Getting to know Carnoustie: The prestigious Championship course at Carnoustie is well known to many of the LPGA players from having seen it on television when its hosted The Open Championship. But for many of the players, this week marks the first time that they have ever actually played the course.
On Tuesday, there were a number of strong reviews from the players were able to get a first look at the golf course for the RICOH Women's British Open.
Rolex Rankings No. 2 Kerr played eight holes, No. 1-4 and No. 15-18, at Carnoustie on Monday and then she was scheduled to play all 18 holes on Tuesday afternoon during the tournament’s pro-am.
“I think it's fantastic,” Kerr said of the course. “You can see why it's one of the great golf courses that there are over here. It's challenging but fair. It’s interesting, and it's all about the conditions here. I think we're supposed to get some rain or something on Thursday, so it's going to play ‑‑ it never plays the same in a tournament as it does in the practice rounds. It's just perfect weather right now.”
Suzann Pettersen, who played the golf course for only the second time on Tuesday morning in the pro-am, also shared Kerr’s sentiments about the challenges that Carnoustie presents.
“Of all the links courses that I've played in the British Open, I think this will be my favorite,” Pettersen said. “Like I said, I haven't seen it from a nasty kind of condition perspective. It's been very nice, very generous I would say. I think it's a fair course. You can kind of avoid the problems, and good shots are nicely rewarded, and really tough par‑3s.
“The finishing stretch there, depending on what the wind does, but 15, 16, 17 and 18 is probably one of the best finishing holes on any of these courses around here. It's going to be a good test.”