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Golfing tourism on brink of
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 4 July 2008
The main industry body for Scottish golf is to hold a major
workshop at Troon next month to discuss problems facing what could be an
industry on the brink of disaster.
Is Scottish golf getting a bit
Is the games traditional home losing its primacy as
players reject high prices and dreary weather?
Ian Fraser, Camagonline, May 2008
It may be the home of golf, but factors such as cost,
weather and old-fashioned attitudes are leading some to turn to warmer climes
such as Dubai, South Africa and even China. Still, major investment is under
way to create more top quality golf resorts in Scotland
Trump chips in with links plan more
Mark Macaskill, Sunday Times, 30 October 2005
Donald Trump, the American property tycoon, is planning to
create a luxury links golf development in Scotland.
A Scalping at St Andrews more
Playing the Old Course is one of the greatest thrills in
golf. But if you dont know what youre doing, it can be outrageously
expensive. How Expensive? Try $1,800 a round.
Peter Finch and Dean Knuth, Golf Digest Magazine, June
You and your golf buddies have always dreamed of visiting
St. Andrews to play the Old Course, and now, inspired by this year's British
Open, you're finally going to do it. So you call up a tour operator and... Hold
Trump tees up Scottish addition to golf
Mark MacAskill, The Sunday Times, 17 April 2005
Donald Trump, the American property tycoon, is in the market
for an exclusive golf club in Scotland.
Are golfers turning their backs on Scotland's
Sharon Ward, The Scotsman, 16 November 2004
It is 2:30pm on a Saturday afternoon and the bar at the
Edinburgh Thistle Golf Club is silent. A decade ago, this historic club in
Scotlands capital, which boasts James Braid and Tommy Armour as former
club champions, would have been a cacophony of noise, filled with members
returning from their morning medal rounds.
The top 10 overrated things in sport - No 3 - St
Alasdair Reid, The Sunday Times, 29 February 2004
The home of golf? No, just the site of a sandstone clubhouse
where golfs rules are made.
Go-slow golfers will face rough
Jeremy Watson, Scotland on Sunday, 4 January 2004
They agonise over every shot, crouching on the green as they
plan the putt that could win them that precious round of golf.
Cut-price golf is par for the course as new clubs
John Innes, The Scotsman, 22 December 2003
Scotland's planners have given the green light to more than
80 new golf clubs and courses in the last decade - forcing many existing clubs
to introduce high street sales tactics in order to survive.
Golf course glut drives game into
Graham Ogilvy, Scotland on Sunday, 21 December
Picturesque Castle Park Golf Club was described as Stuart
Fortunes "dream business venture" and he worked tirelessly to make the
course a success. But the struggling farmer never attracted enough players to
the club in Gifford, East Lothian. Two weeks ago the 59-year-old
father-of-three took his own life.
Golf: Kingdom of strife more
Alasdair Reid, The Sunday Times, 21 December 2003
St Andrews is turning into a golfing Disneyland say angry
locals who claim a new course will be an ugly blot on the landscape.
'A legitimate and potent force' for Scottish
University of Abertay, Press Release, 5 November
Sport could become the biggest driver for tourism growth in
the coming years and decades and Scotland is in an ideal position to
Golf clubs face crisis from lack of
Matthew Knowles, The Sunday Times, 10 August 2003
Scotland, the country credited with the birth of golf, is
facing a crisis in the game with interest dwindling and income from golf
tourism dropping by 30% across the country.
Golf in a bunker more
Editorial, The Courier, 13 September 2002
A few years ago, golf was heading skywards as the great
sport-and-health success story. Amid increasing wealth and leisure, went the
idea, there was a big need for more golf courses. Dozens were built in
Scotland. Farmers turned fallow fields into fairways faster than King Midas
could turn his chattels into gold.
Scottish golf suffers from US
Scottishgolf.com, 19 September 2001
Clubs and courses are facing massive cancellations as
Americans decide to stay at home The effects of last week's terrorist atrocity
in the United States are now being felt by the UK tourist industry -
particularly those involved in golf in Scotland.
Obsession with golf will sink our
Pat Kane, The Sunday Times, 26 August 2001
The toe-curling embarrassment that is "Team McLeish" is
unabated. This week, their greatest triumph of statecraft: an £80m bid
for a 2009 golf tournament which would put a "club in the hands of every child
Bunkered by Mr Big more
It's a sport that Scotland gave to the world but the
explosion of its corporate version is devastating the landscape.
