Monday, 14 July 2008
Provost looks forward to Senior British Open at Royal Troon
By: Murdoch MacDonald
TROON is bustling with activity and the excitement is building as preparations continue for the 2008 Senior British Open Championship that will be played at Royal Troon Golf Club from 24 to 27 July.
South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan (pictured) said: “South Ayrshire has an international reputation amongst golfers. It is seen by many as ‘the’ place in the world to come and play golf. Royal Troon is a magnificent venue that has hosted many championships, the latest being the Open in 2004. It again puts the global golfing spotlight firmly on Troon, South Ayrshire and Scotland.
“We are extremely fortunate in South Ayrshire with 18 golf courses all open to the public, golf courses to suit all levels of players and accommodation to suit all budgets. The number of golfing visitors to this area is growing year on year, partly due to our outstanding transport links, an increase in the air routes to and from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, fast ferry links with Northern Ireland, improved roads and good rail links all providing a considerable boost to the local economy with tens of thousands of people travelling to Troon for the event.
“Families should watch out for the Fun Day at the Seniors on Saturday 26 July when many activities are being provided that children will enjoy along with the golf.”
Provost Sloan added: “2009 is going to be a very busy year in South Ayrshire as it will be the year of the Homecoming, when Scotland and the world will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of our national Bard, Robert Burns who was born in Alloway in South Ayrshire. During this time South Ayrshire will be at the epicentre of Homecoming 2009, when many people who were born or grew up in this area will be coming home.
“I am very pleased that The Open is at Turnberry in 2009 and will be a Signature Event in the Homecoming celebrations. It is a not to be missed event and a chance to spend some time on Scotland’s Golf Coast.”
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