Hopes that Open will provide economic boost

The Carnoustie Championship course will host this year's Senior Open.
The Carnoustie Championship course will host this year's Senior Open.

The eyes of the golfing world will be on Angus next month when the county hosts one of this summer’s major golf tournaments, the 2016 Senior Open Championship Presented By Rolex.

And there are hopes that the competition will offer the perfect platform to market the county as a golfer’s paradise for return business and to capitalise on the economic spin-off it represents.

The 2016 Senior Open at Carnoustie will bring 30 major champions to the Championship course, including Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and 1995 Open winner, John Daly.

Mr Daly, who will be making his Seniors’ debut at Carnoustie, said: “Carnoustie is one of the courses that I love to death. I’m looking forward to playing there.”

Visit Angus is highlighting that the world-famous course, which is also hosting the 2018 Open, is only one of many excellent courses in the Angus area. From traditional links courses stretching along stunning coastlines to parkland courses with the Cairngorms Mountains in the background to historic courses designed by legendary golfers such as Old Tom Morris and James Braid, it is emphasising Angus as the ideal golfing destination.

Visiting golfers are welcome at all Angus clubs and there is a packed programme of golfing events on the local sporting calendar, including opens, golf weeks and tournaments which attract international interest, such as the World Hickory Open. Top hickory golfers have descended on Angus every autumn for the last four years with their plus fours and hickory sticks for a very traditional game of golf, and a few places are still available for this year’s tournament.

The marketing campaign is also emphasising what the county has to offer after a day on the course, including its wide variety of places to eat and drink, with fresh, local produce to the fore such as locally-caught fish and shellfish; Angus-reared beef, lamb, pork and poultry and game from the Angus Glens as well as world-famous specialities such as Arbroath Smokies and Forfar Bridies, locally-made whisky, gin, vodka and ale which are enjoying growing reputations and soft drinks made with local strawberries, raspberries or blackberries.

Alternative activities also include mountain biking, hillwalking and angling or shopping opportunities and historic attractions. Further information is available at www.visitangus.com