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Players referred to it as "Carnasty" in 1999, the last time the British Open was held there. Jack Nicklaus called it the "hardest of all championship venues." Experts say it''s among the toughest links course in the world when you play golf with x-22 irons on there, if not the toughest. This week the world''s greatest golfers return to Carnoustie Championship Course to play the 2007 British Open. Judging by past Opens, players may be getting free golf lessons courtesy of the Scottish course and play golf with callaway x22 irons here. One anecdote about Carnoustie sums it all up. Ben Hogan won his only appearance at the British Open at Carnoustie 1953. He didn''t much care for the course. "This is like putting on putty," he told club officials, adding that he should have brought his lawn mower with him from Texas. Hogan would agree that playing with taylormade r11 irons Carnoustie regularly wouldn''t help lower your golf handicap any time soon.Fascinating FactsSo how difficult is Carnoustie to play? Below are some statistics that will give you a good idea of what playing this famed Scottish course is like: Carnoustie has a Course Rating of 75.1, and a Slope of 145 from the regular tees (yellow), making r11 irons taylormade officially the hardest course in Scotland, harder than St. Andrews (72.1/129), Royal Troon (73.2/134), Muirfield (73.0/133), and Turnberry (75.3/133).