Angus on course for economic boost thanks to Senior Open

Tom Watson signs autographs for Liam Hayes (left) and Alex Lowe
Tom Watson signs autographs for Liam Hayes (left) and Alex Lowe

The Senior Open returned to Angus last week for the first time since 2010 and brought with it an economic boost according to Angus Council.

During this year’s Open, tens of thousands of people saw the natural beauty of Angus, shopped, ate and drank locally.

As well as the Championship Course at Carnoustie, four other clubs hosted event qualifying on Monday of the same week – Montrose, Monifieth, Panmure and Downfield.

Speaking after the Senior Golf Open, Angus Council’s Head of Economic Development Alison Smith said: “The Senior Open is a great opportunity for Angus to promote itself to a global audience. It was equally important for us that local people saw the real, tangible benefits to hosting the event.

“Angus Council’s Economic Development team is geared up to promote Angus. We work with local providers, businesses and sports clubs to highlight Angus as a great place to play and stay, eat and visit. From the 34 stunning courses on our doorstep, to the stunning scenery, outstanding produce - be that grown or produced within Angus – we have a lot to offer.

“This year we shared our exhibition area with ANGUSalive. Located within the spectator village this gave us the opportunity to speak about Angus as a premier golf destination, all the excellent food and drink, places where people can visit, stay and play, as well as the county’s parks, museums, sport and leisure attractions, facilities and events. Throughout the week the team spoke with visitors from around the world as well as a number of local businesses delighted with a marked increase in business sales.

“The wives trip to Glamis Castle which included a tasting of local food and drink at the House of Turin was very successful. I was speaking with a few of the wives afterwards who were thrilled with their trip, so much so that they were planning a return trip to Angus to experience more of what we have to offer.

“The Senior Open provided a global platform to promote The Open Championship 2018, when golf’s most prestigious event returns to Angus and Carnoustie. We look forward to welcoming the players and visitors to Angus. I hope you will join with me and extend an ‘open’ invitation to them all.”

Kim Cameron, founder of Gin Bothy said: “Being a part of the Senior Open at Carnoustie has been a unique opportunity for such a young brand, bringing international exposure to our Angus based business.

“Our Gin Bothy pop up shop in the Championship Village did extremely well over the weekend and we sold out of Gunshot, Rhubarb and Amaretto gins. It’s been amazing to be part of such a high profile event in Angus.

“We organised a gin tasting earlier in the week for the players’ wives and many of them have since bought cases to send home. We have now organised to export cases of Gin Bothy to Spain, Florida, Switzerland, Texas, Colorado, Austria and Spain which could lead to even more opportunities.”