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Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carnoustie
Reviewed December 18, 2012

First up confession time- your reviewer lived in this town once (1973-78).He visits often. He has family here, but he's not necessarily starry-eyed about it.

He saw this hotel's predecessor building bulldozed to make way for the current construct that hosted the 1999 British Open Golf championship won by European Ryder Cup hero, and fellow Scot, Paul Lawrie. You US golfing readers will recognise him as that "cable guy" that marmallised Brent Snedecker on his own turf in 2012.

The secret to enjoying this hotel is to come as a large group and try and get the third floor suites named after the famous Golfers who have won the British Open here (Armour, Hogan, Player, Watson). The Hogan seems to be the biggest but the principle of them all is the same- you get two large double bedrooms at each end with a large common area sandwiched between with wall to wall tv, guest washrooms, and facilities for hosting a pre-dinner session or two. Our most recent stay this month was in the Hogan, but we'd been in the Watson suite before as well. Before we went down to celebrate my father's birthday with dinner we had a great pre-dinner drinks session in the suite.

I'd guess the hotel hasn't been upgraded since it was built and you'll notice that in the lighting layouts and in some of the fitments but for the price of probably only £100 above a standard double here, its worth trying to get one of the suites.I suspect they'll have to do some major capital works by around 2016 at the latest if the British Open is to return there within the next 8-10 years.

The third floor suites have a special lift key that restricts access to residents only. So no drunken guests noisily rampaging outside your room at 3am if you want unbroken sleep.

I play golf but I seldom do so at Carnoustie. (a) the courses are a little too tough for my brittle and unpracticed game (b) they are too tough and (c) they're much too tough. Instead I tend to use the small but well equipped gym and the tidy swimming pool within the spa facilities. However this place should always be a must stop on any avid golfer's tour programme as they head up in the general direction of Mr. Trump's new course in Aberdeenshire.

One thing to remember, the hotel DOESN'T have priority access to the courses. The town's courses are municipally owned and are managed by the parochially bureaucratic Links Management Committee. Speak to the starter about booking tee times.

I've always found the service and food at the hotel of a high standard and this visit was no exception. You can find occasionally that the hotel can be busy as its a popular wedding and function venue and that might lengthen service times for meals a tad. Also, Stornoway Black Pudding may not be everyone's cup of tea as a starter but when its just what you fancy, it goes down a treat accompanied by a poached egg. I usually have the chicken for my main course and the restaurant prices are very reasonable and can usually be included in a deal package. At all times the food is well presented. The breakfast staff are just as attentive.

The walkway along the beach close to the hotel has been substantially improved and some of the high tides can be entertaining and maybe a bit close for comfort.So take your wellies and Goretex, but the view out across the Firth of Tay is superb.

Carnoustie's shops could be much better. The High Street is the only shopping thoroughfare, but the product offer is somewhat limited, Franco's-close to the East end and the Railway station is a cafe growing in reputation for a lunch or coffee venue. Nearby, the Station Hotel's restaurant serves some of the best steak pie I've come across.
People determined to browse and buy gifts though might be better jumping in the car and travelling around 3 miles westward on the A90 towards Dundee where there is a small shopping and leisure complex with ample parking, that would meet most needs. Dundee itself is ok for shopping and if you fancy it, St. Andrews is only about 35-40 minutes away over the Tay Bridge.
So a good place to get away to for a weekend get together, a function (large or small) or a base for a golfing holiday. Plenty of facilities, good food and some good deals on the suites can be had, if you bargain carefully and time your visit right.

We've certainly been back at the hotel several times now.

Room Tip: Look for the deals on the suites on the third floor. The outlook and view of the Championship golf c...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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gordon m, General Manager at Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Thank you so much for the most comprehensive review, not just for the Hotel but for the golf courses, Carnoustie town & the area in general.
Our third floor suites are great for parties of guests who want some exclusivity, and do have fantastic views across the championship golf course.
I am delighted that you have enjoyed your stays with us thank you once again for your review.

