European media sample finest courses

Golf Aberdeen City and Shire's Hector Emslie, extreme right, pictured with the media representatives.
Golf Aberdeen City and Shire's Hector Emslie, extreme right, pictured with the media representatives.

A group of European journalists played some of the North-east’s top golf courses during a pre-Ryder Cup trip 
to Scotland.

Organised by VisitScotland, the Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Aberdeen City and Shire, the group teed off at Trump International Golf Links Scotland at Menie Estate, Cruden Bay Golf Club and Murcar Links Golf Club, as well as visiting Banchory Golf Club.

While staying at Gleneagles, they played the PGA Centenary Course, King’s Course and Queen’s Course and also took part in a falconry lesson, shooting lesson and an off-road driving challenge.

Philip Smith, VisitScotland regional partnerships director, said: “It is estimated that by 2020 the contribution of golf tourism to the local economy in Aberdeen City and Shire could rise from its current £27 million to £67 million, so it is very important to host trips like this.

“This familiarisation trip not only demonstrated why Gleneagles is the perfect venue for The Ryder Cup, but also showcased the fantastic array of courses across Aberdeen City and Shire.

“In the year when Scotland welcomes the world with a host of global events, including The Ryder Cup, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the second year of Homecoming Scotland, it is essential that we host these trips to put the word out across the world about why people should visit us this year and beyond.”

The Ryder Cup will take place from September 23 to 28 and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be held at Royal Aberdeen from July 10-13.

Scotland is getting ready to welcome more than 250,000 spectators over the Ryder Cup weekend. The event will be broadcast to 183 countries worldwide, via a network of 43 broadcasters reaching more than half a billion homes each day 
of competition.