An illustrated map of Carnoustie Golf Links, home of the 2007 British Open

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Carnoustie Golf Links Carnoustie, Scotland An illustrated map of Carnoustie Golf Links, site of the 2007 British Open and one of the hardest layouts in the storied tournament's rotation. No. 1, Cup 406 yards, par 4 The best place to drive the ball is down the left side, and the landing area tilts slightly to the right. From the left, players can see most of the green, which is below fairway level. From the right, the approach shot is blind, over a mound and a deep bunker sitting on the right edge of the green.
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No. 17, Island 461 yards, par 4 The Barry Burn runs through this fairway, creating an island where players must land their drives. Anything left will be wet. For the 2007 Open, a series of dips and swales down the right side of the fairway have been added, making the hole even more challenging. Three bunkers guard the right portion of the green, but the bunker short and left of the green should not come into play.
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No. 16, Barry Burn 248 yards, par 3 The green on this brute falls off on all sides. Because it traditionally plays into the wind, the clubs of choice will be hybrids or fairway woods. Bunkers in front are ready to gobble up short shots. In the 1968 Open Championship, Jack Nicklaus was the only player in the final round to hit his tee shot past the hole on No. 16. He finished second to Gary Player.
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No. 15, Luckyslap 472 yards, par 4 Traditionally played into the wind, the 15th is a tough par 4 with a fairway that slopes hard from left to right. Stray tee shots collect toward two bunkers. The sunken green is partially hidden by a mound in the front. If the wind is strong, reaching the green in regulation will be very challenging for all but the longest hitters.
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No. 14, Spectacles 514 yards, par 5 One of the most awkward tee shots on the course, No. 14 forces players to hit a blind drive over gorse and rough while avoiding three bunkers in the left portion of the landing area and one on the right. From there, players must either lay up or go for the green in two, which requires a shot over the Spectacles bunkers, which are 50 yards short of the putting surface and completely block the players' the view of the green. Two more bunkers guard the entrance to the double green, which is shared with the 4th.
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No. 13, Whins 176 yards, par 3 This is the shortest hole on the course, but the unique shape of the green will make it challenging. The hourglass design tilts from front to back, so a pin position in the front of the 40-yard-deep surface will make birdies hard to come by. The horseshoe-shaped bunker guarding the front is one of the deepest on the course.
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No. 12, Southward Ho! 499 Yards, Par 4 This hole features another intimidating tee shot, forcing players to carry rough, gorse and heather. The two deep fairway bunkers on the right will come into play for big hitters; it will take a 300-yard drive to carry them. The four bunkers short of the green should not come into play but may catch some careless lay-up shots. The green slopes hard from right to left.
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No. 11, Dyke 383 yards, par 4 With bunkers, heavy rough and mounds on both sides, missing the narrow fairway means trouble. Four bunkers protect the green, which is split into two tiers. In the 1968 Open, this hole was nearly drivable. If there is such a thing as a "birdie hole" on the course, No. 11 could be it, at least when the wind is favorable.
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No. 10, South America 466 yards, par 4 Most players will easily carry the fairway bunkers on the right, but the lone bunker on the left can come into play. The Barry Burn crosses the fairway 30 yards short of the green. Two pot bunkers guard the left side, and a tree protects the right. The green falls off both on the left and in the back. The 10th got its name after a local caddie, who announced he was emigrating to South America, got no further than this hole before he stopped and slept off the effects of the whisky he drank at his going-away party.
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No. 9, Railway 478 yards, par 4 The trees on the left buffer the wind, but gusts above the trees can turn tee shots sharply, so it should be no surprise that the 9th played as the toughest hole in the 1999 Open. Players must thread the needle off the tee and avoid the fairway bunkers that guard the landing area. Players who miss too far left will be in the trees; those who miss too far right can find a drainage ditch that snakes through the rough. The green is 43 yards from back to front and protected by bunkers on both sides. A ridge running from back-right to front-left makes putting very tricky.
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No. 8, Short 183 yards, par 3 The first par 3 is not especially long, but it usually plays with a left-to-right crosswind that can make things awkward. Heather and gorse obstruct the players' view of the green. With out of bounds on the left, the high-walled bunkers on the right should see plenty of action. Shots that fall slightly short or long tend to roll off the turtleback green.
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No. 7, Plantation 410 yards, par 4 Like No. 6, out of bounds extends down the entire left side, so a controlled tee shot that avoids the fairway bunkers on the right is key. The two bunkers just short of the green have very high walls; players who find these traps will face a challenging escape.
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No 6, Hogan's Alley 578 yards, par 5 Renamed in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ben Hogan's 1953 Open victory, this hole demands one of the bravest tee shots in golf. Out of bounds extends down the entire left side, and players must carry their drives 310 yards to take the fairway bunkers out of play. Challenging the left side can lead to an easier second shot—or disaster—while going to the right makes hitting the green very difficult because the hole normally plays into the wind. A drainage ditch pinches the fairway 80 yards short of the green, so even laying up is tricky. The green itself is heavily contoured and protected by bunkers at the front and back.
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No. 5, Brae 415 yards, par 4 A left-to-right dogleg that usually plays downwind, this hole has two bunkers—one on the left and one on the right—that will wreak havoc with stray drives. Jockie's Burn crosses the fairway 300 yards from the tee, so look for most players to hit fairway woods and hybrids. The green is 50 yards long and split into two distinct levels, so distance control on approach shots is especially important.
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No. 4, Hillocks 412 yards, par 4 The tee shot is usually into the prevailing wind. For players who find the pot bunkers on the right or left, making par will be nearly impossible. The green is relatively flat and is Carnoustie's only double green, shared with the 14th.
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No. 3, Jockie's Burn 358 yards, par 4 The shortest par 4 on the course presents players with a choice on the tee. They can drive safely to the left, which leaves a longer approach, or they can take the shorter route down the right, which brings the fairway bunkers into play. In either case, the creek, called Jockie's Burn, guards the front of the bumpy, rolling green.
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No. 2, Gulley 463 yards, par 4 With one of the narrowest landing areas on the course and Braids bunker in the middle of the fairway, the tee shot on the second hole is challenging. Missing right will leave players in a series of mounds covered with deep rough and fescue. The green is 50 yards from front to back. Open through the middle, it will receive low running shots, but balls that miss short and wide will find bunkers and rough.
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No. 18, Home 499 yards, par 4 The site of Jean Van de Velde's amazing collapse in the 1999 Open. The safest tee shot is to the left portion of the fairway, as long as players are careful not to bring the Barry Burn or the out of bounds into play. The burn runs across the fairway again about 30 yards short of the green. The images shown here are used with permission of OptimizeGolf. Learn more about Carnoustie in OptimizeGolf's book, Experience Carnoustie Golf Links