Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf Prepares To Tee Off
Hot on the heels of the Junior Ryder Cup at Blairgowrie and this week’s Dunhill rounds at Carnoustie Championship, Carnoustie Country is preparing for another high profile golf event – Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf 2014, which runs from 4-12 October.
Carnoustie Country encompasses the 34 golf courses within a 40-minute drive of Carnoustie Championship and the week-long celebration of the area’s 450+ years of golfing history features several golf tournaments, including the internationally-renowned World Hickory Open 2014.
The 10th World Hickory Open commences with a warm up round at Forfar Golf Course on Monday, 6 October, with the WHO Championship taking place at Panmure, near Carnoustie, on 7/8 October.
This tournament, which is being held on a Carnoustie Country Course for the third time, has attracted high numbers of hickory golfers from Germany, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. World Hickory Open founder and director Lionel Freedman explained that the 100 golfers participating in this year’s tournament cover all skill levels, from curious golfers keen to find out more about the traditions of the game to high-ranking amateurs and professionals who have embraced hickory golf with a passion.
“Being able to play on a beautiful, historic course such as Panmure, where, close on 100 years ago, golfers played the great game with almost identical clubs, wearing similar golfing outfits and to comparable rules really appeals to hickory golf enthusiasts,” said Lionel.
In addition, there will be a Ryder Cup-style hickory golf tournament on 9/10 October, when top hickory golfers from the USA will compete against the World Hickory Select team at Monifieth. “The competition between the two teams is expected to reach fever pitch, just as it did with the Ryder Cup,” added Lionel.
The Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf also features Open Texas Scrambles at Strathmore Rannalroch, Montrose and Arbroath, with all three events proving highly popular with gofers from near and far. “At the moment, The Ryder Cup and The Dunhill have firmly fixed the focus of the world’s sporting media on Scotland and it is wonderful that Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf is able to capitalise on this,” said Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council spokesperson for tourism.
“As well as helping to ensure that Carnoustie Country continues to enhance its reputation as a must-visit golfing destination, Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf is also about encouraging golfers in and around Angus to join their local golf club and experience nearby golf courses. This is one of the world’s top golfing areas – why not make the most of it?”
For more information about Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf 2014, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com, ‘like’ the Carnoustie Country Facebook page or follow Carnoustie Country on Twitter. For more information about the World Hickory Open 2014, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com.
Caption: Montrose Medal is one of the courses hosting a golf tournament during Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf.
Credit: Photo courtesy of www.carnoustiecountry.com