Carnoustie Golf Links is beginning to make preparations and plan its next hosting of The Open, which will once again visit the Scottish club in 2018.
Located in Angus, Scotland, Carnoustie Golf Links is home to three courses. The Championship Course has hosted seven Open Championships in its time and will host the event again in 2018. The club is also home to The Burnside and Buddon courses.
"The Open is the ultimate event to have on your golf course, and from a greenkeepers point of view it's the pinnacle," the club's links superintendent Sandy Reid told GCA. "It means a huge amount to us at Carnoustie."
Reid explained that the team at Carnoustie are regularly making minor changes to the courses to ensure it is to the highest standards.
"In recent times we've created some new spectator mounding, and we've replaced some of the poorer grasses in the rough with fescue," Reid says. "There's been a couple of relatively minor tee alterations, but a lot of the work we do is to try and enhance the spectator experience, without trying to make it look like a stadium course."
Plans are currently in place to build a new practice tee this year ahead of the Open, on which is currently an area of land occupied by the first and eighteenth holes on the Buddon Course. Architect Martin Ebert will work with the club on this project.
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