John Burnside, The Guardian, 28 July 2001
Not long ago, when I first returned to Scotland, I took a
leisurely walk along the Fife coast, for old times' sake. This borderline realm
of dune slacks and cliffs, of wide sandy beaches and low woods, was the heaven
of my childhood, a magical place, populated by wildflowers, birds, sea
creatures and a variety of exotic flotsam, washed in on the tide. Because I was
brought up in industrial west Fife, a landscape of coal bings and slag, those
day-trips to the East Neuk transformed my view of the world; it was here that I
first learned the names of plants and insects - creeping willow, cinnabar moth,
knotted wrack, lady's bedstraw, viper's bugloss - and it was here that I first
came to appreciate the fact that the land around me was beautiful, complex and,
to my mind, both then and now, holy. To lose this landscape - I vaguely
understood it even then - would be a defining tragedy; what I did not know till
much later, in my teacher, Miss Conway's, dispassionate but oddly compelling
history classes, was that the history of Scotland has been, for the common
people at least, a long and painful catalogue of such losses.
No decisions yet on golf
The Courier, 6 March 2001
Golf courses at St Andrews remained closed beneath a thick
blanket of melting snow yesterday but it remains to be seen if the world famous
Links are to be officially shut down.
Golf to stop due to foot-and-mouth
The Courier, 3 March 2001
The Scottish Golf Union, who yesterday issued a statement
urging golfers not to play at this present time because of the
foot-and-mouth outbreak, still intend to send international squads to Spain and
Italy later this month.
A fair way to go more
Editorial, The Scotsman, 12 February 2001
When the Scottish executive chose to omit Muirfield when
backing potential venues for the 2009 Ryder Cup on account of the golf
clubs men-only membership policy, that blow on behalf of sexual equality
only hit the tip of the iceberg. Sex discrimination remains rife in the game of
golf, where women often find themselves treated as second-class citizens, both
in the clubhouse and on fairway.
Promoting Golf more
Letter to Editor, The Scotsman, 4 November 2000
Allan Deeson, Managing Director, Century House Hotels,
Recent reports greatly understate the scale of the problems
for tourism in Scotland, and the Scottish Tourist Board is unrealistic in its
objectives. As the proprietor of a country house hotel, which markets golf
holidays in the UK and Europe, I am amazed at the attitude of golf clubs.
Martin Clarke, The Scotsman, 31 October 2000
Some of my best friends are golfers, they really are, but
theres something deeply spooky about them. Not content with spending
their days whacking a wee white ball around the countryside with big sticks,
they want everyone else to do it too.
R J Ritchie, Letter to Editor, The Scotsman, 31 October
At last! After a hesitant and stumbling beginning, we now
have a vision for Scotland commensurate with the hopes and expectations
invested in our parliament. The Scottish Executive has announced (your report,
27 October) that every child under nine in our brave, new devolved nation will
have the opportunity to play a round of golf!
Golf lessons for children aged nine 'a
Nick Britten, Scotland Political Correspondent, The
Telegraph, 27 October 2000
The Scottish Executive faced accusations of "governing by
gimmick" yesterday after pledging to teach every child how to play golf by the
age of nine.
Executive tees up youth golf
The Courier, 27 October 2000
Every Scottish child is to be introduced to golf by the age
of nine, under plans announced yesterday as part of a bid to host the Ryder Cup
Regarding comments about St
Letter to Editor, The Scotsman, 26 October 2000
Alan J R McGregor, General manager, St Andrews Links
Trust, St Andrews
While agreeing with Michael Kellys point that private
golf clubs have the right to keep their courses empty for the members who own
them (Opinion, 24 October), I must correct his comments about St Andrews.
Blown off course in the quest for
Mean-spirited bureaucrats have condemned golf schemes as
ways round the Green Belt
Michael Kelly, Opinion, The Scotsman, 24 October
What lies behind the blame culture that has developed within
the embattled Scottish Tourist Board? First, it was the strong pound, then the
weather and now Scotlands 542 private golf clubs come under attack for
not joining the boards golf development strategy.
Development chief accuses clubs of hindering strategy to
attract golfing tourists more
Alison Gray, Consumer Affairs, The Scotsman, 23 October
The woman appointed to develop Scotlands golf tourism
yesterday criticised some clubs for hindering the success of the
governments new strategy.
