Downfield has a well-deserved reputation as a visually stunning and challenging parkland course. Indeed, in 2016 it was chosen as a qualifier for the Senior Open being played at Carnoustie. It has also hosted the Scottish PGA Open, the SPGA Masters, Scottish Amateur Championship as well as the UK Girls Home Internationals.
More significantly, it twice staged the Open Championship qualifying with Paul Lawrie making history in 1999 as the first qualifier in the modern-day format to go on to win the Open Championship. He describes Downfield as “one of the finest inland courses in Britain”.
Set in a mature estate on the outskirts of Dundee, Downfield combines wonderful scenery with bountiful wildlife including squirrels, water fowl, buzzards and deer. The original course was designed by James Braid and yet remains relatively unknown compared to other courses in the area. This makes it the ideal discovery to include in your Scottish golfing adventure.
At the holes where water plays a factor, play the percentage game and reap the rewards. Downfield is a course that rewards strategic play, so be prepared to give your golfing skills a real work out when you play here.