Local economy to benefit from golf

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Golfers from across the globe will be descending upon Carnoustie Country in May to compete in the Carnoustie Country Classic.

And as before, Montrose Links will provide one of the courses over which the event will be played.

Organisers have revealed that, although the majority of entries are from golfers in the UK, golfers from as far afield as Denmark, Germany and the USA have also entered this popular tournament.

It takes place on four of Carnoustie Country’s Open Championship and Open qualifier courses from May 13-16.

Danish golfer John Kreiner has competed in four Carnoustie Country Classics and is counting down the days to this year’s tournament.

He commented: “Just like a child before Christmas, it feels as though May will never arrive.”

As a devotee of links golf, John adds that one of his personal highlights of competing in the Carnoustie Classic is the opportunity it provides to play on Carnoustie Championship, Monifieth Medal, Panmure Barry and Montrose Medal courses. “I love the unforgettable challenge of these,” he continued.

“I also love knowing that, over the years, so many of the world’s top golfers have struggled almost as much me on them!

“Having played golf in many places across Europe, I’ve seldom encountered such a well-organised, friendly golf tournament as the Carnoustie Country Classic, where each round seems to end with enjoying a pint with old and new friends, laughing and joking about the day’s events!”

In today’s tough economic climate, the tournament’s organisers are finding that the Carnoustie Country Classic’s reputation as a value for money golf tournament is also attracting entries.

The full ‘stay and play’ package costs just £599 per person (based on two people sharing a room), which includes tournament entry fee, green fees for four of Scotland’s top golf courses, five nights B&B accommodation in the luxurious Carnoustie Golf Hotel, welcome reception, gala prize-giving dinner and daily transport to each day’s courses.

Packages are also available for golf and social events only (£399) and for accompanying non-golfers (accommodation and social events only, £329).

The Carnoustie Country Classic consists of a 72-hole stableford competition, with gents’, ladies’ and over-65s’ championship titles at stake, as well as daily individual prizes.

Places are still available and entries are open to men and women golfers, with a maximum handicap of 24 (men) and 36 (women).

For more information, or to book, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com or call Scotia Travel on 0141 305 5050.

l There are 30 Carnoustie Country courses in and around the county of Angus. Carnoustie Country hosts golf tournaments, events and works with the golf industry in Angus, East Perthshire and North Fife to promote golf as a visitor activity.