The Scottish Golf Show

Arbroath terms

Par 70

6,185 yards

Arbroath was originally designed by Old Tom Morris back in 1877 and later remodelled by James Braid in 1931, and it hasn’t changed much since. The fairways are routed out and back alongside the railway line that runs down the coast, and the only two par fives on the card sit adjacent to each other and contain a drainage ditch that will catch errant shots all day long. The ever-present ‘sea breeze’ makes Arbroath links a challenge to all.

First impressions of the course would suggest that it wouldn’t provide much of a challenge to the accomplished golfer, but be aware of water. On no fewer than nine holes will you have to negotiate burns crossing the fairway.

The par-3s are extremely tricky. You don’t have to be a long hitter to play well round Arbroath, just imaginative, with a variety of holes throughout. With no less than six par threes on the card - the shortest being 159 yards and the longest 239 yards – par is a good score on them all.

Signature Hole

‘The Dunes’ is the best hole on the course – a 182-yard par-3 that is protected by five deep pot bunkers protecting the front of its green. If you are looking to make up shots late in your round, the 16th at Arbroath isn’t a recommended option.

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