Inside the World Hickory Open


A quick look at the 10th Anniversary World Hickory Open at Carnoustie Golf Links, a competition that celerates the rich history of the game of golf.


After two days of hickory golf in near perfect conditions on the Carnoustie Championship and Buddon Links courses, golf professional Andrew Marshall clinched the World Hickory Open Championship, narrowly beating the tournament’s top amateur, Cliff Martin.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be the 2015 World Hickory Open Champion,” said Andrew, who is from Dereham Golf Club in Norfolk and was runner up to Sandy Lyle in the 2014 championship. “This is my third time competing in the World Hickory Open – so third time lucky!”

American hickory golfer Cliff Martin was the winner of the World Hickory Open’s Amateur Scratch title and also became the first recipient of the Archie Baird Trophy for the top amateur. “This trophy is a magnificent consolation for coming so close to winning the overall title,” said Cliff, who travelled from Los Angeles to compete in the World Hickory Open.

“This is my second year at this tournament and there will definitely be a third. I really enjoy the camaraderie between hickory golfers – and seeing just how much everyone loves playing with these crazy antique clubs.”



Jake Anema from Dereham Golf Club won the Amateur Handicap section, with Andrew Buchan from Muswell Hill and Maurus Joe Lauber from Davos being named winners of the Senior sections.

The ladies’ titles were won by two Swedish golfers: Christina Lindgren (Handicap) and Brita Nord (Scratch), who are both members of Bro Bålsta Golf Club, near Stockholm. “Other than winning alongside my friend and clubmate, the highlights of this year’s World Hickory Open have been the friendliness of everyone we’ve met and the superb golf courses,” said Christina.

With more than 120 hickory golfers from across the globe competing in this year’s World Hickory Open, founder and organizer Lionel Freedman revealed that the event had been ‘An astounding success’.


Carnoustie Hotel View

A look back to the Carnoustie Hotel from the Championship Course


“The Carnoustie Country courses we played on – Carnoustie Championship and Buddon Links – were outstanding,” continued Lionel. “Every single player was so appreciative of the experience of playing hickory golf on one of the world’s greatest golf courses and its first-class neighbour,” said Lionel, who added that the World Hickory Open will be returning to Carnoustie Country in 2016.

“Carnoustie Country has a fantastic choice of traditional links courses which are ideal for hickory golf and the facilities, hospitality and accommodation help to make this the perfect area for our tournament. Congratulations to all this year’s winners, thanks to all our wonderful competitors and sponsors – and here’s to the World Hickory Open 2016!”

Area Notes
  • There are 34 Carnoustie Country courses in and around the county of Angus, including the Carnoustie Championship Course, which is roughly 40 minutes (by car) from St Andrews.
  • Carnoustie Country is a name for Angus Council’s working partnership with the golf and tourism industries in Angus, East Perthshire, and North Fife.
  • For the many meat lovers who by now may be wondering–yes, this is indeed the Angus region that can be credited with raising the Aberdeenshire Angus cattle known internationally for its quality.
  • To find out more about the 34 Carnoustie Country golf courses, ‘stay-and-play’ packages, and other area excursions, visit



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