As the main golfing season nears its end,Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC) and staff were delighted to receive a glowing report from STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute).
The report was written by consultant Richard Windows on behalf of the R&A, and in it he stated: “In general condition, presentation and performance the Championship Course was superb with exceptional standards of performance and conditioning to all major surfaces.”
He also noted that the feedback from both season ticket holders and visiting golfers had been excellent.
CGLMC is delighted to have the outstanding work of the links superintendent Sandy Reid, head green keeper Craig Boath and his green keeping staff being officially recognised.
Another major success this year has been the popularity of the new six hole junior course, The Nestie, formerly the first hole of the Buddon Links. It has been much used by junior golfers and the CGLMC is hoping to see some future-champions ‘fledging’ from The Nestie.
The Juniors, supported by CGLMC and the R&A, have this year been encouraged by Fraser Mann, PGA professional.
Having played on both the European tour and the Senior European Tour, Fraser brings a vast amount of expertise to the coaching programme.
As a club professional at Musselburgh Golf Club, where he coached both Scottish Boys and Girls Champions in the same year, Fraser is very much looking forward to developing Junior golf in the area, following on from the good practice already established.
He will be working with the professional team at Carnoustie Links, CGLMC, local clubs and parents on the Junior Pathway. This scheme covers all levels of play from beginners to participation in National Golf Events.
During October,thirteen players took part in the first Junior Autumn Classic which was a very successful Stableford competition.
The eventual winner was Jamie Connelly.
Sunday (October 26) will see the start of the Junior Winter League, which is hoped will encourage junior golfers in Carnoustie to compete to the best of their abilities.