On Friday afternoon Carnoustie schoolchildren ‘drove in’ the first tee of a new course which could be vital in the future of youth golf.
The new six hole junior course, which was formed from part of the old Buddon Links was officially opened last week by the pupils who had helped with its creation and who will most likely benefit from the opportunity.
Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC) ran a competition in conjunction with local schools to name the course and come up with an alternate design.
Carlogie P7A’s moniker of ‘The Craw’s Nest’ won best name, while top design went to Carlogie P7B with runner up Burnside P7.
Two representatives from each class carried out the traditional ‘driving in’ of ‘The Nestie’ and all the children received certificates for their hard work.
Bill Thompson from CGLMC said: “It’s been great, the trick now is hooking them on golf. They will be taking clubs and mats back to schools and practicing in gym halls. The pros already do ‘TryGolf’ which is very popular.”
Chair Pat Sawers has high hopes for Carnoustie’s golfing youth of tomorrow. She commented: “We’re looking forward to welcoming them back on to the course to have fun, for the rest of the season and for many years to come. I’m expecting great things from them.
“What I really want to see one day is one of their names on these boards or trophies. Who knows what the future will bring.
“I’m so pleased to see how it’s all turned out and the enthusiasm from all the children.”
The Nestie will be free to use for young golfers, for more information contact the Pro Centre on 01241 802281.