Panmure is the sixteenth oldest golf club in the world dating back to 1845, and is located next to Carnoustie. It combines the best elements of links and heath, with tight fairways, challenging carries and compact, undulating greens. Old Scots pines and sandhills forged by nature give the terrain an enduring quality in keeping with the Club’s long history. The rough that flanks every fairway, makes accuracy from the tee essential. The quality of the course has been recognized several times over the years with many significant competitions being staged on the course including local and national amateur championships. It is regularly a final qualifying course, each time that the Open is held at Carnoustie. Although Panmure is a links course, it has some unusual features. The course is a mile or more from the sea, and many holes have beautiful trees which rarely come into play but create an unusual backdrop to the rolling links holes. The first and last three holes are fairly flat although still interesting, but the middle twelve holes are classic links holes. It is also not a very long course at 6511 yards from the championship tees. It is known to have one of the finest clubhouses in Scotland.
When Ben Hogan went to Carnoustie in the summer of 1953 for his only Open Championship appearance, arrangements were made for him to practice at Panmure Golf Club, just two miles to the west, but well away from the busy practice ground at Carnoustie. Hogan’s favorite hole at Panmure was the sixth and he suggested the cleverly-placed hidden pot bunker to the front right of the green. Over fifty years on, the members still refer to it as “Hogan’s Bunker”. It is a fitting memorial to a champion.
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