Angus at the fore

Published Wednesday 18 August 2021

Angus gets ready to welcome golfers, a global TV audience of millions and thousands of spectators to The AIG’s Women’s Open at Carnoustie this week (19-22 August).

The Carnoustie Championship course or ‘Golf’s Greatest Test’ will provide a fitting venue for this major Championship which will see the world’s best players return to Angus, having last played here in 2011.

Communities Convenor, Councillor Mark Salmond said: “Hosting a major championship is fantastic news for Carnoustie and the county of Angus. Golf tourism is very important to us, contributing £20 million annually and supporting 900 jobs in Angus.

“The economic impact of hosting the AIG Women’s Open will provide a further economic boost. This figure underlines the significance of golfing to our local economy, such as local businesses and trade, hotels, restaurants, cafes, local shops, and visitor attractions.

“We’ve worked with partners to ensure this event can be held safely as part of the Scottish Government’s Events Gateway Process. With up to 8,000 fans a day attending the event, I have no doubt that spectators will enjoy a world-class event.

“We know that exercise is good for our mental and physical health. During the pandemic we saw many of the 30 courses across Carnoustie Country experience a boom in membership. I’m sure that the Women’s Open will inspire even more people of all ages and abilities to have fun and enjoy the benefits of the great game.

“Additionally, the legacy of these events and the global TV coverage provides us with a unique opportunity for millions of people from around the world to see our stunning golf courses enjoy our breath-taking scenery and inspiring golfers from around the world to visit Angus.”

Michael Wells, Chief Executive of Carnoustie Golf Links said: “We are very proud to host The AIG Women’s Open this week, an event which represents the pinnacle of the women’s professional game. I hope it will inspire all golfers in Angus to play more and encourage those who haven’t picked up a club to get involved.

“Like The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2018, The AIG Women’s Open will also provide a window to the world presenting Carnoustie, Angus and Scotland to a global audience, stimulating future golf tourism markets.”