Just One Open

Golf fans are gearing up for all the drama and excitement of the 147th Open, which is the oldest of the 4 major professional golf championships. This year The Open runs from July 15th to the 22nd and is being held at Carnoustie, bringing players and audiences from across the world to Scotland. Some of the world’s best golfers will face the challenges and uncertainties of links golf, to become the Champion Golfer of the Year.

Everyone knows that Scotland is the home of golf, but did you know that James II banned it in 1457 in an attempt to get men to focus on archery instead, for the defence of the realm. This decision was reversed in 1502 and the sport quickly grew in popularity. There is even some evidence that Mary Queen of Scots played The Old Course in St Andrew’s in 1567.

Today, after the UK, the USA is probably best known for it’s golf courses but, perhaps surprisingly, the first course to be built outside of the UK was in Bangalore, India in 1820. There are a number of different places which claim to be the oldest course in the USA, with one of them being the Oakhurst Links which was started by Russell Montague of West Virginia in 1884. Their annual competition became the first golf tournament known to be played in the United States.

With the World Cup, Wimbledon, European Championships and The Open, this summer is an exceptional summer of sport. Whether you watch the action on a big screen in one of Crieff’s many bars or pubs or from the comfort of your sofa with your friends, Crieff businesses have everything you need to make The Open a memorable event.

If you are planning any events or promotions around The Open or any other event,  please get in touch and we will help to promote them.