Summer of golf will see more than 300,000 fans visit some of Scotland’s top courses


More than 300,000 golf fans are set to flock to Scotland’s courses in the coming months as the country gears up for a spectacular summer of golf.

VisitScotland is investing a total of just over £2m into eight professional golf events in 2015.

Golf tourism is worth an estimated £220m to the economy and which supports around 4,400 jobs.

Dunhill golf at St Andrews
The sport is estimated to generate around £220m annually for the Scottish economy


The SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge gets under way at Spey Valley GC, Aviemore tomorrow.

Events also include The Open Championship at St Andrews, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane and the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry.

In October, some of the biggest names in sport and celebrity tee it up in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay said: “Golf is a critical part of the visitor economy and the ripple effect of event tourism is felt in shops, hotels, and a wide range of businesses across Scotland.

“For every £1 that a visiting golfer spends on green fees, they will spend a further £5 on extras such as food & drink and entertainment.”