Development group to create golf trail

THE CREATION of a golfing heroes heritage trail was one of the many projects discussed at the inaugural committee meeting of the new Carnoustie Development Group.

All 15 members of the group met under the chairmanship of community councillor Bill Bowles and agreed to adopt the old Carnoustie Forward constitution and continue with the action plan set out by the Economic Development Group.

During the meeting, members discussed designing a golf trail which they hope will encourage visitors and their families into the town centre.

It was suggested that the tourist information office is moved from the library to a business premises, which is open weekends and evenings.

To support the proposal, DJ Laing has agreed to allow CDG to set up an exhibition of historical golfing memorabilia in the windows of the old tanning lounge at the foot of Queen Street, and the local golf clubs are currently being approached to contribute items to place on show along with photographer Donald Ford’s video of golf in Carnoustie.

It is hoped that nearby vacant shops will allow the display of golfing posters created by schoolchildren, and that all this will be in place to welcome visitors to the Ladies Open in July.

In addition the meeting heard that new signboards are being developed by Angus Council for all the burghs in the county, and a sample was shown to the committee.

The new Carnoustie signs will show tourist and dog walks, beaches, tennis courts, football pitches, and play parks.

Anybody who has ideas for other information on the signs is encouraged to come to the next CDG meeting, or email cpofficer@angus.gov.uk.

The CDG said they will be pressing the council to have five or six signboards around the town, rather than just one at the Fairways garage car park.