Tourist board bid fails more
The Courier, 19 October 2000
The Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board, in partnership with the
neighbouring area tourist boards in Perthshire, Dundee and Angus, have failed
with bids for financial support through the Scottish Tourist Boards niche
Stern warning to tourist board more
The Courier, 9 October 2000
Enterprise Minister Henry McLeish is to issue a stern
warning to Scottish Tourist Board bosses to improve their performance.
MSP calls on industry to improve more
The Courier, 13 September 2000
Scottish Minister Henry McLeish has called on those involved
in the countrys tourism industry to step up their efforts to improve the
Club in mouth more
Extract from Privateaye, The Sunday Herald, 23 July
.... Our Cuban raconteur's powers of improvisation are
nothing compared to the sheer gall of Henry McLeish, Scotland's Minister for
Henry is also Minister for Tourism, or leisure, or playing
nicely or something like that. To judge from his recent remarks on
Scotlands alleged obsession with golf, Henry is also the Lifelong
Minister for talking rubbish.
St Andrews could turn into Costa del
Auslan Cramb, The Telegraph, 17 July 2000
The Open returns to St Andrews this week amid claims that
the town is becoming part of a bland, over-developed "Costa del Golf".
Visitors charged 1000% rent rise for
Gillian Harris, The Times, 17 July 2000
St Andrews University has been accused of exploiting golf
fans by increasing the price of student accommodation by more than 1,000 per
cent during this week's Open Championship.
Wake up, Scotland: this is no theme
Mike Wade, The Scotsman, 12 July 2000
Leaving aside any scepticism of something calling itself an
industry but which does not feature a flying shuttle, a lathe or even a clean
room, you should be aware by now that "the tourism industry" in Scotland is in
Plans to promote Home of Golf more
Steve Scott, The Courier, 12 July 2000
Scotland's failure to exploit her unique advantage as the
home of golf is to be consigned to history with the launch of a new tourism
strategy centred on golf and led by European No 1 Colin Montgomerie and the
Montgomerie tees up drive to attract more golf
Katrina Tweedie, The Scotsman, 12 July 2000
Colin Montgomerie yesterday helped launch a government
initiative to make golf the saviour of Scotlands declining tourism
Turf Wars more
Jim Cusick, The Sunday Herald, 2 July 2000
St Andrews, the hallowed venue for this month's British Open
Championship, has become the battle ground for an unholy civil war. The soul of
Scottish golf is up for grabs - and everyone wants a slice Publication Date:
Jul 2 2000 They badly need a second miracle at St Andrews. The Almighty helped
out first time round when he created the Old Course. Now all they need is
divine fine tuning and the creator to kick in his first 50-hour day.
Carnoustie golfing investigation - hotel, tee-times,
Part 3 - Hotel's demands likely to be 'more
Chris Ferguson, The Courier, 1 July 2000
Mr John Martin, secretary of Carnoustie Golf Links
Management Committee, agrees a lot of work has still to be done to win back
American tour operators to Carnoustie.
Part 2 - Board figures show no loss of
Chris Ferguson, The Courier, 30 June 2000
Figures from Angus and Dundee Tourist Board do not show a
haemorrhage of visitors away from Carnoustie. Its statistics are based on the
number of callers to its tourist office and do not include a breakdown of which
Part 1 - A balance between locals and
Chris Ferguson, The Courier, 29 June 2000
Last year was a triumphant one for Carnoustie. It welcomed
back The Open Championship for the first time in 24 years and the gaze of the
worlds television audiences fell on the terrace of its new £6
million golf hotel.
Carnoustie finds itself paying price for hotel's golfing
James Rougvie, The Scotsman, 19 June 2000
It should have been the best of times but instead it is the
worst. Piles of Pringle sweaters, carefully-arranged boxes of golf balls and
expensive golfing paraphernalia are gathering dust.
PGA to build £10m centre in
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 24 May 2000
Plans to build a 10 million PGA Scottish Golf Centre have
been drawn up with a view to completing the new complex in central Scotland
before the 2009 Ryder Cup is staged in Britain.
Clubbed to death more
Golf courses are lush, green swaths of landscape. But
protesters claim they are Damaging developments for the landscape. Jim
The Scotsman, 20 May 2000
"Golf," said Andrew Carnegie, "is an indispensable adjunct
to high civilisation." The millionaire philanthropist made the remark when
leaving £200,000 for a course at Yale University. A century on, his
sentiments may not be shared by the farmers around his former home of Skibo
Castle in Sutherland, where this week another millionaire, entrepreneur Peter
de Savary, has raised agricultural hackles by proposing to scrap a 374-acre
farm on the Skibo Estate and replace it with a golf course.
