Chinese golf channel films in Angus

Li Weijian, celebrity host of China Golf Channel, interviewing Claire Penman, secretary of Montrose Golf Links

Li Weijian, celebrity host of China Golf Channel, interviewing Claire Penman, secretary of Montrose Golf Links

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A Chinese golf channel have been filming at Angus golf courses the last few days.

Today (Wednesday, July 22) they have been filming Montrose Golf Links, including speaking to secretary Claire Penman, and yesterday they were at Forfar Golf Club.

Having built a relationship with some of China’s largest Golf media companies, ​Dave Valentine, managing director of Valentine International, co-produced 10 films with the China Golf Channel in February this year.

These have now been broadcast as an ongoing series of shorts 10 minute films about golf heritage in Scotland - the Home of World Golf.

Dave explained that through his long-standing personal friendship with the owner of the China Golf Channel, he was fortunate in bringing over their most famous celebrity host Li Weijian to Scotland.

Mr Li visited Montrose Golf Links today and Forfar Golf Club yesterday to learn more about the unique heritage of the clubs.

Mr Li’s film crew will tell the story on their golf channel which reaches a regular viewing audience of more than 23 million viewers in mainland China.

Dave said: “Until now most golfers from China have wanted to play only the trophy courses especially the Old Course in St Andrews. However, a growing number of them are now thinking more about playing some of the other courses​ and straying at value for money venues like Forbes of Kingennie.”

The Chinese film crew have been staying at Forbes of Kingennie while covering the Open but were keen to play on some of Scotland’s lesser known courses.