The Championship Course has hosted seven Open Championships, one Ladies Open and one Seniors Open making it one of the very few to have done so in the UK. It is one of the three courses used for the annual Dunhill Links, the others being Kingsbarns and the Old Course in St Andrews. The Open Championship will return to the Championship Course in 2018.
There are a further two 18 hole courses within the Carnoustie Links—the Burnside Course and the Budden Links, plus the Nestie which is a 6 hole junior course.
As it is such a prestigious site in the golf world, it is mandatory that all three Carnoustie courses are kept in immaculate condition year round. With frequent strong winds, sandy soils, and an immense amount of traffic, it is imperative that the site’s irrigation system provides reliable, exact watering to every inch of the courses fine grasses.
In the year 2000, after testing the rotors of every golf irrigation manufacturer on their practice green for a year, Carnoustie decided on Hunter’s G800 series rotors based on their outstanding performance in all conditions. They also allowed for easy service and installation with Total Top Service (TTS) and Decoder in Head (DIH) technology, which allow all serviceable parts of the head and the decoder to be accessed through the top of the sprinkler.
Carnoustie has been one of the first courses in the world to install the Hunter Pilot central control system. Two Hunter Pilot DH hubs were installed in the pump house within the maintenance compound. These communicate with the Pilot-CC central control PC via UHF.
The Hunter system has stood the test of time, and helped the courses maintain their elite status as one of the world’s most prestigious golf facilities. Carnoustie managers like the Hunter products and service so much, that they have continued to order and test new Hunter Golf products as they emerge. Carnoustie is one of the first courses in the world to get their hands on the Pilot Central Control system and G885 rotors featuring the most powerful gear drive on the market.