Located near the town of Barry, a few miles from Carnoustie, Panmure is in my category of very under-rated links courses. I had not played Panmure since 1998 and I was very pleased to see that not much had changed.
Panmure has a lovely old fashioned feel right from the clubhouse to the course.
It may not be right beside the sea but be assured it is a great little links course.
Ben Hogan practised here in 1953 in preparation for his win in the 1953 Open at Carnoustie. His favourite hole was the tricky par 4, 6th with its testing drive and semi-blind second shot to a green situated between two small dunes. Such a pity that the metal tower in the background spoils the aesthetics of the view to the green.
I love the par 3, 9th where you can't see any short grass whatsoever from the tee.
The 12th is aptly named 'Buddon Burn'. The second shot here is very demanding due to the nearby rough, mounds guarding the sides and the burn which zig-zags across the approach area.
Your tee shot at the 13th and 14th must avoid the railway line which runs close by on the right. Fourteen is a particularly good par 5 with a fairly narrow fairway where you will be playing your shot into the green.
I guarantee you will enjoy your round at Panmure. On our 2014 trip I would rate the greens here as close to the best we experienced.
See photos - 2nd hole at Panmure
- the par 3, 9th from behind the green
- tricky approach to the 12th
- par 5, 14th is an excellent hole
- Panmure's clubhouse from near the 18th green
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