A cold blustery, wet morning on The Burnside did little to deter the four hardy teams competing for this years Yule Cup.
Congratulations to final winners, Tom and Pete Goudie.
We are unsure when the Carnoustie Mercantile Golf Club was formed as early records are scarce, but one of our first captains was Robert Millar, known familiarly as ''Wheeplin Bobby'' because of his habit of going about whistling to himself, he is also recognised as the ''Father of Club Golf'' in Carnoustie.
His golfing record includes the winning of the Subscription Medal in 1845
He died in 1873 aged 75.
Carnoustie Mercantile Golf Club was of course made up from the local merchants in Carnoustie and in its early years, held meetings and functions in local halls and tea rooms in the town. The Club also ran open sweepstakes for years which provided funds for the Club. It is also noted in an early minute book the Club held competitions on the second course now known as the Burnside to decide handicaps for new and non-members of other Clubs.
In March 1933 the Secretary J C Ramsay wrote to the Carnoustie Golf Club asking if they could have the use of the Club Notice board and score card box on Tuesday of each week to allow them to pay Club competitions. The Club used the Carnoustie Golf Club as a base from 1933 until 1968 when moving into its own Clubhouse for the first time in over a hundred years. The Club quickly grew and boasted a membership of over a thousand including a ladies section. Sadly in 1991 membership declined and the Club who paid a commercial rent to the Carnoustie Links Management found it unaffordable and moved into the Brax Hotel Carnoustie. this was not a success and did not last long.
The Club has come full circle back to it early days having its meetings and functions in local hotels and Golf Clubs.
Membership of the golf club costs £40 a year. All members, if selected, can play in club matches, which include Pitlochry home (Championship course) and away (Pitlochry Golf Club), and a match against the Station Masters.
For those who also have a Carnoustie golf links season ticket:
- Singles and doubles handicap competitions
- Club Championship, played on the championship course
- Monthly medals on Buddon and Burnside courses
- Spring and Autumn meetings on Championship course
- A vibrant winter league with end of league outing
A warm welcome to the Carnoustie mercantile golf club. As one of the longest standing clubs in Carnoustie, we like many other clubs can boast membership of one of the most challenging links golf courses in the country.
Carnoustie golf courses represents a real challenge to any and every type of golfer, in fact the links has broken the greatest of golfers during criticial times in major tournaments. Our course design has had input from the most creative of architectural teams, providing a continually developing challenge and giving the most rewarding of games.
Our website provides visitors the opportunity to find out more about the club's long history. The website also offers visitors a chance to learn more about the people who have contributed to the club's identity, more recently our strong links within the carnoustie links management and the success of our members with their team.
We also supply information about our club fee's, competitions and links to other golf associations. I hope you enjoy your visit and strongly recommend you make the move to cross the boundaries of cyberspace and explore further the opportunities and challenges we offer.