St Andrews is safe in our hands more
Douglas Sinclair, Letters, New Statesman, 6 March
I would like to respond to the emotive and inaccurate
article written by Alan Taylor ("A religion that's out of control", 21
February). Fife Council has absolutely no intention of turning St Andrews into
a "theme park" or permitting "exploitation by developers". There are robust and
defensible planning policies and guidelines in place that require detailed
assessments of any future golf course developments and these have to be set
against national and local planning policies. The council's planning guidelines
prevent golf courses from being adjacent to each other and require substantial
agricultural and woodland corridors to be retained.
A religion that's out of control more
St Andrews used to be a charming university town, which
had golf as a pleasant diversion. Now developers threaten to turn it into a
Alan Taylor, New Statesman, 21 February 2000
Few religions have spread quite so rapidly as golf. Though
its origins may lie as far back as the 14th century, it was only about 150
years ago that it became recognisable as the sport we know today. Since then,
it has swept the world like Alexander's irrepressible Greek army. Its centre,
as every school boy knows, is St Andrews, which is to golfers what Utah is to
the Mormons. Golf and St Andrews go together like pitch and putt. Even in
February, on a Saturday morning that is numbingly cold, the fabled Old Course
is host from first light to the game's adherents, negotiating their tortuous
way round the links as the wind howls and white-capped waves break on the West
Sands, the breathtaking backdrop to the movie Chariots of Fire. In July this
year, the North Sea will form a more likely backdrop to the drama of the 129th
Open Golf Championship, the Millennium Open.
'Theme park' sparks mixed
Gavin Bell, The Scotsman, 8 July 1999
The only birdies to be seen at Kingask Farm on the outskirts
of St Andrews yesterday were the feathered kind - larks, starlings and
chaffinches chattering above a sweep of green and golden arable land sloping
gently to the sea.
Douce town that failed to fight off the
James Rougvie, The Scotsman, 8 July 1999
It was the champagne reception hosted by Fife Councils
convener, John MacDougall, for the St Andrews Bay Development Co which alerted
and alarmed douce St Andreans of a mega-development on their doorstep.
Crazy golf or golf crazy, asks conservation
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 10 June 1999
A national conservation body has re-entered the debate
currently raging over pressure on St Andrews from developers wishing to
capitalise on the Home of Golfs worldwide fame.
Battle for the soul of St. Andrews
Bradley S Klein, Golfweek, 1 May 1999
With two new courses just opened, a third under construction
and four more under permit application, the tradition-bound town of St. Andrews
is going through an identity crisis unlike anything in its storied past.
Keep resort glitz out of St
Golfweek, 1 May 1999
Anyone who doubts the sacred nature of golf at St. Andrews
need only stand at the first tee of the Old Course, awaiting word from the
starter to play away, please.
Links saturation warning issued more
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 31 March 1999
The hopes of developers who want to use the
carrot of the St Andrews Links to bring thousands of visitors to
new luxury developments could be dashed if startling but informed predictions
made in the town yesterday prove to be correct.
Plan's rejection a 'historic
The Courier, 11 February 1999
The rejection of £50 million plans for a new hotel,
conference, leisure and golf development at Kingask, near St Andrews, was
described yesterday as a historic decision for the town.
Golf course boom falls in the
90 cash-strapped clubs forced to sell up at a
John Gaskell, The Daily Telegraph, 10 January
Golf courses, created an unparalleled rate over the past
decade, are proving to be albatrosses around the necks of their owners who find
they must accept large losses to get out of the business. An estimated 90
courses are up for sale.
Golf's spiritual home accused of selling its soul to the
Conservationists claim dash to develop new courses and
resorts threatens to erode heritage of St Andrews
Frank O'Donnell, Scotland on Sunday, 4 October
The Auld Grey Toon is in turmoil over the game that has
brought it worldwide fame. Conservationists have warned that the unique
character of St Andrews, the home of golf, is in danger of being destroyed by
the massive upsurge in popularity of the pastime.
Development plans pose theme park threat -
The Courier, 16 September, 1998
The risk of St Andrews being turned into a massive
theme park was hinted at yesterday by North East Fife MP Menzies
Campbell following growing concerns over several planned multi-million-pound
developments in and around the town.
St Andrews in £5 million tee-off times
Auslan Cramb, Electronic Telegraph, 16 November
Golfers in St Andrews were planning a vociferous protest
last night over the acquisition by a corporate hospitality company of seven per
cent of the starting times on the Old Course. more
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