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

What would have been a pleasant stay was unfortunately spoilt by sub-standard service at check-in and upon leaving the hotel. Having to attend a 3pm wedding in nearby Arbroath, I had requested in advance (by e-mail) an early check-in, which had received a non-committal response. I arrived just after 1.30pm and was told that there were no rooms available before the normal check-in time of 2pm. After establishing that check-out time was 12pm and that the hotel had ~80 rooms, I complained loudly that it was inconceivable that the cleaners could not have turned around at least one room within the space of one hour and 30 minutes. As it happened, a suitable room was instantly available. Why not just give me the room and avoid the unnecessary argument?? The experience was similarly bad upon leaving. Being close to the train station, I requested to pay my bar tab 20 minutes before my train was due. A broken card reader machine meant it took over 10 minutes for the transaction to complete, leaving me having to run (laden with my luggage) the 500 metres to the station. Not a pleasant experience.

The hotel itself was perfectly pleasant, if a little dated in appearance and lacking slightly in terms of cleanliness. This just simply wasn't a 4 star level of service.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the golf course.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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gordon m, General Manager at Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2013

Thank you for your review.
As a wedding venue we do always try to accommodate requests for early check ins, or at least to provide a room for changing in.
I apologise that we did not handle your check in or out as we would expect to do, and for the inconvenience caused.
Thanks again for your review.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Escaped here for a couple of days, to get some writing done with a friend. We were there the day the hotel chain was taken over by a new company and the staff seemed to have a note of optimism and the hope that this would lead to the much needed refurbishment that some of the hotel would benefit from. So on the up!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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gordon m, General Manager at Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2013

Thank you for your review and positive comments and hope we can welcome you back to Bespoke Hotels!

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

If your looking for a relaxed break in Scotland I would definitely recommend, sitting right on the golf course, with fantastic views and great service. Will definitely go back. Food is great, swimming pool and sauna included. Also gives excellent value. We went for 2 nights b&b and was only £150 for a double room

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gordon m, General Manager at Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2013

Thanks for your review.
Delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

We spent a lovely weekend here - 6 couples in all. We arrived and the check in process was quick and efficient. Room we were allocated was lovely. We enjoyed meals both evenings in the restaurant. Unfortunately, the common areas ie lounge, dining room etc were very cold, did not appear to be heated. We did ask both at reception and at the bar if heating could be boosted up a bit, but nothing happened. That is our only slight complaint, we had to sit in the dining room and lounge with jackets on.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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gordon m, General Manager at Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2013

Thanks for posting a review.
Please to read that your party enjoyed their stay but disappointed to read about the the heating, not something we normally have any issues with.
Thanks again

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

after an initial mix up with our booking an upgrade to the tommy armour suite was very nice,exceptional suite with great views ,had dinner in the bar all good nice food and drink very reasonably priced all in all a very pleasant weekend !

Room Tip: ask for a room overlooking the course
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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gordon m, General Manager at Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2013

Thank you very much for posting your positive comments.
Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we managed to accommodate you in the Armour suite on this occasion.
Look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Was there on business, got upgraded to a room overlooking the golf course. Which would have been well enjoyed had it not been dark when I arrived. Very nice steak in the bar with some equally lovely merlot to help me sleep easier. Room was as expected with a comfortable bed. I did set my smoke alarm off in the room from the shower which was hurried me along and get dressed. I did have fears the whole hotel would be standing outside because of me. Thankfully this didn't happen.

Overall nice experience and I will certainly go back again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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gordon m, General Manager at Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2013

Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay but sorry that we had no Arbroath Smokies during your stay.
Hope you can return soon and enjoy this local speciality.

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Additional Information about Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel

Address: Links Parade, Carnoustie DD7 7JE, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Angus > Carnoustie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carnoustie
Price Range: $85 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of Scotland's premium destinations for guests seeking luxury golfing and leisure facilities, the Carnoustie Golf Hotel has 91 en suite bedrooms providing enviable views over the infamous Championship Golf Course or the sea. Overlooking the 1st and 18th tee, guests can enjoy a wide selection of finely prepared Scottish cuisine to excite their taste buds in either the Dalhousie Restaurant, Calders Bar or on The Terrace, whilst enjoying the spectacular views. Carnoustie Golf Hotel is a unique golfing haven, offering some of the most stimulating golf in the world. ... more   less 
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