Championship Course voted best in Scotland

The Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Links, ‘Golf’s Greatest Test’ and host of The 147th Open back in July, was voted best golf course in Scotland at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.

Carnoustie Golf Links was successful in the Best Golf Course over £100 category for the second time in three years, voted for by the Scottish public, overcoming the likes of the Old Course at St Andrews and Turnberry’s Ailsa Course.

Craig Boath, Championship Course Head Greenkeeper said: “It has been a very good year for all the staff at Carnoustie Golf Links and to come away from the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards with the best course over £100 in such a tough category of excellent courses is the icing on the cake.

“We, as a team, are very proud of the standards we produce at Carnoustie Golf Links and we are over the moon that the Scottish Golfing public has voted us as one of the best.”

Furthermore, the Special Recognition Award for Services to Golf Tourism in Scotland was awarded to Pat Sawers, Chairman of CGLMC, for her outstanding service and commitment to the Scottish golf tourism industry.

CGLMC Chairman Pat Sawers with her Special Recognition Award

Speaking of her award, Pat Sawers, commented: “The presentation of the Special Recognition Award at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards ceremony came as a great shock to me. I regard this as a huge honour not only for me but as recognition of all the great work done by everyone at Carnoustie Golf Links. We take real pride in providing the local and visiting golfer with a first class experience.

“For me the work I do at Carnoustie Golf Links is very rewarding particularly being able to give back to the local area through our community benefit grants. This award is a lovely bonus and I certainly didn’t see it coming. It is a great way to end what has been a fantastic year,” continued Pat.

2018 has been an incredible year for Carnoustie Golf Links: in January Carnoustie Golf Links was awarded Environmental Golf Course of the Year at The Golf Environment Awards; in April the new £6million facility Links House, featuring The Rookery Bar & Restaurant and seven state-of-the-art golf simulators and situated next to the 1st tee, was opened; and in July it hosted The 147th Open, won by Francesco Molinari and welcomed a record-breaking 172,000 spectators through the gates.

The Scottish Golf Tourism Awards are held annually to celebrate Scottish Golf and this year’s gala dinner was held at the Fairmont St Andrews and attended by more than 400 guests.