Carnoustie Country on Chinese channel

Dave Valentine outside Simpsons.
Dave Valentine outside Simpsons.

A Carnoustie golfing landmark will be appearing on screens across Asia shortly, following a visit from a Chinese travelogue film crew.

The team from Travel TV China were in the town on Saturday as part of a project on what Carnoustie Country offers Chinese golf tourists.

As part of their visit to Carnoustie they filmed a group of Chinese VIPs playing the Championship, interviewed Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee member Linda Gordon and also head professional Colin Sinclair.

The film crew had been following the VIPs around several famous Scottish courses, including Gleneagles, Prestwick, Kingsbarns and Turnberry among others.

Dave Valentine, of Valentine International and owner of the iconic Simpsons Golf Shop, arranged for the group to visit Carnoustie Country as part of their tour.

He explained: “Travel TV’s Golf Channel is covering the journey of a VIP group of golfers playing some of the world’s most famous courses including Carnoustie. They will broadcast a series of films about their golf experience in Scotland over the next few months and the footage will be repeated and used as trailers for next year’s Open coverage. I am fortunate in assisting with their arrangements, including an overnight stay at House of Turin and visits to Simpsons – the world’s second oldest golf shop - as well as the Carnoustie Ladies Golf Club which is the oldest ladies’ club in the world.”

Travel TV China is one of the largest “free to air” TV companies in that country with an audience of around one billion in the Far East including 500 million in mainland China. Travel TV’s Golf Channel, with film rights for four majors including the Open, has an audience of around 150 million.