Golf tourism is Open to growth

The 147th Open attracted a record 172,000 fans last summer

GOLF tourism is on the up, according to a new study, which revealed that a record number of tourists attended the 147th Open at Carnoustie last July, generating £120 million for the Scottish economy.

The research, which was commissioned by golf’s governing body, The R&A, along with VisitScotland and Angus Council, concluded that the 2018 Open delivered a £69m boost – including a £21m cash injection for the Angus area alone. Scotland is also said to have benefitted from £51m in destination marketing activity.

The tournament, played at Carnoustie for the first time since 2007, surpassed the previous attendance record of 157,000 set in 1999.

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Nearly half of the 172,000 fans in attendance last July came from outside Scotland – and 84.8% from outwith Angus, according to the study.

Additionally, a review of Scotland’s National Tourism Golf Strategy has upped the target value of golf tourism from £300m by 2020 to £325m following “a strong period of growth”.