not be The Open where he gets the chance to lift the tournament trophy with his current level of play.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that with all the excitement of the World Cup, you can take some time to watch some of golf’s greatest players take on the fantastic Carnoustie Championship course in a few days’ time…

This week’s blog is a guide to the big golfing events that are happening this year. There is something very special about watching the finest golfers in the world play on some of the most breathtaking courses and these are some of the events that you should have the dates in the calendar for…

The 42nd Ryder Cup will be played over the last weekend in September 2018. This year, the tournament will be held at Le Golf National in France on their recently renovated and very difficult Albatros course. This is only the second time in the history of the tournament that the competition has been held in continental Europe (the first being when it was played at the magnificent Valderrama Golf Club in Spain in 1997). The 12-man European team will comprise the first four players from the European Points list as well as the leading four players from the World Point list and four wildcard players. There is still a long way to go before teams will be decided, especially as the competitions held closer to the time reward more points in order for the players that have played best recently to get selected. You can take a look now at the World Point list and the European Point list to see if your favourites are close to being given the chance to play for the European Team this Autumn. The Albatros course at Le Golf National is a spectacular course which combines the traditional feel of a links course with modern features. This is a very tricky course and the final four holes, where the final holes will be played of the Ryder Cup this year, are surrounded by water hazards which will make this a tense and difficult end to the competition. Make sure that you have the dates in the calendar for the 42nd Ryder Cup this Autumn and keep an eye on your favourites on the Points lists.

The US 2018 Masters will be played this year during the week commencing Monday 2nd April and finishing on Sunday 8th April. This year, the tournament will be played at the superb Augusta National Golf Club. Just like membership at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, the Masters is an invitation-only event and whilst there are specific criteria that need to be met to be in with a chance of getting an invitation, it is a very exclusive event. Augusta Golf Club is a very exclusive club and it isn’t hard to see why, the course is truly magnificent and is always kept in pristine condition. The layout is superb and is designed to test even the best of golfers. If you have ever wondered what it is like to experience the excitement and buzz of getting to witness the brilliant golf at Augusta National Golf Club first-hand or if you have ever pictured yourself walking along the magnificent course in real life then take a look at our fantastic Golf Escapes US Masters 2018 packages which can all be tailored to fit you so that you can have the best experience at Augusta possible this April.

The 2018 Open Championship will be the 147th Open Championship and will be held from the 19th to 22nd July 2018 at the fantastic Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. There is quite a wide field of entrants for the Open Championships and you can apply to be given the chance to play alongside some of the world’s greatest players. Carnoustie Championship course is a natural seaside links course and is one of the toughest courses in Britain and Ireland. With strategically placed formidable bunkers, sloping fairways and fast greens, this a very challenging course and when the wind is up you must play cautiously to avoid losing a ball to one of the cavernous bunkers.

The 2018 European Tour has announced many different dates and competitions that are to take place all over the world from South Africa to China to the US and Scotland. There are several Major Championships throughout the year including the Masters Tournament in April, the U.S Open in June, The Open Championship in July and the PGA Championship in August. Asides from these, there are many smaller competitions and championships each month which can be viewed and enjoyed by keen golfers such as yourselves…If you are looking for some brilliant golf to immerse yourself in when you don’t have the chance to get out on the course for a round or two then make sure that you are up to date with the golf that you can enjoy even if it is just on the TV.

If you are a keen golfer and want to see some of the greatest players in the world compete for top prizes and recognition then make sure that you take a note of the important dates and maybe even book your package with us to go and see the US Masters or the Ryder Cup!