The Panmure GC was founded in 1845.
The club commenced golfing with a nine hole course in Monifieth designed by Allan Robertson and Alexander Pirie.
That course was extended to 18 holes in 1880.
With other clubs also using the course, the Panmure GC decided to move to a new site in Barry.
They engaged Old Tom Morris and opened the new course in 1899.
The course was modified with suggestions from James Braid in 1922, but otherwise remains relatively unchanged for the last century.
The course has been lengthened broadly in line with Braid’s suggestions over time.
Prior to winning The Open at Carnoustie in 1953, Ben Hogan spent two weeks at Panmure getting used to links golf
Panmure is a memorable golfing experience.
It starts with the warm welcome at the proshop and extends to the old world charm of the classic old clubhouse.
But the course itself is a tale of two halves.
The opening and closing holes are largely flat, hard and fast links-like holes, although the fairways are framed by mature trees.
Each of these holes requires your full attention to navigate your way safely to the heart of the green.
Good honest holes!
However, it is the middle section of Panmure that you will remember.
I would describe holes six through fourteen as heathland holes, and good ones at that!
The purple heather really lights up the course, but this section of the course also traverses some lovely undulating terrain making for some world class holes.
It reminded me of the London heathlands..
And it gets quite exciting!
Hole 6 is a par 4 named Hogan and is a unique hole, and a real challenge.
Hole 9 is a delightful par 3, with humps and bumps, bunkers and heather to negotiate.
But it is the amazing par 4 twelfth hole that steals the show.
It is a wonderful quirky journey through dunes and past a winding burn to a raised green.
Notable holes include:
- hole 6 (Hogan), a longer par 4 with a challenging approach to a green set in the dunes. It's a standout hole.
- hole 7 (Eastwards), another long par 4, but in the opposite direction to hole 6. It requires two accurate long shots.
- hole 9 (Monument), a lovely par 3 to a green protected by dunes and bunkers galore.
- hole 11 (Sands), a mid length par 3 to a green well protected by a circle of bunkers
- hole 12 (Buddon Burn), a stunning par with a green set in the dunes and protected by a burn and bunkers. It looks spectacular.
I won’t forget Panmure.
The warm welcome from the club and the experience of playing those heathland holes will stay with me..
Dare I say it was uplifting?
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