Call for accomodation as Women’s Open looms

A CARNOUSTIE guesthouse owner is hoping to help visitors looking for a last minute accommodation booking in time for the Women’s Open at the end of the month.

Phil McConville, from the Linksview Guest House in Links Parade, has been inundated with queries from both players and spectators about accommodation during the tournament.

And to try and keep money in the local economy, Phil is willing to act as a local agent for private householders in the local area who may be able to offer bed and breakfast accommodation for people attending the competition which runs from July 28 to 31.

He will then compile a list of suitable accommodation and pair it up with any visitors looking to stay over in the town during this time.

Phil said: “I have had a lot of enquiries from people wanting to take bed and breakfast accommodation and at the minute I am having to tell them to look around a 20-mile radius as there doesn’t seem to be much in Carnoustie.

“That is why we have decided to become a focal point for enquiries and if there are any homeowners who may have rooms to let out they can get in touch and I will be able to match them up with anybody wanting accommodation.

“We should try to keep money in the town to save people from travelling elsewhere.”

Anybody who thinks they can offer accommodation, which would include an en-suite or full use of a private bathroom and a breakfast can contact Phil on 01241 411195 or email phil@linksviewcarnoustie.com.

Meanwhile, with only four weeks to go until the competition starts, more of golf’s top women have been talking about the challenge Carnoustie will pose for them in the Women’s Open.

Not only is it the final major of the year, it will also help boost European players’ standing in the Solheim Cup team.

Veteran Laura Davies, who has played in 30 consecutive championships is leading the Solheim Cup rankings and is looking forward to the tournament.

She said: “ I think we are all excited to play at Carnoustie for the first time.

“It is a very famous course and the LGU has definitely kept its promise to rotate the Ricoh Women’s British Open around the very best courses and I am looking forward to the week very much.

“It is the time of year I really enjoy so I hope that will bring out my best golf.”

And second place Melissa Reid says it will be an important competition for all of the European women.

She explained: “It is going to be a very important week for everyone. Of course the UK and European players want to win their ‘home’ major but, as well as that, there will be lots of points on offer to players trying to ensure their place on the European Solheim Cup team.

“It is a fantastic part in the Ladies European Tour season with all the American players over for a couple of weeks and it is definitely the time you want to shine.”