Over 130 golfing couples from across the UK descended upon five of Carnoustie Country’s inland courses last week for the Scottish Mixed Foursomes Golf Week.
During the Scottish Mixed Foursomes Golf Week, golfing pairs of all abilities competed over the courses at Alyth, Blairgowrie, Glenisla, Kirriemuir and Strathmore. And in the evening, the competitors enjoyed a programme of social events, including a quiz night, a duck race along the Alyth Burn, a party night and a ceilidh.
“The Scottish Mixed Foursomes Golf Week is incredibly popular,” said Norman Dyce of Kirriemuir Golf Club, who is one of the organisers. “This is the tenth year of this event and several of the couples have competed in all ten tournaments, although we have a high number of new couples this year.
Over the years, this tournament has gained a reputation for being very sociable and friendly and, in addition, at £250 per couple for five rounds of golf, excellent value for money.”
Fellow organiser David Norman of Strathmore Golf Centre stressed that, as well as encouraging golfers from far and near to discover just how good Carnoustie Country’s heathland and parkland courses are, the tournament also provides the area with a mini tourist boom. “We estimate that this event generates in excess of £¼ million for the local economy,” said David.
“The vast majority of the 270 people who participated in this year’s Golf Week were from England and there were also competitors from Holland and Ireland. They all stayed – and dined - locally, with many of them adding a few days before or after the tournament so they could explore the area further and play a few more Carnoustie Country courses.”
Following five days of competitive but friendly golf, first time competitors Andrea and Martin Wainman from Sandbachs, Cheshire were announced as the winners at the prizegiving evening on Friday, July 5.
“To find ourselves at the top of the leaderboard was a bit of a shock – but a very nice shock,” said Martin Wainman. “I was diagnosed with neck cancer in 2012 and warned I wouldn’t be able to swing a golf club for at least a year. To come here less than 12 months later and not only be able to play golf on these excellent courses but also to win is fabulous.”
“We had a great time,” added Andrea Wainman. “The courses were in such good condition and the camaraderie, entertainment, organisation and scenery made it a trip not to be missed.”
Tonny and Wil Appel from Holland are regulars at the Scottish Mixed Foursomes Golf Week. “This is our sixth time,” said Tonny. “We enjoy the friendship, the competition and the great courses – we’ve already booked our B&B for next year!”
Tina McCutcheon from Northern Ireland enjoyed the Scottish Mixed Foursomes Golf Week so much, she’s returning to Carnoustie Country in September for the Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge (www.scottish.golfpairs.co.uk), which is played over the same courses and features a similar mix of social events. “I’m very excited about playing on these five very nice golf courses again with one of my female golfing partners,” said Tina. “This is such a lovely area for golf.”