Panmure Golf Club is a golf club close to the village of Barry, Angus, Scotland. It is one of the clubs that originally helped purchase the Amateur Championship trophy, and is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, dating back to 1845. It is a private club that plays over the Barry Links, and is sometimes referred to as Barry or Panmure Barry. Due to its location next to Carnoustie it is often overlooked by visitors, and with the number of members limited to 500 it is one of the most underplayed courses in Scotland.
Although Panmure is a links course, it has some unusual features. The course is a mile or more from the sea, and many holes have beautiful trees which rarely come into play but create an unusual backdrop to the rolling links holes. The first and last three holes are fairly flat although still interesting, but the middle twelve holes are classic links holes.
This is because the clubhouse had to be built near to a railway station, and the first and last three holes were needed to get to the land where the course was originally going to be built. It is also not a very long course at 6511 yards from the championship tees, but it proved to be the hardest final qualifying course for the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. This is due to the well known barry rough that flanks every fairway, making accuracy from the tee essential.
Ben Hogan spent two weeks on the Panmure links prior to the Open Championship at Carnoustie in the summer of 1953. He used the private nature of Panmure to acclimatise to the terrain, tight lies and the 1.62 inch British ball with which he was unfamiliar.
It is reported Hogan requested to the Secretary that he be allowed to cut the 17th green to his specification in preparation of the event and returned the cleaned mower to the head greenkeeper once he’s finished!
He won the Open by four shots scoring 73, 71, 70 then creating a course record with a 68 in the final round, his one and only appearance in the championship. The 6th hole at Panmure named after Mr Hogan is one of Scotland’s greatest par fours, semi blind tee shot to the undulating fairway followed by an uphill second shot to a tight raised green guarded by the bunker suggested by the great man himself poses a stern test. Hillocks and heather present the same challenge as the more traditional sand dunes but all three obstacles abound at Panmure and at the 6 th in particular.
Legend has it that when asked by the press after his victory what his favourite hole was, he replied the 6th at Panmure.