Celebrate 450 years’ golf at Montrose

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ALAN Crow, chairman of Montrose Golf Links committee, has reminded Review readers that Montrose Golf Course is the fifth oldest golf course in the world.

Play has been recorded on the magnificent Montrose Links since 1562.

Mr Crow commented: “Our historic course has hosted many important golfing events.

“It was honoured by the R&A to host The Open Championship final qualifying in 1999, and was similarly honoured in 2007 when The Open was held at nearby Carnoustie.”

David May, the convener of the 450th committee, reported: “We have planned a programme of golfing and social events next year to celebrate this historic and unique occasion of 450 years of organised golf in Montrose.

“We are looking to re-create what we believe to be the first record of golf being played at Montrose.

“And as well as planning many other events, we intend that 450 golfers will be playing over the week-end of celebration at the end of June.

“There will also be a special day for junior golfers in the town.

“And as suitable homage to the course, one of the holes will be extended to 450 yards. Furthermore, we are working with museum staff in planning a special exhibition to celebrate the 450th anniversary.

In the coming weeks the 450th committee, which has representatives from all three clubs, will be doing presentations to various groups in the town and the media, about what is planned for the year of celebration.